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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Monday, November 24, 2008

Insurance Claim Complete

I think that I have finished all of my insurance claim paperwork. Never filed on before in my life, anyone have any idea how long it usually takes for it to be settled? I'd love to have a new front door.

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Blogger Jeff said...

Mine took about 2 weeks. Of course there was no damage just tools stolen.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

We had our front door broken but they couldn't get in. Kids!!! (our neighbor saw them) Don't remember how long it took to get paid but State Farm paid for a new door and even gave my hubby money for installing it. Sorry for your trouble. I hope they catch the rat-ba$tard.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Took about 3 weeks to get our check in the mail when the roof leaked. Of course a week of that was playing phone tag with the insurance guy.

10:11 PM  
Blogger John said...

Jeff, good to know. Thanks.

Karen, bastards!

Anonymous, good to know as well. Thank you.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Amalie said...

Good luck. we didn't get an adjuster out for about a month, but that was back in April with the hail storm; Ft. Smith was a certified "disaster area," with something like 30,000 roofs to assess, so surely yours will take less time.

I don't like the term blessings in disguise, though things do sometimes work out well in the end. But at least you have insurance-- I know a lot of people who don't, and I think they are insane.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I am a claims adjuster and generally the more the insured follows up, the faster it gets taken care of. The old "Squeeky wheel" adage is true. I am sorry to hear this happened. If you need any help just ask :) it's frustrating I know.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

OH! And in regards to the payment etc. Make sure you document how old your door is, the hardware etc. And make sure that you document every bit of the items stolen. Even if it was just a "box of nails" If it was stolen...note it....

9:38 PM  
Blogger John said...

Amalie,thanks. Supposedly, the check is in the mail as I write this. That means that it took them about 1 week to settle the claim from the day I sent in the last of the paperwork. Not too bad, eh?

CAthrine, thanks! Our insurance company has been very responsive, so it seems to have gone pretty well so far. Thanks for the offer and tips.

7:49 AM  

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