New Owners for Notorious Knox Co. House
Updated: Friday, February 8 2013, 02:02 AM EST
MT. VERNON -- It was where one of the most notorious and tragic murders in recent history happened -- but the new owners of a house in the Apple Valley area of Knox County say they prefer not to live in the past. Tom Mongitore and his family now live in the home where Tina Herrman, her son Kody, and her friend Stephanie Sprang were stabbed to death and dismembered.
The house has been vacant since the crimes happened in November of 2010 and was bought by the bank that held the mortgage. Habitat for Humanity of Knox County came into possession of the house and the Mongitores moved in about a month ago.
"At first me and my wife were leery," said Tom Mongitore. He was one of the volunteers who helped search for the family after they turned up missing. Their bodies were found in a hollow tree. Matthew Hoffman was arrested and confessed to their killings. But the Mongitores prefer to focus on the future.
"I try to forget it," Mongitore said of the crime. "You don't want bad memories of this house."
"It's a new beginning, a new life for this house," he said.
Reporter: Tom Bosco
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