If you have ever wondered if there was a gruesome murder or otherwise untimely death in your house, there’s now a way to find out.
For a fee of course.
If you have an old house (old as in pre-1920’s) the chances are pretty good that someone died in your house. It was fairly common to pass away at home back in those days. But what about a murder or other type of tragic death in your house?
Say you were going to purchase a house and things like that mattered to you. For example, would you buy a house where the notorious BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killer Dennis Rader murdered one of his victims?
No? Then don’t buy the house pictured above. That’s a house in Wichita, Kansas where Rader murdered a woman in 1977.
How about the house where Jeffrey Dahmer grew up and killed (and dismembered) his first victim?
Yep, this one ↓
I did a post on Dahmer’s childhood home back in 2012 when it was for sale. According to Zillow records, the house never did sell and the listing was removed in 2013.
If the thought of a blood spatter scene in your living room leaves you nauseous, there is now a way that you can be pro-active in finding out the information before you make that big purchase.
The website Died in House.com will do the research for you when you sign up for the service. For a small fee, the website’s team will research the history and previous owners of your home through hundreds of national data-bases and tell you everything you did or did not want to know. Meth lab? Suicide? Deadly fire? Flood? They will dig it all up for you.
You might not know this but in most states, home sellers and Realtors are NOT required to disclose if they know there has been a murder in a house. So that’s where this website can come in handy.
No, I’m not getting paid to plug their services. I just think it is a very clever concept and I’m jealous that I didn’t come up with it first. Kudos to the guy who thought it up – he himself unknowingly bought a house where someone died. You can read more about his experience here.
To end on a semi-positive note… if you are looking for a spankin’ good deal on a house, you can almost always get a reduced price on a property where there are blood stains and ghosts.
Check out Died In House.com for yourself.
Thanks to Sb Smith for giving me the lead on this one!