The family who lives in the home where Jodi Arias shot and stabbed Travis Alexander now has to face a stream of unwanted visitors.
Alexander’s home sold in foreclosure in 2009, a year after Arias stabbed him 27 times and slit his throat from ear to ear. Now people who are fascinated with the gruesome murder have been driving by the house to take pictures at the site of the slaying.
“I was a little nervous about it. My husband, though, it didn't bother him. He said, ‘This is a good deal. It's a beautiful home. It's in a great school district,’” the homeowner told USA Today.
“When we signed the papers, we didn't realize this was going to be that big of a case.”
But when the murder trial began on Jan. 2, hoards of people began to swarm the Arizona home. The trial is expected to end in a few days, but deliberation could last for weeks.
“A lot of people came by the house on their spring break -- it was really bad with people showing up around that time,” the homeowner said to USA Today.
“There was a lady who drove up from Casa Grande and said she wanted to talk to me so she could get ‘closure.’”
The family decided to settle on Alexander’s old home after looking at nearly 150 other homes, some of which were vandalized abandoned houses.
It wasn’t a surprise to the new homeowners when the Alexander house had missing carpet and faucets, but family didn’t realize those things had been removed for evidence. They didn’t know they were looking at a shower in which a man had been left for dead for five days before police were called.
The murder depreciated the value of the home. The new owners paid $206,000 in 2009 instead of the $250,000 Alexander paid for it in 2004, the Daily Mail wrote.
The family now says the home doesn’t look anything like the crime scene photos being shown in court. According to USA Today, they redesigned the house and will not show pictures of its new interior to the public.
The high-profile case has prompted people to give themselves self-guided tours of the home.
“We've had people pull in our driveway and stop and park and get their cell phones out and take pictures of the house,” the homeowner told CNN.
“I am hoping that once this trial is over this can kind of become our home instead of Jodi Arias' home or Travis Alexander's old home.”
After denying any involvement in the brutal killing for two years, Arias is claiming self-defense. She could face the death penalty if convicted.
Check out the CNN interview with the new owner of the Alexander home below: