• American Murder Houses

  • A Coast-to-Coast Tour of the Most Notorious Houses of Homicide
  • By: Steve Lehto
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (357 ratings)

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American Murder Houses

By: Steve Lehto
Narrated by: Barry Press
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Publisher's Summary

There are places in the United States of America where violent acts of bloodshed have occurred. Years may pass - even centuries - but the mark of death remains. They are known as Murder Houses.

From a colonial manse in New England to a small-town home in Iowa to a Beverly Hills mansion, these residences have taken on a life of their own, gaining everything from local lore and gossip to national - and even global - infamy. Here, writer Steve Lehto recounts the stories behind the houses where Lizzie Borden supposedly gave her stepmother "40 whacks", where the real Amityville Horror was first unleashed by gunfire, and where the demented acts of the Manson Family horrified a nation - as well some lesser-known sites of murder that were no less ghastly.

Exploring the past and present of more than 25 renowned homicide scenes, American Murder Houses is a tour through the real estate of some of the most grisly and fascinating crimes in American history.

©2015 Steve Lehto (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[ American Murder Houses] is an excellent read with useful information about not just the houses but into the killings as well." (Reading Ghost Book Reviews)

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Engaging and engrossing stories.

A history of american homes in which famous murders had been committed. The book not only tells the stories of the murders and the murderers, but also covers what happened to the homes afterwards. A wonderful narrator caps off the book.

The book starts off in the late 1800's and goes up to this century. The stories are in order by date. Many of them occurred in the last 50 years.

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interesting

I'm a fan now of true crime novels, it will never stop amazing me, how real horror and non fiction, is phenomenally worse than the fictional counter part.
Just knowing these crimes actually took place, and a few of them I can remember from when I was younger, are interesting to me, and I've often wondered what happened to the house of these horrible atrocities.
The narrator, Barry Press is fantastic, no complaints.

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Fascinating!

I am oddly fascinated by "stigmatized real estate" due to a love of a history and a philosophical curiosity. Is there a residual feeling in these houses? An energy? Why do some people have little difficulty living in such a property while others can't even imagine it? Who lived in the house, what were they like? Why did the crime occur? Could I live in such a home? On and on. This book served my curiosity well offering a tour of many stigmatized properties and the stories behind them with excellent narration. I'd love a sequel exploring more homes that were not necessarily as notorious. Many houses have a fascinating history!

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It's a CRIME This Isn't Better!

What would have made American Murder Houses better?

With such an engaging premise this should be a no-brainer for fans of true crime. But the execution and ESPECIALLY the narration are slipshod bordering on criminal. The text is repetitious, recounting facts and the murder act TWICE for every crime. And the narrator is DREADFUL: boring, stilted and performed with no trace of personality.

Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Lehto again?

Probably not

Would you be willing to try another one of Barry Press’s performances?

Definitely not

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Great story, but what's up with the narration?

Let me just say that the story is great, but the narration is odd. The narrator himself is fantastic, but sometimes it sounds like he's talking from deep in a barrel or something-- it's odd and distracting. I thought, maybe it's my speakers, so I switched... nope, it's the recording. Maybe redo those portions? Especially since we're paying for this book.

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Worth the listen!!

Overall a very good book. it seemed well researched and easy to follow. If you are interested in history and/or true crime you will very much enjoy this book. I only wish it could have been longer so I'd have more to listen to. The only downside was it sometimes sounded like something was off with the recording and the reader had a bit of an echo. But it didn't affect the story just something you had to get used to.

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Pretty good but if you know a lot about true crime not much new material

I liked the straight talking narrator, who only hammed up the story of the sulton, seeing as it's veracity is in doubt, but I wonder if he could sound just a little more excited, after all these murders are shocking. It took awhile to get used to the summary of the crimes and then a more detailed description-- I assume that format works better in print.

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audio cuts

truly enjoyed the book. my only complaint is that the audio quality will randomly change for a few minutes during a story.

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Great introduction of true crime stories

really enjoyed the narration of this book. great collection of murder stories done in a interesting way by focusing on the houses themselves. however, if you are well versed and explored facts on most of these famous murders, you will will find incorrect information, although may be part of lore or drama series, is in fact just farce. recommend to the new true crime people

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Research!

What would have made American Murder Houses better?

A bit more research into the why's and how's of some of these crimes would have redeemed this book.

What could Steve Lehto have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Basic mistakes in the sequences of events for a few of the crimes was frustrating.

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