What is in three dimensions and has the ability to make the hair in the back of your neck stand up, sending chilly goose bumps all over your skin when left unloved to decay?

Hold that thought…

Think harder…

Five letters…

Did you get it right? Need more time to think? Lol

It’s a haunted house!!!

It has been said and yes it is true, that the three basic needs of man are shelter, food, and clothing.

Primitive man had just the basic cover for his shelter – under a tree, in a cave…. Just enough, or a little less, to keep him hidden from the elements.

Time brought the birth of a new kind of man – the master builder, the Architectural man.

Architectural man wanted more than just a place to lay his head after a long day of hard toil. Architectural man got thinking, adding permanence, safety, and security to his shelters. Using crude materials, re-inventing those crude materials, modifying those through the years, subjecting each material to hard tests that only the tough can withstand.

The result over time were sky scrappers, duplexes, bungalows, mansions, and all sorts of wonderful structures, which have been reported to leave viewers, stunned, some bamboozled, and others almost physically aroused.

As good an agent as time is, it also brings death and decay. And houses, irrespective of how glamorous they are, or how elite its owner is, or how exotic and classy its component are, it will begin to die and decay with time if left unloved without maintenance.

Many of such uninhabited and and unloved houses have acquired the name haunted houses over time. We have seen many such houses in the movies. But did you know that scattered around our world are many such houses?

Seph Lawless is a photographer who delights in capturing such haunted houses. He is reported to “usually travel across the United States in a hybrid vehicle, equipped with a camera and a knack for finding his ways inside strange structures, collecting stories of his adventures.” His adventurous escapade have uncovered a number of ghostly and frightening pictures of real life haunted houses.

So, for all of you who may have movie-zoned haunted houses, tagged them myths incapable of existing in our real world, I will be sharing some of Seph Lawless haunted houses photographs with you. Viewers discretion is strongly advised as these photos tell ghostly tales that may scare bravery out of the faint hearted.

I repeat, take cover lily-livered viewers, these photos will creep you out~

1) The Cater House Estate in Buffalo, New York

COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: a local sheriff who committed suicide after the place went into foreclosure in 1968. Locals claim they regularly hear voices coming from it…

2) The Haught Mansion in Brush Park, Michigan

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: Several dead bodies marked by what appeared to be a perfect circle on the torso and chest areas, were reportedly found in the cellar after its earlier use as a brothel for affluent gentlemen.

3) Bedroom of Robert Berdella (a.k.a the Butcher of Kansas City)

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: Remember the serial killer who was apprehended on April 4th 1988 after a victim he had been torturing for a week jumped naked from the second story of his house and escaped? Yes, the one who gave the police a 720 pages detailed confession of how he brutally raped, tortured and ultimately dismembered 6 young male prostitutes? Well, this is the childhood bedroom of the murderer who committed those crimes in his unsuspicious home in a quiet street in Kansas City.

4) The Nova House, Youngstown, Ohio.

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: Benjamin Albright shot and killed his son by accident and then killed himself and his wife in 1958. The home has been vacant ever since and still has personal belongings inside.

5) The Temple Haunted Mansion in Detroit, Michigan

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: was the site of a triple murder in August 1942.

6) The Hooley Haunted Mansion in Texas

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: This house is reportedly the home to several strange deaths in the 1970s, when the mansion served as a bed and breakfast.

7) Abandoned house in East Cleveland, Ohio,

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: This is where serial killer Anthony Sowell a.k.a The Cleveland Strangler who murdered between 2007 – 2009 hid the bodies of his eleven victims.

8) Ohio’s Milan Mansion

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: Locals say the owner of Ohio’s Milan Mansion was a practicing witch.

9) The Oliver Family Mansion, Chester, Pennsylvania

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: The Oliver family went missing in 1898, a mystery that baffled investigators. The family was never found, but locals say they can sometimes see the Olivers in the windows of the mansion.

10) The Doll House in Mansion in Philadelphia

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COURTESY SEPH LAWLESS

TALE: This is an abandoned mansion full of dolls, saws, and other tools neatly displayed on metal shelves throughout several rooms. Creepy right? Like a scene out of the movie House of  Wax.

by: D’ZYNA ENI

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