Imagine you buy a home with the intention of renovating it and selling it for a profit, only for strange things to start happening. The idea of owning a haunted house intrigues many but is also a source of nightmares to many others. But, what if the house in question was the childhood home of one of the sickest and most handsome serial killers in American history?
The little blue house in Tacoma, WA, was purchased in September 2016 by David Truong who planned to fix and flip it. A month later, when Casey Clopton, the contractor hired to work on the house, arrived with his eleven-year-old daughter, she complained about feeling uneasy and refused to be left alone inside. The feeling was echoed the following week by a member of the demolition crew, but the work went ahead as planned.
Things began happening, and Clopton figured it as nothing more than his employees playing pranks on each other. That thought started to change one day when they arrived and found all of the doors and drawers inside wide open, even though the outer doors were locked up tight and the alarm system was still armed. Another time, while cleaning a flood in the basement, the words “Help Me” appeared in the window even though there was a screen between the glass and the outside access. “Leave” also appeared in drywall dust with no visible footprints anywhere near. Electronics became unplugged and quickly died. Then, a dresser inset in the hallway wall pulled itself free and toppled forward. According to Clopton, two people were needed to move the dresser, and they were all on a different floor at the time. Other reports ranged from jiggling doorknobs to phantom footsteps and knocks.
It was when Clopton talked to neighbors that he discovered the home’s infamous history. The house he was renovating was the childhood home of serial killer Ted Bundy. Bundy, who confessed to at least thirty murders, moved into the home with his family in 1955 when he was nine years old. While that seems rather innocuous, keep in mind that he is suspected to have started his murder spree while living in that home, although nothing has definitively linked or cleared him of the crime.
Clopton called in two pastors who read scriptures and performed blessings in every room. The clergymen encouraged the workers to listen to Christian music while they worked and to write Bible verses on the walls. They did all of that and managed to finish the house four months later than planned. The home sold shortly afterward. It is unknown whether the new owners are aware of their new purchases’ history or if the protections done are still protecting them. It almost makes me want to check the history of my home. Almost.
Until next time, Addicts….