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Housecreep wants to bring your stories to TV
Happy anniversary to us! It's hard to believe that 5 years have passed since Housecreep began its journey in 2013. In that time, we've amassed over 25,000 properties and nearly 8000 members - continuing to grow with each day. Like with any anniversary, it's a time for reflection and for looking towards a future full of potential. With this mind, we'd like to share some exciting news. As of 2018, we've partnered with a production company to bring a Housecreep themed concept to television. But we need your help. We need your stories. Do you live in a home that was once the scene of a homicide? Do you have reason to believe that your home might be haunted? Are you looking to sell a property impacted by violent crime? We want to hear from you. To get in touch, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of your story and your location.
Something Strange is Going On Here
Just north of the Delaware border is Chads Ford, a township of Pennsylvania. Here exists a road, lined with crooked-growing trees and cloaked in eeriness – an intriguing path, better known as “Devil’s Road”. If you’ve seen the movie “The Village” by M. Night Shyamalan, then you know of this narrow, winding road, where trees bend away from the concrete. The road - actually called “Cossart Road” - goes on for miles and you can’t help but shudder at the thought of where it might lead. Well, just off of this road, on a wooded hillside, is what is known as “The Cult House”. Reportedly huge in size, this property has only been seen by few - though; its legend is known by many. The property - described by those who have seen it as a stone mansion, with blacked out windows whose panes are in the shape of inverted crosses - has a history that is veiled in mystery. Some have argued that a wealthy family (the DuPont family) held secretive interfamily marriage ceremonies here. It is further said that any offspring from these unions were hid in the property. Others believe that the house is run by a satanic cult and is the site of satanic rituals. This belief is further fueled by the inverted crosses in the windows. Finally, others say that the property is inhabited by the Ku Klux Klan. The few that have gotten close to property have observed a guardhouse with red trucks. There have been numerous reports of people being trailed by these trucks, whose headlights remain off, with no driver to be seen. This of course, has fueled rumours of supernatural vehicles - when in fact, it may simply be security hired to guard the home. While the truth of what goes on at the cult house may never be fully know, it will surely provide food for the imagination for years to come.
Did Something Just Go Bump In the Night?
This blog article is courtesy of one of our members, or should we say, creeps... Do you believe in ghosts? Legend has it that they can attach to a person, a place, or an object. Personally I have seen children’s faces on gravestone photos, an object teleported across a room, heard scratching in the walls and felt a cat walking on my bed when none was there. Were these hauntings? I may never know. But reportedly, ghost encounters can take any of these forms. You may be suspicious of ghost hunting television programs, and it’s true that these phenomena can be faked on camera. But here are some of the most common signs of real ghostly activity in your home. Lights may turn on and off unaided by human touch. Unexplained noises such as doors opening and closing, footsteps, or voices. It’s fairly common to hear a voice call your name. Hot or cold spots in a room that are not explainable by a draft from a window or in a stairway. It’s supposed to be especially indicative of walking “through” a ghost if you feel a chill. Missing items that later turn up in obvious places. I once found a ring that had been missing for months, lying right smack in the middle of a room on the floor. Do you see shadows or images from the corners of your eyes, only to find they’ve vanished when you look in their direction? It’s also true that we may easily imagine some activity, such as thinking we turned off a light, only to go back into the room and find it back on. It’s much more rare to actually witness these manifestations happening. Seeing an occurrence makes it much more believable, as even the most astute among us may forget to turn off a light or close a cabinet door. More frightening and uncommon are dishes breaking for no apparent reason. For instance, I once heard something crash in the kitchen and assumed the cats had broken something. When I couldn’t find it, I went back to bed. But the next day when I opened a cabinet, I found two broken pieces of glassware. They had not fallen or been crushed by anything. But they were cracked into several pieces. Here are some tips and tricks to avoid experiencing these phenomena. Use plastic dishes. Wear turtlenecks, sweaters, bed socks, and keep your thermostat high. Get your eyes checked. While you’re at it, get your ears checked. One article even recommended a psychiatric evaluation. Apparently, spirits are sometimes attracted to the mentally ill. Seriously, if you still find yourself wondering if you have a ghost, here are some remedies. Throw table salt around the affected area. Spirits are not supposed to like to cross a ring of salt. Cleanse any new objects you bring into the house, especially if they are only new to you. Used items can supposedly harbor the spirits of former owners Burn sage or sweet grass as incense to cleanse an area. Wear silver or obsidian jewelry. Burn candles. Stay safe this Halloween. You never know what might be out there.
More Unbelievable Home Renovation Discoveries
My wife and I will be undertaking home renovations this week. With the excitement comes trepidation, not because of the costs involved, but because of the potential for surprises. When I say ‘surprises’, I am not referring to the typical, like mould and bad wiring, but rather, the atypical, like oregano in the walls or maybe a creepy chapel under the house. These gems will give you a sense of what I am talking about; In 2012, an Auburn PA family was simply trying to install insulation when they came across something that made their skin crawl. Lining the interior of the wall, from floor to ceiling, were dozens of dead animal carcasses (mostly chickens!), spices, and other ritualistic remnants. The carcasses were wrapped in old newspapers dating back to the 1930s and 40s. What’s perhaps more disturbing, is that the insurance company was not willing to cover the expenses incurred during the remediation. The smell and mold has unfortunately wreaked havoc on the health of the family. To this end, a “go fund me” campaign has been set up to allow for supportive donations. In 2011, a Utah man was puttering around the garage of his newly purchased home. While contemplating the prospective layout of his soon to be man-cave, something caught his attention in the ceiling - an access panel. Thinking it might be the next best plaything for his kids, he grabbed his ladder to investigate and amidst the dust, he spotted an old ammo box. Opening it, he found himself staring at wads of cash - $45,000 U.S. to be exact. Not without some serious soul searching, the new owner saw this as a teachable moment for his kids and ultimately gave the money back to its rightful owner. In 2010, during a Good Friday celebration in Telford, Shropshire, a family decided to take a closer look at a grate in the floor. One of the family members, clearly the smallest of the lot, was able to slip through the grate and found himself standing in middle of a clandestine brick chapel-like room. In the room was a large wooden box filled with newspapers and bottled dating back to 1930s. Hanging from the ceiling were hooks, which may have been used to hang meat. The outer perimeter of the room had brick benches resembling pews and an old rotting cross lay on the ground. After taking this all in, someone spotted a set of stairs at the back of the room. Following these steps upwards, they found themselves inside a cabinet in their dining room. Spooky. Local historians and deeds to the house seem to date the room back to the 1700s. The prevailing theories position the chapel-like room as either a catholic hideaway or a war time bunker. So the next time your home renovations turn up structural issues or faulty wiring, just remind yourself that it could be worse.
Ghost Town For Sale
Given the time of the year, one would think this is an article related to Halloween. Not the case at all. The entire village of Johnsonville, Connecticut is listed on the auction website "auction.com" with a starting bid set at $800,000. The village is located 30 minutes away from Hartford and was once a thriving community, with it's main employment coming from a number of twine mills, that used a nearby river as a power source. The village was constructed in the 19th century, and was mainly made up of housing for the mill workers. In 1924, fire destroyed one of the main mills, which directly impacted the twine industry and it seems, was the beginning of the decline of the village. Over the years there have been a number of redevelopment efforts. In the 1960s Raymond Schmitt bought the property that makes up the village and tried to turn the area into a tourist attraction, bringing in Vintage and Victorian era buildings and setting them up to on his land. In 1972, another one of the village's mills burned down, as a result of being struck by lightning. After Schmitt died in 1998, his family started selling off parts of his estate. Johnsonville has become somewhat of a tourist attraction and has been featured in numerous blogs, National Geographic and also in a music video by Billy Joel. So for any readers who have at least $800,000 to spare and have always wanted to own a ghost town.... you're not too late to bid.... Happy Halloween! http://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/for-sale-connecticut-ghost-town-complete-with-abandoned-buildings-1.2074726 http://www.damnedct.com/johnsonville-east-haddam
Stigmatized Homes, Bargain Homes
In today’s steeply priced housing market, bargain homes are a rarity. However, if you aren’t bothered by superstition and bad juju, then a stigmatized sale property might offer the cost savings you’re looking for. Randell Bell (of Bell, Anderson Saunders), known as the “Master of Disaster”, specializes in appraising stigmatized properties. He states that a buyer can expect a 15% to 20% diminution in value for two to three years after the incident. Considering that home ownership is harder to attain than ever – in fact, the RBC reports that home affordability is only getting worse – a discount of this sort can be significant. Here are a few of the more notable stigmatized properties recently on the market; Serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home was recently up for sale in Ohio. It is described as being situated on a private wooded lot in a wealthy neighbourhood near Akron. The three-bedroom home was priced at $295,000. Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/serial-killer-jeffrey-dahmer-s-boyhood-home-in-ohio-up-for-sale-was-site-of-first-murder-1.1763095#ixzz32xRmTr2Z The Amanda Knox murder house, located in Italy, was put on the market with an initial asking price of $630,000 however; the price was slashed by over $100,000 for a quick sale. Perhaps not surprisingly, the realtors responsible for selling the property had been trying to keep the house’s tragic history a secret from prospective buyers as it has been very difficult to sell. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/amanda-knox-meredith-kercher-murder-house-sale-article-1.1560722 Oscar Pistorius, the South African paralympian accused of killing his girlfriend, put his house up for sale to pay for legal bills. The house was valued upwards of $480,000 and a buyer has reportedly been found. http://sports.ndtv.com/athletics/news/223989-oscar-pistorius-sells-home-where-he-shot-girlfriend-dead
The Los Feliz Murder Mansion
Dr. Harold Perelson was a wealthy heart and allergy specialist, working out of a clinic located in the suburban area of Inglewood, California. The wealthy doctor lived in a 5,050 square foot spanish-revival style mansion, located on a Los Feliz hilltop. There, he lived alongside his wife Lillian, 42, and their three children, Judye, 18, Debbie, 11, and Joel, 13. As the story goes, the family was in bad financial shape and on the night of December 6, 1959 Dr. Perelson took a ball-peen hammer and struck his wife to death. He then brutally beat his eldest daughter. When the two youngest children awoke, their father assured them that it was only a nightmare and that they were to go back to sleep. In a final dramatic act, the doctor drank a glass of acid, killing himself. The eldest daughter, Judye, managed to run to the neighbours and the police were called. All three children were taken into protective custody and subsequently sent to live with relatives out east. Their whereabouts, to date, remain unknown. One year later, the property was purchased at auction by Emily and Julian Enriquez. Interestingly, however, this couple had absolutely no interest in moving in or selling. In the following 40 years, the property remained uninhabited and unaltered – serving only as a place for storage. In fact, looking through soiled windows, one can still see a 1950’s television, a Christmas tree and wrapped gifts – an eerie portrait of that very night. Emily and Julian passed away in 1994 and their son Rudy inherited the property. To date, he too has refused to do anything with the property, despite a valuation of almost three million dollars. (To say the house has been completely uninhabited over the past 50 years isn’t entirely true, as several prostitutes have apparently called it home, prior to the installation of a security system, that is.) The Enriquez disinclination to upset the status quo of the house has led to much speculation. Some have suggested an Enriquez – Perelson connection, while others simply say the Enriquez were seizing an investment opportunity. For those interested getting a peek into the murder mansion, check out the following blog; Another interesting tidbit for film buffs, the Los Feliz murder mansion is situated in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. This home is perhaps better know from movies such as the House on Haunted Hill (1958), The Day of the Locust (1975) and Blade Runner (1982). If you’re ever in the area, it might be worth the trip to check it out.
What's in Your Walls?
For those of us who have undertaken the daunting task of home renovations, we often fear what we might find lurking beneath the surface. What often starts off as a cosmetic mission can quickly descend into a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Structural problems, mold, and faulty wiring are a few of the many unexpected inconveniences that rear their ugly heads. As distressing as these reveals can be, however, they are actually quite average on a spectrum of renovation surprises. As you sift through Housecreep, you’ll begin to notice that other homeowner’s discoveries fall outside the norm – in fact, these findings are often so bizarre that they’re on their own spectrum altogether. It was a summer evening in Toronto, when Bob Kinghorn of “Dusty Buster Renovations” was doing some work on the house at 29 Kintyre Avenue. The detached home is located in the Riverdale area, and had sold just two months prior to a young couple in their 20’s. As Bob went to drill a hole through a ceiling joist to feed through some wiring, he noticed a bundle of newspaper which he originally thought was insulation. After cutting through the newspaper, he was shocked to discover a mummified baby, estimated to be about four months of age. Taking a closer look at the aged newspaper swaddling the baby, Bob noticed a date of September 15th, 1925. The now famously dubbed case of “Baby Kintyre” remains shrouded in mystery. On June 28th, 2013 a contractor was working on a condemned home at 720 Vassar Road. The owner, James Nichols, a reported hoarder and recluse, had died months earlier. While in the basement, the contractor came across a false wall, and behind that, a sealed container. I can’t imagine that the contractor was prepared for what he found next as he opened the container – a full skeleton. In fact, it was the JoAnn Nichols, wife to James. JoAnn, a 1st grade school teacher, had been reported missing by her husband back in 1985. The medical examiner said that JoAnn had suffered blunt force trauma to the head. So next time you embark upon that ever so exciting process of home renovations – brace yourself, as you never know what surprises your house might have in store for you.
Pigeons in the Towers in the Park
In the late 19th century, St. Jamestown began as a quaint neighborhood filled with Victorian style houses and middle class folks. The area, which is situated in the northeast corner of downtown Toronto (bounded by Parliament, Sherbourne, Wellesley and Bloor), faced a major restyling in 1953 when the city publicized changes to zoning for the downtown core. Influenced by the French architect, Le Corbusier, Toronto planners began to embrace a vision known as “Towers in the Park”. This vision, which saw tall buildings surrounded by park land or green space, would eventually increase building coverage in St. Jamestown making it one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in North America, in addition to the largest high-rise community in Canada. Although originally designed for upwardly mobile singles and professionals, the area lacked appeal and eventually became home to lower income individuals. Immigrants gravitated towards these buildings as they were deemed a more affordable place to start out. Eventually, St. James town populated to a fault. According to the 2006 census, the total population of St. Jamestown hit a staggering 14,666 (over 9000 of which are immigrants), with the majority between the ages of 25 and 64 year and an average income of $22,341. Over the years, St. Jamestown has become victim to crime and poverty. In fact, Safe Tech Alarm Systems reports that there is, on average, 10.44 people crimes in the area per 1000 and about 24.7 property crimes. Just perusing through Housecreep, you’ll note that the area’s high rises have been the subject of many unfortunate and often sinister events. These include, but are not limited to, a man being thrown off a 19th floor balcony, a fatal shooting in a 17th floor stairwell, a major fire, and the like. However, other events have been more odd than sinister – in 2007, following tenant reports of an ungodly smell, police entered a 15th floor apartment at 275 Bleecker Street and were welcomed by hundreds of pigeons flying loose, hundreds of mice and an abundance of excrement. In fact, many of the mice had resorted to cannibalism as the owner neglected to feed them. So… how did this vision for urban planning go so wrong? To start, in the 1960’s when high rises eventually began to replace Victorian houses, they were designed for individuals or couples, with no dependents. It was always assumed that singles or young couples would start in St. Jamestown and then transition to the suburbs to begin a family. The intention was to design these buildings with all the amenities singles or young couples could want – ground floor shopping, medical, banking, recreational facilities, etc. The above coupled with St. Jamestown’s proximity to downtown nightlife and jobs, should have been enough. Right? Or at least the city planners thought so. However, by the time the buildings were erected, the tastes of swinging singles and young couples had changed. The absence of good shopping and nightlife within St. Jamestown was unappealing, and by the 1980’s the neighborhood began to erode steadily to present day. The city continues to strive towards revitalizing a once picturesque neighborhood.
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