By: Sammy Scoggin
There’s a new website that I think all of you horror junkies out there will appreciate. It is called diedinhouse.com and it allows you to look up any address and see if someone died in that house. The site does charge a fee of $11.99 for each search, a fee that I am very grateful for because it swayed me from typing in my own home address and bringing any of its potential hidden horrors to life.
This site was created from more of a real estate standpoint rather than one of horrific curiosity. Past deaths and the stories behind them can have a significant impact on the property value of a home, and thus affect homeowners, potential buyers, sellers and real estate agents. In the margin of the website’s homepage it says, “Diedinhouse.com saves you time and money, by instantly providing you with the valuable information you need to be better informed.” The co-CEO and president of the website is Ron Condrey, who came up with the idea for the site after discovering that his own house was haunted. “It occurred to me that a service which told people who died in their homes before they moved in would be popular. It’s harder to find things like this out than you think,” Condrey said. According to the online newsletter called The Grosse Pointe Patch, Diedinhouse.com has actually helped homeowners obtain financial benefits from learning that deaths have occurred in their homes. One example of this is Janet Milliken, a woman who discovered that a murder-suicide had taken place in her recently purchased home. She then proceeded to sue the realtors for failure to disclose information about the history of the house. So maybe this site will be beneficial to anyone in the hunt for a house right now (cough cough Gina), or maybe you’ll just use it because you want a good scare.
Personally, I would rather not know if my house is haunted by past deaths, I prefer to remain blissfully safe in my ignorance. But if you’re willing to spend a whopping 12 dollars to have your mind filled with the potential ghosts inhabiting the halls you walk daily – whether it’s for fulfillment of curiosity, financial benefits or a desire to be scared of every corner in your home – then be my guest: www.diedinhouse.com.
Use it wisely.