When it comes to buying real estate, you want to make sure you get what you pay for. Whether it’s a house, apartment, or even a parcel of land, it’s vital that you know the details before you sign on the dotted line.
Sometimes, though, a property is so unbelievably beautiful on the surface that you might be inclined to overlook some flaws. Little Ross Island, an idyllic piece of land off the coast of Scotland that recently hit the market, is one such property. With its lush greenery and looming lighthouse, most people would give anything to live there.
However, some digging into the island’s history reveals a macabre past that shows it might not be as perfect as it would appear…
When purchasing real estate, it’s always a smart idea to know exactly what you’re paying for—and that there are no surprises waiting once everything is signed. Even though it looks as perfect as can be, Little Ross Island is no different. A gorgeous island off the coast of Scotland, this paradise boasts a lot of interested buyers… but that’s only because most of them don’t know its dark history.
At first glance, it seems like you’d have to be insane to pass up the chance to live here. The 29-acre island is covered in lush greenery, and it comes with a fully automated 19th-century lighthouse attached to a cozy, rustic cottage. The island can only be accessed by boat or helicopter, too, so the new owner would have the place to themselves. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, that’s because it is. What the real estate ads won’t mention is that the island’s history is full of dark secrets far more chilling than anything a buyer could imagine. What exactly could make this island so frightening? Well…
More than 50 years ago, Little Ross Island was actually the location of one of the most gruesome crimes in Scottish history. To this day, elderly residents of the country are still haunted by the details of the case, and many refuse to even speak about it.
According to official reports, in 1960, two relief lighthouse workers were tending to the island while the head worker was on vacation. One evening, a man named Thomas Robertson Colin, the secretary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and his 19-year-old son stopped off on the island to eat lunch while a storm passed overhead.
The father and son sought shelter in the lighthouse, which appeared to be empty at the time. Thomas had only visited the island once before, and he was excited to show his son the working lighthouse.
The two of them decided to explore the inside of the lighthouse tower while they waited. They began exploring each of the rooms, one by one. But when they came to the final room, they became frozen in terror…
There, lying on his back in a bed, was the deceased body of Hugh Clark, one of the lighthouse attendants. A blood-soaked cloth was draped over his head, and a pool of blood was on the floor beneath the bed.
Thomas immediately called the police. After the body was examined by a physician, it was determined that the attendant had been shot three times in the head while he was asleep. A national manhunt was issued for the only possible suspect in the case: the other attendant, who was a man named Robert Dickson.
Eventually, Robert was caught by police and sentenced to life in prison for the cold-blooded murder of Hugh Clark. It was later determined that he suffered from severe mental illness, and the isolated life on Little Ross Island drove him mad. Though justice was served, this case left a dark mark on the tiny island, and the two are now inextricably linked. Now, is anyone willing to live there?
It’s such a shame that a beautiful place like Little Ross Island has such a dark reputation. Hopefully, whoever purchases it can overcome its past and enjoy its true beauty!
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