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Film review: house of ghosts (2012).

Nigel Honeybone 11/09/2015 Uncategorized

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REVIEW: Ah, home sweet home, a haven of tranquility and security, a private cocoon, the one place you can truly feel safe, except in the nightmarish world of horror movies. Sinister darkened basements, haunted rooms, creaking doors and other unnatural otherworldly noises. Don’t fall asleep and don’t wander off, because malevolent spirits, psychotic subhumans, demonic repossessors, the ravenous undead, and homicidal poltergeists are waiting to invade, to break your bones, to tear your flesh, to feast on gore, to torture your troubled soul, and to generally be a bit of a nuisance. This week’s nostalgic knee-knocking nuisance is the instant classic House Of Ghosts (2012), Christopher Mihm ‘s seventh movie but it’s his first supernatural thriller and right from the start he warns that,  “It will literally frighten you to death.” This is not strictly true – as you can see, it had no effect on me whatsoever.

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2012 Directed by Christopher R. Mihm


Writer/Director Christopher R. Mihm pays tribute to the works of William Castle, the master of classic horror. Rich socialites have a tradition of throwing exclusive dinner parties. This time, they've booked a spiritual medium who promises to open a portal to the great beyond. Can the group survive the night or will ignoring the medium's warning be the last thing they ever do?

Mark Haider Michael Cook Catherine Hansen Anthony Kaczor Michael G. Kaiser Sid Korpi Stephanie Mihm Justen Overlander Mark Scanlan James Norgard J. Andrew Wilkins

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Christopher R. Mihm

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English Esperanto

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23 may 2012, releases by country.

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I picked this up at Texas Frightmare a few years ago when I met the filmmaker who was a super nice dude.

This movie is kind of charming? A little bit? It's like a group of friends played dress up (except for two guys just wearing bowling shirts) and perform a send up of haunted house movies from the 30s and 40s. It's kinda cute and not as cynical feeling as like Cadavra or that 50s sci-fi spoof with Robert Patrick.  The hardest thing for current low budget filmmakers to replicate from older films is the lighting. Every amateur movie is just so overlit now.

Jeffrey Long

Review by Jeffrey Long ★★★★★ 2

House of Ghosts is the 7th movie in the line-up of mico-budget 1950s-homage movies by Christopher R. Mihm and is easily my top favorite movie in the Mihmiverse, even out of the films that have come out after this.

This entry in the Mihmiverse was done in the style of a classic William Castle horror movie (the original House on Haunted Hill, the original 13 Ghosts, The Tingler, ect), and it also came complete with Alfred Hitchcock-style intro opening with Christopher R. Mihm himself introducing the film in front of a total white background, and in a hilariously campy, yet oddly enthralling, way gave a great foreboding warning to the viewer. He even offers a bit of a cheesy gimmick…

Joachim Andersson

Review by Joachim Andersson ★★★½

Very amusing homage to William Castle has a group of people trapped in a house during a snowstorm while being haunted by the ghosts of their past. Fully and knowingly cheesy, House of ghosts manages to find that right amount of cheese without it falling to plain and boring silly. And be sure to watch it with subtitles, they are hilarious.


Review by GucciTw0Times ★★★

It was actually fun ngl you feel me

Sarah Stubbs

Review by Sarah Stubbs ½

This movie was so bad that I was bored to tears. Brutal to get through. Giving it a half star because I like the idea of it.


Review by Scurveyx ★★★½

Man I thought I had already put this one in. To date this is his best film. I kept getting the house on haunted hill vibe and it was great. This one he learns to balance the goofy horror with the cheesy horror. Check it out.


Review by Frankie ½

Stumbled across this on Amazon Prime and thought "Tribute to William Castle" sounded interesting. I don't know if I'm missing something or not but this movie is the worst piece of garbage I've ever seen. Like was this a serious movie? Was it purposely made so bad? The acting in this is worse than The Room.

James Peter Cox

Review by James Peter Cox ★

Really annoyed me this one. In my eyes felt like a bunch of smug hipsters making out William Castle was some sort of talent less hack. Makes me wonder if the makers have ever even seen a William Castle film?

Jason Coffman

Review by Jason Coffman ★★★

Technically speaking, "House of Ghosts" is about on par with Mihm’s previous features, although he has upgraded to an HD camera for this one. The special effects are as charmingly lo-fi as ever, with some great masks and some hilarious CG-assisted trickery. The pacing is a little off at first, with the opening scenes front-loaded with a lot of stationary camera set-ups, but once the action picks up after the dinner scene the film moves along at a decent clip and comes in at 77 minutes, which is just about perfect for this type of movie. Fans of William Castle-style 50s and 60s horror films will certainly find a lot to like here, and fans of Mihm’s previous “Mihmiverse” films will appreciate the nods to previous films in the director’s canon.

Full review here: www.filmmonthly.com/film/house-of-ghosts

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2012, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 17m

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Trapped in a mansion by a massive snowstorm, party guests experience a host of frightening events after a medium opens a portal to the spirit realm.

Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Christopher R. Mihm

Writer: Christopher R. Mihm

Release Date (Streaming): Jan 23, 2017

Runtime: 1h 17m

Production Co: All For George Productions

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Justen Overlander

Michael Kaiser

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Stephanie Mihm

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House of Ghosts is the seventh film by Christopher R. Mihm and the seventh film in the Mihmiverse Shared Universe .

Created specifically as an homage to the films of William Castle (particiularly House on Haunted Hill (1959) ), the film centers upon a group of rich weirdos in Phantom Lake, Wisconsin, who are attending a dinner party on the night of a severe snowstorm.

The host and hostess hire a medium to act as the evening's entertainment, promising to open a portal to the great beyond. But what had seemed an interesting diversion becomes all too real. Soon the ghosts of the past are haunting the guests, as dark secrets are revealed and it seems uncertain who may survive the night without dying of fright.

Like many of Castle's movies, this movie is based around a Fourth-Wall breaking gimmick. Those who attend a live-screening will be presented with a Fear Shield they can hold before their face to prevent them from having the soul sucked out of their bodies by the vengeful spirits awoken by the scariest parts of the movie. Those who don't have a Fear Shield can use a box of candy or popcorn container instead.

This film provides examples of:

  • Agent Scully : Harlan. He refuses to give any credence to the idea of mediums or ghosts.
  • Most of the cast, honestly.
  • To a lesser degree, Ray, whom Harlan says was kicked out of his parents' home for unspecified reasons, though they were apparently quite religious.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking : Leigh running down the list of everything that his gone wrong. Her husband and butler are missing, one of her best friends has died and her party was ruined by a phony occultist! And then her dog goes missing, which seems to worry her more than anything else.
  • Author Avatar : Arthur is a director of horror movies, like Christopher R. Mihm.
  • Bedlam House : Mary apparently had her mother committed to one. She apparently heard voices that told her not to eat and she thought that her daughter was poisoning her food.
  • Berserk Button : Leigh's dog. Her husband and butler can disappear. Her party can be ruined. One of her closest friends can die. But she doesn't lose it until she realizes her dog is also missing.
  • She's strangely fixated on the idea of a magician who does tricks with cats. Or a cat juggler.
  • Creator Cameo : Christopher R. Mihm appears at the start of the film, in the grand tradition of William Castle , to warn people of how dangerous this movie could be and to instruct them in the use of their Fear Shield.
  • Credits Gag : No animals were harmed in the making of this motion picture. In fact, the dogs were better taken care of than the cast!
  • Cut Phone Lines : Naturally, this happens so they can't call for help after the first death.
  • Dem Bones : Mary is attacked by a skeletal vision of her mother, who starved to death in an insane asylum after Mary committed her.
  • Dodgy Toupee : Harlan wears one.
  • Eccentric Millionaire : Isaac and Leigh.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin : The movie centers around a seemingly haunted house.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You : The audience is advised to use their Fear Shields to protect them from the effects of the movie.
  • In a neat twist on the usual Staircase Tumble , Leigh dies after falling through the open space at the center of the stairwell, trying to grab her dog as it is being carried around by a ghost.
  • General Ripper : General Castle.
  • Gold Digger : Mary.
  • Haunted House : Obviously, given the title.
  • The relationship between Mary and Arthur is based on Annabelle and Loren.
  • Magic-Powered Pseudoscience : The Medium's device for opening the pathway to The Spirit World .
  • Mister Muffykins : Leigh's lap dog.
  • Old, Dark House
  • The Place : House of Ghosts.
  • He still wears a beret to parties so people know he is a director.
  • Rich Bitch : Leigh.
  • Rise of the Talkies : Apparently Arthur's career as a silent horror movie director died when "Talkies' came along.
  • Self-Deprecation : Christopher R. Mihm does this to himself in the script. At one point, Arthur mocks Mary as the last movie she appeared in was "The Monster of... something, something" and the fact that she was paid in burgers and beer. Christopher R. Mihm's first movie was The Monster of Phantom Lake and the cast and crew were largely made up of friends whom were paid in much the same manner as friends helping another friend move.
  • In his introduction, Christopher R. Mihm says that he would like "if I may, to take you on a strange journey..." He also makes reference to the characters of House of Ghosts being "rich weirdos."
  • Some of the music is taken from Eegah! .
  • Ray covers his head with a towel, theorizing that if he can't see the monster he thinks is haunting him, it won't be able to see him. This is a reference to the recommended method for dealing with the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy .
  • General Castle's name is likely a tribute to William Castle .
  • Snowed-In : How everyone becomes trapped in the house.
  • Spirit World : The Medium seems to make contact with it.
  • Subliminal Advertising : Much like the classic William Castle horror movies, single frames of scary words are inserted into the movie just before the scary scenes start.
  • The Tease : Mary. She flirts with other men shamelessly in front of her husband, Arthur.
  • Technobabble : The language The Medium uses to describe the machine he uses to open the gateway between worlds.'
  • Those Two Guys : Harlan and Ray. (a.k.a. The Old Guy And The Tall Guy.)
  • Trophy Wife : Mary. She's the daughter of one of the actresses Arthur used to work with quite often. She outright admits she only married Arthur for his money and he only seems to care about her being arm candy he can show off.
  • Twist Ending : It turns out The Medium was a scientist testing a device that was meant to make people hallucinate as a precursor to making them more susceptible to Mind Control , but the government altered the device to turn it into a weapon that frightened people to death. The party was meant to be the first test on human subjects, with Isaac being in on the test and having been given an antidote to resist the machine's lethal effects.
  • Deputy Hayes is married to a woman named Bertha. She just gave birth to a son, whom was named Glen, after Deputy Hayes' father. The younger Glen Hayes appears in Attack of the Moon Zombies .
  • Ursula Kaiser is the mother of Michael "Lobo" Kaiser - the soldier who became the first of the titular monsters in The Monster of Phantom Lake . It is revealed that everyone in Phantom Lake knows he is dead, but the exact reasons why are classified.
  • General Castle will go on to appear in The Giant Spider and Demon with the Atomic Brain .
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? : Arthur is swarmed by spiders — the animal he is most afraid of — in the basement.
  • World of Ham : The entire cast is going up to 11 and it is glorious.
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Confinement comes up often in two debut story collections, “House Gone Quiet,” by Kelsey Norris, and “The World Wasn’t Ready for You,” by Justin C. Key. Norris’s ruminative characters drift through their communities and lives like ghosts, free to roam and ponder their haunts yet fixed in space. Key’s more anguished figures also feel the tug of tethers, often to bleak systems of incarceration.

In different styles and tones, Norris and Key share an interest in the ways that being bound — to an event, to an act, to a place — shapes notions of freedom. Norris’s stories largely center on collectives. Women displaced by war, families, townspeople, radio station listeners and employees all take turns in the book’s spotlight, brought to life with rhythmic prose that channels the lyricism and end-stops of poetry. “There, still. A house gone quiet, filled up with something we wouldn’t look for, because finding it made it gone,” Norris writes in “Sentries,” weaving dependent clauses into an elegiac lament.

The story follows the exploits of Mabeulah, a mischievous great-aunt who bewilders and bewitches her young niece and nephews by hiding dolls across their parents’ house. The aunt is a guest, but the house and its residents quickly bend to her will, and the children, whose parents’ marriage is on the rocks, find joy in the woman’s disruption of the home’s dynamics. Mabeulah’s eccentric presence does not quite unite the strained family by the story’s end, but through her the children come to assert their own claims on the contested space.

Norris slinks between genres and forms across the collection, from literary fiction and magical realism to satire and a ghost tale. But her storytelling isn’t always as accomplished as her lithe and polished writing. The folkloric “Certain Truths and Miracles,” set on an unnamed island whose inhabitants believe the sea can capture stars, presents the islanders flatly. “The people of the island believe in certain truths and miracles. They respect heat and salinity,” Norris writes like a detached anthropologist.

The same distant mode sinks “The Sound of Women Waiting,” about women forced into marriages after their home country loses a war. Norris seeks to explore the characters’ dissociation as they dissolve into the homes they didn’t choose, but their inertia is too uniform. “Our country trucked loads of us across the border,” the narrator writes, “what could we do but go?” The abundant plural pronouns smother the characters into passivity.

The best stories of the bunch, “Go Way Back,” “Stitch” and “Decency Rule,” embrace the tensions inherent within such groups, highlighting the gaits and paths of individuals even as crowds and contexts sweep them along.

Key’s stories exemplify this tight focus on interior experiences, zooming in on the intimate horrors wrought by fantastical technologies and events. The standout “Spider King” features an unwitting participant in a twisted carceral experiment involving telekinetic arachnids. Darnell agrees to the “study” so he can leave prison early and be with his wife and daughter, but soon after his release he learns that his benefactors have implanted the spiders into his body. The terror Key wrings from this discovery is deliciously sensory and perverse: “Legs sprang out of his skin”; “the itch erupted”; “the flesh expanded to receive his finger, like a lover.”

The tactility subsides as the story’s plot thickens, but the molting is purposeful. No matter how accustomed Darnell gets to the spiders, he’s acutely aware the crawlers were imposed on him. Even uncuffed, he’s still caught in the web of the justice system.

The collection’s other stories aren’t as striking. “The Perfection of Theresa Watkins,” set in a world in which neurotechnology enables a queasy form of immortality, is also built on carceral horrors, but Key’s stilted dialogue and perfunctory exposition fail to channel the heady paranoia and giddy thrills of cyberpunk. “The anxiety flowed out … and the memories flowed in,” Key writes in one passage, the ellipsis intended to convey a pivotal epiphany.

“Afiya’s Song,” about an enslaved Black woman who inspires an uprising, cleverly complicates the magical Negro trope, but Key’s depiction of the violence of plantation life is overly reliant on explicit and gratuitous degradation. At times it feels like a supercut of slave fiction, its characters never cohering into people.

That sense of arrested development plagues the collection as a whole. The intrusive public health system of “Wellness Check,” the nightmarish interactive art of “Now You See Me” and the alien apartheid of the title story showcase an active imagination and a commitment to socially-minded speculative fiction; but Key’s lack of style hampers his ideas. His stories conjure worlds only to fill them with scenarios and propositions rather than rhythms, textures, horizons, lives.

HOUSE GONE QUIET : Stories | By Kelsey Norris | Scribner | 211 pp. | Paperback, $18

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Creep, sneak, and dash your way through hordes of ghouls and eerie ectoplasms in this roguelite reimagining of the classic Atari adventure!

Chills and stealthy thrills abound In Haunted House, a reimagining of the classic Atari adventure! Players take control of Lyn Graves, the precocious niece of legendary treasure hunter Zachary Graves. Lyn visits her uncle’s mansion with her closest compatriots, only to find the house overrun with ghouls and monsters who quickly grab and spirit away her friends. In order to free her uncle and her friends, and capture all the supernatural foes, Lyn must find the shattered pieces of a magical urn and put them back together. Through procedurally generated room layouts, shifting walls, unpredictable enemy placements, and unique ghostly encounters, Lyn must creep, sneak, and dash her way through hordes of ghouls and eerie ectoplasms in order to locate her friends and uncle. Each urn shard is fiercely guarded by a bone-chilling boss — with 3D isometric stealth gameplay, Lyn must think on her feet to conquer each challenge. When she gets knocked out by a shadowy specter, she winds up back at the Haunted House’s entrance and must face an entirely new floor layout and enemy placement, ensuring each run is unique. Features Resurrected Roguelite: Haunted House doubles down on stealth and mystifying challenges while adding roguelite elements, ensuring no two runs are the same. All-Ages Thrill Ride: The whimsical, cartoonish art style only thinly veils the chills and thrills in Haunted House! Expertly riding the line between goofy and spooky, Haunted House features primarily stealth-based gameplay and light combat sequences. Unlockable Characters: As Lyn explores the Haunted House, she’ll free her trapped friends, who become playable characters you can use to dive deeper into the mansion. Each friend possesses different stats, so depending on who you explore the mansion with, it’ll be a new experience! Atari Easter Eggs: The game is full of collectibles and lore based on the original Haunted House and other classic favorites from Atari’s golden age. Sneaky Shivers: With combat de-emphasized, players must focus on stealth movement and solving challenges unseen in the shadows, along with utilizing the arsenal of traps and items at their disposal to distract the ghoulies hunting Lyn. Lyn must collect gems to power up the skills and perks that make her that much stronger during the next trip through the mansion’s labyrinth.

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House Ghosts

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It's Halloween at the House of Mouse and Mickey who’s dressed up like a vampire, gets the House of Mouse all set for their Halloween festivities including a costume contest, which includes Timon and Pumbaa dressing up like Donald and Mickey. Suddenly, Donald tries very hard to impress the Magic Mirror by asking if his costume is good. Mickey puts on a Silly Scary Symphony cartoon for the audience to enjoy. After Hansel and Gretel was shown, Mickey shows Hades his bloopers reel was shown on the big screen, humiliating him so badly that he tortures his minion's Pain and Panic. Meanwhile, Pete decides to get his revenge by trying to scare everyone silly after nobody found his costume scary. He opens a crate labeled “Hitchhiking Ghosts”. Ezra, Phineas, and Gus come onto the stage and sing "Grim Grinning Ghosts". The Lonesome Ghosts skip around him, making him jump behind a gravestone. When he turns around, the Hatbox Ghost is there, waiting for him. Pete jumps back, right in front of the Executioner who's ready to scare the daylights out of Pete and has tea with the Hitchhiking Ghosts..

He runs away, into a demon eyed wallpaper then he sees 3 ghost faces and goes to another set of graves. The skeletons do their skeleton dance with him, and he hides in a crypt, where the Hitchhikers lock him inside. There, the bride is extending her hand towards him. He runs up and kisses it, but it disintegrates and she becomes a rotting corpse. The Lonesome Ghosts return, skipping around him, pulling down his underwear making him naked and he runs away, again. The Hitchhikers return to the stage and finish their song, to rapturous applause. After that, Mickey is being held up by the Lonesome Ghosts to introduce them the final cartoon. Later after How to Haunt a House was shown, Minnie tells Donald she was just playing a Halloween trick on him and thinks that his costumes really wonderful. Mickey tells Donald that they didn't have the costume contest on account of the ghosts that Pete released earlier, and they appear next to them. Donald screams and runs away, before Mickey says they'll get a chance to have it next year.

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“Located at the dead center of Main Street its Disney’s House of Mouse”!

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Ooh it’s a Houseketeer Halloween! So grab your garlic and get set for America's most haunted. He's Count Mickey Mouse."

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Special ghosts at the House of Mouse are treated to A Night on Bald Mountain

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How to Haunt a House (1999), Hansel and Gretel (1999), Pluto Gets the Paper: Spaceship (1999)

  • The animation for the opening sequence of this episode was recycled from Mickey's House of Villains .
  • Pluto doesn't appear in this episode itself. although he only appears in Pluto Gets the Paper: Spaceship.
  • This is the only episode to include references to Pixar films, despite no Pixar characters actually appearing (for obvious reasons at the time); Donald dresses as Woody, Buzz Lightyear, an LGM and Flik .
  • This is the only episode Pete has been seen naked
  • Mr. T voices and appears as himself during a blooper sequence starring Hades .
  • The main aspect of the episode is the song " Grim Grinning Ghosts " which originated in The Haunted Mansion ride.
  • Mickey is wearing the same vampire costume from Donald's Halloween Scare .
  • This is the second and final time where Pete is wearing his underwear and socks, the first being in " House of Scrooge ".
  • This is Pete's final appearance in the House of Mouse since he doesn’t appear in the final episode of the series.
  • This is the last House of Mouse episode where Mike advertises for the show's sponsor.

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Historic haunts: Can you guess which West Palm Beach haunted house Zak Bagans has visited?

Palm Beach may not be as haunted as St. Augustine reportedly is, but we have some ghost stories of our own in South Florida.

Palm Beach is actually rumored to share a ghost with Florida’s oldest town: the spirit of Florida oil tycoon Henry Flagler, who died 110 years ago in 1913. And Flagler isn’t the only spirit rumored to roam the Palm Beaches. There have long been whispers of a witch that traps the souls of children in a coral cliff underneath a castle beside the ocean and gossip of graves forgotten under buildings.

If you’re interested in taking a self-guided ghost tour this Halloween, here’s a roundup of some spooky spaces in Palm Beach County.

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Where is the Witches Wall in Palm Beach?

The Witch’s Wall, or Witch’s Castle, is tucked right behind the Palm Beach Country Club and The Beach Club on Country Club Road. The road cuts through a mini mountain of coral, creating rock “walls” on both sides of the street. 

At the top of the coquina mound sits a castle-like house. Below the house, in the wall of rock beside the road, there’s a hole with bars on the opening. It looks like a small, rugged jail cell if you’re just driving by. That barred hole has been the genesis of generations of local campfire stories: From the story of a mother forever mourning the death of her only son, to an unhinged witch who once lived atop the hill and trapped children in the coral jail cell.

But we do know what's behind the bars at the Witch’s Wall today. It’s a water pump, as the area is the location of a water pumping station for West Palm Beach, according to a 2015 article from the Palm Beach Daily News .

Cost and how to visit: It's free to visit the Witch's Wall, but there isn't a sidewalk or safe space to stand near it on the road. Your best bet is to take a scenic drive through the coral cut and slow down to catch a glimpse if you can.

You can find more on all the local legends tied to the Witch’s Wall in Palm Beach here .

Is Henry Flagler’s Palm Beach mansion haunted?

In February 1902, Henry Flagler and his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, moved into a stunning 75-room mansion that still stands in Palm Beach today . Some say they never left. Flagler died in 1913, partly due to injuries he sustained from a fall he took in his Gilded Age mansion. Mary Lily died four years after him, in 1917.

In 1974, a night watchman for Flagler’s former mansion said he woke up from a nap at 3:30 a.m. one night to find Flagler’s ghost standing in front of him . He claimed to have gotten a good look at Flagler, who was wearing a dark suit and tie, before he vanished.

According to the blog Hauntedhovel.com , Flagler’s ghost is still fairly active in the mansion and is reported to dim lights and be heard walking through empty rooms and corridors.

“There are many stories about how he likes to make himself known, with the common reports of his presence coming from the area which used to be his offices,” the website says. “He was known to spend huge amounts of time in his office and it seems even after his death he's not prepared to let it go.”

Cost and how to visit: If you buy a ticket to visit the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum , which includes Flagler's mansion, you can take a free tour. The museum offers free tours every week, from Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

Admission to the museum is $26 for adults and 13 and older and $13 for kids ages six through 12. Admission is free for kids 5 years old or younger.

Were bodies found under the Norton Museum of Art?

In October 1902, Richard Hone, a pineapple grower whose house still stands in West Palm Beach, was murdered in that home on Plymouth Road. Hone sat at his kitchen table, writing a letter to his sister in England. His wife, Mary, sat close by reading, when one of Hone's employees fired a gun through their window, killing Richard. 

The cemetery that Hone was buried in, Lakeside Cemetery, was given to the city of West Palm Beach to be turned into a park, which Art Collector Ralph Norton eventually flipped into an art museum. The city moved all the burials across the street, to Woodlawn Cemetery – or so they thought.

In 1985, Richard Hone’s headstone and a few other forgotten graves were found in a crawl space underneath the Norton Museum of Art’s auditorium.

Cost and how to visit: You can buy general admission tickets to visit the Norton Museum of Art here . Admission for students is only $5 with a valid school ID and $15 for seniors. General admission for all other adults is $18. Kids 12 and under get in free.

What is the haunting of the Riddle House?

Continuing with the trend of early 20th century haunts: Last but certainly not least on this list is the Riddle House (no, not the one from “Harry Potter”). This West Palm Beach historical house was built in 1905 and is one of the most haunted places in Palm Beach County.

It’s actually haunted enough to have earned a visit from the king of ghost hunting, Travel Channel’s Zak Bagans.

“The Riddle House is one of the most active haunts in southern Florida,” According to Ghost Adventures ’ page on Travel Channel’s website. “One visitor who had arranged for a private tour was struck in the head by a piece of wood in the staircase.”

Bagans and his crew spent a night locked inside the house in 2008. The Riddle House episode was the fourth episode of the show’s first season and aired in November 2008. 

The house was originally used as a funeral parlor and later used as a private residence for West Palm Beach’s first City Manager and Superintendent of Public Works, Karl Riddle. The home used to sit next to Woodlawn Cemetery. It was the house for those who oversaw the cemetery and kept an eye out for grave robbers. 

In the 1920s, when Riddle became the city manager, a part of the job was to oversee the cemetery, so he moved into the house. Soon after, one of Riddle’s employees took his own life in the attic, which sparked a series of unfortunate events.

Afterward, Riddle couldn’t seem to keep his household staffed. Employees reported hearing chains rattling on the stairs and murmuring voices and most quit.

That was just the beginning of decades of paranormal activity. Although the house has been moved across town, to Yesteryear Village, rumors of hauntings remain. Some have reported a woman in white who disappears when she is approached.

Are you brave enough to tour the Riddle House?

Cost and how to visit: Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdaysfrom 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $7 for kids ages six through 11 and free for kids ages 5 and under.

It will be closed Saturday, October 14, Thursday, October 19, and Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27.

If you want to take a guided spooky ghost hunting tour through the Riddle House and the rest of the village, there will be one this Saturday. The guided ghost tour is $35 per person and there is a maximum amount of 30 people that can go on the tour. You can buy tickets here.

Pray or move? 40% of surveyed Americans experience 'unexplained' phenomena in homes

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Do you think your house is haunted?

If you do you're among large chunk of Americans believers.

A new survey conducted by All Star Home  shows one in six people across the nation think supernatural activity is going on at home.

Even spookier? Two out of five U.S residents in the survey reported they have experienced unexplained or unusual occurrences at home.

To draw the findings, researchers surveyed 1,017 Americans in August about their paranormal experiences. Among those interviewed, All Star Home reported, 49% were women, 49% were men, 1% were non-binary, and 1% did not identify. The group ranged in age from 19 to 94 with an average age of 42.

To determine the old homes in historically haunted cities, All Star Home said it used data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Here are some other frightening stats the survey revealed:

1 in 10 people have used a Ouija board at home

One in 10 people have used a Ouija board at their home.

Forty-two percent say they would not use it again.

What really happened in the bedroom?

Of those who say they have experienced oddities in their home, 49% reported witnessing something unexplainable in the bedroom.

Other popular areas include the living room (26%), kitchen (23%), a hallway or stairway (21%) and the basement (12%). 

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Do I pray or move out?

Of those who witnessed something eerie 19% reported praying while 11% played detective and researched the home's history.

Another 11% said they performed a cleansing ritual.

Seven of the 1,017 people surveyed said they moved out after the experience.

'Something unexplainable'

More than two in five people experienced something unexplainable or unusual in their home with 42% of them reporting they felt the presence of something they couldn’t see.

Meanwhile 37% (more than 1 in 3) people have heard unexplainable sounds including footsteps or voices, and 19% have seen apparitions or ghostly figures.

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More than 30% of those interviewed said they are "freaked out" by old homes and 39 % said they have felt the presence of a dead family member.

The average age of a home where people reported unexplained experiences was found to be 88 years.

For more on the survey, click here . If you dare.

Natalie Neysa Alund is a senior reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her on X @nataliealund.


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Wallingford's Fruit House hosts a haunted house in Auburn every year called "Nightmare on the Ridge.”

A haunted house in Auburn is causing some controversy.

Wallingford’s Fruit House  hosts a haunted house every year called “Nightmare on the Ridge.”

But this year, some community members are speaking out about some of the material inside.

Some people took issue to the sight of a woman being sawed in half, according to the Sun Journal.

A couple of local people suggested the piece depicted violence against women.

“We had a mannequin, who unfortunately was a female that we were preparing to feed to the demon. And in his diet, we have everything, male, females, and it just happened to be female. Poor choice of a place, maybe, where the saw was placed, which was what caused the controversy,” said Peter Ricker, with Wallingford’s Fruit House.

Organizers of the haunted house told the Sun Journal that they’ve had that piece on display for years and didn’t recall there being complaints in the past.

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Moscow’s urban legends: Ghosts, mutant rats under the Metro

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Construction of Fonvizinskaya metro station on the Lyublinsko-Dmitriyevskaya Line in Moscow

Among the world's most famous urban legends is about alligators allegedly living in New York City's sewer system. The Russians do not lag behind the Americans in terms of the popular imagination. Some see giant rats in the metro, while others talk about ghosts and the "mutagenic radiation" of the Ostankino television tower.

The mysteries of the metro

When it comes to rumours about the Moscow subway , truth is closely intertwined with fiction. Even officials do not deny that there are classified military and government lines under the capital – the so-called "Metro-2.”

That there are classified military and government lines under the capital – the so-called "Metro-2” – is not denied even by some officials. Photo: Construction of Fonvizinskaya metro station on the Lyublinsko-Dmitriyevskaya Line in Moscow. Source: Vitaliy Belousov/RIA Novosti

Enthusiasts have, however, been unsuccessfully trying to find more accurate information for years. Is there one line there or an entire system? Or is there an underground city for 15,000 people? Typical for an urban legend, there are a thousand versions of this story. They are united by an aura of secrecy and danger.

"It was really scary to hear the sound of tarpaulin boots near the alleged entrance to Metro-2," said Konstantin, one of Moscow’s community of “diggers,” or enthusiasts who explore subterranean bunkers, wells, tunnels and other facilities. "Is it still guarded by the KGB men, or something?"

Another Moscow resident claims her digger friend was allegedly shot at by special services while searching for Metro-2. The difficult-to-verify stories by the diggers about their adventures at the closed facility add to people's curiosity.

"My grandmother told me about Metro-2 in my childhood, and then about mutant rats," recalls Moscow resident Valeria. In the 1990s, tabloids publicized stories about giant rats living in the tunnels.

So could Splinter from " Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles " find company in the Moscow catacombs? "It's all science: Radiation from rocks must cause mutations in rats," says Pavel, also from Moscow. "But they live in technical rooms, so you can't see them."

Skeptics say that the crying comes from late-working employees of the Tunisian embassy: the commissar's house is now occupied by a diplomatic mission. Source: Lori/Legion-Media

On the surface

Not only are the underground bunkers of the Soviet elite shrouded in legend, but also fairly earthly structures, such as the home of Lavrenty Beria, the USSR People's Commissar for State Security and Stalin's right-hand man.

During interrogation in 1953, Beria confessed to abducting and raping dozens of women, but the authenticity of these papers is still being debated (Beria was removed by Khrushchev in a power struggle, and the documents could have been falsified after the execution of this dangerous rival).

But the image of the sadistic Beria was firmly imprinted on the popular mind, and his house in Moscow is surrounded by dark rumours. Allegedly, an invisible car rolls on Malaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa at midnight, with its old motor rumbling. Footsteps are heard, and Beria's ghost comes to his house for violent pleasures: curious pedestrians will soon even hear a woman crying from behind the walls.

Skeptics will say that the crying comes from late-working employees of the Tunisian embassy (the commissar's house is now occupied by a diplomatic mission), but this version is much more boring, even though probably the truth.

Napoleonic soldiers and a 500-year-old witch

It is not only the city centre where legends abound.

Many people believe that hundreds of soldiers from Napoleon’s army were buried in the hills of Peredelkino, a holiday village in the outskirts of Moscow, in 1812. Paranormal enthusiasts imbue the mounds with mystical qualities, believing that electronics go haywire and travellers disappear there.

The 500-year-old witch is believed to have predicted the high-profile murder of well-known TV journalist Vlad Listyev and a fire at Ostankino in 2000. Photo: A lightning over the Ostankino TV tower in Moscow. Source: Denis Murin/RIA Novosti

In reality, however, it is likely that there are no mass graves there.

"After the difficult war with Napoleon, peasants saw its echoes everywhere, so this is an old myth," researchers of the Museum of Moscow told RIR. "In the 19th century, archaeologists excavated Slavic mounds from the 10 th and 11 th centuries. But the inhabitants of the surrounding villages still considered them to be the graves of French soldiers."

The Ostankino neighbourhood, where Europe's highest TV tower is located, is also mythologized. It is allegedly haunted by the ghost of an old woman, who was murdered in the 16 th century. Now she walks around and predicts disasters.

The 500-year-old witch is believed to have predicted the high-profile murder of well-known TV journalist Vlad Listyev and a fire at Ostankino in 2000. Sometimes these stories are complemented by vivid details – for example, the furniture in Listyev's office was allegedly gnawed after his death by animals, mutated by the tower's radiation.

Then there are less bloody rumours: for example, one about a bulldozer embedded by builders in the TV centre's building by mistake. Yana Sidorova, the author of a study about the legends of Ostankino, says the TV centre's staff do not really believe in these sorts of stories, but are quite happy to spread them.

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The sitcom returned to West Horsley Place for the latest episodes.

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Anticipation is high for the annual Ghosts Christmas special , which will send viewers back to the haunted Button House for more paranormal shenanigans.

The grand old setting of the acclaimed sitcom is as much a character in the show as its lively spectres, which is helped hugely by the fact that its filmed on location in a genuinely historic building.

West Horsley Place has been the home of Ghosts since it began back in 2019, with the listed building in Surrey doubling for Button House as well as having various other uses by the inventive production team.

Indeed, the Ghosts cast rarely leave West Horsley Place during filming as the plot generally doesn't demand it, given that the paranormal characters on the show are eternally bound to the Button House premises.

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This proved particularly convenient during the pandemic, when most television shows were restricted in how far they could travel during a shoot, although there were still complications stemming from the sheer number of actors involved.

Ghosts chronicles how young couple Alison (Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) share a huge ancestral home with a group of fussy ghouls, while also attempting to renovate the dilapidated property.

It may surprise some to learn that the house is similar in real-life to how it appears in the series, something RadioTimes.com saw first-hand when we visited the set earlier in its run.

Producer Matthew Mulot showed us around the huge house, which becomes a bustling hive of activity as the crew behind Ghosts prepares for a shoot.

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The team arrives six weeks before filming starts to begin ageing down the property and moving in props, although some scenes do retain the manor's original items.

The most valuable have been sold by Bamber and Christina Gascoigne to raise vital funds for the West Horsley Place Trust, which is seeking to rescue and restore the Grade I listed building and its surrounding estate.

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It goes without saying that the crew take the greatest care to ensure that nothing of historical value is damaged or affected by their activity, leaving West Horsley Place exactly as they found it.

"We start reinstating everything on our way out so by the time we're filming our last scene of the last day, almost everything is back to how it was bar that one space that we're filming in," Mulot explains.

The Drawing Room at West Horsley Place (BBC One's Ghosts)

Much work has been done since our last visit to West Horsley Place, with co-star Ritchie telling us in September 2022 that renovation is moving at a much faster place in real-life than it is in the continuity of the show.

"The rest of the place has always been continuously improved, so each time they have to come and dilapidate it more because Mike and Alison don't have the money that the real West Horsley Place have – because they don't have a BBC show filming there every year," she explained.

The Ghosts team certainly get the most value out of their location as possible, utilising virtually every room for scenes or storage and finding inventive workarounds for the most ambitious scenes.

In the opening of season 1, an elderly woman passes away in the master bedroom and we see her ghost float up above her before disappearing – a scene that was actually filmed in a completely different part of the house.

Mulot recalled: "The truth is, there's not an awful lot of room in [the bedroom] to be floating a lady around, so in the ballroom we set up a massive green screen, and we had Ania [Marson] stood on a green box on her tiptoes pretending to float.

"The trick was, we had a camera that was up high and it just slowly moved down against the green screen so then the effect was that it looked like she was rising up.

"It was quite a number, but because it was the beginning of episode one, we wanted to do something that was quite visually arresting."

Charlotte Ritchie plays Alison in Ghosts series 2 (BBC One)

The production team behind Ghosts have pulled off several ambitious sequences at West Horsley Place, but believe the hard work is always worth it in service to comedy.

Mulot continued: "We do have to weigh up how complicated it is, how expensive it is, how funny it is – and if it's funny, it's worth tackling one and two."

"If it's not funny, we're like 'we're not spending X amount of money and X amount of time doing that'. But the [writers] are hilarious and the scripts are great, so more often than not if they write it we just find a way to do it."

That was the case with the so-called "plague pit" scenes, featuring a large cluster of ghosts who reside in the basement of the house – which are actually filmed in a room next door to the kitchen.

Mulot revealed: "There's just a room that's not a basement at all, but we just blackout all of the windows, we cover over the doors to the kitchen with the boiler and some other things, and we basically just create that.

"To be fair, if we did have a basement, filming down in it would probably be a nightmare. It's already quite dark and claustrophobic, because the idea is there's sort of infinite plague victims down there."

The plague pit characters took a lesser role in last year's third season due (ironically) to pandemic filming restrictions, but they make a welcome return to the forefront in the season 4 opener.

Ghosts series one star Charlotte Ritchie

For the 2020 Christmas special, the production team were tasked with transforming parts of West Horsley Place into completely different locations for a series of flashbacks about Simon Farnaby's deceased politician, Julian Fawcett MP.

The episode opens with him giving a speech in the House of Commons, filmed in the house against a green screen setup, while his Westminster office was also created from dressing up one of the many rooms at the team's disposal.

Perhaps more impressively, the designers were able to turn a small area at the back of the house into the outside of a nightclub on a busy city street for another scene showing Julian in his mortal days.

"They brought Soho to the middle of the countryside," Farnaby told RadioTimes.com .

Last year, the flashback in the Christmas episode is contained to a single room in the house, dressed up to look like a previous residence of Lady Button (Martha Howe-Douglas) and her mother (Jennifer Saunders).

West Horsley Place is currently under renovation in real life, meaning that some of the scaffolding spotted throughout season one was real, as opposed to set dressing.

"We can just incorporate it into our story that that's just work they're having done, rather than the real-life builders are genuinely coming back the day after we finish filming to continue working in that room," Mulot said.

West Horsley Place Trust hopes to turn the property into a welcoming space for the community to share and enjoy with arts, history, wellbeing and nature at its heart.

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A woman living in a "haunted" 1920s New Mexico home says her cat and son "see" a haunting presence.

Rene Valdez said her son told her about "a man that I see in my room … with an old hat that peaks in from the bathroom," she told Inside Edition.

Valdez reportedly spoke to the previous owner on Facebook , who said, "Oh, I've been expecting you." 

"She's like ‘my son sees a man with a hat,’ and her son described what our son sees, so that was weird and scared the c--- out of me," Valdez told Inside Edition.


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A cloaked and chained skeletal ghost figure hangs in a tree in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 26, 2018. (Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Valdez described a list of "unusual noises" and "unexplained stuff" that she and her girlfriend hear daily.

There is an unconnected doorbell that "violently" dings at night, a basement camera that "caught the chairs sliding across the floor" and an Alexa device alerting them about calls ringing from inside the house, she said.


However, what freaks her out is her pets' responses. 

"The pets have the most reaction," said Valdez, who specifically mentioned her gray cat "Ruth."

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"Ruth sees things in the bedroom constantly. I mean they interrupt her. It follows her. It modes around," Valdez told Inside Edition. "I mean she's always seeing it and that freaks me out.

"I don't like her reactions because her ears go back. She is definitely following something that's up there."


Valdez, her girlfriend, her son and the pets still live in the house and plan to stay there with their shadowy roommate.

"I feel like I'm in its space more than it's in mine in a way," Valdez said. "Whatever it is, is here before us. 

"They're not bothering me, so I'm going to let it go. I kind of love him," she said. "Like in his own way he's like the icing on the cake of this creepy 1920s house that I bought."

Chris Eberhart is a crime and US news reporter for Fox News Digital. Email tips to [email protected] or on Twitter @ChrisEberhart48.

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A look inside the “FEAR Haunted House” in Palm Desert

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The FEAR Haunted House is delivering on scares for the 13th year in a row at The Shops at Palm Desert. 

The haunted house includes 16 horror themed rooms where actors wait to give their guests the perfect jumpscare. 

The FEAR haunted house is fully run by volunteers; from the actors to the makeup artists that give them their frightening looks. 

The haunt originally opened in 2009 by Sandra Wallace, who also works on Knott’s Scary Farm and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. 

Wallace says she is now working on ushering in the next generation of haunt owners in the desert. 

Watch News Channel 3 this evening for more on how Wallace is training aspiring haunt owners. For more information on the haunt’s hours of operations and the cost of admissions, click here .

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( Idaho Statesman ) — At 1122 King Road in Moscow sits a gray six-bedroom, three-bathroom house that continues to be the source of significant national attention.

Known as a student rental, the home’s most recent tenants were a group of six University of Idaho undergraduates who signed a 12-month lease that began on June 5, according to the property management firm that oversees the home.

Three of the student renters would not live to see the end of their lease.

The tenants were Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen, as well as an unnamed sixth person on the lease.

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In the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 13, Mogen, Goncalves, Kernodle and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, were stabbed to death in the house. Police found two bodies on the second floor and two bodies on the third floor, but have not released which victims were discovered where.

Mortensen and Funke were on the first floor of the home and went unharmed. Police have said they were not involved in the killings.

Nearly six weeks have passed, and law enforcement still has not named a suspect in the quadruple homicide.

The Idaho Statesman used photos from rental listings and documents submitted by former owners to the city of Moscow to explore the layout of the King Road house. Depictions of the floors are approximations created by the Statesman based on that information.

Just north of the home is the university’s new Greek Row , where many fraternity and sorority activities take place. That proximity meant the area was particularly popular among those involved in U of I Greek life.

About 1,600 students are members of the school’s fraternities and sororities. That total represents 23% of the roughly 7,000 undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2022 at the Moscow campus, according to university spokespeople.

Goncalves was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, while Mogen and Kernodle were members of Pi Beta Phi. Funke is a member of Pi Phi as well, and identified Mogen as her “big sister” in a letter she wrote that was read at a Dec. 2 memorial . Mortensen also appears in multiple photos reviewed by the Statesman, including with Funke, on the sorority’s Facebook page, wearing clothing with Pi Phi insignia.

Many renters in the area around King Road were overflow from the nearby fraternities and sororities, said Merida McClanahan, supervisor at Team Idaho Real Estate & Property Management.

“ we have a lot of university students as our tenants and we’ve got quite a few of the properties down there on King Road,” McClanahan told the Statesman in a phone interview. “It’s a tight-knit community. They’re on the back side of campus right across the street from Greek Row, and those kids cycle in and out.”

The listed owner of the King Road property didn’t return email and phone messages from the Statesman.

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David Janssen, 32, a former U of I graduate student who said he’s a five-year tenant of an apartment complex adjacent to the rental home, confirmed that fraternity and sorority members appear to dominate the tightly packed neighborhood.

The surrounding Greek life environment contributed to what those familiar with the neighborhood, including Janssen, described in interviews with the Statesman as a loud party culture in the conjoined dead-end streets of King and Queen roads.

“This has always been a party place since I’ve lived here — always,” said Sean Hundley, 34, a nearly lifelong Moscow resident, and maintenance person for the adjacent apartment complex.

The tenants of the King Road house had received three noise complaints for loud music since August, according to a Statesman review of Moscow police reports. Two came on the same night in early September from separate neighbors in two single-family homes, each about a quarter-mile away, on the street located above the valley where the King Road house sits.

Goncalves received a warning from police for the first noise complaint in August. Mogen and Kernodle each received law enforcement warnings from the two complaints in September, according to the police reports.

In recently released Moscow police body-cam footage posted on YouTube , officers were shown trying to track down a resident of the home after the first of the September noise complaints.

“I guarantee you they’re associated with a sorority,” Moscow Police Sgt. Dustin Blaker said in the footage, to a male student who didn’t live at the home. “As many of them are living here, it’s an off-campus sorority house.”

Three floors of Moscow house

The King Road home’s six bedrooms had at one time been rented as separate apartments, according to McClanahan, with the property management firm.

“Primarily for the last 12 years, it has been rented as one unit as a single-family home,” McClanahan said.

The house originally had two floors, but an owner requested to add the lowest floor in 2000, according to Moscow city permits. Built into a hillside, the house has one exterior door on each floor.

The home is 3,120 square feet, according to Zillow . The Latah County Assessor’s Office assessed its value at $343,848 in August.

The first floor

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All of the tenants except the sixth unnamed person on the lease, who police said had moved out before the start of the school year, were home at the time of the Nov. 13 attack. The five housemates, along with Chapin, were all back at the King Road house by 1:56 a.m., police said. Call records made by Mogen and Goncalves indicated the attack happened sometime after they placed a phone call at 2:52 a.m., according to The New York Times.

The roommates on the first floor, Mortensen and Funke, likely were asleep until later that morning, according to police.

Attempts by the Statesman to reach Funke and Mortensen have been unsuccessful.

At 11:58 a.m., a 911 call was made from inside the house on one of the surviving roommates’ cellphones, according to police. The roommates summoned friends to the house because they believed one of the victims on the second floor had passed out and was not waking up. Multiple people spoke with the 911 dispatcher before officers arrived, police said.

Authorities have declined to release the 911 recording, citing an ongoing investigation.

On social media, many have expressed disbelief that Mortensen and Funke would not have woken up during the killings. However, former first-floor tenant Ryan Augusta told Fox News that he typically “heard nothing” from the second and third floors when he lived there in 2019. Reached by the Statesman, Augusta said he stood by his prior statement.

City records and photos from online rental listings indicate the first floor has two bedrooms that open into a shared hallway. The hallway also leads to a bathroom and a stairway that goes to the second floor.

A door between the bedrooms opens to the property’s driveway.

The second floor

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The second floor of the home includes a living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen. This floor can be accessed from the outside through a sliding glass door between the porch and the kitchen.

This floor has two separate staircases, one that leads to the first floor and one to the third floor.

Kernodle lived on the second floor, her mother, Cara Northington, said in an interview this month with NewsNation . Chapin’s mother, Stacy Chapin, previously confirmed to the Statesman that her son spent the night at his girlfriend’s house.

The third floor

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The third floor of the home includes a bathroom and two bedrooms — one of which has a balcony with a sliding glass door. This floor can be accessed only by the staircase from the second floor.

Goncalves’ father, Steve Goncalves, said his daughter and Mogen lived on the third floor, according to Fox News. He said he believes that the two women, close friends since childhood, both slept in Mogen’s room the night of the killings.

Two items — a pair of pink boots frequently worn by Mogen in social media photos and a decorative letter M— could be seen in the window of bedroom E following the homicides. Goncalves posted social media videos from bedroom F.

Goncalves had a dog named Murphy who was home at the time of the attack, police said. Officers found the dog in a room where the crimes were not committed, but do not know where he was at the time of the killings, according to a news release. Police found no evidence on the dog, they said.

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