Thursday, February 3, 2011
Schumacher House, Harry E. Weiner, Architect 1925
The house has a grisly past. On December 6, 1959, Dr. Harold Perelson, a heart specialist, bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer at the house, and severly beat his 18-year old daughter, Judye, while the two younger children slept soundly in their rooms. Judye survived the beating, running to a neighbor's house to call for help. When the two younger children awoke asking what all the screaming was about, their father told them they were having a nightmare and to go back to sleep.
Before the police arrived, Peterson drank a glass of poison, instantly killing himself. The children were taken into custody and the mansion was locked up until about a year later, when it was purchased by Emily and Julian Enriquez through a probate auction sale. The Enriquez family has never occupied the mansion; standing vacant for more than 50 years. Apparently the Perelson's furniture and belongings remain as they did on the night of the fatal stabbing; a Los Angeles Times article from February 6, 2009 states that half-wrapped presents and the Christmas tree still stands in the living room.
Located at 2475 Glendower Place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.