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7 Most Haunted Houses in the U.S.

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There are places in the world where bad things happen. Sometimes, when enough bad stuff happens in one place, the spirits of those affected attach themselves to a location. That is the case with these real life haunted houses. These are some of the most haunted houses in the United States. The reasons for the hauntings are dark and disturbing. If you are near one of these houses this Halloween season, and you are looking for a scare, then you should go check them out. Here is a look at the seven most haunted houses in the U.S.

7 Most Haunted Houses in the U.S.

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA

Look closely. You may see something.

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This house in San Jose California was built by the widow of William Winchester of the Winchester firearm fame. She inherited a large sum of money from her husband when he died. She believed that the money, and the house that she built with it, was haunted by the many people who met their demise at the end of a Winchester barrel. To prevent these angry spirits from giving her trouble, Sara made sure that constant construction was being done all of the time to add places for the ghosts to live comfortably and get lost in. This house is still open to the public with daily tours, and they offer a candlelight tour for the Halloween season. Check their website for more details.  

LaLaurie House, New Orleans, LA

Day 27 – The most haunted building in New Orleans (mostly because Nicholas Cage once lived here…)

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This house in the French Quarter of New Orleans was the residence of Delphine LaLaurie, her doctor husband, and their slaves. Mrs. LaLaurie was a socialite, and came to be known for her awful treatment of her slaves. She reportedly murdered several of them, including chasing or pushing a child from the roof. She had her cook shackled to the stove, and she started a fire as a suicide attempt to avoid going to the attic for punishment. When fire fighters arrived at the house to put out a fire, they found several slaves in the attic that were bound, tortured, and experimented on. The LaLaurie family was run out of town by a mob and fled to France. The house is still thought to be haunted by the spirits of these tortured slaves. Unfortunately, There are no tours that go inside the mansion, but Ghost City Tours does take people right by the haunted house. Check their website for tour details.

Franklin Castle, Cleveland OH

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This Stone house in Cleveland is reported to be the most haunted house in Ohio. The house was built for Hannes Tiedemann, and before he died in the house, his mother, wife, and four children all died in the house. It is rumored that Hannes even murdered his mistress in a secret passage in the house. The property is said to be haunted by several of the spirits that died on the property. Unfortunately, there are no tours of the house itself, but Haunted Cleveland Ghost Tours have tours that will take you to the house. Check their website for more information.

Villisca Axe Murder house, Villisca Iowa

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In this house, in June 1912, six members of the Moore family (five of them children) and two house guests (also children on a sleepover) were found murdered with an axe. The murderer snuck in while the family was at church and waited in the attic for them to return and go to sleep. The house has been investigated by several paranormal groups (including the TV show ghost adventures), and the house still has a lot of spirits living in it. The house hosts daylight tours as well as overnight tours. They are already taking reservations for overnight tours for 2018. Check their website for more information.  

House of Death, New York, NY

This brownstone in Washington Square Park has been lived in by many celebrities and some have remained. The most famous ghost that has been seen in this house is the former tenant Mark Twain. Other ghosts are said to haunt the property, including the ghost of the illegally adopted daughter of a criminal defense attorney that was beaten to death by her adopted father. The house does not allow tours because it has been turned into private condos. However there are several ghost tour companies in the big apple that can take you to the House of Death.

Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, MA

This house was the site of the gruesome axe murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother in 1894. The circumstances and timing of the murders left Lizzie as the primary suspect. She was tried for the murders, but she was acquitted of the crime. Her father and stepmother still frequent the property though. The house is now a bed and breakfast, and there are several different tours and ghost hunting packages that you can get. Check their website for more details.  

Amityville Horror House, Amityville, NY

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This house is the site of the murders of six people in 1974 that inspired a book and several movies. The real craziness started when the next family moved into the house. There was so much paranormal activity in the house that they moved out shortly after moving in. The family reported sounds, presences, their children began acting strangely, and demonic things began to happen, including the recurring appearance of a red eyed pig demon. The house sold late in 2016, but no information has been released concerning the future of the haunted house. There are currently no tours of the property.

These are the most haunted houses in the united states, but there are so many more all over the country. If you are looking for a good scare this Halloween, then you should do a little research and find out if there are any haunted houses near you. Chances are good that there are.