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Lincoln Heights Home

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Courtesy Walker-Rosato Family

Back in 2003, this 3-bedroom, hundred-year-old Victorian was listed on the market for $240,000. In the Midwest this might seem like a lot, but in most parts of Los Angeles, this was the price of a chicken coop.

There were some spooky signs that something was amiss — like a black widow spider and a toilet located in the middle of the sunroom, but actress Mary Lou Rosato her artist husband Gregory Walker were in love. They pounced quickly, narrowing defeating another bidder.

And that is where things began to go very wrong, as the couple tells us in the radio show today. Just as they are about to close the deal, a neighbor informs them that there home was actually the scene of a gruesome crime. The strange toilet? For flushing crack rocks if the police showed up. It gets worse from there. You can read and hear the full story here.

Why hadn't anyone told them about the violent ghosts that haunted their home? Because when one buys a property from the bank, there is no such thing as a disclosure form. Drive-bys, exploding meth labs, a rapid bat colony — an individual seller would have to fess up about such problems. But representatives from the bank aren't legally expected to know or tell.

Who ended up buying the house? Did they survive? You'll have to listen to the story to find out. In the meanwhile, we want your housing horror stories. Have you been through something similar? Post your tale below.

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