Infamous Sites That True Crime Junkies Should Visit

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Infamous Sites That True Crime Junkies Should Visit


A lot of people around the world are fascinated about true crime stories, especially because of several film adaptations and documentaries that have been made on the subject, in particular, those cases deemed intricate and bizarre or those that deprive us of sleep for days because of how horrific they were. There’s no denying that we have a morbid obsession with crime. For most of us, binge-watching movies and series are enough to satisfy us. But if you are one of those who are extremely curious about what it feels like to be on the actual crime scene, here are some destinations you should visit.


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H.H. Holmes Murder Castle, Chicago

Located in Chicago, the “Murder Castle” was the place where H.H Holmes gruesomely killed his victims. The hotel had about 100 rooms, gas chambers, trapdoors, staircases to nowhere, and a human-sized stove. According to an article by List25, an online site that compiles lesser-known intriguing information on a variety of subjects, Holmes would invite guests, mostly young women, to spend the night at the hotel. Many of them went missing after that. The Murder Castle is now the site of a post office.


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The Villisca Ax Murder House, Iowa

On June 10, 1912, an unidentified person entered a house in Villisca, Iowa, and bludgeoned to death eight people there. This included two adults and six children aged 5 to 12. This case is one of the most notorious murders in the state. The Villisca Ax Murders spawned nearly 10 years of investigation, several minor litigations and trials, and repeated grand jury hearings. The house where the murders took place is open to anyone who dares to spend the night there. 


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Zodiac Killer's Haunts, San Francisco Bay Area

Between 1966 and 1969, it was believed that an unidentified America serial killer known as the Zodiac Killer murdered six people. Up until now, his identity remains to be an unsolved puzzle. He was smart enough to manipulate anyone and his tactics exceeded the power of the police during that time. The Zodiac Killer has also been a favorite subject of several documentaries and novels. It even had a major motion picture about his killing spree. Now, people can take a five-hour tour around the San Francisco Bay Area, California to see where the murders he committed took place.


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The Beacon Hill Crime Tour, Boston

During the early 1960s, at least 13 women were murdered in Boston, Massachusetts by the Boston Strangler. The crimes were attributed to Albert DeSalvo based on his confession and the details revealed in court. Now, Boston offers a tour to some of the locations where the serial killer murdered his victims. According to an article by The Travel, an online site that features everything about traveling, the tour takes visitors to the homes of Mary Sullivan and Ida Irga, two of the victims. The Beacon Hill Crime Tour also gives people a chance to visit crime scenes and give detailed information about the victims, the serial killer, and the detectives who hunted him down. 


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The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast and Museum, Fall River

Located in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast and Museum was the place where Andrew Borden and his wife Abby were found brutally murdered on August 4, 1982. The main suspect was their youngest daughter, Lizzie. However, she was acquitted of her alleged crimes despite having fiscal and emotional incentives to kill her father and stepmother. Today, the Borden House is now a bed and breakfast and museum that is open to the public year-round. The crime scene has been recreated while visitors can also buy memorabilia at the gift store in the back.


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All the "Serial” Locations in the Hae Min Lee Case, Baltimore

For almost a month, 18-year-old Woodlawn High student Hae Min Lee remained missing. It was reported that the last known contact with her was when she drove her 1998 Nissan Sentra to pick up her six-year-old cousin and head to work at a local LensCrafters. Her family thought she would come back. But she never did. On Feb. 12, 1999, Lee’s partially buried body was found in Leakin Park. Eventually, Adnan Syed, Lee’s boyfriend, was charged with murder. The police reviewed his call records and “13 cell site locations” of Syed’s phone that gave them his whereabouts on the day of the murder. Now, those locations can be toured by anyone who wanted to solve the case themselves. 


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The “Dakota” in New York City

Regarded as the city’s first luxury apartment building, the Dakota is known as the most popular apartment building in New York. It has a spot in cultural history, from film, art, celebrity, and many more. But the Dakota is also infamous for one thing, as it is the site where ex-Beatle and music legend John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. Lennon died due to four major gunshot wounds.




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