In the pretty Sydney suburb of Sylvania, there’s a cute little home for sale for $520,000, it seems well priced.
If you turn up at the open-inspection, you’ll probably meet Rodney Spink of Sanders First National Real Estate. Like thousands of agents, Spink’s job is to maximise the positives and minimise the negatives of the homes he’s selling. For instance, the Formosa Street home is in a “great location”. That’s true, it’s right opposite the Bowling Club. It’s got two bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, three bedrooms and is close to the Southgate Shopping Centre. All positive stuff.
No mention, however, of the lounge room, where a woman was shot in the head by her estranged husband.
Although Rodney Spink (who advertises that he is a Justice of the Peace) has been made aware of the murder, he’s not telling the buyers.
But, after all, the murder happened back in 1968.
So who cares?
Well, for starters, the young man whose father witnessed the murder cares about it. He also cares about the people who will buy his former family home. He believes all potential buyers should be told about any past murders at any home. Further, as a TV actor, he doesn’t want his named linked with adverse publicity.