This Albany, NY, home was the site of a grisly quadruple murder that remains unsolved. It's on the market, though, and sellers in New York aren't required to disclose murders.

This Albany, NY, home was the site of a grisly quadruple murder that remains unsolved. It’s on the market, though, and sellers in New York aren’t required to disclose murders.

If you’re selling a home in California, you’re required to disclose whether anyone died on the property within the last three years. In Texas? Not so much. So when Ron Condrey found out that someone had died in his house before he bought the property, he began to wonder just how many homes were the site of someone’s demise.

“I assumed it was part of the disclosure process,” Condrey said in this story, “but unfortunately found out that it was not. I discovered that most states do not have any laws to disclose a death occurrence in a property no matter how it occurred (murder, suicide, accident, illness or natural).

“What I also discovered is that there is not a single place to go and that the research is very time consuming.”

Wouldn’t it be more convenient if you could find out if someone died in your home by searching one database?


Haunted House Trulia 2

We’ve been on the receiving end of boatloads of Halloween-themed press releases, but nothing really sticks with you like a cool video. That’s why I love this hidden-camera gem from Trulia, which rigs a cluttered Victorian with a murder back story with some pulleys and sheets for an old-school fright fest!

Jump for the full video!


Oswald House Vernon Bryant DMN


Photo: Vernon Bryant/Dallas Morning News

Lee Harvey Oswald lived in the unassuming brown brick house at 1026 N. Beckley Avenue right up until he was apprehended for allegedly shooting the president. It was the last place he is known to have lived.

And now it can be yours.

It’ll cost you, of course. The owner of the home, Pat Hall, wants to sell the house next month, but don’t expect her to list it for the market. According to the write up from Oak Cliff reporter Roy Appleton, Hall has a figure in mind.

“It’s not going to be too low,” she said during a recent tour of the house. “I’m selling history here.”

I am very interested to see how much this home goes for, especially considering its history and place in our national memory. This is the place that Oswald fled to before holing up in the Texas Theatre. It’s the place that he rented under an assumed name, where he kept quiet and out of the way. It’s the last place he lived before he became infamous.

Hall’s late mother, Fay Puckett, lived as well with the Oswald yoke, a past that continues to attract tour buses, history hounds and the unexpected — as in the Lee Harvey Oswald look-alike actor from Austin who showed up at the front door one day.

“It was kind of weird having that guy standing there,” Hall said. “It took me back.”

After her mother died, Hall, 61, opened the place to tours for several years, encouraging — with some success — donations toward its upkeep.

But she and her house aren’t getting younger. The structure needs repairs here and there. The public demands of history, she said, have been a burden, something she doesn’t want for her children.

So basically, if you buy this house, you can consider it an investment. Put a gift shop in there and add some parking and voila — tourist attraction. You’re close to Zang and Colorado, and Lake Cliff Park, too. There are some great restaurants nearby as well.

DCAD appraised this home at $60,830. Put in your over/under below.

This is just strange. Folks up in this nice, relatively quiet Plano neighborhood got a bit freaked out — understandably so  — over a strange series of events that involve an injured man and a possible bomb explosion near an Atmos natural gas control station in the 3600 block of West Parker Road overnight.

First police got 911 calls about gunshots heard in the area. Then when police arrived at the scene, neighbors said they heard the sound of a bomb going off — rattling windows and everyone. One guy said it sounded like a thrown grenade.

Honestly, I don’t think I’d know what a thrown grenade sounds like. Would you?

Then there’s the severely injured man, who claimed he was hit by a car, but who looked more like he had an explosive blow up on him. Like something went wrong. Neighbors found him  stumbling, bleeding profusely, and screaming for help. He told police he’d been hit by a car, but that didnt jive with his injuries.  Next neighbors called Atmos Energy when they heard a hissing sound coming from a natural gas pressure control station. FBI agents and Atmos inspectors found no evidence of tampering.

Still, if I lived in that ‘hood, and I have friends who do, I’d be popping a couple Xanex and demanding some answers.



I think my eyes are out of whack: this Rowlett home was listed at $135,000 and is now $99,900? A reader thought this looked like the home where Darlie Lynn Routier murdered her sons Damon and Devon. (She was only convicted of murdering Damon.)

Looking back at that story, the Routiers owed up to $10,000 in back taxes and $12,000 in credit card debt, were two months behind on their mortgage payments, and had just been denied a $5,000 loan by their bank. That was in 1996. Sounds just about normal for 2011.

My colleague Sheree Curry writes about the Boulder, Colorado home where little JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered nearly 14 years ago — how sad to think she would have been 20 years old had she lived. It’s back on the market for $2.3 million. The JonBenet murder was never solved, her mother has since died, and now the owners of the home are having a tough time trying to sell it. Tim and Carol Milner have four children and lived in the house briefly but now use it as a second home when they travel to Boulder from California. Carol Milner is the daughter of televangelist Robert Schuller, so perhaps they have put some positive karma back into the 7240 square foot home:

“The Ramseys purchased the home, then 6,800-square-feet, in 1991 for $500,000. They unloaded it for $650,000 to an investment group named after the Ramsey home address, 755 15th St. LLC. (The home’s address was changed to 749 15th St. in June 2001). The investment group’s plan was to sell it for a profit with the proceeds going to the JonBen√©t Ramsey Childrens Foundation, a non-profit set up by her distraught parents.

Tim Milner said in a 2005 news Daily Camera report that every time a television feature or news story on the killing appears, the value of the home drops. “You guys are just creating a circus” by continuing to write about the house and its history,” he said.

The Milner’s lived in the home during a time period when the famiy opened up a Boulder church. It is said the curiosity seekers who stopped to have their pictures taken in front of the house, helped drive the family away.”

So what do you think? Would you buy the Ramsey/Milner house, even at half-price? Would you buy a house in Dallas (or anywhere) where a murder or violent death took place at any price?