Caretakers Cottage, Monte Cristo

bazcelt

Swansea, Australia

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The caretakers cottage at Monte Cristo, Australia’s most haunted house. Some of the many relics scattered around the building, but it’s perhaps its history which is of most interest. A mentally retarded man named Harold, the son of a housekeeper working at Monte Cristo, was kept locked in shackles in the Caretaker’s Cottage for forty years. He was found curled up at the feet of his mothers dead body, and sent to a home for the insane where he died shortly afterwards.

The most recent death at Monte Cristo occurred in 1961 when caretaker Jackie Simpson was murdered by a local youth. After watching the movie Psycho several times, the boy made his way up to the grounds of the homestead with a rifle and shot the caretaker dead in his cottage. It is believed that he then scawled the words “DIE JACK HA HA” on the wooden door, a macabre inscription that can still be seen to this day.

Nikon D300, 10-20 Sigma

Other images posted detail the location and background: Other images posted detail the location and background: Image 1, Image 2

Caretaker’s Cottage, Monte Cristo Mounted Print

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