There’s something to be said about haunted houses. They’re iconic, places where the dead haunt and where the living kill.
Some houses should just be avoided by everybody, even postal workers, and especially tourists.
Everyone knows to avoid the house that looks bad enough to kill on its own and the people who live there. And there are many stories to inform why.
Leonard Lake, who went by many names, was the owner of one such evil house and used it to prolifically murder and torture victims through the mid-80s.
He and his accomplice, Charles Ng, were responsible for the deaths of over 25 people, with some potential victims left unfound.
Their cabin in the woods and dungeon of evil have been the inspiration for dozens of wicked fictional stories of kidnap, rape, and murder at little to no known expense.
The worst part of it all is that he just did it to pass the time if the logic is to be believed.
10 /10 Bad Egg
Leonard grew up like a messed-up kid. He was born in San Francisco and stayed around there for most of his life. His parents had a nasty separation, and the maternal grandmother took in him and his siblings.
Despite showing signs of intelligence beyond his age, he also had interests beyond what any child should be interested in. Namely, sex and violence.
He frequently forced his sisters to be nude as children for his immature sexual curiosity, which led to an early onset and lifelong addiction to pornography.
He would also collect mice and put them in chemicals to dissolve them. For fun. As a six-year-old boy.
9 /10 War Games
Leonard enlisted with the Marine Corps in 1964 and was deployed to Vietnam twice as a radar technician. His experiences in the war worsened his already dark personality and interests.
He was diagnosed with a schizoid personality disorder, highlighting his tendencies towards isolation and detachment, and was medically discharged in 1971.
This diagnosis would go untreated for the rest of his life, worsening as he went down his dark path.