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6 Infamous Homes Everyone Should Know

You likely know these infamous houses, but do you remember why they're infamous?


The Winchester Mystery House: San Jose, California

With the word mystery in its name, the Winchester House has a good reason for its reputation. Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune, continued construction on this house after her husband and infant child had passed away with the purpose of creating a mystery. A psychic told her that her family died because the spirits of the people who died by Winchester rifles were angry; by continuing to add rooms and wings to her home, she could give these spirits a place to go. Sarah believed that the confusing passageways that turned on themselves and staircases that led nowhere would confuse and trap the evil spirits. Check out these chilling real ghost stories that will make you believe.

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In Cold Blood House: Holcomb, Kansas

The former home of the Herbert Clutter family from Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood is located in Holcomb, Kansas. Four family members were killed there in 1959, which led Capote to Kansas to write the acclaimed novel. Never read the novel? Pick it up or watch the film Capote.

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Jersey Shore House: Seaside Heights, New Jersey

The debauchery of eight cast members on this iconic show was all captured inside this house in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The cast was thought to be Italian-American but not all had Italian roots. The six-bedroom, three-bath house is available to rent throughout the year. It has 1,896 square feet and, of course, the hot tub.

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Breaking Bad House: Albuquerque, New Mexico

The pizza Walter White from Breaking Bad threw on the roof is long gone and so is Walter. But now there’s a 6-foot fence around the house because of the fan traffic the home generated. The owner has had to deal with fans telling her to close her garage door and get out of their shot.

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Glensheen Mansion: Duluth, Minnesota

Glensheen Mansion, located in Duluth, Minnesota, is a 20,000-square-foot mansion built in 1905 for the Chester Adgate Congdon family, a prominent mining family. The home became infamous in 1977 when Congdon’s youngest daughter, Elisabeth, and her nurse were murdered. This case was solved, but can you crack the code on the 19 strangest unsolved mysteries of all time?

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Jesse James Home: St. Joseph, Missouri

Jesse James’ final home is located in St. Joesph, Missouri. It’s the last home he lived before Robert Ford killed him. It’s a Greek Revival home and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These houses are definitely infamous, but here’s more about the most famous house in each state.

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