Could you live in a house that was the scene of one of Australia’s most gruesome crimes?
Even if decades had passed and the house had been renovated, I don’t think I could live in a property where a murder had taken place. However, it doesn’t bother some people – and they even have a chance to pick up a bargain. Murder houses, or ‘stigmatised houses‘ as they are formally known as, are houses where an unsavoury act has occurred, and as such, may not appeal to the general public or may affect the listing price of the property.
The the Gonzales Home in Ryde was sold in 2004 without the new owners being advised of the property’s dark past. When the new owners found out via the local paper, they were given their deposit back and the Real Estate agent was fined $20,000 for ‘Failing to Disclose’ information about the murders.
In New South Wales, agents are now obliged to disclose the history of a property should it be ‘stigmatised’, although the law can differ state to state.
In Victoria, agents are only required to tell prospective buyers if they ask. (via Herald Sun)
Let’s take a look at 10 of Australia’s most infamous murder houses that have been bought and sold
..since the murderous actions that happened there!
1. The Gonzales Murder House
Location: 6 Collins Street, North Ryde, NSW
On 10 July 2001, Sef Gonzales killed his sister Clodine (18), mother May (43) and father Teddy (46). After killing his family, he spray-painted a racial slur on a wall in an attempt to trick police into believing that his family had been the victims of a racial hate crime. The only surviving member of the family was their son, Sef Gonzales.
In the months after his whole family had been slaughter, Sef led a life of indulgence. He moved into a new expensive apartment, put down deposits down on luxury vehicles and told the dealers that he was ‘expecting a large inheritance’. He tried to pawn his mothers’ jewellery and sold his parent’s cars.
Almost a year after the murders, Sef Gonzales was arrested and charged with three counts of murder. Shockingly, Gonzales had killed his parents because he was afraid that, due to his poor grades at university, his parents would take his car and other privileges away from him. He killed his sister so he would be the sole beneficiary of his parents’ $1.5 million property.
Gonzales was found guilty and sentenced to three concurrent life sentences without parole. Gonzales is serving his sentence at a maximum-security prison but still maintains his innocence.
The brutal scale of the crime is what shocked the nation. Sef had slit his mother’s throat, slashed his father’s spinal cord and stabbed him repeatedly. He had bludgeoned his sister with a baseball bat. Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC said of the triple murders:
“This was not a professional killing, it was a slaughter by an angry amateur who wanted to make absolutely sure of their deaths.”
The house was sold in October 2005 for $720,000. Today it is estimated to be worth up to $2,246,000.
Funnily enough, the house was again in the news in 2004 as it was sold without the real estate agents disclosing the murders to the new owners. The NSW Office of Fair Trading investigated the matter and they were fined over $20,000. The deposit was returned to the buyers.