One homeowner got a surprise that would make some consider moving. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
A British man found a doll in a crawlspace of the house he’d just bought with a note taped to it that said “Thank you for freeing me! My original owners lived in this house. I didn’t like them. Stabbing was my choice of death for them.” Welp. Time to move. The homeowner said he just thinks it’s a great joke. Uh-huh.
Had he been in the US, some—but not all states—would have required the seller to tell him of a death in the house. California sellers have to disclose any death in the house in the past three years. Alaska and South Dakota require disclosure of a murder or suicide in the past year. And in New Jersey, sellers have to disclose deaths resulting from a property condition like toxic mold. But in most states, sellers don’t have to tell you about a death at all unless a buyer asks, so if you’re buying a house, ask, “uh, any murders here? How about creepy dolls?”