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Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling


The New Jersey house where the murder and infamous kidnappings of serial killer Joseph Kallinger took place was quietly sold in February, The Post has learned.

On the afternoon of January 8, 1975, Kallinger and his then 13-year-old son Michael entered a Leonia house at 124 Glenwood Avenue posing as vendors.

When one of the future victims opened the door, they forced their way in and tortured a family of 8 in the final act of horror in their vicious 6-week murder spree.

Kallinger asked seven of the eight victims – Randi Romaine, Edwina Wiseman, Michael Wiseman, Retta Romaine Welby, Frank Welby, DeWitt Romaine and Maria Fasching – to strip before the brutal murders inside the house.

Using a cord from the venetian blinds that were on the windows, Kallinger and his son tied up all of his victims except Blanch Smith, a 90-year-old victim, who was bedridden.

A photo of the home in Leonia, New Jersey, after the death of Maria Fasching.
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Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
The house consists of four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
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Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
Joseph Kallinger in 1975.
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Fasching, a 21-year-old nurse who showed up to check in at a bedridden Blanch after her night shift at Hackensack Hospital ended, refused to cooperate with Kallinger. It was then that he took her to the basement of the house, slit her throat and fatally stabbed her in the back.

That tragic day in 1975 marked the end of a string of murders and crimes committed by Kallinger and his son, who were arrested days later, according to the AP.

And while the sickening crimes were high profile at the time, the house with its gruesome history still stands.

Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
The basement where Maria Fasching died.
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Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
The attic.
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Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
The home.
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The house has changed hands at least seven times since the tragedy. Because New Jersey state law does not consider death in the home to be “material fact”, it is not necessary to disclose it.

The four bedrooms and 3.5 baths were recently sold in February for $ 587,500.

Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
The living room.
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Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
The kitchen.
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Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
The hallway upstairs.
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Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
The roof terrace.
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The house, which spans over 1,700 square feet, had been on the market for a year.

Kallinger was sentenced to life in prison. A judge ruled that her son, being a minor, was under his father’s control. He was sentenced to a reformatory and released at the age of 21. Upon his release, he left the state and changed his name.

Serial killer Joseph Kallinger’s murder house is quietly selling
Joseph Kallinger, handcuffed, at the Dauphin County Jail in Harrisburg on January 27, 1975.
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