Louisiana 'Haunted' House Compared to 'The Amityville Horror' Given Away for Free Due to Lack of Interested Buyers

A 19th century Louisiana home, which has allegedly been haunted following the death of an old woman decades ago, has been given away for free in a bid to save the property. The realtor of the two-story, four-bedroom house offered to move it to a new location for a fee in a bid to preserve its history and avoid demolishing the property due to the lack of buyers.

The Louisiana property, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a lady called Adele, has been compared to the house in Amityville, New York, which forms the basis for The Amityville Horror book and film series of the same name. Back in 1974, six members of a family were reported to have been murdered in the Amityville house. Around a year later, the family that moved into house was reportedly terrorized by paranormal activity which saw them move out a month later.

Adele is the great grandmother of Dawn Vallot DeClout, whose family owned the property since it was first built in 1860. Adele was reported to have died in the front room of the house back in 1967 and her family moved out in the 1980s.

"We believe [Adele, my great grandmother] is the ghost, but she's not menacing at all. She was probably like 4ft 9in and weighed about 100lb. She lived to be almost 90 and she was always digging in the pots, like when you have something on the stove and someone goes and looks in the pot and stirs it around," said DeClout, according to The Mirror.

"She was well-known for that, and so when we lived there, we used to hear her all the time jangling the pots when we had something on the stove. You could hear somebody picking up the lid but there was nobody in the kitchen," she added.

Around March, the realtor of the house, Sylvia McLain, a real estate agent based in Lafayette in southwest Louisiana, announced the home would be offered for free.

"You may recognize this iconic home that is located on Verot School Road? It's the old Vincent/Vallot/GrandView Nursery home, built in the late 20's early 30's. McLain Development recently purchased this land and home. In an effort to save the history of the home we are offering it to anyone who would be interested in moving it to another location for restoration," McLain wrote in a post on her Facebook account featuring images of the exterior of the house.

"We have concentrated our efforts and development cost in saving as many of the trees as possible and simply do not have a place in the neighborhood for the home. Home was occupied until 6 months ago, 2 AC's were in working order. The home has been vacated due to development and needs some TLC [tender, love and care]. We would love to see someone take it to be moved and restored," she added.

While McLain's Facebook post doesn't mention any word on the hauntings in the house, she has admitted there are "some really cute stories about it being haunted," noting that the former owners had even brought in ghost hunters to try to get the spirit to leave the house, The Mirror reported.

Several Facebook users replied to McLain's post commenting on their paranormal experiences at the house, including two claiming to be former residents.

"I was the last tenant that lived there before it was abandoned. The property was heaven but that house is quite unsettling if you don't enjoy communing with the Spirit world because they speak loudly," described user Gypsy Dawn.

Former resident Lily Lafleur wrote: "I lived here in 2017. It is Haunted but the spirits are benevolent, for the most part. I am a professional psychic medium and when I did a walk through on the property- the barn closest to the home had very Sinister evil energy. There is absolutely activity on the stairs , and a Victorian era woman was witnessed floating down the stairs from the top to the middle.

"The spirits absolutely made themselves known, but there were more problems from my meth addicted narcissistic roommate than any spirit on that land or in that home," she said.

 Amityville Horror house in New York, 2005
The exterior of the house located at 112 Ocean Avenue in the town of Amityville, New York, March 31, 2005. The "Amityville Horror" book and film series are based on the haunted history of this house. Getty Images

Another user, Geri Lynn Aucoin, claimed: "The second floor, 4th window a child is looking out the window [in the picture of the house posted on Facebook]. This is a haunted house."

"Bottom left picture first two windows on the gable end, there's a small dark figure standing in the shadow peering out. I can defo see someone at the window well stood back from it a little. Al [I'll] still take the house," wrote user Ryan Boyd.

While some Facebook users were convinced that the house was haunted, there were several others who were keen to take up the house, viewing it as a great restoration project. However, the house has now been taken, McLain confirmed on Sunday.

"[The] home has been taken...the quotes to move it [the home] were between $50k and & $80k. Most were not interested at that price. However, we were able to find a house mover that wanted it for one of his children. He will move it in the next week or so to a new location. We too are in love with the property and hope to bring it back to its original glory!," McLain wrote in a comment this Sunday on her original post.

While several people were willing to move into this potentially haunted house in Louisiana, earlier this month in Indonesia, violators of quarantines issued due to the novel coronavirus outbreak were reported to have been locked in abandoned houses that are believed to be haunted.

Villagers were ordered to convert abandoned homes into temporary detainment centers. Locals believe these homes are haunted, a superstition connected to Indonesian folklore.