The man was a regular, often volunteering to dress up as a clown for town parades and to cheer up kids at the hospital. Everybody loves a clown, right? But that all changed once Chicago citizens learned the truth about John Wayne Gacy. Known as the "Killer Clown," Gacy sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys between 1972 and 1978 in his house in the Windy City. The killer lured young boys inside and usually handcuffed them to a wooden board before strangling them to death. Police eventually found 29 bodies in the crawl space under the home, plus Gacy admitted to dumping five more in the river nearby.
23-year-old Ronald “Butch” DeFeo was the oldest child of five. In 1974 he crept out of his room in the middle of the night and shot and killed his parents in their bed. Swept up in the moment, he went to his siblings’ rooms and killed each of them, too. The next day he went to work and told people his parents were dead, blaming it on a mob hit-man. Brought to the police station for his own safety, his story soon began to unravel as inconsistencies arose, and he eventually confessed to killing them himself. He's currently still in prison serving out six consecutive life sentences, and the house remains a tourist attraction even though it's been remodeled and the address changed.
In 2001 Andrea Yates drowned all five of her children, aged from six months to seven years, in the bathtub of her home in Houston. Yates had a history of mental illness, and after serving six years in prison, she was moved to a low-security state mental hospital in Kerrville, Texas. Only three years after the murder took place, a man moved into Yates' home saying, "It's in a good location."
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Hardy first got into trouble when police found a dead prostitute in his bed with cuts and bruises on her head; he wasn’t arrested because she appeared to have died from a heart attack. The police caught up with him again when a homeless man went scavenging for food in Hardy's trash bins and found the remains of two other women. Blood stains in Hardy's apartment matched their DNA, earning him the nickname of the “Camden Ripper.” He’s believed to be connected to six other unsolved murder cases in the area, but the police never had enough evidence to charge him for them. In 2003 Hardy was sentenced to life imprisonment and was diagnosed with a personality disorder in 2010.
Stephen Griffiths, also known as the "Crossbow Cannibal,” killed three women in Bradford, West Yorkshire between 2009 and 2010. One murder was caught on a security camera, with footage showing Griffiths shooting the woman in the head with his crossbow and dragging her back to his apartment as if she were a deer he had hunted in the woods. Griffiths dismembered all three women before eating their flesh, and parts of their bodies were later found floating in a river nearby. In 2010, Griffiths was sentenced to life in prison and his apartment was put back on the market after the bathroom and kitchen were remodeled. A student from a local university lives there now.
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Jeffery Dahmer killed his first victim when he was only 18 years old, and he went on to kill 16 more young men in his Milwaukee apartment between 1978 and 1991. He lured them with money and then put sleeping pills in their drinks before strangling them and raping their corpses. One lucky guy escaped from Dahmer’s apartment and told police that a crazy man threatened to eat his heart. When the officers went to Dahmer’s apartment, they found countless Polaroid pictures of severed body parts in his dresser, limbs packed in the fridge for consumption later, a severed head, painted skulls and a torso dumped in a vat of acid. Dahmer admitted to all 17 murders, even the ones he committed while living with his grandmother (arguably the only person he loved), and his entire apartment complex was torn down.
The guy was bad news at a young age. Raised in a violent home with six other siblings, Anthony Sowell raped his niece for nearly two years when he was only 11 years old. He went on to have a career in the U.S. Marine Corps, but shortly after he returned to Cleveland, Ohio, he assaulted a woman in his home and served 15 years in prison for the attempted rape. When he was released in 2005, he started dating the niece of Cleveland's mayor, and she later claimed that she smelled putrid odors in his house. Sowell blamed the stench on his stepmother and a nearby sausage factory, but when police showed up at his house in 2009 after a woman reported being attacked and raped by him, they found two two corpses in the living room. Two days later Sowell was arrested, and the remains of 11 women were found in his house and the backyard. The home was demolished and Sowell currently is on death row.
In the summer of 1892, Andrew Borden was found chopped up from a hatchet on the couch of his parlor. His second wife Abby was also hacked to pieces in the upstairs bedroom. Everyone in Fall River, Mass. believed that Andrew's daughter Lizzie had committed the crime, but the judge in town wasn't convinced, so she was acquitted of the murder a year later. The home has since been turned into a bed and breakfast and gets quite a lot of business.
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In the summer of 1969, members of the Manson family killed nine people at four different locations over a period of five weeks. The most well known of those murders was that of actress Sharon Tate. At the instruction of Charles Mason, his followers broke into her house, killing her and four other visitors. Tate's husband was out of town, and Tate, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was shot and stabbed to death. One of the murderers wrote "pig" with her blood on the front door as they left. Charles Manson and his followers were all given the death penalty, which was later commuted to a sentence of life imprisonment. In 1994, the home was destroyed and replaced with a new mansion, where the creator of "Full House" and "Malcolm in the Middle" currently lives.
In July 1995, the Goff family had their home repainted and Irma Goff, the mother, was away visiting her teenage son in Ocean City, Md. the day the rest of her family ultimately was killed. Irma had warned their painter not to bring his assistant, an Ecuadoran day laborer named Alvarez, with him because she didn't want any strange men around her three daughters. The painter brought him along anyway, saying he needed the extra help. When he stepped away, Alvarez sexually assaulted the youngest daughter and then killed her and his boss. Over the course of the next nine hours, Alvarez killed the two other daughters and their father as they came home before calling the police. He blamed the murders on his boss, who he claimed he killed out of self defense. Alvarez is currently an inmate at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. Surprisingly, Irma and her son decided to move back into their home because they felt the murders weren't the home's fault.