16 episodes

At the crossroads of true crime, interior design, and the paranormal, Dark House explores beautiful homes that can’t seem to escape their dark histories. Hosts and House Beautiful editors Hadley Mendelsohn and Alyssa Fiorentino dig into the twisted backstories of four infamous homes, and uncover the strange stories suggesting some inhabitants never left—and that perhaps history isn't the only thing haunting them. Featuring guest interviews with authors, set designers, psychic mediums, and paranormal investigators, Dark House uncovers why these residences, and the stories they tell us, are so important.

Dark House House Beautiful

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 233 Ratings

At the crossroads of true crime, interior design, and the paranormal, Dark House explores beautiful homes that can’t seem to escape their dark histories. Hosts and House Beautiful editors Hadley Mendelsohn and Alyssa Fiorentino dig into the twisted backstories of four infamous homes, and uncover the strange stories suggesting some inhabitants never left—and that perhaps history isn't the only thing haunting them. Featuring guest interviews with authors, set designers, psychic mediums, and paranormal investigators, Dark House uncovers why these residences, and the stories they tell us, are so important.

    Kasha House of Kaimuki (Honolulu, HI) Feat. Medium Lopaka Kapanui

    Kasha House of Kaimuki (Honolulu, HI) Feat. Medium Lopaka Kapanui

    Hadley and Alyssa discuss the Kasha House of Kaimuki in Honolulu where, for years, occupants have reported attacks by an “unseen” force. They dig into the long history and mysterious location of the home before reviewing two of the most common theories surrounding the source of these reported attacks: a shape-shifting creature of Japanese folkloric origins known as the Kasha, and the angry spirit of a corpse buried in the backyard. They also hear from a recent resident who experienced paranormal activity while living in the condos that replaced the original house after it was demolished. Later, Alyssa and Hadley are joined by Lopaka Kapanui, a native Hawaiian storyteller, tour guide, and medium, who shares his own experience with the Kasha, as well as stories from other haunted hot spots on Oahu.
    CREDITS
    Alyssa Fiorentino - Co-host & Producer
    Hadley Mendelsohn - Co-host & Producer
    Jessy Caron - Producer
    Jacob Stone - Sound Editor & Mixer
    Ian Munsell - Assistant Audio Engineer
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Guest Interview: Mikel Welch (Interior Designer, Murder House Flip Co-Host)

    Guest Interview: Mikel Welch (Interior Designer, Murder House Flip Co-Host)

    After learning about the Boise Murder House, Alyssa and Hadley are joined by interior designer Mikel Welch, who shares his first-hand experiences renovating infamous homes as one of the hosts on Roku’s Murder House Flip. The trio discusses some of the scariest things Welch and his co-host have come across inside the homes, a homeowner’s ghost story that still gives him chills today, and the biggest challenges of filming a home makeover show. Plus, the designer reveals how he became part of Drew Barrymore’s “Drew's Crew,” the surprising website that helped launch his career, and the design trends he wishes would die. 

    CREDITS
    Alyssa Fiorentino - Co-host & Producer
    Hadley Mendelsohn - Co-host & Producer
    Jessy Caron - Producer
    Jacob Stone - Sound Editor & Mixer
    Ian Munsell - Assistant Audio Engineer & House Beautiful Lead Video Editor
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    • 1 hr
    Boise Murder House (ID) Feat. Actor Justin Long

    Boise Murder House (ID) Feat. Actor Justin Long

    Alyssa and Hadley discuss the Boise Murder House—also known as the “Chop-Chop House”—where 21-year-old Preston Murr was fatally shot in the basement on June 30th, 1987. The co-hosts review the horrifying details of the crime, from the trail of blood left by the victim as he ran through the dark and quiet neighborhood in search of help, to the discovery of his body days later and the convictions of his murderers. After discussing alleged accounts of paranormal activity shared by former tenants and Boise locals, actor Justin Long joins the co-hosts to dish about his new horror movie Barbarian, which centers on a short-term rental home that’s hiding a sinister secret in its basement. Long shares behind-the-scenes details—including the deleted scene that was too terrifying for the final cut—plus, a Key West ghost tour encounter he’s still thinking about 20 years later.
    CREDITS
    Alyssa Fiorentino - Co-host & Producer
    Hadley Mendelsohn - Co-host & Producer
    Jessy Caron - Producer
    Jacob Stone - Sound Editor & Mixer
    Ian Munsell - Assistant Audio Engineer & House Beautiful Lead Video Editor
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Guest Interview: Sally Quinn (Author, Former Grey Gardens Owner)

    Guest Interview: Sally Quinn (Author, Former Grey Gardens Owner)

    Following their review of the iconic Grey Gardens estate, the co-hosts sit down with author and Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn—who purchased the East Hampton home from Little Edie Beale in 1979—to learn more about her experiences there, her belief in magic, and the other haunted homes she’s owned over the years. Quinn also discusses the impact astrology has had on her life and shares a few jaw-dropping anecdotes about her experiences dabbling with hexes.
    CREDITS
    Alyssa Fiorentino - Co-host & Producer
    Hadley Mendelsohn - Co-host & Producer
    Jessy Caron - Producer
    Jacob Stone - Sound Editor & Mixer
    Ian Munsell - Assistant Audio Engineer & House Beautiful Lead Video Editor
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    • 1 hr
    Grey Gardens (East Hampton, NY)

    Grey Gardens (East Hampton, NY)

    Hadley and Alyssa uncover the fascinating history of Grey Gardens, the grand East Hampton estate of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale—eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill—that was made famous in a 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles. After spotlighting the iconic women and their home, the co-hosts unpack its gradual downfall: Over time, the property fell into disrepair and was overrun by cats and raccoons (and perhaps something else not of this realm?). Little Edie held onto the property until two years after her mother died in 1977. Big Edie’s spirit is said to watch over the house. Among the believers is author and Washington Post journalist Sally Quinn, who purchased the home from Little Edie in 1979 and swears it’s haunted.
    CREDITS
    Alyssa Fiorentino - Co-host & Producer
    Hadley Mendelsohn - Co-host & Producer
    Jessy Caron - Producer
    Jacob Stone - Sound Editor & Mixer
    Ian Munsell - Assistant Audio Engineer & House Beautiful Lead Video Editor
    Hadley Keller - Story Editor
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Guest Interview: Scott Michaels (Celebrity Death Historian)

    Guest Interview: Scott Michaels (Celebrity Death Historian)

    Following their deep dive on 10050 Cielo Drive—the Beverly Hills home where Sharon Tate and four others were brutally murdered on August 9th, 1969—Alyssa and Hadley sit down with Scott Michaels, whose Dearly Departed Tours provided true crime fans with a one-of-a-kind look at the dark side of Hollywood for almost two decades. The conversation begins where the co-hosts left off: Is it possible that all of Benedict Canyon, where both 10050 Cielo Drive and the Harlow/Bern house were located, is cursed? Scott shares his thoughts, including a list of peculiar deaths and tragedies that have befallen Benedict Canyon residents over the years. Scott also shares his own experiences driving a tour bus on Cielo Drive and visiting the Oman House, as well as his book recommendations for anyone interested in learning more about the Tate-LaBianca Murders and what happened when he brought a piece of stone from 10050 Cielo Drive into his own home. 
    CREDITS
    Alyssa Fiorentino - Co-host & Producer
    Hadley Mendelsohn - Co-host & Producer
    Jessy Caron - Producer
    Jacob Stone - Sound Editor & Mixer
    Ian Munsell - Assistant Audio Engineer & House Beautiful Lead Video Editor
    James Scully - Pre-production Advisor
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
233 Ratings

233 Ratings

Nutly19 ,

Love this podcast !

I wish this podcast was year round. Very well researched and detailed. Always some bit of new info. Love the ‘extra’ interviews! Please keep the episodes coming!

S_J_T_S_ ,

Gets better and better!!

I can’t say I was totally sold the first couple of episodes but this podcast keeps getting better and better!! Hadley and Alyssa have started to really find their grove and the content is so fun. Little spooky but always steeped in history and design. It’s like the perfect pairing for design and history buffs who like the paranormal!!

AEW82 ,

Love this podcast!

It’s the start of spooky season and I was looking for paranormal and haunted podcasts. I found this podcast and I love it! I like the stories mixed with the interviews. I’m excited to see where this podcast goes.

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