This post is inspired by @whatchrisdoes’ short film on Dark Tourism which you can check out here. It’s an absolute must if you’ve got a soft spot for death, murder and serial killers. And if, like me, you didn’t really know much about dark tourism before, you’ll learn plenty.
As you probably all know, I’m super interested in all things true crime. But dark tourism isn’t really something that’s crossed my mind too much. As much as I’m all for the gory details of serial killers and everything Manson related, there’s something about going to visit the sites of murders and huge natural disasters that makes me feel a little uneasy. It’s not so much the morality of it all, but that I’m scared something I’ll want to unsee, or you know, ghosts.
But there are a few places in the world that I’d love to visit, to satisfy that dark tourist in me.
10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, LA
This was the house that saw the murder of Sharon Tate along with her house guests who were visiting on the night they were killed by the Manson ‘Family.’ Everything about the Mansons absolutely fascinates me and I’ve love to have a good look around the house, especially as it had so many famous residents before Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate moved in.
Since the murders, the house has been knocked down and rebuilt, but I’d still love to check it out and feel those creepy vibes.
So I know this is a wishlist of places I’d like to visit but there’s no way in hell I would actually set foot in Aokigahara forest. It’s best known as being one of the most popular suicide destinations with more than 100 bodies found in the forest each year.
Even google imaging this place gives me a sicky feeling in my stomach. You couldn’t pay me to visit here but it still intrigues me as a dark tourism site!
Highgate Cemetery is one of the places that I always say I’ll go every time I’m in London but so far I’ve never been. This is mostly because I can never find anyone to go with me and I don’t really fancy going to a huge cemetery by myself. I’m not sure how much cemeteries count when it comes to dark tourism but I’d love to visit this place because I just feel like there would be an air of inspiration coming from it, as though the decaying bodies of Marx and George Eliot are giving off the secrets of success.
The Peterson House, North Carolina
If you’re unaware of the story behind the Peterson house then take yourself off to have a little Google and come back when you’ve lost six hours of your life. And don’t even think about suggesting that you’re team owl to me. Since I first heard about Kathleen Peterson’s murder, I have been obsessed with this case. And I would love nothing more than to scour that house top to bottom for clues, not that I’m suggesting I could do a better job than the investigators, of course.