The Water Cooler – Would You Live In A Home Where Someone Was Murdered?

September 10, 2018 12:00 pm · 30 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

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Would you live in a home where someone was murdered?

Talk about it….

Kevin D Mackay September 10, 2018 at 12:02 PM

Nope. Even thinking about it kind of creeps me out.

Mr. John September 10, 2018 at 12:11 PM

Assuming that the murder was not indicative of a bad neighborhood – sure. A 15% discount on a house is a lot of money, and that, per the internet, seems to be what you can get on a murder house.

Kentucky Derby September 10, 2018 at 12:47 PM

Absolutely not. It would haunt me on a daily basis. As far as a good deal, you can find a good deal (motivated seller) on a home where someone wasn’t murdered… and live in peace.

Rob September 10, 2018 at 12:59 PM

I wouldn’t have any issues with it, as long as I didn’t personally know the person who was murdered.

BURNBABYBURN September 10, 2018 at 1:01 PM

Actually, I prefer to. That way, if I eventually murder someone, I can blame it on the house. Thank you california!!!!!

GregTheElder September 10, 2018 at 1:07 PM

People live in the Amityville house. Can you imagine trying to fall asleep in one of those rooms after knowing what happened?

The Mamba September 10, 2018 at 3:27 PM

Actually, the house was torn down, there may be a house on the property, but it’s not original.

Rachael September 10, 2018 at 1:09 PM

I grew up in a house that a relative was murdered in. It didn’t bother me at all. My family still lives there. I feel like it depends on the situation.

Justifiable Languor September 10, 2018 at 1:22 PM

I would definitely go see how it ‘felt’. I’m not really one of the Faithful, but I have always explored alternate realities and love connecting with the good universe. I love symbolism and might even have an alter for burning sage and gazing upon a cross, Madonna or Buddha.

My favorite religious book is the the Architectural Bible. Really cool digs, and facts about the time line of the historical writings, and of course the discrepancies.

martinezmike September 10, 2018 at 1:25 PM

I’m not sure. I guess it would depend on the circumstances of the murder, and if the killer was caught. { I ain’t afraid of no ghost }

Frank September 10, 2018 at 1:44 PM


anon September 10, 2018 at 2:16 PM

I know of a home in Concord- double murder in the garage and the real estate people lied & said there was a shooting in the street

Anon2 September 10, 2018 at 9:17 PM

I used to live in a neighborhood that matches your story, across the street from an elementary school

Silva September 10, 2018 at 2:23 PM

As long as they weren’t all permanently triggered and didn’t bother me I’d be fine with it. They could be good company.

Dawg September 10, 2018 at 2:23 PM

Maybe I already live in a house where somebody was murdered, who knows?
My house was 20 years old when I bought it and I have no idea what took place in it prior to that.
California law only requires the seller to disclose of a death if it occurred within the last three years. So unless you buy your house brand new, how would you know? Depending how old the house is and how long ago the murder took place, you might be able to find something in the local newspaper, or police dept.

Rusty September 10, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Only after I had a spiritualist medium verify that there wasn’t a ghost hanging around.

Kentucky Derby September 10, 2018 at 2:47 PM

A friend of mine – her daughter and son-in-law bought a house in Southern CA. The guy stabbed his wife to death. Her parents advised them NOT to buy the house, but as any parent (whose kids are grown) knows… you have to let your children make their own decisions. It’s their life.

They lasted seventeen months, and sold the house at a loss. Neither one of them could sleep. They went back to renting, and they don’t have the money to buy a home – now that property values are up.

Anon September 10, 2018 at 8:29 PM

Not a big deal, cleanse the house and make “them” move on.
Know your authority.

Anonymous September 10, 2018 at 2:59 PM

Pre or Post murder?
Trust me, it matters

Ricardoh September 10, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Didn’t find out until after we purchased. Found out from a neighbor kid. Work of husband but never proven. Happened about five years before we moved in and doesn’t bother me at all.

Pyrrhus September 10, 2018 at 3:59 PM

Don’t believe in ghosts so sure. Someone passed away of natural causes in my current house and it doesn’t bother me at all. As long as everything is cleaned up and no blood stains, I don’t care. The only exception is if the house is associated with a famous murder where I can expect street tours and gawkers. That would be too much of a hassle and would pass.

Chicken Little September 10, 2018 at 4:44 PM

My house is around 70 years old and has had countless inhabitants. I’m pretty sure it was even a crack house for a while. So there’s no telling what may have happened here or what might be buried in the backyard. Shady characters (who probably just got out of prison) still occasionally show up at the door looking for their “friends” who used to live here. Do I care? Not a bit. I don’t believe in ghosts.

Atticus Thraxx September 10, 2018 at 5:03 PM

As long as it was a run-of-the-mill murder and everything was cleaned up, sure.

iKrissy September 10, 2018 at 5:13 PM

My hub and I bought and raised a family in a home where a man had died of natural causes. Neighbors would say that’s the house where X died. He visited once or twice helping me watch over my young children. It was a good feeling.

Camp Dakota September 10, 2018 at 7:28 PM

We lived across the street when we heard what we thought was someone slamming their sliding glass door. It was actually a lovers quarrel & the woman shot herself through the shoulder while her husband was on the phone with her mother … it happened in the guest bathroom back in the early 80’s. we ended up buying THAT house. I think of her every once in awhile.

Ancient Mariner September 10, 2018 at 8:27 PM

When I was a little kid I lived in a house built in 1715.
You know people had to have died in that house (okay, maybe not murdered) but there was never any spookiness or anything. If ghosts exist, the world would be very full of them indeed.
Of course, that’s not to say that something couldn’t imitate your dead Uncle Fred and tell you things only he could have known and try to sucker you into stuff. But Fred himself? Long gone to his reward.

2 Cents September 10, 2018 at 9:03 PM

I’d step over a still warm body in the doorway, if it meant getting a huge discount.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 10, 2018 at 9:47 PM

I ain’t afraid of no ghost!…..I don’t know anybody who was ever harmed by one & my only encounters were just a bit strange… mildly alarming at best.

We tend to fear things we don’t understand…. like ghosts, tax forms & women.

ACB128 September 11, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Not personally but my best friends do! I am way too chicken…

jjshawk September 11, 2018 at 11:29 PM

Sure,….if the price is right. Or, if it is an otherwise near-perfect piece of property (half-acre or larger, ranch style home, with no HOA). As long as I can get it cheap, I don’t care much about the history of the property. I wouldn’t care about what the property is worth; because, I wouldn’t plan on selling it anyways.

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