From the suburban abode of BTK killer Dennis Reid to the sex-slave-filled basement of demented priest Gary Hednik, these serial killers have some of the most disturbing homes you’ll ever see The place.
Like the killers themselves, their homes often look perfectly normal from the outside. Ed Gein’s Wisconsin farmhouse looks idyllic, and gay cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment complex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, looks unremarkable. But these seemingly ordinary homes hide their horrors behind their walls until their owners are caught.
The 33 pictures shared at the end of the article are all taken as the home of the crime scene by the serial killer. Not only that, but investigators become witnesses to the crime as they discover body parts, bloodstains and other gruesome evidence like diaries and videotapes.
Serial Killer’s Home, The Chilling Truth
Many of the worst serial killers of the 20th century committed their crimes in their homes. Murderers like Dorothea Puente, Anthony Sowell, Fred and Rosemary West all used their homes as locations for their victims.
For Puente, her home in Sacramento, California, is as much a place for victims as it is for murder victims. There, Puente would take those elderly or disabled boarders, then quietly kill them, bury them in her garden, and cash their Social Security checks. It wasn’t until 1988 that the police discovered the truth during a health check and found seven dead bodies in her garden.
Similarly, Anthony Sowell used his home in Cleveland, Ohio, as a site for killing victims and burying their bodies. In 2009, he killed 11 women there. When police finally came to his residence, they found victims buried in basements or backyards and stuffed in crawl spaces.
Fred and Rosemary West also used their home in Gloucester, England, as a location for killing their victims. In the 1970s and 1980s, they kidnapped, raped and killed women, then dumped their bodies in their basements and gardens. No wonder their home was dubbed “The House of Horror”.
But perhaps no serial killer’s home is as terrifying as the home of John Wayne Gacy.
The Horrible Double Life of John Wayne Gacy
To most people who knew John Wayne Gacy, he seemed perfectly normal, even funny. During the day, Gacy played “Poco the Clown” at birthday parties and at the hospital, and even hosted raucous community parties of his own.
But his Chicago ranch, at 8213 West Somerdale Avenue, holds a dark secret. Between 1972 and 1978, Gacy raped and murdered at least 33 young men and boys. Later, he also left the remains of 29 of them at home.
The truth about the serial killer’s house came to light in 1978, when police connected Gacy, a missing teenager named Robert Peister. Although Gacy had killed Pistor and disposed of his body, he confessed and continued to commit crimes.
For Gacy and the other serial killers featured in the next 33 photos, their home is the most important tool in their murderous arsenal. They use their privacy to store murder weapons, hold victims, and then torture, kill, and dispose of victims.
If these houses could talk, they must have very scary stories to tell.
The so-called “Murder Castle” of serial murderer H. H. Holmes. In 1892, Holmes built the house specifically for murder, where he is believed to have murdered more than 20 women.
Dennis Rader’s Park City, Kansas, home looks perfectly normal from the outside. In fact , the lunatic known as the BTK killer is hiding in plain sight.
Red and His wife and daughter, who live in an ordinary-looking house, appear to be an honest family man to all who knew him. The photo is of him and his daughter Kerri in their home in 1984.
Reid His loved ones could not imagine that he would take pleasure in binding, torturing and killing innocent victims – he would even reenact his crimes by taking pictures of himself bound and wearing the clothes of his victims.
Between 1974 and 1991, Reid killed 10 people.
Home of Ohio serial killer Anthony Sowell, better known as Cleveland” Headless Murder”. In 2009, police found 11 bodies in his home.
A search of Sowell’s home uncovered gruesome details, such as his A new grave has been dug in the basement with a human head in a bucket.
Serial killer Gary Heidnick’s Philadelphia house looks unremarkable from the outside, but Heidnick Instead, his house became his disturbing criminal base.
Between 1986 and 1978, Heidnik kidnapped 6 women and tortured them in the basement. Two of them died from his abuse, and Heidnik was later sentenced to death. Heidnick’s story is so disturbing that the infamous fictional serial killer Buffalo Bill was based on this true event.
Police dig up the backyard of “Green River Killer” Gary Ridgway in 2001.
The Seattle-area serial killer was later convicted of murder in the 1980s and 49 women were killed in the 1990s.
Dorothea Puente Puente, who runs a boarding house for the elderly and disabled in Sacramento, Calif., may seem like a kind grandma herself. But in reality, she spent years quietly killing her tenants and putting Their bodies were buried in the backyard and their Social Security checks were cashed.
In 1988, in After conducting a health check on a missing tenant in Puente, police decided to dig up her backyard. Puente agreed to their request, gave them an extra shovel, and then absconded for five days on the pretext of buying a cup of coffee. The photo is of her leaving her home.
Police subsequently exhumed seven bodies in her backyard, followed Puente to Los Angeles and arrested her.
In 1983, police searched for serial killer Dennis Nelson at 23 Cranley Gardens, London, England back garden.
From 1978 to 1983, Nelson killed at least 12 boys and men at this address and a previous residence. Police also found human remains when they searched the house.
The basement of the home of Fred and Rosemary West, Gloucester, England . The couple were convicted of 10 murders between the 1960s and 1980s, with Fred committing three more.
The murderous couple used the basement to house many of their victims, where they were raped, tortured, killed and sometimes buried.
The Wests also buried some victims in their garden or, as shown in the figure.
Serial killer Nathaniel White, who brought many of his victims to this abandoned farmhouse in upstate New York, was later convicted of murdering six women in the 1990s.
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John Wayne Gacy might seem scary enough for someone who is afraid of clowns. But he’s located near Chicago The house at 8213 West Somerdale Avenue, pictured, harbors more horrors than Gacy’s neighbors realize.
By day, Gacy seems to be a helpful neighbor, often helping those who live around him, and is known for throwing parties with his wife Carol, from this bar settings can be seen.
But between 1972 and 1978, Gacy lured dozens of young men and boys into their homes and murdered them.
Gacy told police he killed All victims died. Above, authorities remove a body from a home.
Gacy was later convicted of 33 murders.
Dean Cole, a serial killer, hugging a stuffed animal in bed, Between 1970 and 1973, he kidnapped, raped and tortured at least 28 teenage boys and young men in Houston, Texas.
From a distance, Ed Gein, the butcher of Plainfield, in Plainfield, Wisconsin The farmhouse is like an idyllic place. But Gaeun is a killer obsessed with human organs.
After a local woman went missing, police raided Gacy’s home and found a house filled with horrors, filled with grisly objects like this chair made of human skin.
Police also found bowls and spoons made of human bones, lampshades made of human faces, belts made of breasts, and other creepy items.
Gacy later admitted to killing two women and claimed that most of the bodies in his family came from cemeteries.
John Christie at 2 Killed eight people between the 1940s and 1950s and hid the bodies of many of them in his home at 10 Ringlington Square, Notting Hill, London.
Here, a police officer crouches in the back room where Christie hides one of the bodies.
Serial killer Kendall François, in New York between 1996 and 1998 Poughkeepsie murdered at least eight women and hid the victims’ bodies in his house.
“I could have gone on,” François later testified of his crimes, “it would have gone on and on and they would have found nothing.”
The exterior of the apartment complex where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Between 1978 and 1991, Dahmer killed 17 boys and men in his apartment, 11 of them murdered.
Some parts of Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment look normal , for example, there is a fish tank and a plant in this corner.
But it was also suggested that Dahmer’s apartment has become a place of violence. Here, there is a disturbing red stain on the wall above the bed.
Members of the Manson family at Spann Farm.
In the late 1960s, the murderous followers of cult leader Charles made the farm their base camp.
Serial killer Morrie Travis is believed to have killed between 12 and 20 women, including Many were raped and tortured — often on camera — in the basement of his home in Ferguson, Missouri.
He allegedly tied several of his victims to wooden beams and tortured them.
The cabin rented by serial killer Leonard Lake in Weltherville, California. He and his accomplice Charles Ng raped, tortured and killed as many as 25 people in the 1980s. They even videotaped themselves while torturing their victims.
This secret room was used by Lake and Wu Enda to torture the victims.
Peter Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper, in Killed 13 women between 1975 and 1980. Although he targeted sex workers away from home, he kept hammers, knives and screwdrivers in his own garage and burned evidence in his back garden.
Serial killer Ed Kemper killed at least 10 people.
Pictured April 26, 1973, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies exhume the head of one of Kemper’s victims.
From 1984 to 1987, Robert Berdela kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered at least six young men in Kansas City, Missouri.
This is one of his victims, 23-year-old Robert Sheldon’s skull, the police found in a closet.