Cute house with a dark past: Would you buy it?

How superstitious are you?

Would you buy a house in which there had been a murder and suicide 50 years ago?

I came across a listing for a cute house for sale (not the one in the painting above) with an asking price some $30,000 below its municipal evaluation — which is unusual. Most house sellers ask more than the municipal evaluation.

So, I emailed the real estate agent asking why it was being sold at such a steep discount.

The answer: a murder and suicide had occurred there in the 1960s.

There were other reasons why it was being sold at a discount, but the murder/suicide were the first things the agent listed.

Afterward, I wondered how I might feel if I spent a night alone in that house? Would I be spooked by every creak in the woodwork? Would I see things that were not really there? Would my imagination get the best — or worst — of me?

No, I probably wouldn’t buy the house because of its reputation, even though there are probably no ghosts or bad psychic vibrations still hanging around from the ’60s. And I am doubting they will be able to find a buyer at all; this isn’t the first time the current owners have tried to sell it.

In most places in Canada and probably the U.S. and other countries, homeowners must tell potential buyers if there has been a murder, suicide or even a death in homes for sale. I doubt the fact grandma passed away peacefully in her bedroom would stop someone from buying a house. But a murder/suicide is another matter.

So, how about you? Would you buy the house in question if it met your needs?

— Jillian

Photo: Painting called The Haunted House, by Louis Eilshemius (1864-1941). Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia Commons

7 thoughts on “Cute house with a dark past: Would you buy it?

  1. Would I buy a haunted house? Living in the UK it is very easy to buy property allegedly haunted, so if you’re afraid of ghosts, don’t move to here. I used to work in a pub, and had been the site of one for centuries, located opposite where nine protestant martyrs had been hanged by Queen Mary’s men during her bloody reign. The pub had a small office that had no windows and only one door, and frequently we note a strong smell of Oil of Cloves, an old remedy for tooth ache. So was the pub haunted. I truthfully don’t know, but there were plenty of spirits. 😀 Sorry I couldn’t resist.


  2. It wouldn’t stop me. Buy it then rent it out- most of the “death notices” only applies to buyers, not renters.
    If there were ghosts, the planet would be pretty crowded right now with 100 Billion ghosts bumping into us all the time. (

    With numbers like that, the chances are pretty good that someone died within a few dozen feet of wherever you’re standing.

    The superstitions that scare me are people who want me to “find” their god. (I’m sorry, did you lose one?)


    1. Not to mention the ghosts of all creatures great and small.

      From what I have read in occult literature and Theosophy, the vast majority of spirits happily move on after the death of the physical body. BUT, those who died by suicide could linger for a while, thus the supposed hauntings that have been reported. There are also reports of people who died suddenly not understanding that they have actually left their physical bodies, so they hang around for a while.

      There are also reports of psychic imprints left on buildings and places . . .


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