What are some high profile Died in
House stories, which the buyer found after they moved in?
- Thornton, PA – A California women moved herself and her kids closer to her family in Pennsylvania after her husband passed away in California. She bought a house in 2007 and later found out that a year earlier a man killed his wife then he committed suicide in the house. ABC News, among others, covered the story. Being aware of the murder-suicide, a couple bought the home on October 31, 2006 for $450,000. They later sold it to Janet Milliken a year later for $600,000 and did not disclose the incident to the Ms. Milliken. Once she found out she went to court to have the transaction rescinded and to recoup her money. Since there is no state law stating that it has to be disclosed, the judge ruled against Milliken and she is stuck with the house.
- Silver Spring, Maryland - A father and his daughter were murdered in their house in 2002. It was not disclosed to the new owner, a middle school principal named Brian Betts. He was shocked when he found out, but could not legally back out of the deal. He moved into the house, then had the house blessed by his church. In 2010, he was found murdered in the same house. Since then, the address has changed from 9337 to 9335 Columbia Blvd. and it went back on the market. After being on the market for an extended period of time, the house ultimately sold for just $330K in February 2012; comparables are $507K.
- Nyack, NY - "Legally Haunted" House in NY - The seller previously publicized that her home was haunted in Readers Digest, but did not disclose it to the buyer. NY does not have a disclosure law. The NY Supreme Court eventually ruled in favor of the buyer because the owner had publicized that the house was haunted. The court stated that for court purposes the house was deemed "legally haunted," and that fact should have been disclosed to the buyer. The sale was revoked.
- BTK Serial Killer Dennis Rader - The house on Edgemoor St. in Wichita, KS where Bind, Torture, Kill (BTK) serial killer Dennis Rader murdered a family of four in 1974 was sold to Greg Lietz. He stated that the murders were never disclosed to him.
- BTK Serial Killer Dennis Rader - The house in Wichita, KS where Bind, Torture, Kill (BTK) serial killer Dennis Rader murdered a woman in 1977 was sold to Diane Boyle, 54, a retired nurse. She stated that the murders were never disclosed to her.