Homebuyers spot shocking detail in mansion's real estate listing

·News Reporter
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A unique home in the US has gone viral, not for its “alien ship”-like exterior, but for a key detail that’s been left off the realtor's description.

Whilst described as “three bonus room areas”, photos reveal that the four bedroom, five bathroom mansion in Celina, Ohio, actually includes a series of jail cells.

Without so much as an explanation in the advertisement, the house has caused a stir on social media, with many hazarding a guess at the property’s former glory.

“[It] looks like a former police station or courthouse maybe,” one person wrote.

“Some evil things definitely went down in this place,” another added.

The jail cells inside the home
The online real estate listing makes no mention of the jail cells except to advertise “three bonus room areas". Source: Zillow

At just A$396,000 for the 6,467 square foot home, which includes two kitchens, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, full bar area and a chandelier, many have questioned its low cost.

“My husband said we should just buy it,” one woman commented. “But I’m wary at that price. I don’t need any hauntings.”

“I have questions,” someone else said. “And honestly I want none of them answered.”

The house's jail cell
Questioning the low price of the property, some Facebook users wondered if it was haunted. Source: Zillow

But without giving it away online, the realtor insists that the property is an “opportunity to own a piece of Celina history”.

He has since shared a possible explanation for the “three bonus rooms”, saying it’s believed they once housed an infamous outlaw, known for bank robberies and jail breaks across the Midwest.

“The home was built in 1972 by a local eye doctor who lived next door to the property,” Ryan Stackhouse from Superior Plus Realtors told Newsweek.

An exterior photo of the home (left) and an interior (right)
The house includes four bedrooms, five bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool and a chandelier, if you can get your head around the series of cells. Source: Zillow

“Although there is no definite reason why the jail cells are located in the home, it is believed that the doctor was a big John Dillinger enthusiast.”

“And when he had the opportunity to purchase the jail cell where Dillinger was held, he bought them and moved them into his party pad, as more of a collector’s item.”

Dillinger, an American gangster who led the Dillinger Gang, was imprisoned at the county jail in Ohio in 1933 before an infamous jailbreak.

He was eventually killed in a shootout in Chicago in 1934.

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