Long-time residents watched over the decades as tenants and owners changed frequently; several owners made updates such as replacing doors, windows, and flooring. A backyard fence was added, too. We'd speculate about if current owners and residents knew about the house's grim history, and we assumed that informing buyers or renters was legally required, but we were universally reluctant to ask said occupants in case they didn't know.
Last week the most recent tenant (let's call her Martha) moved out and created a Free Pile which I checked out, scoring knitting magazines, books, and a big bucket of baking soda. My kind of Free Pile for sure! LOL I took the opportunity to indirectly inquire if Martha knew of any dramatic events that happened in the house since she'd already moved her furniture out and not sleeping there anymore. She mentioned a few things about recent tenants, but no murders. Hmm. She wanted to know, so I told her the story. She and the previous occupant had noticed negative vibes, so this bit of history validates those feelings.
It turns out that Oregon does not required sellers to identify "murder houses:"
That's good to know. Thanks for reading!
FYI this search promises some interesting info on today's topic.