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L.A.'s infamous homes are ripe for haunting

Then and now...

'It's a happy house'

October 29, 1997
Web posted at: 9:33 p.m. EST (0233 GMT)

From Correspondent Anne McDermott

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Los Angeles may be the City of Angels, but it has its share of infamous houses that just might harbor a Halloween ghost or two.

There is, for example, the Menendez mansion, where sons Lyle and Erik murdered mom and dad.

The house where Charles Manson and friends murdered Sharon Tate was torn down and rebuilt, but mobster Bugsy Siegel's house is still standing. Siegel was murdered there in classic gangland fashion, but if the place houses any ghosts the current occupants aren't saying.

The house where gangster Johnny Stompanato was stabbed was leased by his lover, actress Lana Turner. But Turner didn't do the deed, her daughter did -- and it was ruled justifiable homicide.

With all their beauty, some of these homes are a tough sell
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"It's a happy house," says Betty Hollingsworth, the current resident.

Hollingsworth doesn't mind pointing out where Stompanato was stabbed. In fact, she has the chaise lounge that was next to the spot where Stompanato's body fell.

"The room is virtually the same, without the body of course," she said.

Hollingsworth says friends sometimes ask if they can lie on the floor where Stompanato was found.

Heaven's Gate suicide site a candidate

While Los Angeles may have the lion's share of infamous homes, the mass suicide last March of the Heaven's Gate cult puts Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego, on the map.

The mansion where 39 members of the group died is for sale. Among its amenities are a pool, tennis court, nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

It also has a driveway big enough to handle the mightiest of media hordes, which could come in handy in case, you know, something happens.

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