08-05-2008, 10:43 PM #1
No it isn't known to be haunted.
The home was last known to be owned by a female until it was foreclosed on in 2007. It has sat empty for more than a year. It has since sold and recently a cleaning crew was called to clean it out.
The cleaning crew talked with a neighbor and the neighbor called police. The below is a quote from the police officer.
“I observed some material that didn’t look right,” he said. Part of what was visible was a stack of photos showing a naked young girl.
At that point, Hickey left. The department got a search warrant and called Cincinnati police for assistance.
Officers hauled out hundreds of items, dating to the mid-70s. Slides, beta video tapes, VHS tapes, floppy disks and computer hard drives were among the items seized.
Officers also seized camera equipment, though whether it is related to any pornography is unknown, Hickey said. Hickey said it could take at least a month to sort through the items.
Chief William Renner said the photos were of children who appeared to be between the age of 10 and 12.
Police said the items were just lying around the house.
"What disturbs us the most is that at this house, there was enough equipment, drop cloths, lights, cameras, some of this stuff could have actually been produced at the house," Renner said.
08-06-2008, 12:10 AM #2
From the first article:
But ownership of the materials isn’t as simple as who owned the house.
“We don’t know who was in and out of that house,” Hickey said.
Very true. If the house was vacant for a year, who knows what kind of people have been in or out. It's not uncommon.... though, usually the neighbors would notice someone coming in and out of a home known to be vacant. Hopefully LE interviews the neighbors and they do find the creep(s) who left the porn. Who knows, maybe they'll be dumb enough to show up looking for it. Didn't mention if it was old and dusty video's etc.~JMO~
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08-06-2008, 08:03 AM #3Registered User
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I saw this story on the news last night. They interviewed a lady who lived across the street. She said that she went over to the house and looked through the pics to make sure that none of the local kids had been abused/photographed. The entire time she was being interviewed she was trying to hold back a smile - disturbing.
Who was paying the power bill? They weren't taking pics by candlelight I'm sure.
08-06-2008, 08:20 AM #4
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08-06-2008, 08:35 AM #6
That surprised me too.
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I didn't watch to see the smile, but I do have to say that I have a tendency to smile when I'm nervous or angry. Worse, I sometimes get the giggles, and the harder I try to stop the worse it gets.
08-06-2008, 12:20 PM #8
I wonder if people were in there after the foreclosure; making use of an abandoned house for child porn. The equipment sounds old; yet maybe they use that so they don't care if it's left there. I guess once they are able to date the newest photos. None of the neighbors noticed people in and out of that house after it was abandoned? The houses are close enough together (if you watch the video) i certainly would have noticed people going in an out of a house (especially an abandoned one) in my neighborhood. The woman that lived there before it was foreclosed is a widow. I wonder how old she is, and if this may have been her husband's?
If we know more details of how it was found; was it set up; boxed, etc, we can figure out whether it was the previous owners' or others that had entered the house afterwards.
If people were to use the house after it was abandoned, they would have had to bring in all that equipment and a portable generator. I'm guessing it may have been the woman's dead husband's things.
Hopefully they can match up some of the faces to any missing children spanning decades. Could be part of a ring.
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The widow that owned the house could have been a landlord. The property may have foreclosed because of deadbeat tenants that didn't pay rent. - Just a posibility.
I applaud the woman that went to flip through pictures to make sure she didn't know any of the kids. It would have been good to do under police supervision, but who knows if that would have been granted. I just hope she didn't spoil the evidence by smudging fingerprints or whatever. If there were pictures of neighborhood kids it would have been important to know immediately and to find the kids - not to wait a month for the cops to sort through the stuff and when everything is filed away.
08-06-2008, 02:44 PM #10
08-06-2008, 02:55 PM #11
The point about the power is a good point, I hadn't considered that.
My first thought was to wonder if the former owner had a son. But there is also a possibility that someone connected to the mortgage holder could be involved. If it is either of those there will be power in their name.
But thinking about the power gave me another idea.
In a neighborhood a stranger kind of stands out. It would also be noticed if the son came back often and might be noticed going into the home. Too many chances that they would be noticed going into the home. The home would need power. When you put those together, it almost sounds like a close neighbor. One close enough that they could run a power source to the home, at least temporarily when they need it.
Which puts in question the motives of the female neighbor going into the home. Yes, she says that she was checking to see if any neighborhood kids were involved. But really, isn't that the job of the police? How many of us would risk the prosecution by going into the home where pornography was found to look at it? How many would want those pictures in our minds? And it isn't like she could see all of the pics.
So was she really checking to see if neighborhood kids were involved? Or checking to see if the equipment was familiar? Or is she suspecting someone she knows?
08-06-2008, 04:07 PM #12On self-imposed timeout
Some people, and I am one of them, get a strong urge to smile in serious situations or when they are angry.
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As to the topic of the house - that's really, really disturbing.
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08-08-2008, 08:26 AM #14
Rainbows, that is a good point; the LE should go through records to see if there were any previous tenants and who they were.
As for the neighbor who went in to look at the pictures; does she have children herself, so would have an urgent interest to make sure they weren't her own? How was she able to view them before the police? Was she the neighbor the cleaning crew had talked to, and was she hanging around while they were cleaning? Also how old is the woman, has she lived there all her life? Maybe she was making sure there were no old pictures of herself in there.. I haven't seen the video; so i don't know, does anyone have a link for that one? Maybe she wanted an excuse to get her prints on things if she thought they'd be there already; or maybe she was just really looking out for the neighborhood kids. I wouldn't want to look at any pictures; i'd leave it to the police. Didn't the woman know she'd be disturbing evidence?
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