Can you identify these infamous haunted houses?


By: Bambi Turner

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About This Quiz

No home is perfect, but some structures suffer from much more than damaged drywall or dated finishes. The properties in this quiz range from simple farms to exquisite mansions, but they all have one thing in common -- a ghostly spirit that just won't leave, resulting in spooky sightings and unexplained events that send shivers down the spine of anyone who dares cross the threshold. Take our quiz to see how much you know about these infamous haunted houses!

What was the weapon of choice in a gruesome 1912 murder at Villisca?

Six members of the Moore family, plus two overnight guests, were killed with an ax in a bloody 1912 murder scene in a stately home in Villisca. The crime was never solved.


Where is the Villisca murder house located?

In 1994, the owners of the Villisca, Iowa murder home restored the property to its 1912 condition. The property is now open to macabre-minded visitors who wish to take a tour -- or even spend the night.


What did Madame Delphine LaLaurie keep in her New Orleans attic?

After an 1834 fire broke out at the LaLaurie mansion in the French Quarter of New Orleans, neighbors were shocked to discover a torture chamber, complete with mutilated slaves, in the attic of the home. The gruesome scene inspired "American Horror Story: Coven."


What actor purchased the LaLaurie home specifically because of its ghostly past?

Always a fan of the strange and bizarre, Nicolas Cage owned the LaLaurie property until he lost it to foreclosure in 2009. The reportedly haunted home features six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a price tag in excess of $3 million.


What is the Bell Witch named after?

From 1817 to 1821, John Bell and his family were terrorized by a presence now known as the Bell witch. The Bell family property is popular with ghost hunters and is located in what is now called Adams, Tennessee.


What name is often used for the Bell Witch?

As with many histories of suspected witches, the activities of the Bell Witch were blamed on a local woman who didn't quite fit into societal norms. Kate Batts may have been eccentric, but there's no evidence that she did anything to haunt the Bell family or their farm.


What year did Lizzie Borden's family die a bloody death in their Massachusetts home?

Andrew Borden and his wife Abby died a brutal death on August 4, 1892. More than a century later, there's no way to know for sure whether Lizzie committed the heinous crime, but that doesn't stop tourists from visiting the family's former home in droves.


What weapon was used to kill the Bordens?

A hatchet with a broken handle was found in the family's basement and is believed to be the murder weapon. To this day, visitors to the home -- which is now a bed and breakfast -- report spooky sightings and strange sounds.


What great American writer haunts the Murder House on 10th Street in New York City?

Mark Twain once stayed in the house at No. 14 10th St. Although he didn't die there, there have been several reported sightings of the ghostly Twain sporting a white suit in the Greenwich Village dwelling.


How many people have died at the Murder House on 10th Street?

At least 22 people have died at the house, including a six-year old girl who was bludgeoned to death in 1987. No wonder they call it a Murder House.


Where can you find the Winchester Mystery House?

To confuse the house's resident ghosts, shifts of 16 carpenters continuously built the famous San Jose structure 24 hours a day from 1886 to 1922. The result is a maze of rooms, secret passages and staircases to nowhere.


How much did Sarah Winchester spend building her famous dwelling?

Sarah Winchester inherited a fortune thanks to her family's iconic line of revolvers. Believing herself haunted by everyone ever killed by a Winchester rifle, she spent more than $5 million to keep the ghosts at bay.


How many rooms did the Winchester Mystery House have when Sarah Winchester started her building craze?

The home started with just 8 rooms and now has 161 -- including a new one that was just uncovered in 2016 after it was boarded up in 1906.


How many members of the Lemp family committed suicide in the family's famous mansion?

Four members of the Lemp family took their lives in the Lemp Mansion in less than 50 years. One of the dead even killed his dog when he took his own life.


Where is the Lemp Mansion located?

Need a good scare as well as a place to sleep? The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis now serves as a restaurant and hotel, with plenty of ghost sightings reported over the years at no extra charge.


What spooky film is based on the lives of the Snedeker family?

The 2009 film "A Haunting in Connecticut" is based on the misfortunes of the Snedeker family, who reported being terrorized by a demon when they moved into a new home in Connecticut.


The Snedeker home once served as a funeral parlor.

Perhaps it's not surprising that the spirits are restless in the Snedeker home, considering the home once served as a funeral parlor, and the Snedekers found mortician's tools in their basement upon moving in.


What was Harold Perelson's weapon of choice in a famous 1959 murder?

Harold Perelson notoriously murdered his wife in 1959 with a ball-peen hammer, and attempted to kill his daughter before she escaped. His horrific actions gave the Perelson's home a dark nickname that has stuck to this day -- The Los Feliz Murder House.


What year did the Los Feliz Murder House finally sell after the 1959 murder?

The Los Feliz Murder House sat unoccupied (except for the ghosts) for more than 50 years before a brave buyer paid $2.29 million for the property in 2016.


What city is home to Franklin Castle?

Also known as Tiedemann House after its original owners, Cleveland's Franklin Castle is rumored to be haunted by Mrs. Tiedemann and her daughter Emma. One resident brave enough to face the ghostly occupants was Michael DeVinko. The former husband to actress Judy Garland purchased the home in 1985 and lived there until the mid-90s.


Which of these disasters did Molly Brown survive?

Molly Brown was one of the lucky few who survived the sinking of the Titanic. Her Denver home now serves as a museum, and many visitors claim to see Molly and her husband James going about their business in the 1889 structure.


What is the name of the ghost at Myrtle's Plantation?

Now a luxury inn, Myrtle's Plantation was built in 1796. With such a long history, it's no surprise that the St. Francisville, Louisiana property claims several ghosts, including the spirit of a former slave named Chloe.


What state is home to the Amityville Horror house?

Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed his parents and four siblings at the Long Island, New York property in 1974, making it a true house of horrors beyond anything Hollywood could dream up.


What year did the Amityville Horror house tragedy inspire a hit film?

The 1979 film gave a supernatural twist to the terrible events that took place in the home, which sold for $850,000 in 2016 to brave buyers not intimidated by its horrific history.


Who is the most frequently-spotted ghost at the White House?

In a building with many different reported spooky sightings, Lincoln reigns supreme as the most frequently spotted ghost on the property. The first to report seeing a ghostly Lincoln at the White House was Grace Coolidge, who lived in the residence from 1923 to 1929.


Where can you visit the Whispers Estate?

After moving in in 1899, several members of the Gibbons family died in rapid succession in the Mitchell, Indiana Whispers Estate. Not only do the Gibbons reportedly haunt the house, but in 2006, investigators found a pit on the property containing body parts and aborted fetuses.


What spooky structure stood on the site of the Whaley House before it was a private residence?

A gallows stood on the site before the Whaley House was built, which may explain why so many spirits have been spotted at the San Diego property. The Whaley House and the Winchester Mystery House are the only two U.S. properties designated as haunted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Where can you find the haunted Barton Mansion?

Redlands, California is home to Barton Mansion. Today it serves as an office building, but the property has long been plagued by ghosts. It could have something to do with the fact that the land has served as everything from an Indian burial ground to a jail to an insane asylum over the years.


Who haunts Sprague Mansion?

Rhode Island's Sprague Mansion is home to several ghosts, including the murdered son of former owner William Sprague, as well as a butler, who even in death can't control his rage that his daughter never married one of the wealthy sons of the home.


Where can you find Chambers Mansion?

Built in 1887, Chambers Mansion in San Francisco has been the site of several ghost sightings over the years. In 2000, the property was split in two, resulting in one private residence and a hotel that houses both travelers and the restless undead.


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