The home where American Horror Story‘s first season was set — Los Angeles’s Alfred F. Rosenheim Mansion, a six-bedroom beast that also features a ballroom and Tiffany stained glass — hasn’t really been the site of numerous ghastly murders. It is, however, just a 20 minute drive from the Beverly Hills home where Erik and Lyle Menendez shot and killed both their parents in 1989, 25 minutes from the site of the Wonderland Murders, and 25 more minutes from the spot where silent film star Ramon Novarro was savagely beaten and left to die by two male prostitutes.
How do I know all this? Thank American Horror Story‘s new “Murder Houses in Your Area” web site, which allows users to discover the grisly killings that took place in their own neighborhoods. Simply plug in an address, and the site will quickly generate a map of murder houses near you.
After the map is generated, if you click on the original address you entered, you’ll also be transported to a second site that allows users to explore AHS‘s own fake murder house — a must for anyone who can’t wait for AHS: Asylum‘s October 17 premiere.
The site isn’t perfect; the two results closest to my childhood home in Pittsburgh are both located in West Virginia, which might just mean that my dad lives in a remarkably murder-free neighborhood. Still, the murder house finder is a cool curio for anyone with a morbid streak. Take that, Take This Lollipop.