The Murder House: Is site of decades-old murder haunted?
By KBOI Web StaffPublished: Jun 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM MDTLast Updated: Jun 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM MDT
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - June 30, 1987 marks the 25-year-old gruesome murder of a Boise man. Some say the victim's home still serves as a haunting reminder of his violent death.
It happened off Broadway Avenue in a house that stands out both for its size and architectural styling, but some say it's what happened inside those walls that makes it infamous.
Neighbors woke up to a trail of blood splattered the porch, sidewalk, and their front door. Investigators traced the blood to the basement where Preston Murr was shot and hacked into 13 pieces.
A week later, parts of his body surfaced more than 100 miles away in Brownlee Reservoir. Now the rumor is that this 21-year-old man will forever haunt this home, but even non-believers agree it's created one of Boise's most infamous urban legends.
"Living there I really don't feel that I was ever afraid or felt it was haunted, but there are so many stories that everyone is convinced that it is," said Deann Davis, who lived in the so called "Murder House" with her two daughters, Kerra and Searra.
"Every once in a while you get that one person that's, ''It's this house? No, I am not going. No I am not going,'" Kerra said.
"It looks like a feral animal. Something really pretty, but no one wants to go near it," Searra said.
For Davis and her daughters living at this home was for the most part normal.
"I am not uneasy in the house. I am not afraid at any time. I don't feel somebody there is watching me. I have never experienced doors open when I shut them and I never heard people walking on the stairs when there was nobody," Deann said.
However, they said something wasn't quite right.
"I feel there is something kind of there kind of not. When I went into the basement it was dark and I was scared and when I go in there was like 'Get me out! Get me out!' cause I felt there was something there and I don't want to go near it," Hale said.
Court documents only tell us that Murr was at his home basement with Daniel Rogers and Daron Cox when for an unknown reason an argument broke out and Murr was shot in the shoulder.
Bleeding profusely, Murr ran outside to a neighbor's home pounding and smearing blood on the front door while telling his attackers to let him go. A neighbor called 911 and witnessed a man being dragged back to the home.
"OK, what's the problem there?" asked the dispatcher with Ada County.
"Uh, I don't know. A couple of guys came up and beat on the door and uh I went out and looked and there's some blood on the door it looks like," said the neighbor.
"OK. Can you see them down the street at all?" asked the dispatcher.
"Uh there looks like something is going on in the house across the street," the neighbor said.
Police said Murr was forced back into the basement and shot in the head by Daniel Rogers. Court documents also reveal Daron Cox helped Rogers in the dismemberment of Murr's body.
So, how does it feel to be in the home knowing what you know about the house?
"It feels like it is someone else's place. You have got this uneasy feeling about it," Deanne said.
Murr's death created a haunted legend.
The two-story structure is now known as "The Murder House" drawing attention and visitors from all over. It's something Deann and her daughters are familiar with.
"A lot of people are very afraid of that house and some swear it is haunted and I have had so many people come by and want tours of that house, " she said.
A jury convicted Rogers of first degree murder. He's now at the Idaho Correctional Center serving a life sentence. His parole was last denied back in 2005.
Daron Cox was convicted of being an accomplice to murder and spent six years behind bars.
As for the house, the current owner, who is related to Daniel Rogers by a past marriage, wouldn't let KBOI 2News inside the home, nor local paranormal experts. He says his house is not haunted and at this point we may never know.
Here's KBOI-TV's coverage of the murder back in 1987.