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Report: Joel Rifkin house may be going into contract

Exterior of the in-contract home at 1492 Garden

Exterior of the in-contract home at 1492 Garden Street where Joel Rifkin lived in East Meadow, N.Y. (Jan. 26, 2011) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The East Meadow home where serial killer Joel Rifkin killed some of his victims and hid their bodies may soon be sold, according to a Newsday report.

Rifkin admitted to killing 17 women. He put one of his victim's bodies in the garage, and police found evidence in Rifkin's bedroom and in the basement, where he is said to have murdered some of the women.

A for-sale ad with a photo of the basement had been posted online by listing agent Howard Kaminowitz of Laffey Fine Homes when the house first came on the market. There was also a phone of a room depicting old newspapers strewn on a bed. During the investigation into Rifkin's crimes, police removed hundreds of newspaper articles dealing with serial murderers and Long Island crimes.

After REAL LI mentioned the photos, they were removed and replaced with exterior shots of the house. Since then, interior photos have been added where the rooms appeared to have been cleaned out.

The asking price for the expanded ranch is $349,998.

As REAL LI first reported, Rifkin's family put the four-bedroom, two-bath Garden Street home on the market for $424,500, reducing the price once to $399,000. Although the house is dated and the property is being marketed as a handyman's special, the roof is new.

The owners have an accepted offer, and the potential buyers say they are aware of the home's history.

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