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Monday, April 18, 2016

Inside Infamous Los Feliz Murder Mansion


It was inside these walls in 1959 that Dr Harold Perelson (center left), a respected physician and father-of-three, killed his wife Lillian (center right) with one blow of a ball-peen hammer. He then tried but failed to do the same to his 18-year-old daughter Judye (left) before feeding himself a lethal concoction of pills and poison. The younger children Debbie (front center) and Joel (right) looked on, confused




To the tourist, this Spanish colonial-style mansion looks the same as every other idyllic property nestled in California's well-heeled neighborhood of Los Feliz.

But unlike its equally picturesque neighbors, 2475 Glendower Place has a unique distinction: hosting one of America's most grisly murder-suicides.

It was inside these walls in 1959 that Dr Harold Perelson, a respected physician and father-of-three, killed his wife Lillian with one blow of a ball-peen hammer. He then tried (but failed) to do the same to his daughter, before feeding himself a lethal concoction of pills and poison - as the younger children looked on, confused.

While most other historical murder sites have been redeveloped or reoccupied or even torn down, this once-vibrant family abode has lain abandoned ever since as the new owners never moved in.

For decades, streams of curious visitors have climbed the hill to peer through the windows at the dust-covered dolls, crusting cans of food, and half-made beds - but none were ever allowed in. Continue

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