Three Infamous "Haunted" Houses

Edwin Fotheringham Edwin Fotheringham Lemp Mansion, St. Louis.

Depressed after his favorite son, Frederick, died suddenly, William J. Lemp, president of the Lemp Brewing Company, fatally shot himself here in 1904. Years later, in the same mansion, sons William Jr. and Charles killed themselves, too. And, finally, Lemp's daughter, Elsa, once considered the wealthiest heiress in St. Louis, shot herself to death in 1920. Today the house is a restaurant and a bed-and-breakfast, where people reportedly have had eerie encounters and seen moving objects. Sleep tight! (Does your home have any spooky secrets? Learn how to go back into your house's past with These Tips from Real Simple.)

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California.
Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester-rifle fortune, moved west in the 1880s and hired workers to build a 160-room Victorian mansion (now a tourist destination). From 1884 to her death in 1922 -- for 38 years! -- the crew apparently worked off and on, following Sarah's byzantine instructions to create staircases that go nowhere, doors that open to solid walls, and hallways that turn into mazes. (Try one of these Easy Home Makeovers)

The Lutz House, Amityville, New York.
In 1974 Ronald DeFeo killed his family with a rifle in this house. In 1975 George Lutz moved in. He didn't count on green slime oozing down the walls, flies taking over a room, or a demonic red-eyed pig named Jodie romping about. After 28 days, Lutz moved out. The book titled The Amityville Horror was written, films were made, and allegations of fakery followed. No word on Jodie. The house is still a private residence.

Written by Brian Alexander

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