As a young woman noted at the beginning of Conspiracy“It scares us just to think about it.”
She was talking about the elements that went into the film. But that statement also applies to the house price wars that are pushing housing skyward across the country. In Rhode Island, that means the early 19th-century house that inspired the horror movie (but wasn’t filmed there) fetched 27% above asking price, recently selling for $1.52 million.
For the uninitiated, the 2013 horror film Conspiracy is a fictionalized account of the Perron family and their work with paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The house has a history of murder, rape and suicide. Apparently that’s not enough to deter buyers in this overheated market: the property’s listing says it is said to be haunted by the spirit of Bathsheba Sherman, who resided there in the 19th century.
“Once we realized we were both awake and we were both seeing him, he was gone,” Cory Heinzen told the Journal. The couple also heard footsteps and knocks – and even saw flashes of light in rooms that are not lit.
The Journal reported that the new owner is a Boston real estate developer named Jacqueline Nuñez, 58. She was one of more than 10 bids on the property. She agreed to respond to a unique request from the sellers: not to live in the house for the good of the buyer.
“This is a very personal purchase for me,” Nuñez, who was represented by Ricardo Rodriguez and Bethany Eddy of Coldwell Banker Realty in Providence, told the Journal. “When it came on the market, I was like, ‘This is a property that allows people to talk to the dead.'”
Nuñez says she will host events at home with the Perron family.
“I’m not afraid of home,” Nuñez told the Journal. She nervously added, “Ask me again in a year.”