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2 br apt w/ghst [Aug. 8th, 2006|05:21 pm]
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Poll #788738 2 br apt w/dth

How would you feel about renting the apartment where a notorious mass murder had recently occurred? The apt has been completely cleaned, damage fixed, and is in a neighborhood you like.

No way. That's creepy.
3(10.7%)
No, but more because I dislike the idea of gawkers/mourners/infamy.
3(10.7%)
maybe. I'm a little creeped out but I could get over it.
7(25.0%)
Sure, especially if the rent was reduced because no one else wanted to live there.
13(46.4%)
You bet, because it would be the Gothiest house evar!
2(7.1%)


Seattle folks probably know which house I'm talking about. A friend of mine just moved into it from out-of-state. She's aware of the history but had never been there before and didn't know the prior residents.

I went over Sunday to help her unpack. I didn't feel haunted or anything, but it's hard to divorce weird thoughts when you know the scoop. It really is a sweet house, and given the new floors and paint, it certainly doesn't look like it'd been shot up by a lunatic.

I think it's brave of her, but I know other people might be creeped out that anyone would even think to live there again. The suggestion was made by members of the public after the incident that the owner should tear it down, but considering the cost/value of the property, it seems a little extreme. After all, it's not like the house killed anyone, and I bet you can't even take a capital loss deduction for "tore down vintage house in rapidly appreciating neighborhood because of fear of ghosts and/or bad vibes".

But I'm curious to hear what others think. Would it be okay to live in the house if you didn't know? Does the property manager have a responsibility to tell you if you don't recognize the address/location?
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[User Picture]From: gryph
2006-08-08 08:58 pm (UTC)
I know we already talked about it, but...

I think there's nothing wrong with it, though I'm sure it must be weird. And I think the landlord should be up-front about it, mainly for the landlord's own benefit. Afterall, the tenant would be likely to find out anyway, and if I was the landlord I'd rather know that it's not going to work out with scaredy-tenant before I went to all the trouble of renting to them. I would have a hard time believing she's not going to be told by neighbors and passerbys. People just love to talk about stuff like that, even if it's at the discomfort of others.
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[User Picture]From: herbaliser
2006-08-08 09:21 pm (UTC)
I dated a guy who had bought a house in West Seattle super-cheap b/c someone had been shot in it.
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[User Picture]From: colvincd
2006-08-08 09:28 pm (UTC)
Ok. Who's encouraging MORE out-of-staters to move into this region?
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From: ex_agentcoo
2006-08-08 10:29 pm (UTC)
Actually, I was hoping it would be for sale. I'd buy that house in a heart beat - especially if it came with a slight discount.
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From: ex_agentcoo
2006-08-08 10:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, also, I wouldn't be surprised if you could sue a landlord for not disclosing such a thing. Emotional distress, etc. Certainly if they sold the house without mentioning the murders, it would be lawsuit city.
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[User Picture]From: haineux
2006-08-09 01:03 am (UTC)
I believe that California requires the seller to disclose this kind of thing.

I stayed in a house in Boston that had a ghost, and I am now Done With That. Everyone else in the house was sleeping crammed in the kitchen, because the bedroom was haunted. "Haw haw, we will brave the horrible haunting, and have the luxury of stretching out."

It was a pretty minor haunting -- the ghost rattled the cheap metal venetian blinds incessantly, and when I woke up, I was filled with dread and some kind of molasses that prevented me from being able to go over and do something about the damn blinds. I finally managed to deal with it, then the rest of the night, I had nightmares.

The next morning, I felt like I'd aged 500 years, and it only made getting coffee at the combination donut shop/police supply store all the more dreadful, so I decided it was in my best interests to get a real hotel room instead of dealing with that shit.

Seeing "Fire Walk With Me" had absolutely nothing to do with it, I am sure.

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[User Picture]From: ringbark
2006-08-09 03:48 am (UTC)
I voted "Sure, especially if the rent was reduced because no one else wanted to live there" and I stand by that.
However, I would certainly get a local (Episcopal, Catholic, mainstream Christian) priest to perform a house blessing before (or, failing that, very shortly after) moving in.
This would be regardless of any religious belief of my own. You know it makes sense.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2006-08-09 03:59 am (UTC)

house blessing-

there was a ceremony about a month before she moved in, in this case, Buddhist monks, because that's what the owner thought appropriate. She was of course free to have additional ceremonies but I think she was okay with that one.
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[User Picture]From: moodtobestewed
2006-08-09 08:21 am (UTC)
I think it would depend on the nature of crime, to some degree. Drug deal gone bad where a few people get shot...probably not going to bother me, but some Manson-esque unborn baby-cannibalism or something along those lines, uh, no thanks. There are just some levels of human depravity I don't want to be reminded of at all.

Also, I doubt most natural deaths would bother me, but if I knew there'd been one of those "maggot-infested body found in front of TV after six months" cases, I think that'd creep me out, too, because every time I woke up in the middle of the night and thought I felt a bug on me I'd immediately think "I'M DEAD!!!"
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2006-08-09 12:03 pm (UTC)
Time is the real factor on these places. For the first few years, nobody wants to live there. But with time, it will be a novelty and even a selling point, depending on the murders.

The garage where the St. Valentine Day massacre took place was razed. Now an aprtment building stands there with a plaque out front telling everyone who was killed there. The rent is higher than other buildings in the area because of the history. On the other hand, the house that John Wayne Gacy killed all those boys was razed and is still an open lot. Nobody wants to have anything to do with it.

So I guess the "cool killing" factor plays a big part...
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