USA: A Pennsylvania couple is struggling to sell a house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.
Scott and Barbara Lloyd listed the house last summer, but they’ve dropped the asking price from $300,000 (€276,512) to $250,000 (€230,427).
The three-storey Victorian in Layton was the second-most clicked home on Realtor.com last year, but Scott Lloyd told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the publicity has attracted curiosity seekers, but no serious buyers.
“We’re finally starting to see a little bit of motion,” said Lloyd.
The home’s location in a tiny village about an hour’s drive southeast of Pittsburgh works against it. So does the fact that it has only one bathroom to go with its four bedrooms.
“Even though it’s got notoriety, location still is a big deal,” said Erik Gunther, a senior editor and expert on unique homes for Realtor.com.
The foyer and dining room were depicted in the film, but there’s no dungeon pit in the basement where the killer played by Ted Levine kept his victims before killing and skinning them. Those grisly scenes were filmed on a soundstage.
Anthony Hopkins won an Academy Award for playing Dr Hannibal Lecter, a crazed, cannibalistic psychiatrist whose macabre clues help rookie Agent Clarice Starling track down and kill Buffalo Bill in his home. Foster also won an Oscar for her role in the film.
Not a ‘Python’ sketch
USA: A snake thief smuggled a 2ft-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.
Sgt Greg Stewart said no arrests have been made. But Christin Bjugan, an owner of A to Z pet store, said CCTV has helped police identify a suspect, and she expects to have the snake returned .
“We know who did it,” she said. “We know where he lives, we know where he works, we know all about him and his girlfriend. We’re just waiting to get our snake back.”
The video shows the suspect with a blue-haired woman who appeared to be in on the theft. He handed her some keys before taking the snake from a tank and shuffling out of the store.
Bjugan says it was “pretty gutsy” for the man to put the python down his pants, and potentially a bad move because it was close to feeding day. On the other hand, she added, the snake does like warm, dark places.
Sunlight halts trains
ENGLAND: Rail passengers have expressed their anger after being told trains were delayed due to “strong sunlight”.
Services at Lewisham, south-east London, were disrupted because of the angle of the sun, train operator Southeastern said.
The rail firm posted on Twitter: “We had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight. The low winter sun has been hitting the dispatch monitor which prevents the driver from being able to see.”
Egg on choc-maker’s face
ENGLAND: The maker of Cadbury Creme Eggs has defended the controversial change of recipe to the seasonal favourite after its Easter lines lost millions in sales last year.
Research by analysts IRI for trade magazine The Grocer found that the brand’s best-selling Easter lines lost more than £10m (€13.3m) in sales in 2015, narrowing its market share from 42% to 40%.
The report says that the Creme Egg was the biggest loser after US owner Mondelez sparked outrage among chocolate fans last year by changing the recipe so that the shell is made from standard, traditional Cadbury milk chocolate instead of the Cadbury Dairy Milk.
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