Buying a new home is exciting, but requires spending some time on due diligence. As part of the deal, your agent should do some checks into the history of the property. Sometimes that brings up deaths, criminal activity, and other undesirable history. Other times, it brings up nothing, until it is already too late.
Buying a Serial Killer House
Anthony and Rita Bucklew purchased an unassuming property on a lease-to-own agreement with an out-of-state seller. The home, located just outside Denver in Broomfield, Colorado, sits on over five acres and is in one of the best places to live in America. But this house has a different history.
No search told the Bucklew’s that the last person to live in the home is convicted serial killer Scott Lee Kimball. The property is where Kimball is believed to have murdered at least four women and his wife’s uncle, and attempted to murder his 10-year-old son for insurance money.
It was not until a neighbor said hello two weeks after moving in that they learned about the home’s horrific past. A quick online search showed what had happened at the property, then family and friends stopped coming over to visit.
Serial Killer House – No Recourse in Colorado
Colorado is a state that does not require seller disclosure of death on a property, so the seller’s agent looked on quietly when the buyer’s son unknowingly made a joke about a murder in the guest house at the back of the property.
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