House of horrors

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When you're in the real estate business, sooner or later there will be a house that someone says is haunted. The story below is true. Were these events just coincidence or were they something else? When I was working on my doctorate, a friend and study partner was living in a new house in Orange County, Calif. She was in the antique business. Her home was like a showcase: every last inch of it beautifully decorated. When I met her, she was in the process of getting a divorce. Although her house was a little over a year old, it already had the makings of a strange history. While the house was being built, a little girl was reportedly raped in it. A few months after my friend and her husband moved in, she said he had become manic-depressive. I was told he had numerous confrontations with the police and was refusing medication. Unbeknownst to his wife, he had allegedly placed a warranty deed on the property to access part of the equity and moved to Hawaii, where he was reported...