7. The Greenwich Village “House of Death” is Reportedly Haunted

The townhouse at 14 West 10th Street, nicknamed the “House of Death,” is said to be haunted 22 ghosts, the most famous of which is Mark Twain, who resided there from 1900-1901. Over the years, different residents have claimed to have sightings and heard the ghost of Mark Twain speak. A book about the paranormal activity in the building was written by one of its residents, actress Jan Bryant Bartell who lived in the top floor.

The brownstone was home to a real life demonJoel Steinberg. A former New York criminal defense attorney, Steinberg was charged with first-degree manslaughter for beating his 6-year old, illegally adopted “daughter” to death on the second floor.

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  1. Kiwiwrwriter Reply

    I remember the Women’s House of Detention, from growing up in the Village…the women inside would yell down to their pals on the street, often in colorful metaphors, which shocked parents with little kids.

    The townhouse that blew up in 1971 was on the next block down from my grade school, PS 41. On the day that happened, we were sitting in second grade, doing a lesson, when we heard a “boom” that shook the building. Smoke came slowly down 11th Street, darkening it, and soon we heard zillions of sirens racing to the scene of the crime. When my mother picked me up, the whole area was cordoned off by cops.

    A few days later, a police detective came into our class, dressed in a trenchcoat, wearing a Gene Hackman porkpie hat, which he removed, to ask us if we had seen a naked woman running down 11th Street after the blast. She was sought in connection with the incident. Us being wise-ass second-graders growing up in the Village, we had a lot of answers. Mrs. Blume was shocked by our response.

    The detective thanked us for our time and stumped out of the class, muttering about “freaking smart-ass kids.”

    The good old days.

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