July 25, 2005 12:00 PM

The Real Estate’s Fate

The BTK Killer Lived Here

After the arrest of confessed serial killer Dennis Rader last Feb. 25, the three-bedroom house in Park City, Kans., that he had shared with wife Paula for three decades instantly became a crime investigation scene. Paula, 57, went into seclusion and has yet to speak out about the case. “I feel sorry for her,” says Michelle Borin-Devuono. So sorry, in fact, that Borin-Devuono, who operates an exotic dance club in Derby, Kans., bought the Rader home at a July 11 auction for $90,000 and says she hopes the proceeds will go to Paula and the victims’ families. (A judge has yet to decide if that’s possible: Some victims’ families have filed wrongful death lawsuits.) Borin-Devuono, 45, says she has no plans for the home right now, but adds, “I can tell you this, I’m not going to live in it.”

Hacking Home Re-Rented

Before killing his wife, Lori, and disposing of her remains in a Dumpster near their Salt Lake City apartment, Mark Hacking had already told friends he and his wife would soon be vacating the rental unit in a neighborhood popular with students from the nearby University of Utah. Within months of his arrest, the apartment—where the couple had lived for several years before Mark shot Lori in July 2004—had been refurbished and rented out to new tenants. “It doesn’t surprise me,” says one family friend. “There’s no evidence of any disturbance there.”

A Buyer for Laci’s House

Scott Peterson, on death row for the double murder of his wife, Laci, and unborn son, has no use for the three-bedroom Modesto, Calif., home the couple once shared. Scott and Laci’s parents agreed early this year to sell the house to Modesto real estate agent Gerry Roberts, 54, a business acquaintance of Laci’s mom, Sharon Rocha. Roberts paid $390,000, or $10,000 above the asking price. “The infamy pushes the price way up,” says Los Angeles real estate broker Elaine Young.

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