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What happens to homes where horrific crimes took place?

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Jodi Arias, J.T. Ready and Johnathan Doody -- they were responsible for some of the most notorious murders in the valley -- horrific crimes that rocked our community.

But once the crime scene tape is taken down and the investigation is over, what happens to the homes where these grizzly murders took place?


On Saturday, August 10, 1991, seven monks, a nun and 16-year-old boy were all shot in the head inside of a Buddhist temple near Goodyear.

More than 20 years after the brutal crime, Wat Prom Kunaram Temple is thriving.

Was it hard for you? "Yeah, didn't know anyone over here."

Meet the Abbott or lead monk at the temple.  He came here alone after the massacre.  He was chosen to come and rebuild -- other monks were too scared.

"I never afraid because all of them is my friend," he said.

He knew every one of those monks killed -- he devoted his life to honoring their memory and making the temple a peaceful place again.

"I work on the floor where they died.. I sit and work," he said.

He works and meditates sitting on the floor in the back living room where the monks were executed.  The room has been remodeled and new carpet put in.  Still -- sitting there makes him feel closer to his friends.

A memorial built to honor the victims.  The accused killer, Johnathan Doody -- on his third re-trial for the crime.  The monks follow each trial, but try to focus on the future.  This Buddhist temple has flourished -- it's bigger than ever before.


The monks were open to talking, but some families who now live in these infamous homes were worried about talking to us -- worried about the social stigma.  They asked us to hide their faces and in one case, disguise their voice.

It was a quiet Gilbert neighborhood rocked by a horrendous crime.

A heartbreaking 911 call expressed the horror felt by the entire community.  Five people were shot to death inside the home.

"It was horribly devastating for Gilbert, for the neighborhood, for the immediate neighbors, for the families.  I mean it is what it is.. I mean it's probably never gonna lose that stigma, sadly enough that's just a natural fact."

She's the new owner of the home where it all happened in Gilbert.  The seller told her there was a crime inside of the home, but she didn't know the details.

"I sat there and looked at this document and I thought I've had the house inspected, I don't care to know anything else."

She soon found out.

"On almost a daily basis, things were being left out in the yard," she said.  "Flowers and candles and balloons with sweet messages on them."

She's gentle, kind, rescues dogs and chooses to focus on the positive.  She didn't know the victims, but tries to be respectful of those who died here.

"I believe there's more positive energy and angels that have to do with this house," she said.

She may get a few strange looks, but most of her neighbors are happy she moved in.  The house sat empty for months until she bought it.

She asked that we not reveal too many details about the inside of her house.

"It's just a happy house.  It's happy, bright, full of life house and I'm going to continue with that.  I will continue to rescue dogs and just live my life," she said.


"We did not know that this case was going to become this big of a trial."

It's known as the home where Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander.

"They feel that knocking on the door is okay, taking pictures is okay."

For the family who lives here now, it's just home -- a loving home for three boys, their mom and dad -- Christmas decorations already going up.

"We get weird comments and stuff all the time."

"The trial became so big and it just seemed like people because so..almost judgemental."

But this family isn't looking for their 15 minutes of fame.  Privacy is a commodity, especially when complete strangers constantly knock on your door.

"If there's people driving by, if there's people taking pictures, if there's media, I get phone calls and messages from the neighbors."

Neighbors are very protective of the family who lives here, especially the boys. This neighborhood in Mesa welcomed them with open arms.

"I think that it would be a shame to have the neighbors continue to see a vacant home or an overgrown landscaping that's not being cared for."

They were looking for a bigger house in a good school district and yes, they got a crime scene disclosure statement.  But back in 2009, not very many people knew about Travis Alexander or Jodi Arias. It took a special family to buy this house and focus on the positive and the future.  Some of the Alexanders have even stopped by.

"They've been over several times and they're welcome here anytime."

"It's a home.. the sadness or the meanness is not in that home.. it's with the person who did that crime."

And she continues to turn down cash offers for pictures or video of the inside of her house. 

For the families who live in these infamous homes, it's about moving forward, not looking back.

Would you want to know if someone was killed in a home you were buying.  We've heard from people who live in neighborhoods where a crime happened and they say realtors have told them not to tell potential buyers about what went on in the home to keep property values up.

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