Thursday, April 10, 2014

Curse of Amanda Knox: Realtor says “Italian Horror House Hard to sell”

The Italian cottage where Amanda Knox, Raffaelle Sollecito, and Rudy Guede  have been convicted of butchering Meredith Kercher was put up for sale in December of 2013. Due to the infamous circumstances, said a Perugian agent for the Tecnocasa real estate agency, which is handling the sale, “…it has not been easy to find potential buyers who are willing to overlook the fact that a brutal murder took place there.”

The owner of the Perugian villa, Italian retiree Aldalia Tattanelli, was forced to drop the price more than $100,000, from $630,000 to just over $520,000. Six years after Kercher’s murder, almost to the day, eight new tenants living in the home almost died when a carbon monoxide leak nearly poisoned them all in their sleep. This adds to the infamy of the home, and some have gone as far as saying that the home is cursed. It was this incident that prompted Aldalia to sell the home.
In the U.S., sellers are required to disclose if a murder took place in a house.  That’s not the case in Italy and the listing makes no mention of the gruesome crime that took place there. In fact, the realtor said that “The owner [Aldalia] is adamant that everything possible be done to discourage anyone in the realtor’s office from saying a word about the murder.”

“We have received requests for information, and many, who are probably busybodies, have already visited our web page,” the realtor said. “I hope to exclude macabre curiosity seekers because the property has a certain value.” Tecnocasa Realty is so wary about curiosity seekers that “the company requires that anyone potential buyers make an appointment and come to the sales office in person for even general information” on the two-unit property, which comes with 5,000 square meters of land and parking for seven vehicles.
“Frankly,” says the realtor, “this is a tough sell in an already tough real estate market.”

Would you live in a house with such a history?

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