One of the characters in my upcoming suspense is facing the trauma of returning to his home after a murder. The blood has been cleaned up, the crime scene tape removed, and all visual evidence is gone. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, and neither is he superstitious, yet the sigma of a murder house weighs heavily on his mind. He’s not sure he can go on living there.
His dilemma got me thinking about real life and how most people might feel in this situation. Is it a bad omen to live in a house where someone died? Even if the death was natural? What if the death was unnatural and violent? What if it happened half a century ago? Or if the house was offered up on the market at half of its value? Would you be tempted to pounce on the bargain?
Could you live in a house where a murder occurred? Would it depend on the type of the murder, or the type of victim? If you couldn’t live in the house itself, what about living next door to it? And what would you think about new neighbors who could move into such a house?