The South Carolina estate that was the site of the infamous 2021 murder of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh by the family patriarch is back on the market just months after being sold.
The property known as Moselle is on the market for $2 million after being purchased by Jeffrey Godley and James Ayer in March for $3.9 million, the Post and Courier reported.
The development includes a 5,300-square-foot home with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms and a 21-acre lot. Amenities include a recreation room, perfect for a game of billiards, with custom gun cabinets to accommodate a variety of potential uses, such as a family residence, equestrian activities, hobby farming or a weekend retreat.
The list does not include dog kennels that played a key role in the trial of disgraced lawyer Alex Murdagh, who was convicted of killing his wife and son.
The Murdaugh family estate has also been associated with other controversial events, including a 2019 boat crash that killed a 19-year-old girl and Alex Murdaugh’s alleged financial crimes involving millions of dollars.
Proceeds from the recent sale were used to cover Murdaugh’s legal costs and compensate victims of his financial wrongdoing.
The sale of the property attracted a lot of attention, especially due to the auction of the Murdaugh family estate. People reported that items of interest included personal items such as Busters’ khaki chinos, Maggie’s beloved bicycle and the so-called alibi couch that Alex claimed to be on at the time of the murders.
The crossbow allegedly seen on police body camera footage the night of the murder was for sale on eBay, with prices starting at $14,000.
Selling properties where high-profile crimes have occurred is not easy.
Murder is bad feng shui, said Orell Anderson, a forensic appraiser who specializes in valuing properties affected by crime. The real deal in 2019
According to Anderson, residences where murders occurred typically sell for a discount of 10 to 15 percent. In cases where the killing was high-profile, the difference can be 20 to 30 percent.
California law requires brokers to disclose whether there has been a death at a property in the last three years. Potential buyers can also visit DiedInHouse.com, where for $11.99 they can find out whether a person died by murder or suicide at a specific address.
However, some cases are too infamous to avoid, even if the crime occurred decades ago. Take, for example, 2475 Glendower Place, a five-room Spanish Revival house better known as the Los Feliz Murder Mansion.
There, on the night of December 6, 1959, Dr. Harold Perelson bludgeoned his wife, Lilian, to death with a ball-peen hammer, then severely beat his 18-year-old daughter, Judy, while his two younger children slept. She escaped and raised the alarm, but not before Perelson drank poison, ending his life.
A year later, the hilltop property was sold to an elderly couple, Emily and Julian Enriquez, but they never lived there. It sat empty for more than 40 years, attracting a cult following of onlookers who peered through the windows at the dusty 1950s furniture. Finally, in 2016, the house was purchased for $2.3 million in a probate sale.
In May of this year, it was put up for sale again for $3.5 million, after being stripped down to its studs. Agent Scott Pinkerton of Century 21 Peak, who represented the buyers in 2016 and is now the listing agent, said it’s hard to escape the homes’ dark history.
When it first hit the market, listing agents had a lot of interesting stuff. He said many people wanted to see the house because of its appearance.
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