Ghost Hunter Zak Bagans Cuts Price on LaBianca Murder House in L.A.

Perhaps in this case, crime doesn’t pay.

That is, possibly not as well as the paranormal investigator and television personality Zak Bagans had hoped it would. He recently reduced the price of the LaBianca murder house in Los Angeles to $1,999,000, shaving a couple of hundred grand off the $2.2 million he listed it for in October 2020.

Built in 1922, the home became infamous in 1969, when its owners, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were killed there by Charles Manson and his followers. The couple was murdered the day after the Manson family murdered the pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends in Beverly Hills.

Bagans bought the house in September 2019 for $1,889,000, just a couple of months after Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” hit the theaters. The cinematic fairy tale about L.A. in the late 1960s renewed interest in the Manson murders and other Los Angeles locations of the day.

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Front porch of former LaBianca home in Los Angeles

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Bagans told TMZ that he purchased the property to use for film production, but changed his mind after feeling the vibe there.

The host of “Paranormal Adventures” claims to possess a particular sensitivity to otherworldly beings. He also told TMZ that he decided to cancel his intended project out of respect for the LaBianca family.

So now the two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom Spanish Colonial-style house is back on the market and could turn out to be a great deal for a buyer who can ignore its grisly past.

The location is hard to top—the home sits on a private and gated acre hilltop lot, with views of downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Park, Glendale, and the San Gabriel Mountains. The Griffith Park Observatory and its surrounding trails, and the shops and restaurants of the Silver Lake and Los Feliz neighborhoods are minutes away.

The house itself is a charming period piece, with floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors, and Italian marble floors. The large windows afford clear views from almost every room.

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Outdoors, there are mature fruit trees, lush greenery, rolling lawns, Italianate fountains, and a pool.

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The listing notes that there is “tremendous upside potential as the lot size is truly rare for the pristine location.”

That may translate into a tear-down. At this point, building a beautiful new home on the large lot could be an option for a buyer looking to leave the past behind.

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Bagans, 43, has been involved with the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and its spinoff “Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks,” since 2004. In 2016, he opened “The Haunted Museum” in Las Vegas, with more than 30 rooms of paranormal paraphernalia.

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Lizzie Borden Murder House Is Listed at $2M—Ax Not Included

Your morning meal with a side of murder? Perhaps. A successful bed-and-breakfast with a violent past is on the market.

The residence that now operates as the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, MA, is the spot where two of the country’s most notorious unsolved murders took place.

On Aug. 4, 1892, Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby Borden, were brutally murdered in this home. Andrew’s daughter, Lizzie, was accused of committing the heinous crime with an ax, but was acquitted of the murders at a trial in 1893.

For a buyer who is not afraid of the stigma attached to homes where murders have occurred, it’s an opportunity to purchase an infamous house with a worldwide reputation.

“This is actually the house where the murders occurred. Andrew was killed in the sitting room, and her stepmother, Abby, was killed upstairs in the guest room,” explains the listing agent, Suzanne St. John, who also happens to be a tour guide at the home.

The $2 million asking price also includes everything a buyer would need to keep the business humming.

“[The sale] includes the house and the barn, where there are two more bathrooms and an upstairs owner suite,” St. John says. “And the gift shop, the online gift shop, all the intellectual property, all the trademarks, all the websites.”

The bed-and-breakfast has been in operation since the late 1990s. The current owners have owned the Borden home since 2004 and are ready to retire.

Sitting room of home in Fall River, MA
Sitting room of home in Fall River, MA

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The suite where Andrew was murdered is on the second floor. It has a private bathroom and is the most requested room at the inn—despite the reports of ghosts and other unexplained phenomena that have caused guests jump out of their beds during the night.

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“I will not sleep in there,” St. John says with a chuckle. “It’s exciting. It’s great to be in there. People love it.”

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The other suite is the one that Lizzie and her sister, Emma, shared. It’s also on the second floor and shares a bathroom with another room.

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Three other guest rooms are on the third floor and share another bathroom.

Serving guests scones isn’t the only revenue stream available for an entrepreneurial buyer. Tours of the house—which St. John sometimes leads—are also popular.

“In 2019, we had done over 18,000 daytime tours that year, and that’s not counting overnight guests. It’s a tourist destination. It’s one of the top destinations in New England,” St. John says.

The home known as Maplecroft, where Lizzie lived after she spent time in jail and up until she died, is still on the market for $890,000.

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The legend of the double ax murders attracts visitors from all over the world.

“It’s one of the greatest unsolved murders, and I think it was because she was a woman of society, a woman of wealth. Her father and stepmother were murdered brutally, and there was no suspect and there was no direct evidence leading to the murderer. So it’s just one of the greatest unsolved mysteries,” St. John says.

The interest isn’t limited just to American shores. The agent added that a visiting lawyer from the Middle East told her that he had studied the case when he was in law school.

“It just really attracts all types of people from all over the world that are interested for different reasons,” she says. “Some people are interested in the history. Some people are interested in the gore, so it’s got a little something for everybody.”

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St. John says the ideal buyer for the property is a people person interested in owning a successful business.

“After somebody has experienced the event of a lifetime staying here, then you’re able to sit down with the guests in the morning and just talk about their experiences as they’re eating an amazing breakfast.”

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