October 25, 2015
I recently learned about a new app called DiedInHouse, and really, what a perfect time of year to head down a rabbit hole of creepiness.
The name pretty much says it all, but I’ll give a brief description anyway. It’s a web based service that allows you to research if someone has died at any valid US address. Aside from cluing you in as to whether there was once a decomposing corpse in the room you are hoping to turn into a nursery, it will also tell you whether your basement was ever a meth lab. Does home research get any more fascinating than this?
As far as I can tell, this website/app serves two distinct purposes: 1. It gives factual information about the history of your past, current, or future homes–information that real estate agents are not necessarily under obligation to disclose. And 2. It’s 100% entertainment if you’re into that kind of thing
, because the site lists dozens of real houses (photos included) where people have died–from the house where Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldberg were murdered, to a much lesser known house in West Allis, WI, where a man committed suicide and was left undiscovered for 4 years.
If you’re interested in doing a serious search, it’s going to cost you, but not too much. Prices start at $11.99 for a single search and up to $54.99 for 10 searches. I suppose that’s a small price to pay if you’re searching for your dream home and death is a deal breaker.
I did not pay to find out about my current address, but it still gave me some interesting statistics for free. For example, I learned that 86% of Maryland residents live in homes with others. Also there were 583 suicides reported in my state in 2012.
The site was founded by Roy Condrey, IT solutions expert by day, murder house hunter by night. The DiedInHouse site has been profitable enough that he has been able to hire staff to help with the website. So far customers have paid for 30,000 property searches, and the site has even been used to scout locations for the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures.
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