Dear Prudence: Family considers buying house with grisly past

  • Article by: Emily Yoffe , Slate
  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 2:20 PM

Dear Prudence: My husband and I are looking to purchase a new home. We lost out on our first choice, but the second is still a possibility. Then we learned that the house was the site of an extremely grisly murder — a husband dismembered his wife. We would be the next occupants. I’m taken aback by the strong negative reaction from members of our extended family. Their biggest concern, and ours, too, is our kids, who are in junior high and high school, who we haven’t told about the house. Thanks to the Internet, we know all the horrific details of the case, and that information will be just as easily accessible to them. Are we crazy to think that one bad night in a house’s 100-year history is simply that, one bad night? My husband is a pastor and I am a mortician, so who better to buy this place?

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