This property is now making its way through the receivership process. Hopefully it will be sold and the new owners will not allow this property to become a nuisance to the neighbors.
This property went into receivership and is being auctioned off — hopefully the next buyer will be more responsible than the last.
Buyer beware — clean up your blight, or lose your properties!
You can read the original post here.
Happy to report this home has been rehabbed and is now an occupied rental.
On November 16, 1994, Debra Stevens, a Gypsy palm reader and fortune teller, was found dead in her home. She had been decapitated. Stevens was the daughter of the last of the Gypsy kings — King Dick Stevens, who died in 1959. According to his obituary, the Gypsies Stevens were the once the most powerful Gypsy tribes, since the 1920s. They were based in Baltimore.
The man accused of beheading Ms. Stevens, apparently tried to kill himself several times after committing the crime — first jumping in front of an Amtrak train, and then in front of a police car twice. It was later determined the man, Douglas Thomas Clark, was a customer of Ms. Stevens, and was also mentally ill. He was committed to a state mental facility by Circuit Court Judge Clifton J Gordy, Jr., in 1995.
Peter Hermann wrote a great article in the Sun in 2009 about this story and the people involved. It’s definitely a worthwhile read.
This property, one of many owned by shell entities created by slumlord Stanley Rochkind and his associates, went through the receivership process, and will soon be auctioned off — hopefully to someone who will actually maintain the property and not allow it to fall into ruin.
See the property and the original post (from January of this year) here.
The city has filed for receivership of this property — hopefully soon it will go to a more responsible owner.
It would seem that many of the properties featured on the blog in 2009 and 2010 are finally making their way into receivership. This is one that was included in 2010 — you can see the original post here.