Kalinger instructed seven of the eight victims – Randy Romain, Edwina Wiseman, Michael Wiseman, Retta Romain Welby, Frank Welby, DeWitt Romain and Maria Fisching – to undress before the brutal murders inside the home.
Using a cord from Venetian blinds attached to the windows, Kalinger and his son tied up all of their victims, with the exception of the 90-year-old victim, Blanche Smith, who was lying in bed.
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Fisching, a 21-year-old nurse who came to check-in on Blanche lying in bed after the night shift ended at Hackensack Hospital, refused to cooperate with Kalinger. Then he took her down to the basement of the house, slit her throat and killed her by stabbing her in the back.
That tragic day in 1975 marked the end of a series of murders and crimes by Kalinger and his son, who were arrested several days later, according to AP,
And while sickening crimes were highly publicized at the time, the home of its gruesome history still stands.
The house has changed hands at least seven times since the tragedy. Since New Jersey state law does not consider any death in the home to be a “material fact,” it is not required to be disclosed.
The four-bedroom 3.5-bathroom was most recently sold in February for $587,500.
The house, spread over 1,700 square feet, was on the market since a year ago.
Kalinger was sentenced to life imprisonment. A judge ruled that his son, being a minor, was in control of his father. He was sentenced to a reformation and released at the age of 21. After his release, he moved out of the state and changed his name.