Notorious Australian 'Murder House' Sells For Half A Million... But Would You Live There?
"This beautiful iconic property in a well-recognised row of identical townhouses is sure to appeal particularly as all of the hard work has been done."
This is how one of Tasmania's most notorious 'murder houses' was described to prospective buyers.
Based on Hill Street in West Hobart, the humble two-bedroom terrace has been snapped up for $575,000 just three days after it was listed for sale -- a price tag that "well exceeded" the asking price.
Almost three decades ago, CSIRO oceanographer Rory Jack Thompson strangled and dismembered his wife Maureen with a hacksaw and a meat cleaver inside the home.
He then tried to flush dozens of her body parts down the toilet of their rental.
Authorities discovered a finger floating in the city's sewer system a few days later, prompting a full investigation which saw police tear apart the plumbing at 99 Hill Street.
It was there they made the grisly discovery -- 83 body parts jammed into its pipes.
Maureen, 37, emigrated to Australia from California in the 1970s with her Seattle-born husband. They moved to Hobart when "genius" Thompson was offered a senior role with Australia’s science agency.
The couple had two children, Rafi and Melody.
During the weekend Charlotte Peterswald real estate agent Debbie Heron held an open home where almost 40 prospective buyers came to view the property, The Mercury reports.
She has sold the 1910 townhouse twice before, including to former Premier David Bartlett.
"Re-wired, re-plumbed, natural gas connected, a delightful private rear garden, new kitchen and bathroom, polished floors, new carpets, repainted and the inclusion of built-in storage," the property description on Realestate.com.au reads.
According to The Mercury, Heron received “seven competitive offers” and said there was a clause in the contract to disclose the house’s gruesome history to prospective buyers.
However she said this didn't come as a surprise to most because a quick Google search of '99 Hill Street' brings up details of its grim past.
“People just seem to not have any concerns about it," Heron said.
The home last sold for $375,000 in 2015, $103,000 in 2010 and $67,000 in 1991.