5 Standish Street

5 Standish Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

5 Standish Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Provincetown Business Guild Guide (1979), from David Jarrett.

Provincetown Business Guild Guide (1979), from David Jarrett.

Len Paoletti, by David Jarrett (1989).

Len Paoletti, by David Jarrett (1989).

Victoria House gets generally “excellent” ratings on TripAdvisor from visitors willing to overlook its long-ago notoriety. In January 1969, when this was Patricia Morton’s Guest House, it was where Antone Charles Costa met the newly arrived Patricia Walsh and Mary Ann Wysocki. The women disappeared the next day. Their bodies weren’t found until March. Costa, convicted of their murder and suspected of others, hanged himself in prison in 1974. By then, Len Paoletti (pictured) had purchased No. 5, renamed it Victoria House, upgraded it, and marketed it — flamboyantly — to gay visitors. He sold it in 1985. The license was transferred in 2013 to Rick Murray and William Dougal of the Crown & Anchor.


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