Monday, March 28, 2016

Murder Houses: Geography of Stigma [Photoblog]

Real estate deals to die for?


Real estate is not for the faint of heart. Bidding wars can get outrageously expensive in Canada's biggest cities, and buyers in these hot markets often have to go in with no inspections or conditions, or even sight unseen to make their strongest offer. With all the competition, would you consider buying a property or living in a home knowing a violent crime had taken place in order to get a slashed price?

As with any home purchase, inspection or not, there's always a few... surprises, right? Stats show murder houses sell for around 3% less than an unstigmatized house. The current owners of the properties below must have got some crazy (in a good way) deals.

Bruce McArthur
95 Thornecliffe Park Drive, Toronto, Ontario
Charged with murders of men who disappeared from Toronto's Gay Village area, the investigation continues at multiple locations where McArthur is accused of disposing of body parts in large planters at multiple locations where he worked as a landscaper.

McArthur's condo home overlooking the Don Valley
53 Mallory Cr where McArthur stored his landscaping equipment.

Barry and Honey Sherman Murders
50 Old Colony Rd, Toronto, Ontario
Suspicious deaths of this billionaire couple shocked the city. Police continue to investigate with few clues and no possible suspects announced.



Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
57 Bayview Ave., St. Catharines, Ontario
This notorious twisted tag team occupied this mundane residential neighbourhood. The house was torn down and rebuilt with a new address to lessen the stigma in case a potential buyer ever Googles it.

Ron England 
100 Duke Street, Bowmanville, Ontario
Ron England, a paranoid schizophrenic, stabbed his mother 34 times and his daughter 89 times in a gruesome double murder.

Danzig Street 
Block O, Scarborough, Ontario
The online promise of free liquor turned this little annual block party and barbecue into a chaotic scene with rival gangs shooting 22 party goers including young children.

 

Bandidos Massacre
32196 Aberdeen Line, Dutton, Ontario
The privacy of the countryside was the scene for this biker gang house-cleaning massacre. In time, the grass should grow back, covering the controversial landscaping choices so obvious in aerial imagery.



Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynne McClintic
Woodstock and Mount Forest, Ontario
These unlucky home owners had no idea their back lot was the location of Tori Stafford's body.



Dellen Millard and Mark Smich
Ayr, Ontario
The remains of Tim Bosma were found in a cremation device called "The Eliminator," on Millard's family farm which is used to dispose of animal carcasses after he accompanied two men to test drive a truck he was selling.

 

Luka Magnotta
Apartment 208, 5720 DeCarie Blvd., Montreal, Quebec
The murder and dismemberment of Jun Lin at this address was videotaped by Magnotta and posted online.

 

Russell Williams
62 Cosy Cove Lane, Tweed, Ontario
This high ranking military man led a secret life of breaking into 48 neighbouring women's homes a total of 82 times to steal underwear, which escalated to rape and murder. His home is shown below.



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