Houses That Will Scare Your Socks Off

Forget horror movies. These real-life haunted houses are truly terrifying (15 Photos)

Erin Renzas on Oct 14, 2010 at 5:13PM

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Houses That Will Scare Your Socks Off

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The Whaley House, San Diego, Calif.

This San Diego landmark, now a museum, is located in the center of the city's historic Old Town. The mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival home once belonged to local merchant Thomas Whaley. But before Whaley built the home in 1857, the site functioned as a gallows. In 1852, an infamous thief named "Yankee" Jim Robinson was hanged there after stealing a boat.

Whaley's children reported seeing the ghost of Robinson in the home. Later, in 1885, tragedy struck the family when Whaley's daughter, Violet, shot herself through the heart in the home, following a bad divorce. Today, the specters of Robinson, Whaley himself and and several of his family members allegedly haunt the house, even appearing to Regis Philbin!

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