The spooky reason no one will buy this beautiful old house

By Lindsay de Freitas
16 January 2016

Do you recognise it?

Owners of the house used in The Silence of the Lambs as the home of serial killer ‘Buffalo Bill’ have been struggling to get the famous property sold.

The 1910-built home was the second-most clicked on home on US property website last year but owner Scott Lloyd told the Pittsburgh Tribune that while the house has attracted a lot of attention, it hasn’t lured any serious buyers.

"The fact that a home gets a ton of publicity doesn't necessarily add up to a quick sale," explains Erik Gunther of

"Just because I want to gawk at something doesn't mean I want to buy it."

Since the couple put the house on the market last year they have had to drop the asking price from $300 000 (almost R5 000 000) to $250 000 (just over R4 000 000).

The couple have owned the Victorian home since 1977 and were present when a film crew spent three days filming the Academy award-winning Silence of the Lambs.

Although the gruesome scenes showing Buffalo Bill maiming his victims were shot on a sound stage in a film studio, the iconic moth in the kitchen scene was shot in the small-town home.

See more photos of the house here


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