The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Friday, November 14, 2008


Sorry for the crappy, low-res picture. At this point, my cellphone camera is all I've got. Thank you to everyone for the very kind comments in the previous post. I'll be back to answer some the questions posed there.

The picture doesn't really capture the raw damage of it all: the dead bolt is bent inside its sheath (or whatever you'd call it), the strike plates were blown down the hall, the jamb lost an 18" section or so, the molding was knocked off, the bulls-eye medalion was wrecked, and the doorknob's shaft was broken in half. There is one foot print on the door (there are voodoo spells for footprints and the police have a photo) so it must have been a hell of a kick.

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Blogger G8rAlly said...

The BASTIGES! I sincerely hope that I am correct and there is a special place in hell for those who violate other people's space, trash their home, and steal from them. It's probably the same place where Code Enforcement staff and my recently-fired contractor will spend eternity. My sympathy to you and your family. I hope they catch whoever did it.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I agree with g8rally...

6:30 PM  
Blogger Our Little Bungalow said...

Damn. Maybe someday they will be (un)lucky enough to be in hubs prison. Hmmmmmmmmmm....Karma she is a &*^%$

7:50 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Now would be a good time to get a bunch of empty prescription bottles and fill them with laxatives. I know, I'm evil.
You have a 30% chance of getting broken into again in the next couple of months.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Neighmond said...

"Now would be a good time to get a bunch of empty prescription bottles and fill them with laxatives...."

Yes lord! And preferably inside some Oxycontin bottles, or codeine or Ritalin or something like that! If you really want to be a horse's arse, fill a new plastic gas can with some sort of acid and leave it where the dirty scuts will get hold of it!

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Blogger Jayne said...

Oh, that's terrible! I think g8rally said it best. My sentiments exactly.

2:09 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

Oh my God, John. I cannot believe this. What assholes. And I'm sure that the damage to your door probably makes you as sick as the property that you lost. Maybe get a gigantic mean dog?

9:47 AM  
Blogger Just A Girl And Her Craftsman Bungalow said...

I'm so sorry.
In Los Angeles we have these horrible metal doors to discourage karate kick break ins-- but they are so UGLY. I have two-- one on the front and one on the back door. Dogs. My suggestion-- a new dog. A dog would have barked his head off and attacked. There are so many dogs looking for good homes right now in the shelters. People are dumping their pets like trash because of the economy. Please really consider a dog they are great friends and protection.

9:56 AM  
Blogger StuccoHouse said...

Unbelievable. The scum. I live in the city and crime seems all around, but that photo still really shocks me. That is one angry criminal.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Selina Jones said...

The house I was renovating a few years ago was broken into and all my tools stolen. I figured in 2 to 3 weeks they'd be back again, it would give me enough time to get the insurance check and buy new tools. Like clockwork 3 weeks later they broke back in, but this time there was nothing to steal, except a case of gatorade....I feel for ya. Hopefully they get caught.

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Blogger Amalie said...


That seems to sum it all up.

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Blogger Larry said...

This SUCKS!!

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