The Top 10 Best list website has found the spookiest real-life haunted houses in America.

Our list isn’t based on those houses of horrors that pop up every Halloween.

Nope, our haunted homes, are located in towns across America, and many are true-life crime scenes where ax murders and massacres took place.

So, where are America’s most haunted houses?

Find out on our list of the…

Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America.

#10 The Whaley House, San Diego, California. Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America The Whaley House

The Whaley House is now a museum run by the Save Our Heritage Organisation after it designated an official Haunted House by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The home gained this distinction in the 1960s due to frequently heard heavy footsteps of the ghost of “Yankee Jim” Robinson, who was hung on the property in 1852 before the house was built.

Other ghostly sightings include owners Thomas and Anna Whaley (Anna was reportedly seen by Regis Philbin), and even the family dog.

Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America.

#9 Amityville Horror House, Long Island, New York.  Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America Amityville Horror House

In 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were found slain in this home; eldest son Ronald DeFeo Jr. was later convicted of murdering his parents and siblings.
A year later, the Lutz family moved in but quickly moved out after reports of unexplained paranormal activity — strange odors, unexplained cold drafts, and an apparition that took the form of a demonic pig-like creature.

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#8 Myrtles Plantation, Francisville, Louisiana.Myrtles Plantation, Francisville, Louisiana

Famed for being “one of the most haunted houses in America,” the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana is one of the creepiest places in the South.

Legend has it that since the house was built in 1797, dozens of deaths have occurred from illness, poisoning, and murder.

Visitors and former residents claim to have witnessed many strange occurrences from:

  • Waking up and finding themselves completely tucked into their beds.
  • Furniture that moves on its own.
  • A grand piano that plays by itself.
  • Mysterious handprints
  • Objects and people appearing and disappearing randomly in photographs.

Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America.

#7 The Joshua Ward House, Salem, Massachusetts.Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America Joshua Ward House, Salem, Massachusetts

Once home to wealthy sea captain Joshua Ward, the Joshua Ward House was built in 1784.

The Joshua Ward House was originally owned by George Corwin, the High Sheriff during the Salem Witch Trials.

For many years, Corwin’s remains were housed in the basement, though they eventually were moved to a nearby cemetery.

Rumor has it that Corwin’s spirit still haunts the house.

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#6 The LaLaurie House, New Orleans, Louisiana.Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America The LaLaurie House

The second real-life haunted house from Louisiana, the LaLaurie House is one of the spookiest homes in the French Quarter.

The LaLaurie Mansion was home to Dr. Louis and Delphine LaLaurie, a socially prominent family in the early 1830s.

Rumor has it that Delphine treated her slaves brutally, chaining the cook to the stove, chasing another slave girl with a whip and causing her to jump to her death, and torturing and mutilating many others in a secret attic room.

The house, which was once owned by actor Nicolas Cage from 2007 to 2009, has been haunted by screams of agony coming from the apparitions of Delphine’s slaves ever since.

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#5 Franklin Castle, Cleveland, Ohio. Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America Franklin Castle

The Franklin Castle was built in 1865 for the Tiedemann family, and with its sandstone exterior, round corner tower, and gargoyle embellishments, it makes for quite a spooky first impression.

Those who have been inside the mansion, which is known locally as the most haunted house in Ohio, claim to have witnessed an eerie woman in black staring out the tower window, small children crying and strange happenings like doors flying off hinges and spinning lights.

The possible cause? Four of the Tiedemann children died in the home, and owner Hannes Tiedemann was rumored to have killed his 13-year-old niece in a hidden passage and his mistress in the tower.

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#4 The Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri. Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America The Lemp Mansion

Built-in the 1860s, William Lemp and his family resided in the opulent Lemp mansion.

Not only were the Lemp family wealthy brewers, but they also became well known for their family’s penchant for suicide.

Four Lemp family members of various generations committed suicide…three in the Lemp mansion itself.

Named one of America’s most haunted houses in 1980 by Life magazine, the mansion is currently a restaurant and inn that offers paranormal tours of the home.


#3 The Sallie House, Atchison, Kansas. Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America the Sallie House

One of the most disturbing haunted houses in America, the Sallie House reputation originates from a little girl who was the victim of a botched appendectomy during a house call at the turn of the century.

A family who lived in the Sallie House in the 1990s documented their experience on the TV show Sightings.

The Sallie House has become infamous for its flying objects, frequent apparitions, scratching, gouging, and shoving that seems to be directed at men.

The home is now vacant but is a popular pick for paranormal researchers.

#2 Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts. Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America Lizzie Borden House

According to some, over 100-years later, Lizzie Borden is still laughing about getting away with murder.

Late at night, she can be heard cackling at the top of the stairs near where she gave her stepmother “forty whacks.”

But she’s not the only spirit who haunts the scene of the 1892 crime.

Both of her axed parents are said to stalk the grounds, as does a maid screaming for help, according to guests of the new museum and B&B.

Lizzie Borden House attracts guests from all over the world, especially for the anniversary re-enactment every August.

#1 Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa Top 10 Most Haunted Houses In America Vaillisca Ax Murder House 300x180

On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children, and two visiting guests were bludgeoned to death inside this quiet Iowa home.

The crime remains unsolved and much of the home is still preserved exactly as it was on that fateful night.

The house doesn’t have any running water or electricity, which provides that special ‘ambiance’ for the many who have shelled out $400-plus to stay the night.

But visit the Villisca Axe Murder House at your own risk: In 2014, a paranormal investigator who booked a room wound up stabbing himself by morning.

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