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Tue, 10 Oct, 2017Danielle McCarthy

Is Barack and Michelle Obama's new home cursed?

Is Barack and Michelle Obama's new home cursed?

Since saying goodbye to the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama have applied to live at an apartment at 10 Gracie Square on New York City’s Upper East Side.

The apartment the Obamas are interested in sits in the $10-$12 million range and they have to wait until the co-op board approves them.

Although the apartment is a prestigious piece of real estate, the building also has a dark history.

A number of high-profile suicides have occurred at this address, including the suicide of author Jean Stein, daughter of entertainment mogul Jules Stein.

At the time of her death, Jean was believed to be worth nearly $50 million.

In 1988, 23-year-old Carter Cooper, brother to CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper and son of Gloria Vanderbilt, jumped to his death.

A notorious murder plot also took place in this building. Auto parts magnate Franklin Bradshaw’s daughter, Frances Schreuder, planned to have her father killed so she could access her inheritance.

Frances had many failed attempts, including hiring a hitman and poisoning her father’s breakfast. She then recruited her son, Marc Schreuder, to disguise himself as a burglar and shoot his grandfather.

In 1978, they successfully carried out the plot.

Two years later, Marc was arrested and convicted of murder. In 1982, police showed up at Frances' door and she tried to escape by climbing out the window. She was later found guilty of capital murder and served 13 years in prison.

Would you still move into a building with a history like this? Let us know in the comments below. 

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