The Southwest Indiana Association of Realtors said there's no law that said a realtor has to tell you everything about a home. But if you ask, it's a different story.
2010, West Virginia Street, Evansville. Joshua Fairley murders 16-year-old Haley Green. Green apparently got angry when she found Fairley at home with another girl. He shot her in the head, then turned the gun on himself. He survived and is in prison now.
2001, Tanglewood Drive, Vanderburgh County. Paul McManus kills his wife and their two children. After the shootings, he drives to the Twin Bridges and jumps into the Ohio River. Emergency crews pull him to safety. McManus sits on Indiana's Death Row.
"He shot her in the back of the head. She was putting clothes in the basket, and when the Sheriff came, a couple bullets in the baseboard he dug out or pulled those off and he said, but there wasn't hardly any blood, it was all caught in that basket when he shot her and the little girl was in bed. I took those mattresses to the farm and burned them," Ed Hardesty said.
After the crime scene tape is taken down, and the damage is cleaned up, life continues to go on in these homes. People move in, and move out. Owner, Ed Hardesty said after the crime, he told the next tenant about the murder before she moved in.
"I think it's just being honest. It's like not telling you have termites and this and that, and lie to them about whatever. No, you don't do that if you're an honest landlord. No, I told the girl, what the situation was when she moved in here," Hardesty said.
Today, Hardesty lives here.
Across town, Susan Spencer calls the house on West Virginia Street her home. She said her boyfriend told her about the murder that happened there before she moved in. But her boyfriend moved in first, and he found out from the neighbors.
"When I was here, the neighbors again told me like, did you know? How are you doing with this? Because, again, most people find it very unsettling when a murder happens in a home," Spencer said.
From the home where former Evansville Mayor Russell Lloyd Senior was killed, to this home on East Delaware Street. Both scenes of violent crimes, but today they are homes to someone else. But that's not the case everywhere. This home on Southeast 1st Street in Evansville is where police said 79-year-old Frances Wolf was beaten and stabbed to death. Today, it appears empty.
Over on Vann Avenue, there are signs of life at this home. A new owner and construction. A big change from 2011, when Evansville Police were called here for the shooting death of a woman and a long standoff ending with police killing the suspect.
Southwest Indiana Association of Realtors President, Jerry Nord said these homes are what he calls Psychologically Affected Properties. He said under Indiana Code, a realtor does not have to tell a client any knowledge about a violent past. But if the buyer asks, then the realtor has to tell what they know, or check with the owner.
"Going back and trying to figure out the history behind every house of what happened in there would be almost a nightmare. Again, the exposure that we would have as realtors, if we overlook some story or something and then all the sudden a neighbor next door comes over and says, 'yeah, I know how that person died next door', then all of the sudden it puts a great big liability on us," Nord said.
Nord said they are not trained to be investigative reporters. Even though the story of a house changes, the history will always be there. He said while some clients care, others would rather not know.
Nord said if you're looking to buy a home, asking is the key.