Today, enjoy an excerpt from The Horror Addicts Guide to Life 2. In D.J. Pitsiladis’s fascinating essay, he describes a haunted house in his hometown, Pittsburgh.
Allow me to visit a legend from my old hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. The Congelier House, often referred to as “The Most Haunted House in America” and “The House the Devil Built,” was built in the 1860s in the Manchester neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side by Charles Congelier, a gentleman who made a fortune in the South. Charles lived in the house with his wife, Lyda, and their maid, Essie. According to the legend, in 1871, Lyda discovered her husband in bed with the maid and snapped in true Horror fashion. Grabbing a knife and a meat cleaver, she ended the affair by brutally stabbing Charles and decapitating Essie. Lyda was discovered by a family friend several days later in her rocking chair, gently stroking Essie’s severed head.
After that, the home remained empty for almost twenty years before being purchased by a local railroad company in 1892. The company converted the house into several living quarters for their workers, but shortly after, stories circulated about strange sounds and other activities, including ghostly figures. By the turn of the century, the home sold again, and the legend only gets stranger.
In 1900, an immigrant by the name of Dr. Adolph C. Brunrichter purchased the Congelier House. True to a serial killer profile, Dr. Brunrichter was a quiet man who kept to himself in a reclusive manner. Then, on August 12, 1901, a woman’s scream and the bright explosion of light from the house prompted neighbors to call the police. They discovered a woman’s decapitated corpse and a secret laboratory in the basement containing five heads. According to his notes, the good doctor was experimenting on methods to keep the heads alive after their removal. Unfortunately, Dr. Brunrichter vanished without a trace. In 1927, a drunken man claiming to be him was arrested and later released when police could not corroborate his story.
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D.J. Pitsiladis is an author, voice actor, and lover of anything strange, weird, and horror-related. He currently resides in Willow City, ND with his horror loving partner, Shawnda, and has five sons whom he is trying to instill a love of macabre humor. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, HorrorAddicts.net, and on his Casa de Pitsiladis blog.
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