I am a licensed appraiser born and raised in Wichita, KS. I have lived here (or near here) most of my life. I currently appraise in the greater Wichita area. Some weeks back, a former supervisor of mine posted an interesting question regarding a "stigma." I also saw another thread on the same subject and it got me to thinking about stigmas in general. Now, for the benefit of those of you who have never heard of the creep I am going to ask about, (no, it's not my former supervisor, he's a good guy, lol) allow me to give you some background so you can help me with my question. I get into a lot of trouble assuming but I am going to assume many of you have already heard of Wichita's latest claim to fame? We currently have a real live serial killer running amuck. He uses the initials BTK, which stands for "bind, torture and kill." To my knowledge, he began killing people way back in the 1970's. I inadvertently saw some police photos of this killers work. A buddy of mine used to date a girl whose father was in the homocide department back then. One day, they played a very sick joke on me and as I was sitting around, she tossed me an envelope and said, "hey, check these out." Much to my consternation, I soon discovered they were police photos of one of the murders. My point is, having seen what this serial killer can do, I assure you he is about as bad news, as it gets! A couple months ago, after many years of silence, the btk killer has reared his ugly head again. Recently, he has been sending letters to the press, etc. I can only assume he craves attention? At any rate, as someone who owns a company that has contracted as a locksmith for 25 plus years, I can assure you, once again, the town is living in terror. Deadbolt installations shot up dramatically back when I was doing service in the 70's. My friends in the locksmith business tell me deadbolt sales are way up again due to the recent media coverage. Now that btk is back in the news, of course the local media outlets are back in full hyperventilation mode. If you live around here, it was hard to miss the news. "America's most wanted would soon be in town to do another show asking for help solving the btk case." Not being much for the sensationalism of network tv, I normally don't watch it but couldn't resist watching the show in question a couple weeks back. Now, I think my former supervisor helped me learn enough that I wouldn't be afraid to tackle a house with a stigma like that. i.e., a house where a homicide had been committed. While I doubt comps would be plentyful, I am sure other comparables could be found to abstract an adjustment. After all, this guy has already killed several people we know of for sure. I'm thinking some of the other btk houses would provide an indication of the markets reaction to houses where he killed somebody in them. On America's most wanted, during the show, they actually showed a current view of the inside of one of the houses btk killed someone in, back in the 1970's. I was stunned. I asked myself, "what dullard would let a camera crew inside to show the whole wide world, the inside of their house?" Then it hit me, doh, lol. No doubt good ol Fox probably threw in a financial incentive? That is only speculation on my part but why else would they let a camera crew in? So now, not only do we have a house that had a homocide committed in it during the 1970's, we now have one that has been linked to having a homocide committed in it, splattered all over the TV, to a national audience! What effect do you think this would have on the value for the house with the recent publicity, verses one he killed someone in but hadn't been on national tv? Why? And finally, how would you go about supporting your conclusion? The good news is, I don't have this house as an assignment. Only my fertile imagination running wild with scenarios of, what if I DID have that assignment? I just wondered what effect, if any, the rest of you think the recent exposure to a national TV audience would have on a house where a homocide had been committed in it years ago?