Life is scary enough right now without dealing with the supernatural. Creepy stories can, ironically, be comforting in times of stress and upheaval. With that in mind, we’ve imagined what it would be like if you were isolated in the scariest haunted house possible during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Villisca Axe Murder House is one of the most haunted spots in the United States. Over a hundred years ago–on June 10, 1912–eight people were murdered there. Josiah and Sarah Moore, along with their four children and two friends who had come to visit, were found brutally slain.
The house is a ghost hunter hot spot, where reports of eerie children’s voices have lingered for decades. Other visitors claim to have seen flying objects. Although no one else has been killed in the house, an amateur paranormal investigator stabbed himself while spending the night there.
The owner of the home charges over $400 to sleep in the haunted house. No one knows who committed the murders–and it seems as though the ghosts there are angry about it. They especially don’t like it when people stay the night.
If you were stuck in the Villisca house overnight, be wary of what happens when the clock strikes 12:45 a.m. That’s when the Moores were murdered–and when the hapless ghost hunter stabbed himself.
In the 1930s, Jean Harlow was one of the brightest stars in Hollywood. The platinum blonde was living in Beverly Hills when her husband, Paul Bern, killed himself in their home. Bern was reportedly abusive to his wife, and MGM studios hushed up rumors that Bern’s ex-girlfriend murdered him that night. The woman in question jumped into the ocean and drowned a few days later.
Not long after that, Jean Harlow died from kidney failure at the age of 26. While that trauma would be more than enough to generate a haunting, things get worse. The home was again occupied in the early 1960s by a man named Jay Sebring and his then-girlfriend, Sharon Tate.
If you’ve got a sick feeling in your stomach just reading those names, then you already know how this scary story ends. Sebring and Tate were both murdered by Charles Manson–and, like Harlow, Tate was just 26 years old.
The current owners of the Harlow house claim that they’ve seen the ghost of Paul Bern–described as “a creepy little man”–lurking in the shadows. Ghosts are not known for their skills at social distancing, and Bern’s spirit allegedly still stalks the halls.
The absolute last place you’d want to self-isolate is the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri. The stately home saw a series of tragedies and suicides over the course of five decades, and the psychic stain of those events lingers within the walls.
William Lemp, a successful businessman who built the house in the 1860s, killed himself there after his youngest son died. His wife died not long after of cancer. William’s oldest son shot himself in the same room where his father died in 1922. The only surviving brother killed his dog and then himself in 1949.
With the sheer amount of death and misery in the Lemp Mansion, it’s no wonder the place is haunted. It was converted into a boarding house after the last of the Lemp family met his end. These days, it’s a bed and breakfast–and you could not pay me to stay there.