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Sold! Historic Haunted Mansion of Joliet Goes For Hot Price—Thanks to Patch

The real estate agent selling the historic haunted mansion of Joliet credited Patch with getting the word out about the foreclosed property.

The Hiram Scutt mansion has been sold. Credit: Joseph Hosey
The Hiram Scutt mansion has been sold. Credit: Joseph Hosey
The historic haunted mansion of Joliet didn't stay on the market long, and the real estate agent selling the paranormal property credited Patch for getting word out about the foreclosure on North Broadway.

"You're responsible for this going viral," agent Maria C. Cronin said, telling how she had 175 people come through a Saturday open house—and that was after she closed the sale of the Hiram Scutt mansion.

The national historic landmark fell into foreclosure and was taken by a bank. Cronin listed the property at $159,900 but said a bidding war drove up the price.

Cronin was keeping the buyer's identity confidential but said he plans to restore the mansion to its past glory.

Civil War veteran and barbed wire magnate Hiram Scutt had the 4,960-square-foot mansion built in 1882. After Scutt's death, the home passed to his son, Frank W. Scutt.

Real estate broker Brian Kearney acquired the mansion in 2004 and planned to turn it into a bed and breakfast. But two years later, Joliet teen Steven Jenkins was shot to death during a party hosted by current and former football players from the University of St. Francis who were living in the mansion. Two players, Donald Motley and Jerod Milian, were convicted of Jenkins' murder and sentenced to prison.

Local historian and John Wilkes Booth impersonator Seth Magosky bought the mansion within a year of Jenkins' murder.

Magosky planned to open the P. Seth Magosky Museum of Victorian Life & Joliet History in the mansion but died there suddenly in March 2007, less than six months into the endeavor. He was 39.

A Janaury 2013 post on the P. Seth Magosky Museum of Victorian Life Facebook page said, "It is with great sadness, I have to inform you the museum is closing. if anyone is interested in any of the furniture, books or dolls please let me know." A post three months later said the contents of the house were to be auctioned off.

Various paranormal investigators believe the mansion is haunted. Cronin said she fielded calls from three paranormal groups and allowed two to tour the mansion.

Cronin also said the producer of a reality show reached out to her but it does not appear the program is in development.

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Think About It May 05, 2014 at 08:39 AM
COULD IT BE THE SPIRITS THAT HAUNT THIS MANSION GOT TO MR. HOSEY AND FORCED HIM TO LIST THIS SAME STORY TWICE??? Just a tongue in cheek comment. :-)
Herc May 05, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Glad it sold, it's a beautiful house. Ghosts and all.
Ex Jolietian May 05, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Hi Sick. If I was your neighbor I can guarantee there would be no junk cars in the yard and the landscaping would be immaculate. Evergreen Terrace is 1.5 blocks from this once beautiful home..... the crime in this area is 3 times higher than the rest of the city... a fact that was not mentioned in previous articles. I love the history of Joliet.. and despise what's happened to it in the last 25-30 years. If you drive around town and see the squalor you should be upset too.. why aren't you upset.. do you like squalor ?
Daniel Toma May 05, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Does anyone know what this sold for?
debbadew May 05, 2014 at 04:15 PM
check Zillow..looks like 311K

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