HUDSON, Wis. - A small crowd leaned on the walls in the lobby of the St. Croix County Courthouse in Hudson, just like most Tuesday mornings, waiting to score a great deal on a parcel of foreclosed real estate.
Among the offerings this Tuesday, however, was a home with a terrible history, an abode that many wouldn't think of living in no matter how low the price.
The upscale house at 2790 Morningside Avenue in River Falls was once home to a family of five that from the outside, at least, was happy and fairly typical. That all changed on July 10 of 2012, when Aaron Schaffhausen slit the throats of his three young daughters and tried to set the home ablaze.
After his arrest Schaffhausen attempted to sell the home but his ex-wife Jessica objected and put a stop to the proceedings.
Aaron Schaffhausen was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole in July of 2013. Jessica Schaffhausen made it clear she would never return to the home on Morningside Avenue, and the property was foreclosed on.
On Tuesday St. Croix County Lt. Jason Sykora stood in the lobby of the courthouse and read the list of foreclosed properties up for auction. When he got to the Schaffhausen property, Sykora read the address of the home and an opening bid of $189,261.
The small crowd was silent: No one showed any interest in the property, which likely was well under-value.
"Going once... going a second time.... going a third time... that property is sold," he said, awarding the home to Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, the financial institution that holds the mortgage.
No word at this point of whether the house will be put up for sale, bulldozed and rebuilt, or the property used for something else entirely.
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