After 60 years, the notorious Los Feliz homicide mansion is embroiled in one other thriller — will or not it’s demolished?
On Dec. 6, 1959, heart specialist Dr. Harold Perelson, 50, murdered his roughly 43-year-old spouse Lillian utilizing a ball-peen hammer. He made an analogous try on considered one of his three youngsters, Judy (typically spelled Judye), earlier than taking a deadly dose of a Nembutal.
The hazel-eyed, 5-foot-7 (in line with his WWII draft card) man had beforehand been hospitalized for psychological well being points, in line with a brand new podcast referred to as “The Los Feliz Murder Mansion” by documentary filmmaker Stacy Astenius and Cloudy Day Photos.
Because the murder-suicide, the so-called “haunted home” has been shrouded in thriller and rumors. Over 60 years later, in December 2020, high-profile, controversial lawyer Lisa Bloom offered the positioning for $2.35 million, property information present.
The customer was an LLC represented by Luxmanor Customized House Builders CEO Ephi Zlotnitsky, who didn’t reply to a request for remark.
No allow information have been recorded because the sale, so the brand new proprietor’s plans are nonetheless a thriller — however there are causes to doubt that the Twenties-era mansion will stand for for much longer.
Unaffected by rumors of ghosts and curses, Bloom initially deliberate to rehabilitate and inhabit the four-bedroom, three-bathroom Spanish Revival when she bought it in 2016 for $2.29 million. However the 0.6-acre lot’s steep slope posed an sudden drawback, in line with Astenius’s podcast.
As a result of the Blooms’ deliberate renovations had been value greater than 50% of the price of the home, it must be introduced as much as present-day constructing codes: The home must be fully razed and the land flattened earlier than they might rebuild, Bloom’s husband Braden Pollock mentioned on the podcast.
The couple positioned the 5,000-square-foot mansion in the marketplace in 2019. The brand new proprietor will presumably face the identical ordinances, so it’s unclear whether or not they plan to demolish the skeleton home.
If it weren’t for these meddling youngsters
City legend alleged that the house was vacant and untouched because the murders for over 50 years. Neighbors and concrete explorers mentioned nobody lived there and that it was full of previous artifacts, like children’s light switch plates, from the Perelson household.
However take off the masks, and evidently the home’s ghost is none apart from a “very variety” Catholic millionaire hoarder named Rudy Enriquez, who as soon as owned the home, in line with Astenius’ podcast.
Among the eeriest rumors embody Christmas presents nonetheless wrapped from the December homicide many years in the past, The Post reported. Enriquez instructed the Asteniuses that the Christmas presents seen by means of the window — some of the salacious bits of lore — had been his. He was storing Christmas decorations on the home and had even performed some present-wrapping there, he mentioned.
The podcast advised that that the unexplained disarray of things in the home was as a result of the proprietor “was positively a hoarder” and had blended his personal objects with these of the household, even writing over Dr. Perelson’s medical notes that he saved on the home. Enriquez instructed journalists that his dad and mom, Julian and Emily Enriquez, inhabited the home for 30 years after the homicide and that he now makes use of it for storage. Enriquez died in 2015.
Information bolster claims that the property wasn’t fully unoccupied and untouched: Water and electrical energy payments uncovered by the podcast counsel the property was occupied, and The Submit found that Rudy Enriquez registered a cellphone on the tackle in 1987, archived city directories show.
A century of deaths and concrete legends
Even so, the home has racked up a powerful variety of deaths. Not less than three different homeowners and tenants have died in the home.
The unique home was in-built 1925 by architect Harry E. Weiner for wholesale fruit vendor Harry F. Schumacher for an estimated $20,000 on the time (about $315,000 at this time), allow purposes present.
His spouse Florence died of coronary heart illness on July 1, 1928, and Schumacher died of pneumonia 27 days later. Then the home was rented to a number of tenants, considered one of whom died of an infection throughout his tenancy, the podcast reported.
The home then stood with out incident for nearly three many years. The Perelsons had solely lived in the home for just a few years — they bought the house in or earlier than 1956 once they utilized for a allow to maneuver a window, information present.