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PARK CITY, Kansas – A home that was the scene of one of the BTK murders went on the auction block Tuesday afternoon.
The home once belonged to Marine Hedge, who was murdered in the home by the notorious BTK, Dennis Rader, in 1985.
The auction drew interest from Charlie Otero, whose family was also murdered by Rader in 1974.
“The BTK story is my family’s story and the Hedge’s family story, this part of it at least is shared with my family, and so I came here to show my support of the victims’ families and my heart goes out to them,” he said.
Although the auction drew several bids, Otero is hoping for a similar result to what Park City did to Rader’s house after it acquired the property in 2005.
“I kind of wish it would get leveled, and that my house would get leveled, and all the other places where BTK did his monstrosities, I think they should all get leveled,” Otero said.
The home sold for $35,000 to a buyer who refused to identify himself to reporters, well under the appraised $59,400 value of the home.
Under state law, the homeowner did not have to reveal that the home was involved in the BTK murders, but the realtor said it was the right decision to disclose to buyers that the home was indeed a crime scene.
“We sold the property that has been plagued by BTK and the news media for 35,000,” Jack Newcom, the realtor who organized the auction, said. “[It's] short of what we wanted, but we still sold it.”
Now that the auction is complete, it should take about 30 days for the sale to be finalized, he said.