Evaluating Satan worshiping’s effects on real estate

Plenty of people have had some strange living situations, from incompetent landlords, fixer-upers that never quite seem to get fixed and beyond. But what about properties affixed with a legacy of ghosts and murder?

They came to the Las Vegas mansion in waves, chasing tales of ghosts and murder. Some came to gawk or snap photos in front of its black metal gate. Others came to worship Satan. Thrill seekers broke in and drew pentagrams and carved upside-down crosses throughout the house.

The vandals came after “Ghost Adventures” featured the mansion on an episode that warned of a “nasty, evil spirit” that lurked inside. The homeowner fumed and sued. He wanted the Travel Channel show to pay damages.

Simply bring in Randall Bell, a real estate appraiser whose entire career is focused around evaluating stigmatized property, but the aforementioned Satanic-associated haunts to the World Trade Center site and areas damaged during the Rodney King riots. 

Read the full story, possible mob hit site renovations and all, in our latest Column One feature.

Photos: Isaac Brekken for the Times

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    Relevant to my interests (um, the weirdness surrounding death part. Not, like, the Satan-y part…)
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