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Facts Emerge Regarding The “Nightmare House” of South Carolina

posted: 05/17/17
by: Kelly McClure

A recent listing for a 2,656-square-foot house in Cayce, South Carolina includes the usual specifics (number of bathrooms, central AC, etc) but tops things off with a glaring specification that's caused locals, as well as curious buyers, to dub the property the "nightmare house."

"Upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances," the listing detailed. "Buyer assumes responsibility for the month-to-month tenancy in the upstairs apartment. Occupant has never paid, and no security deposit is being held, but there is a lease in place. (Yes, it does not make sense, please don't bother asking.)"

The wording of the listing caused people to speculate as to just what sort of person (or thing) was included in the cost of the sale. Was it a serial killer? Was it the devil himself? The mystery caused the listing to go viral and it quickly became Zillow's most popular of 2017, right up to the point where the mystery came to an end with a somewhat logical explanation. A bit of prying on the part of news sources revealed that the occupant of the home's upstairs area is no monster, but rather a down on his luck artist named Randall McKissick. Mike Schumpert, the current owner of the home, took the artist in about a decade ago and has refused to take him up on his repeated offers of rent. Having now come across financial troubles himself, Schumpert is forced to try and sell the house, but he wants to make sure the eccentric artist living upstairs has the option to stay on if he'd like. No nightmare house devil here, just a built in piece of living history.

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[via: The News & Observer; Zillow]

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