Eight of America’s creepiest haunted houses

It's time to get spooky! Lock your doors and windows, turn all the lights on and get ready to hear the stories behind eight of America's creepiest haunted houses...

1) The Amityville Horror House, Amityville, NY

Amityville Horror House

A massive 17 (yep, that many!) films have been made based on the Amityville legend, making it one of the most famous haunted houses in America. On November 13, 1974, in the early hours of the morning, Ronald DeFeo killed his parents and four siblings as they slept. Around a year later, the Lutz family moved into the house and reported paranomal incidents that caused them to move out less than a month later.

2) Joshua Ward House, Salem, Massachusetts

The Joshua Ward House was built on the site of the executions of almost 20 people accused as witches. The house was built on the foundations of former sheriff George Corwin's house, a man who was said to have been responsible for the execution of accused witch Giles Corey. Legend has it that Corey cursed Corwin just before his death, and ever since, strange occurrences have been reported. In particular, a local estate agent had her picture taken at the house – but when the Polaroid developed, her image had been completely replaced by a blurred, strange black-haired woman.

3) Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

Villisca Murder House

On June 10th, 1912, the bodies of two adults and six children were found in their beds in Villisca, Iowa. The murder remains unsolved to this day. Spooky goings-on have regularly been reported in the house, with apparitions, disembodied voices and footsteps being a common occurence.

4) LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana

LaLaurie Mansion
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In the early 1830s, this mansion saw the torture and murder of many slaves at the hands of Marie LaLaurie herself (a figure you might recognise if you're a fan of American Horror Story), until her actions were discovered in 1834. Extreme paranormal activity has been reported at the mansion ever since, including screams, moans and apparitions of chained and mutilated slaves.

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5) Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts

Lizzie Borden House
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The 'Lizzie Borden house' in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the infamous site of the 1892 murder of Abby and Andrew Borden, Lizzie's parents. Lizzie was charged with their murder, then acquitted – and no other suspects came to light following this. It's said that the ghosts of Lizzie and her parents haunt the home, as well as a maid that can be heard screaming for help.

6) Robinson Rose House, San Diego, CA

Ghosts dressed in period clothes, human-shaped mists and mysterious hair pulling have all been reported at this reconstructed 19th century property. Lights have been said to turn off and on by themselves, and the elevator often moves from floor to floor with no one inside.

7) The Whaley House, San Diego, CA

Whaley House
image: Whaley House

Dubbed 'America's most haunted house', the Whaley House was constructed on the site of the town's old gallows in 1857. Ghosts have been said to roam the halls – most notably, the ghost of criminal Yankee Jim Robinson, who was apparently executed on the site.

8) The Lemp Mansion, St Louis, Missouri

The Lemp mansion in Missouri has a long history of tragedies that befell the Lemp family – from the death of William Lemp Snr's son Frederick died in 1901 through to multiple suicides over the years. Now a restaurant and inn, the mansion is said to be haunted by several members of the family, including womaniser William Jr, who has been said to have been seen peeping over stalls in the downstairs women's bathroom.

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