Rules and Guidelines for Submitting Information
Last updated on September 8, 2022
Please search the website to make sure you aren't submitting duplicate information, before reporting an address.
Do not use our address submission form for anything other than submitting stigmatized or otherwise noteworthy properties. If you are requesting that a listing be removed from the website, please read our F.A.Q. first. To submit a removal request or correction, please visit our community support center.
If you are reporting information about anything other than a purely personal experience, such as a murder, or other crime, please try to include at least one reputable source, such as a news article. Questionable claims that our moderators cannot verify will likely be deleted.
Please do your best to write your reports according to our style guide. Please make sure that your reports document the crime, homicide etc. with as many key details as possible. Please try not to copy and paste news articles verbatim, especially without giving proper credit.
If you are uploading a photograph that is not your own, please make sure to credit the source in the photo's caption.
Please try to include the exact date of the incident that you are reporting about, if possible.
Please include the apartment number, unit number etc. where the incident occurred, if the property is a multi-unit building and such information is available.
Please do not include anything that could be considered libel against another person.
Do not post misleading or false information about a property.
Our Style Guide
At Housecreep we consistently strive to provide users with a positive, and ultimately, informative experience. To this end, information submitted to the website should be written in an accessible and complete fashion.
By following the guidelines below, you can help us ensure the quality and usability of user-submitted reports.
Length of the report
Excessively long reports are not encouraged. Instead, be concise, including only the most relevant information. This will enhance readability, ensuring the reader’s attention is maintained.
What to include
In deciding what to include, we recommend considering the five Ws + H (Who, What, When, Where, Why & How).
- Who is it about?
- What happened?
- When did it take place?
- Where did it take place?
- Why did it happen?
- How did it happen?
Taken together, the responses to these questions provide the fundamentals of a good submission.
- With the exception of first-hand accounts, user-submitted reports should be written in the third-person, providing an objective summary of the event(s). This approach is encouraged for events that can be substantiated by external sources (i.e. homicide, clandestine labs).
- Second-hand accounts and personal perspectives related to these events should be provided through the comment function, as they are tangential to the event itself.
Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuations
It should go without saying that well-constructed submissions offer greater value to readers. Spell checking your report, using either the built-in browser function or an external tool, is encouraged. Remember to use complete sentences, as sentence fragments often read as incomplete thoughts and detract from overall readability of your submission.
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