Almost 10 years after the body of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was found in the basement of her Boulder, Colo., home, the Tudor-style house is on the market again, reports USA Today. “It’s stigmatized. It’s always been stigmatized,” says Joel Ripmaster, president of Colorado Landmark Realtors. Ripmaster has represented the last four owners of the property, all who purchased or sold the house at below-market value since JonBenét’s slaying in 1996. “It’s worth a couple million dollars,” Ripmaster says, “but now we’re asking for only $1.7 million.”
That’s because some buyers consider more than just location, location, location. For certain places, history, history, history can turn a dream house into a nightmare. These houses are the sites of notorious and often grisly crimes – houses that, with the help of the evening news, become as much a character in the crime as the victims and their killers. Whether the Ramsey house or the condominium in Los Angeles where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were killed, the home remains long after evidence of the crime is gone. Sometimes, the house – and the lot – stay empty for years. That’s what happened at serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s place in the Norwood Park Township outside of Chicago. Other times, new owners try to change the look of the place, inside or out. Some opt to change the address, ostensibly to fool the gawkers.