House Where 2014 Unsolved Murder Took Place On The Market For $2.4 Million
A pretty home near Larchmont Village is for sale, but the new property owners will have to deal with the fact that the previous owner was killed there, and that the case was never solved.
In December of 2014, 86-year-old Antonia Yager was found stabbed to death in her bed in her Windsor Square home at 101 North Beachwood Drive. Yager was the widow of a retired L.A. Superior Court Judge, and one of only three people murdered in the tony and typically safe neighborhood since 2000.
The home is selling for $2.4 million, according to Curbed LA. It's a lovely four-bedroom, four-bath home with hardwood floors and a single car garage. According to the listing, it has a "vaulted entry, Batchelder fireplace, gorgeous kitchen with great light, marble and outlook, lovely master bedroom and bathroom, plenty of builtins."
Antonia Yager was last seen alive by friends at the Wilshire Country Club on December 21, 2014 where she drank a cosmopolitan and celebrated her health after a recent scare, according to the L.A. Times. The following afternoon, a friend stopped by to bring her some pastries at about 3 p.m., but she did not answer the door. A caretaker who frequently came over to check on Yager's two cats stopped by and made the gruesome discovery a little after 7 p.m.
There was little evidence for investigators to go on. They did not find the murder weapon. There were no signs of forced entry. Nothing was missing, and nothing inside the home seemed amiss. The only thing investigators found out of place was a spigot outside the back door that had been turned on, suggesting that perhaps her killer had used it to wash their hands. A coffee cup and an unwashed plate indicated that perhaps Yager had had breakfast before her death. Investigators believe the crime happened sometime after 6 a.m., but before 3 p.m. Yager's hairdresser told the Times that everyone in the neighborhood had their own theory about what happened. "Everybody's so busy playing 'CSI' over here," she said.
Yager, prior to retiring, had been a nurse. She was originally from Holland and came to the U.S. in 1959 in the hopes of working as a nurse. She met her future husband, Judge Thomas C. Yager, in Santa Monica, though they did not marry for many years.
Thomas Yager had been married to another woman in the interim. She disappeared while the two were sailing from Newport Beach to Santa Catalina Island in 1965, only four days after their wedding. It is believed that his wife fell overboard while Yager was below deck and drowned. Thomas and Antonia got married in the early 2000s. Thomas Yager died in 2008 at age 90.
The LAPD offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of Yager's killer, but they still remain at large.
A property that has been the site of a murder, suicide or other unsettling incident is known in real estate as a stigmatized property. Legally, a realtor in California typically only has to disclose that information if the incident occurred within the last three years, so the incident at this house would be no secret to any potential buyer.