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.
I dated a guy who had bought a house in West Seattle super-cheap b/c someone had been shot in it.
Ok. Who's encouraging MORE out-of-staters to move into this region?
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006-08-09 07:59 am (UTC)
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.
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!!!"
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...