For sale: House that was the scene of an infamously heinous crime.

That’s no way to pitch this mid-century modern ranch listed for $329,000 at 4480 W Bath Rd, Akron, OH 44333. The 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home sits on a lush 1.5-acre lot and has a lot going for it.

However, there’s really no way around the property’s gruesome history: It was where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer committed his first murder in 1978.

Chris Butler. SOURCE: NPR

That’s where current owner and musician Chris Butler has already created a fresh perspective.

In 2009, Butler wrote a piece for National Public Radio detailing the events that led to his purchase of the home in 2005. He did not set out to buy a house with this kind of history, but after the initial shock of the disclosure, Butler was unmoved from his initial attraction to the place where he knew he could make loud music without bothering the neighbors.

I was instantly charmed the first time I pulled in the driveway and was really puzzled why such a fantastic pad had gone unsold for six months, though it was priced way below anything comparable in the area.

Charmed turned to creeped-out when 24 hours after I first saw the place with my real estate agent, Greg Greco, he told me of the house’s grisly provenance.”

Now Butler is selling the house and moving back East, and Greco is the listing agent on a property that, while part of a serial killer’s evil crime spree, is nonetheless a really nice house in the Akron real estate market.

Besides, the house had a nice history prior to Dahmer, who was convicted of murder in 1992 and killed in prison in 1994. According to AOL Real Estate, the Akron Beacon Journal ran a picture essay about the place in 1953.

Jeffrey Dahmer. SOURCE: Wikipedia

In 2005, Butler invited “ghost hunters” into the house to test for paranormal activity. He says nothing conclusive was found, but …

It really didn’t matter, because I know the house is haunted, maybe not by ghosts, but by something much, much scarier. It’s haunted by reality — by the unbelievable horror that humans are capable of.

Dahmer’s ‘ghost’ does exist. He haunts my neighbors who can’t overcome their fears and come inside for a friendly cup of coffee. And he haunts his victims’ families every minute of every day.”



About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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