Crime Scenes Don’t Make For Good Listings

May 27, 2010

Warning! This article is not suitable for children or the squeamish.

This question should explain why: Could you ever live in a home where a murder had occurred?

Only the bank would buy this Illinois home, which was the scene of a murder last year.

No potential buyers showed up this week at a foreclosure auction on a three-bedroom home in Columbia, Illinois, where Christopher Coleman allegedly strangled his wife and two sons last year.

Wells Fargo, which already owned the mortgage, was awarded the home at the 30-second auction with the minimum bid of $256,419.96. A Chicago law firm handled the procedure.

Coleman supposedly spray-painted graffiti on a wall in the living room to make it look as if an intruder committed the crime. Illinois law states that foreclosed homes must be sold “as is,” so the graffiti remains on the wall. Coleman, 33, is in jail awaiting trial. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

In New York, the actual home featured in the movie “The Amityville Horror” has been listed for $1.15 million. The current owner bought the Dutch Colonial for a mere $310,000 in 1997.

The house featured in "The Amityville Horror" is for sale.

The 3,600-square-foot waterfront property has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a den, a solarium, a finished basement and a separate boathouse that leads into the canal.

Situated in Amityville, Long Island, the home was reportedly the site where six family members were murdered while they slept in 1974. The eldest son, Ronald DeFeo Jr., was convicted of the crimes at age 23 and is serving 25 years to life at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

“The Amityville Horror” was about the Lutz family who lived in the house for 28 days after the murders. The real family foreclosed on the home before it was bought in 1977 by James and Barbara Cromarty, who said they lived there for 10 years with no paranormal activity to report. So many people came to see the house because of the book and movie that the couple changed the address from 112 to 108 Ocean Avenue in an attempt to protect their privacy.

Joel Rifkin kept a corpse for three days in the garage of this home. Wonder if the smell remains.

Then there’s another Long Island house for sale: It’s at 1492 Garden St., East Meadow, New York, and it’s where serial killer Joel Rifkin lived and murdered some of his victims in the early ’90s.

The two-story expanded ranch is listed at $424,500. It has four bedrooms and two baths and is described as an “excellent handy man special.”

Rifkin admitted killing 17 women but was convicted of murdering nine. He is serving more than 200 years in New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility.

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That is terrible. I could imagine the time it would take to sell a home with those kinds of reputations. On the other hand, there are some weird people out there – I am a bit surprised there aren’t “ghost hunters” out there who would love to own one of them!

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