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8 notorious Houston-area locations plagued by suicides, murders and death

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HOUSTON – Houston is full of places said to be haunted by real ghosts and tragic stories.

Here are some of the most notorious places in Houston plagued by suicides, murders and death:

Audra, a young 25-year-old bride-to-be in the 1950s, was engaged to a mariner who frequently sailed in and out of the Port of Galveston. Audra stayed in room 501 of the Galvez, but when her fiancé set sail, she would climb up to one of the turrets of the hotel each day and wait for his ship to get back. One day after a storm, she got word that her fiancé’s ship had gone down and there were no survivors. She maintained hope and continued to climb to the turret to wait, but eventually despair got the best of her, and she hanged herself. Unfortunately, a few days later her fiancé appeared at the hotel only to learn that he would never wed his beloved Audra.

The fields are 25 acres of land along I-45 that served as the dumping ground for murder victims ranging in age from 12 to 25 years old. Thirty bodies have been found since the 1970s, most of whom were Texans. Four of those bodies were found in the Calder Oil Fields. Recently, two of the Calder Road victims were identified thanks to advances in DNA and genealogical research.

Andrea Yates and her husband Rusty Yates lived in their Clear Lake home with their five children ages 7 through 6 months. In June 2001, Rusty came home to find all of his kids dead at the hands of his wife. Andrea had drowned all her kids in a bathtub. KPRC 2 reporter Phil Archer was the first reporter to arrive. He said it was an emotional scene.

“Cops were crying. There was a lot of emotion there. They were the guys that had gone in that house and had to recover the bodies,” Archer said. “They brought Andrea out and her clothes were still wet, and her hair was still wet from the bathtub. And they brought her out, and she looked like a zombie. There was a sort of wildness in her eyes.”

Andrea was committed to a Texas mental hospital, where she remains.

The mansion, which has since been divided into multiple lots, belonged to William “Bill” List in the mid- to late-1900s. List was a known sex offender who was sentenced to prison in 1959 for molesting multiple teen boys. List lived in the Seabrook mansion along with boys who would stay there for stints of time.

The mansion, which has since been divided into multiple lots, belonged to William “Bill” List in the mid- to late-1900s. List was a known sex offender who was sentenced to prison in 1959 for molesting multiple teen boys. List lived in the Seabrook mansion along with boys who would stay there for stints of time.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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