Buyer beware: Melissa Faith Yeo’s first visit as a real estate agent was the infamous ritual murder of Toa Payoh, Singapore News

You never forget your first time.

For actress-turned-estate agent Melissa Faith Yeo, her first property viewing was rather special, as she helped market one of Singapore’s most notorious HDB apartments – the site of the infamous Toa Payoh Ritual Murders.

The 36-year-old revealed this during an interview with content creator Singaplex in June, when asked about some of the weirder properties she’s come across.

Almost immediately, Yeo gave a shout and started sharing details about her first property viewing with a potential buyer in 2016.

“It looked like a normal, three-bedroom HDB,” she said, adding that the buyer told her something about the apartment in Block 12, Toa Payoh Lorong 7, which she “ignored “.

However, the bells started ringing as more and more people started calling her to inquire about this particular apartment, asking if it faced the garden or was down the hall.

“I was like, ‘how do you know this house,'” Yeo then wondered bemusedly. “Am I supposed to know?

Yeo said he later discovered the apartment’s origins through another agent, who told him the apartment belonged to psychic Adrian Lim, the man behind the murder of two children.

Speaking to AsiaOne on Wednesday (September 21) in more detail about the experience, Yeo said the unit “felt normal” when she visited this unit with a potential buyer who knew the history of the apartment. .

“Nothing strange stood out. You could tell it had been renovated a while ago, very lived in and welcoming. The viewing went well,” she said.

After getting over the initial shock of the apartment’s dark origins, Yeo said she went to do more research on this unit.

“I read that the flat had been foreclosed and despite the long process of securing its next occupants in 1987, it has been negotiated a few times since.

Unfortunately, that deal was never made because the listing agent “got too scared” and dropped out of the unit, Yeo told AsiaOne.

“It gave me the confidence I needed in my rookie career. It was through this apartment that I realized there was no such thing as unsaleable property in Singapore,” he said. she declared.

In fact, Yeo said she doesn’t mind marketing homes with a “story.”

“I tend to think the dead aren’t as scary as the living,” she added.

Toa Payoh Ritual Killings

Adrian Lim was a so-called healer who claimed to have supernatural powers. Along with his wife and mistress, Lim kidnapped, tortured, killed, and murdered two children from his Toa Payoh apartment in 1981.

The trio also allegedly drank the blood of their victims.

When the police were searching Lim’s apartment, they found various religious items there, including crucifixes, Hindu and Chinese idols, some of which were stained with blood.

All three were eventually hanged in 1988.

Intrepid shoppers

Some buyers, however, aren’t haunted by the properties’ dark past.

An HDB unit in Potong Pasir where the remains of an old man were found has attracted strong interest from at least one potential buyer in 2021.

The remains of the deceased were discovered during dengue fever inspections by the National Environment Agency in July 2020.

A woman who expressed interest in the apartment then told Wanbao that she was not afraid to buy a unit where someone died.

“I didn’t do anything to hurt anyone, so there’s nothing to worry about,” she said.

“If the negotiations are successful, I will ask a priest to sing prayers and I will also set up an altar in the house, there is no need to worry.”

In 2018, a townhouse on the Sembawang Hills estate sold for $2.23 million to a local contractor in a frantic auction that lasted 12 minutes, the Straits Times reported at the time.

The house belonged to a pair of reclusive sisters and their skeletal remains were found about 10 years apart.

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Penny D. Jackson