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Murdered 'Land Before Time' Child Star Haunted L.A. Home, New Owners Say On ‘Murder House Flip’

Gaby Bernal said she suffered from nightmares while sleeping in the same bedroom where a "Jaws" child star was murdered.

By Gina Tron
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A family who lives inside a home where a child star was killed by her own father in a murder-suicide asked for help transforming their California murder house, which they claim has been haunted since the tragic incident.

For nearly the past two decades, the Bernal family has been living in the same Canoga Park home where Judith Barsi was brutally killed in 1988. The child star had starred in dozens of commercials, movies and shows, including Jaws IV: The Revenge.” She was also the beloved voice of Ducky in “The Land Before Time.” Barsi was just 11 when her abusive father, Jozsef Barsi, killed her and her mother, Maria Barsi, before dousing their bodies in gasoline and killing himself, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

While the Bernal family didn’t know about the tragedy when they bought the house, they soon felt like they were living among a dark presence. In a three-part episode of “Murder House Flip” on Quibi, they noted that they felt cold spots in the house and claimed the garage door would open on its own. 

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“Gaby [Bernal] has slept in the same bedroom where this tragedy occurred and is desperate to rid the house of its dark energy,” a synopsis for the first episode stated. She suffered from nightmares that she attributed to the murders, according to the New York Post.

The family enlisted the help of “Murder House Flip” designers and experts Joelle Uzyel and Mikel Welch to transform their home into something less ghastly. Within three days, the flippers gutted the child star’s former room and used amethyst crystals to decorate and ease the family's worries.

“I felt bad energy here, and now it’s dissipated,” Gaby says in the show.

The episodes about the Bernal house transformation are available to stream on Quibi.

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