How to Sell a House of Horrors

"It's some of what Randall Bell talks about, which is once you start to clean up, it takes away some of the stigma. ... It kinda reminds people there's somebody new here," Austen said.

Timing Is Everything

Bell said he has never seen a crime scene property not sell, but that it's all a matter of timing.

In August 1969, followers of Charles Manson rampaged through a house on Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills, where they shot and stabbed five people, including the stunning actress Sharon Tate, the wife of famed movie director Roman Polanski, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their child.

Rudy Altobelli, now 77, was the owner then. He rented the guest house to Sharon Tate. Altobelli bought the property in the early 1960s for $86,000.

He loved the house, calling it "magical." A talent manager, Altobelli was overseas when the murders occurred. But, surprisingly, the crimes didn't affect his love for the house.

"I moved right back into the house three weeks after the murders happened," Altobelli said. "When I came back to that property, I felt safe, secure, loved and beauty."

He enjoyed this stunning location for the next 20 years, and then put it on the market. "Everybody said I'd never sell it. And two weeks later, I sold it," he said.

Altobelli sold the house for $1.6 million -- 18 times what he'd paid for it.

And in another twist for the Brown family, the condo on Bundy, which sold for just $590,000, is back on the market, with an asking price of $1.8 million.

"I guess real-estate-wise, I mean thinking now, oh my gosh the property's worth so much we probably should have hung on to it," said Denise Brown.

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