Tagged: Update

Update: 4727 Old York Road

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.

Update: 917 N Rose Street

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!

Blighted Baltimore Home Once the Site of a Horrific Murder

Featured on the blog a few days ago, this home on Pulaski Highway was once the site of a gruesome murder in 1994 that left the matriarch of a powerful Baltimore family dead.

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.

Update: 310 N Franklintown Road

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.