The 5 Most Sinister Mansions in the Houston Area
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2. The Hill Mansion
Back in the '60s, Dr John Robert Hill was considered one of the most prominent plastic surgeons in the Southwest. He married a socialite named Joan Robinson Hill, who died mysteriously at the age of 38 after suffering from a three-day bout of the flu.
Dr Hill just so happened to have Joan embalmed before an autopsy could be done, leaving room for suspicion as to her cause of death. It didn't help much that John married his mistress within weeks of Joan's demise.
John went to trial for the murder of Joan by "omission" -- there was suspicion that he'd poisoned her, but no evidence -- which ultimately led to a mistrial. He would have gone back to court, but he was shot at the door of his house in River Oaks. Police suspected it was a hit arranged by Joan's father, but didn't have the evidence to prove it. Whoops.
So Golan, you might want to steer clear of Kirby -- and the Hill Mansion -- for your next rental. We're not saying it's haunted, but seriously. That's two murders in one house. Yikes.
1. Mossler Mansion
So. The story of this murder mansion is confusing, but also quite sordid, so bear with us as we explain.
Jacques Mossler was married to a hot chick named Candy Mossler, who was the quintessential hostess and society gal. Jacques, unattractive and brash, was a number of years (think decades) older than Candy, who he paid a hefty allowance to stay home and throw parties and all. They had a luxurious apartment in Key Biscayne, Florida, where they would vacation. It was there that Jacques was found bludgeoned to death.
Investigators quickly targeted Candy's nephew, Melvin Lane Powers, her sister's son, for the murder after finding his fingerprints in the apartment and on the car that was seen fleeing the scene. Prosecutors accused Candy of masterminding the whole thing to get out of her marriage after having an affair with said nephew. Gross.
Powers was found not guilty, and left directly from the courthouse with his aunt, who proceeded to live with him in the Mossler Mansion in River Oaks for a number of years after. They split up, Candy moved on and married an electrical contractor, who was gravely injured in a mysterious fall at the mansion.
Candy also died at the River Oaks mansion five years later from a suspected medication overdose, because apparently Candy went hard. So a mansion full of weird "accidents," and a creepy incestuous affair? Yeah, this house is not the one for Golan.
None of them are, really. Perhaps it would be wiser for folks who are wary of murder mansions to just go the good ol' condo route. No one gets to haunt a condo, right?