Conveniently located on Arthur Kill Road (no kidding, that’s the name of the street), sits ‘the last remaining Kreischer Mansion, a lovely Victorian home that is said to be one of the most haunted places in all of New York. This empty Victorian mansion on Staten Island is said to be haunted but is actually a real life crime scene!’
The story according to atlasobsura.com continues like this:
When Balthasar Kreischer came to Staten Island in the mid-1800s he brought with him terrifically successful brickworks that led to an economic boom in the area which soon became known as Kreischerville. As part of the wealth the elder Kreischer was accumulating he had twin mansions built atop Kreischer Hill for two of his sons. Unfortunately Balthasar died just a year after they were completed, but given what followed it is perhaps for the best. After the elder Kreischer’s death, the brick factory his children inherited burnt to the ground. The family tried to rebuild, but the blow was too great and their fortunes soon fell, leading to one of his sons committing violent suicide in the mansion that stands today.
Of the two Kreischer mansions, one was destroyed during the Great Depression, but the other, where one of the Kreischer sons died, managed to survive despite the family’s poor fortune. However the ornate gothic house soon became the target of local superstition and all manner of ghost stories involving strange voices and lights began to surround the mouldering manse. Despite its reputation, it was never completely abandoned but no business or resident has managed to stay there for long either.
Adding credence to the creepiness of the house is the very real crime that occurred there in 2005. On the order of a mafia boss, the caretaker of the empty mansion was paid thousands of dollars to carry out a hit at the site, which he did, dismembering the body and burning it in the basement furnace. Strange sounds indeed.
Today the Kreischer Mansion is back on the market and the ghost stories continue. With any luck the next tenants will have better luck than the last century’s worth of ill-fated inhabitants.
According to zillow.com the 4500 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island, NY mansion is a vacant 4.8 acres land home that contains 4,500 sq ft and was built in 1899. It contains 7 bedrooms. It is off the market and in 2015 assessed: $1,166,000.
I can think of ALOT of other places I can live at for $12M…or even $1M for that matter.