Time a Healer for JonBenet Death House


She’s in the news again, poor thing. America just won’t let JonBenet Ramsey rest in peace. From Reuters:

New DNA tests have definitively cleared the parents of U.S. child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey of her unsolved murder almost 12 years ago, prosecutors said on Wednesday. In a statement seeking to silence suspicions surrounding relatives of the slain 6-year-old, prosecutors in the U.S. said new testing techniques on male DNA found on JonBenet’s clothes did not match any family members.

But the Ramsey house, site of the brutal murder, is back on the market for nearly twice the number it listed for after JonBenet’s death
. From Boulder’s Daily Camera:

The house where JonBenet Ramsey’s body was discovered nearly 12 years ago is back on the market. The 7,092-square-foot, four-story house at 749 15th St. — the former home of John and Patsy Ramsey, whose 6-year-old daughter was murdered and found in the home’s basement on Dec. 26, 1996 — recently was posted on the public listings for $2.68 million.

The listing price is more than double its $1.05 million sale in 2004, and is comparable to or slightly more expensive than other similar-sized houses on the market in the neighborhood, according to local real estate data. During the past six months, 11 houses in the neighboring area sold at prices between $1 million and $3 million. Of those 11, two sold for more than $2.5 million.

When it comes to real estate stigmatized by past crimes and catastrophes, time sometimes can be a healer in terms of market value, said Randall Bell, an appraiser, economist and nationally known expert on damaged real estate.

“Emotionally, it may not go away, but in terms of real estate values, it does go away,” Bell said, noting that the Beverly Hills house where actress Sharon Tate was stabbed to death in 1969 sold for its full value 20 years later.

Generally speaking, Bell said, it takes about seven years for values and the neighboring area “to get back to normal.”

I wouldn’t move in, no matter how much time passed or how good a bargain it was. Murdered children make for haunted houses. And haunted houses force residents to call GhostHunters, adding a hidden markup not expressed by real estate brokers.

Count me out.

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