The Real Stories Behind the True Crime Scenes You Can Visit

Whether it is morbid curiously or you can’t get enough of shows like Law and Order or American Horror Story, crime scene tourism is alive and well.

Some of the most famous crime scenes or the homes of legendary murders are open for tourists. Each site has an epic story, many of the crimes are also unsolved. So grab your map, gas up the car, and check out some of these creepy places you can visit. You may need to bring your sage, holy water, and your favorite pillow for the destination on page 6!

1. Amityville Horror home

Amityville Horror House | Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

Do a scary drive by in Amityville, New York, to witness where the Amityville murders occurred. The home was the scene of a brutal massacre in the 1970s when Ronald “Butch” Defeo shot and killed his entire family while they slept. Shortly after, the Lutz family purchased the home, which was the site of reported paranormal activity, according to Road Trippers. The home went on the market in 2016 for $850,000 but ultimately sold for a little more than $600,000, according to Newsweek.

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2. Sixth Floor Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas, is located in the former Texas School Book Depository building and overlooks Dealey Plaze, the place where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The museum is called “the sixth floor” because it is the scene where the sniper’s rifle and perch were found after the president was murdered. The museum includes both core and special exhibits. Visitors can also view special collections as well.

Next: This tour was actually banned on Groupon–twice.

3. Jeffrey Dahmer tour

Jeffrey Dahmer

Serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer | Eugene Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

Called the “Cream City Cannibal” tour, this Milwaukee, Wisconsin, tour is supposed to be so extreme, Groupon banned it, according to Hangman Tours. The 75-minute walking tour takes you on the trail of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Dahmer kidnapped and drugged his male victims. Once victims were rendered incapacitated, he strangled them. But that’s not where it ends. He also performed sex acts on the corpses and eventually dismembered them, keeping certain body parts as a souvenir.

The tour covers the areas where Dahmer stalked and kidnapped seven out of his 17 victims. To make the tour even creepier, it is held at 10 p.m. on Friday or Saturday evenings.

Next: This tour has a ‘warning’ for tourists.

4. Manson murder crime scene

charles manson mugshot

Charles Manson | California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images

Otherwise known as the Helter Skelter Tour, the Los Angeles-based tour company, Dearly Departed Tours takes those who dare to the Manson murder sites. Serial killer Charles Manson created a cult following in the 1960s, brainwashing his followers to commit murder upon his command, according to CNN. The group viciously murdered five people, including Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. The three and a half hour tour also integrates a multi-media presentation into the tour and is not recommended for children.

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5. Lizzie Borden home

You can tour the home where Lizzie Borden allegedly hacked her father and stepmother to death with an ax in 1892. Lizzie went on trial for her their deaths but was ultimately acquitted. As a result, the case went unsolved.

Tours last about 50 minutes and run every hour from 11 am until 3 pm, seven days a week. Feeling daring? You can spend the night at the home too! Don’t forget to check the ghost cams, which are live.

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6. Villisca Ax Murder House

Like the Borden home, you can tour and stay overnight at this murder house. Located in Villisca, Iowa, the Villisca Ax Murder House is the scene of a grisly murder in 1912. An entire family and two visitors were brutally murdered by a person who remains a mystery to this day.

The home is open to both evening and daylight tours. Or you can stay overnight to the tune of about $428 for groups of one to six people. This site is considered to be extremely haunted and often investigated by paranormal experts.

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7. Zodiac killer tour

Zodiac Killer

Zodiac Killer letter | San Francisco Chronicle/Wikimedia Commons

The Zodiac killer terrorized the San Francisco area 50 years ago, leaving 30 dead in his wake, according to USA Today. After each murder, the killer, who referred to himself as Zodiac, sent the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper a note containing puzzles and cryptograms.

The murderer’s identification remains unsolved, however, scientists are trying to use genealogy to hopefully crack the crime. The Zodiac Tour includes a five-hour visit of the various sites where the killer stalked and killed victims.

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