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Jun
22
2016

The ‘Amityville Horror’ house is for sale: Five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and one bloody history - The Washington Post

The ‘Amityville Horror’ house is for sale: Five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and one bloody history
By Lindsey Bever June 22 at 10:31 AM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp...

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The ‘Amityville Horror’ house is for sale: Five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and one bloody history

"There've been four owners since the murders," listing agent Jerry O'Neill said, "and none of them ran out of the house screaming."


In 1974, it was an expensive and stately Long Island estate, nestled in a vintage-home village, with white shutters on the windows, white lattice on the side and a white sign out front that read: “High Hopes.” 

But the house on Ocean Avenue in Amityville was darkened that year by a gruesome mass murder that claimed every family member there — except one. 

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Jun
21
2016

Learn Your State's Stigmatized Property Disclosure Law!

Now You Can Search an Address using DiedinHouse.com to Learn the State's Stigmatized Property Disclosure Law!

Before Buying or Renting Your Next Home, Get Informed About Everything! Use DiedinHouse.com to Learn the House History.

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Jun
17
2016

Buyer Beware! 6 Murder Houses For Sale

Buyer Beware! 6 Murder Houses For Sale

June 17, 2016 by Christine Colby

http://crimefeed.com/2016/06/buyer-beware-6-murder...

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Buyer Beware! 6 Murder Houses For Sale - CrimeFeed

Six houses with horrific crime histories are on the market. Would you live where Jeffrey Dahmer killed? Or where the Black Dahlia may have been murdered?

They’re called “stigmatized homes” — residences that have seen murders, suicides, meth labs, and even hauntings. Real estate experts estimate that a house history like that can reduce the property value by 25 percent, and extend the time it takes to sell it. If you’re looking to make a killing in real estate, you might want look into these six offerings.

California’s John Sowden House, above, is notable for its architectural design, created by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright. The large, stunning mansion, built in 1926, has an ancient Mayan design and a pool. It also may be where one of the most famous unsolved murders took place — that of Elizabeth Short, known as “The Black Dahlia,” in 1947. Doctor George Hodel lived there at the time, and has been accused of the murder by his son Steve, who has written books alleging his father’s involvement. He believes his father murdered Elizabeth Short in the house, later leaving her body in a vacant lot. Steve Hodel suspects his father of other murders, as well. The dirt of the basement floor was examined by cadaver dogs who “alerted” to it, and chemical analysis tested positive for human remains. The house is currently on the market for $4,795,000, with an open house on Tuesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. That’s next week, buyers!

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Jun
6
2016

This Website Can Tell You If Someone Died In Your House - FORBES

This Website Can Tell You If Someone Died In Your House
BY Natalie Sportelli FORBES Staff Reporter

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliesportelli/2015/10/26/this-website-can-tell-you-if-someone-died-in-your-house/#71a16ab54153

If you could find out if someone died in your house, would you want to know? Founded in 2013 by software engineer Roy Condrey, DiedInHouse.com allows users to search an address to see if it had a dark former life (or even accommodates the afterlife). From murders and suicides to meth activity and arson, DiedInHouse uses data from over 130 million police records, news reports, old death certificates and more to determine if your house has seen horrors.

The website’s creation begins like a ghost story. Three years ago, Condrey received a text message in the middle of the night from one of his tenants that read: “Did you know that your house is haunted?” Condrey went down a cyber rabbit hole seeking, but not finding, an easy way to determine if his property had indeed seen a gruesome crime or fatality.

“I went online to find a ‘Carfax’ of sorts for deaths in homes and I didn’t find anything, but I did find pages and pages of people asking if there’s a way to find out if their house is haunted,” says Condrey, who rents his a number of his properties. He later learned through his data collection that, in fact, at least 4.5 million homes nationwide have had documented deaths take place on the premises. The number of homeowners that know about the history of their home is unknown.

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Jun
1
2016

NYC homes where murders occurred don't faze most renters or buyers, real estate experts say

NYC homes where murders occurred don't faze most renters or buyers, real estate experts say

By Sheila Anne Feeney sheila.feeney@amny.com

Many New Yorkers live among the dead -- knowingly and unknowingly occupying apartments and houses where murders occurred.

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