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Scott Francis Baker


September 17th, 2004

In the game of rock-paper-sailboat, rock beats sailboat @ 11:32 pm

So I should give a little background before I tell the story. Sometime about a year ago the house directly next door to me had a family living in it one day, and just about the next day they were up and gone. No for sale sign on the house, no moving vans, just an empty house.

So the house has been sitting empty for the longest time. The only change being that a For Sale By Owner sign that was up for about a week. Otherwise I'd guess it's been roughly a year that the house has been completely vacant. It's mostly trashed from what I can see through the windows, and the yard is trashed too. In fact when they left they even abandoned the van that's been in the driveway.

Rumor around the neighborhood was that the family living there got a divorce, the husband lost his job, and his house got foreclosed upon. Kind of the triple-crown of life sticking it to you. I don't know how true it is, but that's what I heard. My aunt is a mortgage broker so I had her lookup the status of the house since it's been empty so long and in the last 10 years it has had 8 different mortgages and refinances applied to it. Each one for more money than the last.

Finally someone showed up at the house after I got home from work, and I went over to talk to him. It was a guy from the bank checking on the status of the house. I told him it had been empty about a year and he was shocked. He said they'd try and clean it up and get it back on the market in the next couple of weeks. We were standing on the porch talking so I got to glance inside and it looks even worse than what I saw through the windows. Food all over the floor, and broken glass everywhere. So I guess that ends the mystery of the house, pretty wild.

On the walk back from that house I found this letter in the dirt between our houses. It such a sad thing to find knowing a little more about the history.
 
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From:graceadieu
Date:September 18th, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)

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It is a very sad situation, but I still don't understand why people would leave in the middle of the night, abandon a van in a driveway and leave a trashed house with food all over the floor. No woman I know would willingly leave her house in that condition unless she was dragged by her hair at gunpoint. It sounds like something else happened.
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From:muerte
Date:September 18th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)

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I think what happened was that they separated and she moved out leaving him alone in the house for a while. At which point I think the house got trashed. I'm not 100% sure though.
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From:angz
Date:September 18th, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC)

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I think they had kids who had keys still that would come home during lunch break at the high school and they probably left the food and stuff.

Scott Francis Baker