They're dilapidated, eerily beautiful and they all have very dark pasts. In his new book, 13: An American Horror Story, Photographer Seph Lawless investigates these ghostly American houses and shares the sad tales behind their deadly histories. Read on if you dare...
Above: This Toledo, Ohio house was the home of the, so called, Milan Witch who is supposedly buried under the front porch.
• The Haught Mansion, Brush Park, Missouri
Years after this upscale 1940's brothel was shut down, several bodies — branded with precise round circles on their chests and torsos — were found in its basement. Sounds like the dark arts to us.
•The Oliver Family Mansion, Chester, Pennsylvania
The Oliver family disappeared without a trace in 1898, leaving this empty mansion behind. There's been no trace of them ever since but every once in a while, a Chester local will catch a glimpse of bodies through the windows. Ghost or shut in? You decide.
• The Nova House, Youngstown, Ohio
In 1958, Benjamin Albright accidentally shot his own son and was so tormented that he subsequently killed his wife and himself. Their home has been abandoned ever since because, well, ghosts.
• The Childhood Bedroom of The Kansas City Butcher, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Serial killer Robert Berdella, The Kansas City Butcher, grew up here in the 1950's. He went on to torture and kill at least six men in Kansas City from 1984-1987 before he was arrested and died in jail.
•The Sayer House, Kentucky
Legend has it that after the parents of this family committed a grisly double suicide, their four children lived here all alone for another decade. Creepy!