To weird to be false. Ever wanted to stay where a serial killer slept? Well, now from the wacky world of politics comes a rental that is with out question stranger than fiction. Visitors looking for a place to stay during the Republican National Convention have a notorious site among their choices: Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home.
The Bath Township house is one of dozens of private properties being offered for rent during the convention by realty company Howard Hanna, the approved housing provider for the event.
The company isn’t trying to pull any fast ones on prospective renters. The home’s infamous history is noted right in the ad.
The three-bedroom house on West Bath Road is offered for $8,000 for the week of the convention, to be held July 18 to 21 in downtown Cleveland.
The house was where Dahmer killed and dismembered Steven M. Hicks of Coventry Township in 1978 and then scattered Hicks’ remains on the property.
Dahmer moved to Wisconsin in 1982 and murdered 16 more victims. He was killed in prison in 1994.
But the house has more interest than just that dark chapter of its past. Its current owner, Chris Butler, has achieved his own fame as founder of the new wave band The Waitresses and writer of songs including I Know What Boys Like and Christmas Wrapping.
And the house, built in 1952, is a noteworthy example of midcentury modern architecture. Butler has been restoring it to a more authentic representation of the style in the hope of improving the home’s public image.
“The vibe was always good, but now it’s kind of really good,” he said.
Nevertheless, he doesn’t hold out great hope for a taker. If someone does rent the house, he said, he’ll either stay with friends or take a long-delayed trip to Europe.
The convention listing was something of a whim.
“I did it for the heck of it,” he said. Although he coyly declined to identify his political affiliation, he said he just wanted to see if he could “suck some Republican gelt from those people.”
Don’t think I’d be getting much sleep in that house. I’d rather pull an all nighter and try to shoot a film or something. This might make a politician feel right at home though.