The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 24, 2012

Surreal estate



4 The Ma Barker Gangster Ghost,

Oak Park, Ill.

Do you need to hideout from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Have you ever said to yourself, “Boy, I sure would like to live in a place where the longest shootout in the FBI’s history occurred.” If so, you’re in luck! The infamous house where Kate “Ma” Barker and her son Fred made their last stand against a barrage of FBI gunfire is now available for purchase.  

All the original furniture that Ma and the boys used is still in place. Of course, the spilled blood has been cleaned.

This house that was once full of bullet holes  is also full of country charm. History and rumor has it that Ma Barker’s ghost still haunts the homestead.

Price: $1,000,000



5. Disney Haunted Mansion, Duluth, Ga.

If you have ever wanted to skip the line and stay overnight at the Disney Haunted Mansion, here’s your chance. Now, you can actually buy a replica of the Haunted Mansion just like the one at Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. It costs about the same as a day at Walt’s place — only $873,000.

The home was built by Mark Hurt, a Disney fan and contractor. He managed to get the Disney home’s specification details and duplicated much of the home including the Haunted Mansion sign in the front yard. It’s not actually haunted and is quite nice both inside and out with over 10,000 square feet, seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, an in-law/nanny suite and a guest suite. There is the one scary guest bathroom with flickering lights and a faucet that plays ghost tunes and even the Disney ghost Ezra’s image in the mirror.

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