If the Halloween season has inspired you to finally live out that fantasy of being the neighborhood’s resident creep (just me?), then you might want to check this place out. But consider yourself warned. This faux castle in Woodstock, Connecticut, actually does have a lurid past.
It’s less about murder and mayhem than it is about general weirdness and discomfort, which is probably a good thing. It’s still pretty disturbing, though.
The castle was built in 2009 by Christopher W. Mark. He’s the great-grandson of a wealthy Chicago industrialist.
He’s also living proof that inheritance can be a really, really bad thing.
Christopher Mark is a strange guy.
He describes himself as an importer of antiques, and he’s been described by others as being “colorful.” In this case, that’s not a good thing.
One of Mark’s business endeavors, for example, was a modeling agency, which posted its photos on a now-defunct website, complete with the models’ measurements. This was the description on the site itself:
“Just one look at the shapely form of beautiful women brings about physiological changes that our senses will not allow our minds to deceive.”
Upon touring the house and finding several “massage” rooms — and a shower large enough for a whole party — a local politician said that the place was “just weird.”
Mark was cited by the town because his “business” was unlicensed, and he got into further spats when he wanted to make the castle larger than was actually allowed by city zoning laws.
Oh, and there was also an exotic animal refuge on the property, featuring a zebra, an emu, and an ill-fated camel. When Mark and his now ex-wife were divorcing, each blamed the other for the negligence that led to the poor creature’s death by starvation.
Inside, the house is expectedly grand.
No castle is complete without a sarcophagus, am I right?
Or a made-up coat of arms!
If that sounds appealing to you, this place is now on the market.
It’s listed as an eight-bedroom home, and it’s going for a cool $45 million.
So if you want a really sad haunted castle to call your own, this might be the one for you. It has a moat and everything. Just watch out for the ghost of that dead camel.