By Scott Markus
In another entry I wrote about the Lloyd Wright house where the “Black Dahlia,” Elizabeth Short likely was killed (according to the book “The Black Dahlia Avenger.” Today, Connor Bright and I, along with Mary Czerwinski, my research partner from “Voices from the Chicago Grave” / best friend / sexy geek toured a handful of noteworthy homes….. noteworthy for their unfortunately colorful history. Okay, we threw a couple of fun filming locations in the mix as well.
After first looking at the Sowden house (Black Dahlia), Mary directed us up and into Franklin Park to look at the impressive Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House. This is not a haunted home, but it is more known as the shooting site of the original “House on Haunted Hill.” The place is absolutely impressive and imposing. Also worth noting that the house appeared in “Blade Runner” and is the inspiration for the Monarch’s house in “Venture Bros” (pictured below).
I love that the Wrights created the first two of the houses that we visited, with Frank’s son, Lloyd, creating the Sowden house.
Next, we visited the site simply known as the Los Feliz Murder mansion. I wrote about that earlier, so I won’t get into too much detail here other than to say that each time I visit it, I am more and more inspired to check out the inside!
We next made our way to the LaBianca house in Los Feliz where the Charles Manson followers randomly killed the two inhabitants of the house on August 10, 1969 (the night after the Tate murders). The reason for selecting this house was merely that Manson had attended a party at the house next door a year earlier.
The address of the neighbor’s house (pictured) remains the same, however the address of the murder house has since changed. It’s likely a veiled effort to keep away curiosity seekers like us (and who could blame them), but the house is still plainly visible from the road. You can see the re-painted address on the curb.
Finally, on the way back home, Connor and I drove through Baldwin Park, which was the house where American Horror Story was filmed. Though the Los Feliz Murder House is something to behold, the scariest house was definitely the one where no one was actually killed. This place is back on the market for the cool, cool, cost of just $17 million (Update: that price dropped SIGNIFICANTLY before finally selling).