Saturday, February 26, 2011

For Sale: Silver Spring's Most Infamous Residence

While it might very well have already been on the market for awhile, I just noticed for the first today that the Silver Spring's infamous "Double Murder" house is finally up for sale. Strangely, I can't seem to find any information online regarding the listing, even after browsing the listing agent's website. Perhaps they are intentionally keeping it "off the grid".


It will be quite interesting to see for what price this house ultimately sells, considering the tragic and violent events that have taken place there. Maryland law bars an agent from disclosing information on crimes that occurred in a property, but any potential buyer performing a basic level of due diligence will quickly discover the house's terrible history. This house has attained a level of infamy not just locally, but in the national media as well, where it has been lumped in with such other notorious dwellings as the Amityville Horror house.

Of course, there's always the chance that an unsuspecting buyer may receive a big shock after moving in, a situation that happened to Brian Betts himself, as he learned of the murder of the previous occupants after he had already completed the purchase of the house.

On the other hand, a non-superstitious person might just get quite the deal if most other prospective buyers are turned off by the house's history. The house is in quite a convenient location - it's just minutes from downtown Silver Spring and has easy access to the Beltway.



13 comments:

Terry in Silver Spring said...

My parents bought their house in southern PG in 1961. The previous owner committed suicide standing at the sink in the kitchen. Some of the less classy neighbors used to call it "Old Headless' House". I wish I was kidding about that. We never had a speck of trouble or discomfort there (beyond annoyance at those certain neighbors) and my parents live there still today.

Unless you are moving into a crack den or some underneath an interstate flyover, you make the karma for your home. If you choose to believe in curses or bad luck, look at that house this way. It's had more than its quota of bad events, it's well overdue for a long stretch of happiness.

Anonymous said...

This may sound ridiculous.

I am worried that some criminal targets this house for crime due to its infamous history.

RoseAG said...

The location of that house is two-sided. Yes it is close to the Beltway, but it sits right next to a gas station on a busy street. The best thing you can say about it is that traffic backs up on the other side of the street so your driveway would rarely be blocked.

I imagine Betts bought it because it was well-priced, and someone else will as well.

Betts couldn't have had much equity in the house, probably the estate just wants to unload it.

I've run into several people who're renting homes along Dale Drive that were previously for sale. Maybe the Betts house would be attractive to someone who's looking for rental properties.

Anonymous said...

"Maryland law bars an agent from disclosing information on crimes that occurred in a property"

What's the rationale for this law? Seller protection?

Sligo said...

As I understand it, yes. That would clearly devalue the house for a prospective buyer.

MPG said...

I was told by a Medium that the ground was cursed. The bad energy is not just confined to that one house either. She suspects that the plantation who was owned by Raymond M Burche had slave quarters in that area, and probably a voodoo type of curse placed (which was not all that uncommon actually).

Woodside Park began as the Alton Farm, country estate of Crosby Noyes, a prominent Washingtonian and owner of the Washington Star newspapers around the turn of the century. Upon his death, his will gave the land to his sons, who immediately sold it to development. Developers divided the farm into lots of approximately one acre each, though most original lots were later divided into even smaller parcels.



BEFORE Noyes purchase it, it belonged to Raymond M Burche. An 1870 US Census record show that he owned three slaves with the name of Johnson (not sure how that came about though)

Robert F. Crocker said...

I imagine Betts bought it because it was well-priced, and someone else will as well. sober living ny

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