Realtor Embroiled In 'Murder Mansion' Dispute

'People say there's shadows of children.'

Everyone knows that the first rule in real estate is "location, location, location." But what about when the house you're trying to sell is built at the scene of a grisly murder? One Texas realtor has run into this exact issue, after a client jumped on a cut-rate property without being informed that it was previously the site of what locals refer to as "Murder Mansion."

KHOU reported that Nir Golan was ready to move into his new home in the Houston suburb of Seabrook, Texas, when he learned of the property's gruesome history, which is genuinely Stephen King-worthy. The "Murder Mansion," long since demolished, was the location of the 1984 murder of Texas millionaire Bill List, who was known to house local teenagers in return for sexual favors--until one of the kids shot him.

Golan, who believes the house is haunted and notes that "a lot of people say there's shadows of children," is currently fighting to get his deposit back. Horror aficionados will note that Golan is operating by the "Indian burial ground" principle (see: The Shining, Poltergeist), in which evil maintains a geographic influence even if the structure that originally housed it is gone.

"There was a murder, but the murder wasn't in this house," he told KHOU. "It was on the property. And I'm trying to explain to him it doesn't matter. A property is your front yard, your backyard."

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Golan added that the realtor never disclosed the property's history, and that living there would be "against [his] religion."

Realtors have never had it easy. The housing market may be in recovery, but realtors are still an almost universally resented bunch, up there with loan sharks and used car dealers. Sure, anyone who's ever used Craigslist can attest to the fact that there are some sketchy agents out there--but at the same time, the pressure of buying a home can turn even seemingly sane, even-tempered clients into raving lunatics.

Gerald Treece, a professor at the South Texas College of Law, finds Golan's demands particularly unreasonable.

"That law in Texas is clear," he said. "There is not a duty to disclose in most circumstances. And on the issue of religion, there is no duty of the seller to be a mind reader and guess the religious objections a renter could have."

For now, Golan can rest at least somewhat easy--he may not have gotten his deposit back (he's planning to sue on that front), but the homeowner has agreed to terminate the lease. Just tell him not to do any of the shopping for his next house here. And to keep the lights on at night, when the shadows of children smudge the walls...

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Sheila D.

The murder took place in a house that is no longer there. This current house did not have a murder in it. He is objecting to living there because the murder took place on that property. He is saying that his religion believes the "soil" where the house was previously is haunted. The house now is new. There was no need to disclose anything.

April 25 2014 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

So someone got killed there not that big of a deal its not like the body is still hanging in the doorway or something.

April 25 2014 at 1:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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April 25 2014 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ghosts don't bother me....But, why is it you never hear of one running the vacuum cleaner or putting the dishes away. They must be a lazy bunch.

April 25 2014 at 6:37 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like a nut. House I currently own has ghosts - they touched me while I was in bed two weeks after I moved in ! And there were strange noises too.
There is a famous 1800s grave yard 900 feet from my doorstep.
Out of curiousity, I went there to look at the famous graves. After that, curiously the ghosts never returned.

April 25 2014 at 6:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 25 2014 at 5:34 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

This is why there is a law in California requiring full disclosure of all things related to the property. If there was even a death of natural causes in the house, it must be disclosed. In California, there are many cultures where it is absolutely forbidden to buy a house where there has been a death. People from certain Asian cultures will not even consider a property where there has been a death, and to fail to disclose this to them constitutes a breach of ethics and the rules of the realtor's board or association - I'm not sure what it's called. I have a relative who's a realtor and she is required by law to disclose this kind of thing. It prevents the kinds of messes that this story represents. Where one lives is a very personal factor and everyone who buys or leases a property has the right to know what they're dealing with before they move in!

April 25 2014 at 5:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let it be, move on and get over it.....

April 25 2014 at 4:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

its a bit like say I don't like said house as it/they are built on an old church and grave yard - there would have been lots of people there who's history was not known.
What a load of twaddle he just did not wish to go ahead with the purchase and has tried to get his deposit back.
Should have done his own research on the area first - common sense.

April 25 2014 at 4:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Todd & Nancy

What a douch bag

April 25 2014 at 4:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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