From AOL News:
If you’re in the market for an “excellent handyman’s special,” you might want to check out a two-story ranch-style house that’s for sale in East Meadow, N.Y. What the property listing doesn’t mention, though, is that Joel Rifkin, one of the area’s most notorious serial killers, used to live here.
Nor does it have to, under New York’s disclosure laws, despite the fact that prospective buyers might think twice upon learning of the home’s sinister past.
“There is no requirement under New York law to notify a purchaser or a respective purchaser of a murder, death or unpleasant act that occurred in the home,” notes Adam Leitman Bailey, an attorney who practices real estate law in New York and New Jersey. “New York is a caveat emptor [buyer beware] state.”
According to TruTV’s Crime Library, while some of Rifkin’s victims were killed in his vehicle, others were slain and dismembered inside his East Meadow home.
Coincidentally, the “Amityville Horror” house is also for sale in New York, for $1.15 million. The home is the site of a brutal 1974 mass murder, in which Ronald DeFeo Jr., then 23, murdered six of his family members. The crime and subsequent alleged supernatural incidents were detailed in several books and movies.
Previous owners of the Amityville home had the address changed and made modifications to the exterior in an attempt to make it difficult to identify. Nonetheless, the house continues to attract tourists.
Not everyone, however, is completely against the idea.
“I would definitely buy the house. It’s a part of true crime history, much like the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast,” Jessika Gein told AOL News. Gein and her husband, Eric, own Serial Killers Ink, a leading “murderabilia” outlet.