Long story short, my husband and I are moving. It's been kind of a short notice move (he got a promotion and wanted to take it quickly) so we need to find a place by mid December.
We found a nice house to rent out, it's going to basically be a 3 year house as we're not quite ready to buy yet. It's near the school we want, it's like 10 minutes from his job, it seems well maintained. And it's REALLY cheap.
I called the landlord thinking "What's the catch?" and come to find out, there was an extremely brutal murder in the house. An entire family.
I immediately said "No way" and my husband thinks I'm being silly. But I'm sorry, I do not like the idea at all. Am I being totally unreasonable? Honest opinions welcome.
Whoa. I don't think I'd want to move there either.
I'm in the no way camp. Especially if I knew the details and did some reading on the case. I would not be able to get it out of my mind and its the last thing I need to be thinking about in th comfort of my home.
You're definitely not being silly.. I would never live there. I'm guessing it's really cheap because no one else wants to live there either.
URGH! Not that I truly believe in ghosts and the afterlife, but I wouldn't want to tempt fate here. No thanks!
I'd probably tour the house and see if I could stand in the same rooms without thinking of the murders. If yes, I'd take it because it seems perfect - if not, I'd pass because I wouldn't want to be haunted in my own home.
Nope. Mainly because I very much believe in ghosts. I swear there's a little girl living in our guest room...which actually leads me to believe there had been a murder in our house. But I'm better off not knowing.
Don't live there!
No way, I would never feel comfortable.
Yes, but I might get someone to come and do a cleansing of the house before moving in.
Depends on the situation. Was the murder a freak incident, or might it be related to the fact that the house is in a bad area? How easy is it to break into the house?
Rationally, my brain says that if it was just a freak incident, I would have no trouble living there. In reality, it would probably freak me out a bit, though having my two gigantic dogs with me at home makes me feel like I have superpowers.
If you choose to live there, I would ask about having a month-to-month lease instead of locking yourself in place for a year. And I would make sure any...erm... stains or damage has been dealt with, but I wouldn't want to know anything about the murders. And if you don't have a dog to cuddle with and make you feel safe, I would highly recommend it in a house like that!
No way. I watch too much Investigation Discovery, my imagination is VERY healthy, and knowing something had already happened there would actually make me crazy.
my immediate answer is no, because I could probably not stop thinking about it.
But if you are able to visit and spend some time in the house and get a feel for it - you may find that you don't feel bothered by it.
The rational side of me says that we all have been somewhere where something tragic has happened in history so it's a no brainer... but the other side of me says eff no, I won't go!
I wouldn't. I don't believe in ghosts or anything like that, but that's just really really disturbing!
I've never understood this mentality, so I'll be watching this thread closely. Personally, I think a house is just a house. Everything has been cleaned up and the people involved in the case aren't going to be around. I just don't see how a previous murder is relevant to you (the general you) living in the house with your own family.
This is where my husband and I differ, he can detach himself from thinking about the people who died there and benefit from the price. I'd be living there like "What happened in this room? What about this room?" I don't want my girls sleeping in a room where someone was stabbed to death, as horrible as it was. I think murder houses should just be torn down :-/
Thats crazy! No wonder the rent is low. I don't think I would want to live there. Not because of ghosts, because I dont believe in them. But because I would probably think about it all the time.
@anemonie: It's a very low crime neighborhood, this was a teenage kid who murdered his family. Totally random.
@KatyElle: see it's one thing if it was a rebuilt house sitting on what used to be an old house that had a murder committed in it. It's another to have the SAME HOUSE STANDING!
I tend to think of my house as my safe haven, my sanctuary I can always turn to when I'm feeling stressed. For some reason I think knowing that kind of horror had happened in that house would keep me from ever 100% feeling like it was a safe space.
Yes, in that case I would. I would even buy a house like that. As long as it's clean, and you're not actually targetted for some reason in the house, like a former resident was a gang member or something, I wouldn't have a problem with it.
To me it is just a house, provided it was cleaned properly by the right kind of biohazard company. I might have it cleansed in a spiritual way also, just for piece of mind. Heck ya I would take it on the cheap and sock away that cash for the house of my dreams.
@VAwife: I don't know. It's like if I found an $1100 Gucci jacket at a consignment shop for $50, but the girl who used to own it was strangled to death while wearing it. Sure it's a great price but I probably couldn't feel good about wearing it knowing that.
I would move there! I'm not superstitious at all. The house is more important to me than the thought of ghosts or whatnot. It seems to be a great house too!
I couldn't, that would always be in the back of my mind. It would just creep me out!
@KatyElle: Umm...creepy. American Horror Story creepy.
I had a similar conversation with a co-worker who was looking at buying a house with a few graves on the property.
I think I would have to go to the house to feel out the situation. I like the ideas from PP of having a month to month lease and maybe having some sort of spiritualist come and do...whatever. I don't believe in ghosts per say.... but I do believe something like a multiple murder may leave some bad vibes.
Has anyone lived there since the murders? That would be of interest to me too.
This is how scary movies start. Don't do it.
@KateByDesign: I might put up with some ghosts for that house though, it's pretty kickass.
I wouldn't step foot in there
@VAwife: My husband thinks like that too. I on the other hand very much believe in spirits and I feel like I would constantly be on the look out in a house like that.
@KatyElle: ...until blood starts seeping through the walls and creeping out of the drains...
Sorry. I just have the hee bee gee bee's thinking about it.
@KatyElle: I would go see it and walk through it and just see how i felt. I believe I would get a vibe or feel strange about being there if it were a "cursed" space or if there had been bad energy left over.
@KatyElle: Oh my gosh! Wearing the clothes someone died in would be way creepier to me than living in a house someone died in. Not really sure why there is a difference in my mind but there for sure is!
No because I'm a big baby.
@Mrs. Aardvark: Not that I know of. I think it's a second property that the guy owns and it's been sitting empty. This was unfortunately pretty recent, like within the last 2 years.
PS think about how much you can save for your family's future if you take the cheap house. I would def get it.
I'm apparently in the minority, but I would live in it. I might think twice before buying, but for renting I wouldn't care. At long as any damage to the house that came about when the incident occurred has been repaired. I also don't believe in ghosts however.
People die in houses all the time, and we don't get freaked by the prospect of it. The fact that it's a violent crime is sad, but I wouldn't think it's important enough to pass up.
I would be suspicious why they didn't tell you in the first place. I thought there were laws that that type of thing had to be disclosed, but maybe it's just when you are buying a house, not renting?
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