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Check out this video I made about the Morello house. I actually visited the location recently and shot some video of the house. It’s even creepier than I’d expected.  I edited it together with an actual voicemail from a real estate agent to a potential buyer. It’s amazing the see the difference of fantasy and reality there. 

The Deaths of the Morellos

Four people — that we know about — died in the house, all around 1984.  

Mathew Morello, a teenage boy, died in a crash soon after he was given a new car for his sixteenth birthday.  The youngest daughter drowned in the family pool.  The death was not investigated and was ruled an accident.  The oldest child, a teenage daughter, hung herself immediately after the death of her siblings.  The death was investigated only briefly, and was ruled a suicide.  Franklin Morello, the father, died the following week.  His death is the most obscure of them all, and I’ve so far been unable to find more than a passing reference to him having a “nervous breakdown” after the tragedies of his children.

Angela Morello seems to still be alive, and living within the same general area.  Searching through the local newspapers, I’ve found one reference to her appearing at a friend’s funeral in 1994, but other than that — silence.

A House with a Curse

A recent real estate listing describes a beautiful and secluded house that has languished on the market for decades.  What the listing does not describe, however, is the supposed curse on the house – and the gruesome deaths that wiped out an entire family there nearly 30 years ago.

The house on 14 Woodlands Drive was once valued at over a million dollars and has since gone down to less than a quarter of that.  The drop in price is no mystery to the locals.  Because at least four people died in that house — an entire family, wiped out.

After her three children and her husband died, Angela Morello lived alone in the mansion for just a few years.  I can only imagine the lonliness and the grief that filled those rooms and hallways — rooms and hallways once filled with light and the promise of a successful future.

An article in the local paper came out soon after Angela left the house and put it up for sale.  A sense of doom seems to bother just about anyone with an opinion.  Even a realtor in the area was quoted as saying, “More likely than not, no one will ever live here again.”

Over the decades, the Morello house has loomed darker and darker, as a source of mystery, fear, and death.  It is exactly the kind of house that is an example of an “attractor” — a likely place to be haunted.  I am building a case study around the Morello house, to examine the reality of the “Morello Curse,” the likelihood that it is haunted, and the possibility that there are more gruesome crimes hidden there than have been reported.