Just in case the potential for a divided convention, brokered candidate, mass demonstrations, and massive media hype didn’t make the Republican National Convention crazy enough, now there is the prospect of renting a home where a serial killer was active to add even more spice to the situation. That’s because Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home is now for rent for the month of the convention, which will be held in Cleveland.
The price tag for the house just increased from $8,000 to $10,000 for the month of July. Bath, Ohio is 26 miles south of Cleveland. The unusual listing, which had been up since February, stated the house was a “mid-century modern home with a true park-like setting. Smoking and animals okay. This is Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home. Close to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Montrose shopping. Easy access to I-77 highway.” After media attention, the Dahmer reference was edited and the price shot up by 20 percent.
Dahmer committed his first murder at the house back in 1978, when he killed a teenager hitchhiker and dismembered her body, burying it in the yard behind the house. Dahmer was 18 years old. He would go on to kill at least 17 more people, some of whom he also ate.
Real Life Murder House
The Dahmer house is the most recent example of a grisly murder turning a house into hot real estate. The Manson Family murders captivated a horrified nation back in 1979. Charles Manson and his followers went on a two night killing spree, where they murdered and tortured people at Roman Polanski’s house and then at the home of grocer Leno LaBianca in Los Feliz. Surprisingly, the LaBianca home has been almost continuously occupied since the murders, most recently selling for $375,000.
The Horror House of Madame Delphine
The LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans was once home to Madame Delphine LaLaurie, who secretly tortured, starved and bound her slaves inside the mansion. The wealthy socialite was a serial killer, but her exploits were not discovered until a fire swept through the home in 1834. The resulting mob violence drove her out of the country, and she died in Paris in 1849. The house went on to serve many purposes, from school to music conservatory to luxury apartment building. The actor Nicolas Cage once purchased the home, but it was foreclosed on and sold to an energy trader. The home is now fully restore and is the subject of ghost tours. It was also the inspiration for a season of American Horror Story.
American Crime Story
The renewed interest in the OJ Simpson murder trial that has been spurred by the case’s 20th anniversary and corresponding mini-series has created a difficult situation for Brentwood residents. That’s because tourists are once again flocking to the neighborhood to see the house where Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered. The 3,700 square foot house was on the market for two years before selling for just under $600,000. the purchase price was a bargain, since home values in the area are much higher. In 2006 it sold again, this time for a whopping $1.7 million – which is still significantly less than other homes in the neighborhood. Despite the new owners getting the street address changed from 875 S. Bundy Drive to 879 S. Bundy, tourists aren’t fooled. Neighbors say people are once again flocking to the street in order to gape at the house.
Ironically, interest in the Simpson home and the LaLaurie Mansion was spurred by television shows produced by Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Perhaps Murphy himself is one of the people who finds such sites irresistible.