CSI: Crime Scene Investment?

Aug. 30, 2006 at 6:48 PM
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BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- On the market, the five-bedroom, Tudor-style home in Boulder, Colo., where JonBenet Ramsey was killed in 1996 -- asking price, just under $1.8 million.

Prospective buyers may encounter news crews outside the home, but that's standard procedure for infamous addresses. And those properties do sell.

The Modesto, Calif., bungalow formerly owned by convicted double murderer Scott Peterson and his slain pregnant wife sold for $390,000. A bidding war erupted over the home of Dennis Rader, the BTK killer, who admitted to killing 10 people between 1974 and 1991.

The Fall River, Mass., house where Lizzie Borden killed her parents is a bed and breakfast.

Public curiosity about crime scenes is only natural, pop culture writer Chris Epting told ABCNews.com, but not every crime scene can become a tourist destination.

"I can't imagine the Ramsey house turned into anything like the Borden house, ever," said Epting. "It's a horrible crime against a child, and that's a million miles over the line."

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