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House where bodies found finds buyer

A real estate agent says new owners are expected to close next month on an Evanston home that was in the news in November 2008 after police found three bodies inside.

Sandra Brown, co-owner of Weichert Realtors-Lakeshore Partners, told Chicago Real Estate Daily that the couple buying the home at 1216 Judson Ave. made an offer within a week after the two-story house went on the market last fall.

Police say Margaret Bernstorff’s brother and two sisters had died of natural causes in the home over a period of nearly three decades. After police found the bodies, Bernstorff moved to a nursing home.

Brown says the buyers knew about the home’s history, "but they weren’t put off."

She declined to disclose the buyers’ names or the purchase price, but the listing sheet said the house is in need of "complete renovation."

The 2,054 square-foot-home, built in 1898, sits on a 9,500 square foot lot.

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