Houses Of Horror And Their Eventual Fates

When Houses serial killers are caught, they are removed from society. However, the lasting physical evidence of their crimes, the house in which they committed their murders is often left for all to see. They are often known as ‘Houses of Horrors’, a somewhat tabloid term, but one which succinctly describes their morbid, inerasable past.
Sometimes they are destroyed and all evidence of even the plot is removed. Other times the houses are demolished and new ones are built in their place. Some just get left where they are, a tourist attraction for those with morbid curiosity. Below are ten examples of ‘Houses of Horrors’ and what became of them after their residents left.

Pier Mie Vampez

Thassos is a beautiful Greek island in the Northern Aegean sea, famous for its clear waters and the traditional, simple life-style of its locals. It’s a haven for holidaymakers from far and wide looking to forget their worries for a week or two. Its famous sights include the ancient theatre, it’s fascinatingly preserved ruins and otherwise anonymous house on Pier Mie Vampez. The house was inhabited by 24 year old Theophilus Sechidis, his father, mother and sister and grandmother. Like most families in tight-knit communities, they were well known in the area and so it struck the locals as odd when in May 1996 all but Theophilus suddenly disappeared. Theophilus explained to police investigators that they had all suddenly left Thassos, but soon changed tact and decided to tell the gruesome truth. He had first killed his uncle in an apparent act of self-defence and removed his head with a knife.

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10050 Cielo Drive

You may not recognise the address but you’ll certainly recognise the crime. 10050 Cielo Drive has seen its fair share of celebrities over the years. The house was built for French film star Michele Morgan in the 1940s and housed the likes of Cary Grant and Henry Fonda. It was owned by talent manager Rudi Albotelli who leased the property to Roman Polanski and his beautiful young wife Sharon Tate in February 1969. Polanski left to film overseas soon after the move, leaving Tate to occupy the house with her friends Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Voyteck Frykowski. On 9th August all 4 were murdered, along with a visitor to a nearby house in brutal circumstances by the infamous Manson Family. Recruited by evangelical drifter Charles Manson, 4 members of the ‘family’; Patricia Krenwinkle, Susan Atkins, Charles Watson and Linda Kasabian had been ordered to approach the house and kill everyone inside, purposely linking it to a previous murder committed by Gary Hinman (by writing messages on the wall in blood) with the intention of starting a race war.

10 Rillington Place

John Christie and his wife Ethel were described as a ‘pleasant couple’ who kept themselves to themselves. They appeared just like a normal every day couple to anyone they met, but John had some deep issues which would later result in him becoming one of the most infamous British serial killers. The two lived at 10 Rillington place, the last house on a street in Nottingham Hill, London. Christie’s murder spree began in 1943 when he murdered Ruth Fuerest, a local prostitute. He buried her in the back garden, which would be later filled with more unfortunate victims. Between 1943 and 1953, at least 8 people would be murdered by Christie in the Rillington Place row-house. A strange twist occurred however in 1949, when a lodger of Christie’s, Timothy Evans, informed police that his wife and child had been murdered at the address. Police found the bodies and apparently extracted a forced confession from Evans which he later recanted, blaming Christie for the crimes. Despite his pleas he was hanged in 1950 for the murders, allowing Christie to go on killing for another 3 years, including murdering his wife Ethel in 1952.

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River Valley Farm, Holcomb

Holcomb is a quiet, picturesque area of Western Kansas which lies seventy miles east of the Colorado border. The village is known for its vast farm land, close-knit community, and being the unfortunate subject of Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’. The book tells of the true story of the horrific murders of the Cutter family who occupied River Valley Farm in the 1950s. While in Kansas State Penitentiary, Richard ‘Dick’ Hickock learned from a cell-mate who had worked on Herbert Clutter’s farm that the family were rich. Upon release, Hickock recruited partner-in-crime Perry Smith and the two set off on a road trip to Kansas, with the intention of robbing the family and making an easy escape. The robbery however, turned in to a mass slaying when, upon discovering there was no money in the house, Smith cut Herbert’s throat and then murdered the entire family before making his escape. Smith later told police that Hickock was also involved in the murders, although Hickock denied this, insisting he had only intended to rob them while Smith single-handedly murdered them all. The two of them were captured when the cell-mate of Hickock heard about the murders, and told the authorities. They were later hanged for the crimes. River Valley Farm still stands today, and the murders are no less fresh in the minds of many Holcombe residents. Visitors from all over the world still visit Holcomb in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the murder house, having read the terrifying details of the events in Capote’s famed account. The current owners of the house however do not allow visitors on to the property and a clear warning to trespassers is displayed upon the gate. The only physical sign of the murders is a remembrance plaque unveiled on the 50th anniversary of the killings.