Friday, August 24, 2012

House where it happened



1934:
In November, he Bradford family rented their 4-year-old house in Ocklawaha, Florida, to a woman named Arizona Barker and her son. Little did they know that they were in fact “Ma” and Fred of the notorious Barker-Karpis gang. In January of the following year - after their participation in a string of bank robberies, kidnappings, and murders - the pair were gunned down in the home by the FBI. They had arrested her other son "Doc”a week earlier and took the remaining 2 out in a hail of gunfire that left them dead in an upstairs bedroom (photos above, more here). The agents found a cache of weapons and $14,000 in the house, which remained in the family for the next 78 years. 

2012:
Most of the older generation have now died and younger family members have left the area, so they made the collective decision to sell the house and listed it with Stirling Sotheby’s in Orlando:

9½-acre property on Lake Weir 
House of 2,016 sq ft largely unchanged since 1935, except for kitchen renovation + a/c 
4 br, 1½ bath
Incl. much orig. furniture + scars of some 2,000 bullets that flew
Suggested minimum bid: $1 million
2nd residence w/3 br, 2 baths
All offers considered
Bids will be accepted until Oct. 5th  

Agent Mark Arnold hopes to interest museums or foundations focused on preservation, but says of its potential, “We can see a developer coming in and building a series of cottages and operate it as a bed-and-breakfast.”  It's not such a far-fetched notion. And it is rumored to have both a ghost and buried treasure!
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