Below is my list of the 5 most famous murder houses that many horror movies have been made from the events that happened in the house or portray the crimes or filming at the residence. These infamous and terrifying houses of murder are all American murder houses right here in the US. There are many claimed murder houses out there but we narrowed down the list to a top 5 because the others did not really seem horrifying.
The Amityville Horror House
108 or 112 Ocean Ave, Amityville, NY 11701
The Amityville House is the most famous house on the list that all horror fans should know. Ronald DeFeo heard voices in his head and murdered his parents, two brothers, and two sisters because the voices told him too. George Lutze, his wife, Kathy Lutze, and their two kids moved into the Amityville house and soon after began to experience supernatural occurrences that inspired books and films titled, The Amityville Horror. A lot of tourists/sightseers visit the house every day that the neighbors and citizens of Amityville disapprove with.
Amityville Horror Films:
- The Amityville Horror (1979)
- Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
- Amityville 3-D (1983)
- Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (1989)
- The Amityville Curse (1990)
- Amityville: It’s About Time (1992)
- Amityville: A New Generation (1993)
- Amityville Dollhouse (1996)
- The Amityville Horror (2005 remake)
- The Amityville Haunting (2011)
- The Amityville Asylum (2013)
- Amityville Death House (2015)
- The Amityville Playhouse (2015)
- Amityville: The Reawakening (2016)
The Clutter House
808 W Taylor Jones Rd, Holcomb, KS 67851
Ex-convicts Richard Eugene "Dick" Hickock and Perry Edward Smith was told by former cellmate, Floyd Wells that Mr. Clutter had a safe in his home, and his safe has a huge amount of cash in it. The ex-convicts believed that the safe had over ten thousand dollars. They drove over four hundred miles to reach the Clutters home where all the information they were told by Floyd, who was a former employee of Mr. Clutter, was incorrect. The duo bound and gagged the family of four on November 15, 1959, as they searched the home and decided to kill everyone because they wanted to leave no witnesses behind. The Clutter family murder became famous across the country.
American author Truman Capote wrote a nonfiction book in 1966 detailing the 1959 murder of the Herbert Clutter family.
Authors Ande Parks and Chris Samnee wrote a graphic novel in 2005 about the murders titled Capote. Some of the films that were adapted from the book are Capote (2005) and Infamous (2006).
Television: In Cold Blood (miniseries)
The Hex Avenue Murder House
Rehmeyers Hollow Rd, North Hopewell Township, PA
John Blymire believed that his neighbor, Nelson Rehmeyer, in 1928 put a hex on him. John took two of his friends with him to Nelson’s house and murdered him, mutilated his body and then set it on fire. Nellie Noll, who is also known as the River Witch of Marietta, told John that Nelson, who is a witch put a hex on him. The city was considering opening the house for public access and Rehmeyer’s home that is also known as the Hex House is now a museum in newly named Spring Hollow Park. It has been said numerous times that you can see the faces of the people that died floating around in Hex Hollow murders, cars tend to shut down for no reason and may need a jumpstart to start up again.
Filmmaker Shane Free filmed a documentary in 2013 about the events that lead to the murder of Nelson Rehmeyer. He interviewed surviving relatives who were involved and also Powwow experts Robert Phoenix and Chris Bilardi, and folklore expert Thomas White. Novelist Brian Keene wrote four novels in a series that are loosely-based on Rehmeyer’s Hollow and the region’s powwow magic.
The books are titled: Dark Hollow (2007), Ghost Walk (2008), A Gathering of Crows (2010), and The Last of the Albatwitches (2014).
1140 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
The LaLaurie Mansion is believed to be the most haunted/frightening location in the French Quarter. Delphine LaLaurie tortured and killed numerous slaves in her home and is known as a serial killer. Her home, LaLaurie Mansion is not a New Orleans landmark because she is a known serial killer. LaLaurie home caught on fire in 1834, and she escaped. Dr. Louis Lalaurie, his wife Delphine and their family made their way to France after her escape from the fire because officials knew about the murders she committed, and she was about to be arrested. The LaLaurie Mansion is a popular tourist attraction in New Orleans. Delphine was portrayed by Kathy Bates’ on the third season of American Horror Story: Coven. Director Ted Nicolaou filmed "The St. Francisville Experiment" in 2000 which is about people who encounter hostile ghosts while spending the night in the LaLaurie house. She is also a character in the Evil Baby Orphanage board game. Jessie Bodeen played the part of Delphine Lalaurie in PC game, Deadtime Stories as a voodoo queen. The story of the LaLaurie house is told and fictionally expanded on in Issues 13-18 of Serena Valentino’s Nightmares & Fairy Tales, fictionally tells the story of LaLaurie.
A few of the slaves found in the home were still alive but had limbs missing and rearranged. All of the victims were naked and were either chained to the wall, put into a dog cage, or laid on a makeshift table. Some females had their stomach sliced opened and had their inside wrapped around their waist where other females had animal excrement stuffed into their mouth with lips sewn shut. The men had their fingernails ripped off, privates sliced away and eyes poked out.
There were many other gruesome things that the LaLaurie did to their victims including drilling a hole on top of the victim’s head so that they can use a stick to stir the victim’s brain.
Lizzie Borden House
230 2nd St, Fall River, Massachusetts 02721
Lizzie Borden is believed to have struck her mother Abby Borden in the head 20 times with a hatchet and struck her father Andrew Borden about ten times on Thursday, August 4, 1892. Lizzie was not convicted for her parents murders, but numerous people believe that she killed her parents. Lifetime has a complete factual representation of what happened in their film The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. Lizzie is famous for the rhyme about her, and her home has been turned into a Bed & Breakfast. The Bed and Breakfast holds a dramatization annually of the events of the Borden’s murder that guest can watch. Guest can also stay in the same room that Lizzie, her parents, and sister Emma stayed in and enjoy the same breakfast menu the family had on August 4, 1892. If that is not enough, then guest can tour the property.
The skipping-rope Lizzie Borden song/Lizzie Borden rhyme was sung to the famous song in that time, Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay, and below are three versions of it.
Lizzie Borden took an ax,
And gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
Lizzie Borden took an ax,
and gave her mother forty whacks,
when the job was finally done,
gave her father forty-one.
Lizzie Borden took an ax,
Gave her mother forty whacks,
Then she hid behind the door,
And gave her father forty more.
Below is a list of some movies and TV movie of Lizzie Borden
- The Legend of Lizzie (1953) - an episode of Suspense.
- The Older Sister (1956) - an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- Legend of Murder: The Untold Story of Lizzie Borden (1961) - an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre
- The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)
- Lizzie Borden (1976) - an episode of Second Verdict
- The Warriors (1979) - all girl band with violent females called "The Lizzies" referring to Lizzie Borden
- Friday the 13th: The Series (1987-1990)
- Lizzie (2012)
- Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)
- The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015)