Evanston Couple Set to Buy Home that Housed Dead Bodies

Nonagenarian lived in home with three deceased siblings for years, autorities say

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    Police found the bodies of three people, each covered with a blanket and in a separate room, inside this Evanston home.

    An Evanston Victorian where an elderly woman lived with the bodies of her three dead siblings should soon close with new ownership.

    Crain's Chicago Business reports that an Evanston couple made an offer within a week of the two-story property going on the market in late November.

    "They knew about it, but they weren't put off," said Sandra Brown, co-owner of Weichert Realtors-Lakeshore Partners.  "Honestly, a lot of houses have people who died in them."

    She declined to identify the buyers or her client.

    Last fall, authorities found the decayed bodies of three people in the home, which was owned by 90-year-old Margaret Bernstorff.  The bodies were of Bernstorff's siblings, one of whom had died in the late 70s.  At least two of the bodies were skeletons and the third was badly decomposed, authorities said at the time.

    After the bodies were discovered, Bernstorff moved out of the house and into a nursing home facility.

    The sale should close next month, Crain's reported.