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'I Fell In Love With The House!' Crime Scene Investigator Admits She Bought A Murder Scene Home

At CrimeCon 2022, retired crime scene investigator Robin Lindley revealed a surprising fact about a case featured on "The Real Murders Of Orange County."

By Becca van Sambeck

If you knew a murder had happened in a house, would you still buy it? What if you were the one to witness the aftermath of that killing?

Understandably, many would be put off by that idea — but not Robin Lindley, a retired crime scene investigator in Buena Park, California.

At CrimeCon 2022, Oxygen digital correspondent Stephanie Gomulka caught up with Lindley and Sarah Penirelli, a detective with the Cobb County PD after the two appeared on a CrimeCon panel entitled "Homicide Detectives: Unforgettable Crimes In NYC, ATL, And The O.C.," which discussed cases featured on "New York Homicide," "The Real Murders Of Orange County," and "The Real Murders Of Atlanta." (Retired NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce also appeared on the panel.) During the discussion Lindley revealed a fascinating tidbit about a case featured on "The Real Murders Of Orange County."

Lindley had discussed the murder of James Stockwell, also known as Jimmy Casino, in 1987. Casino was a topless bar owner who was shot to death after arriving at his home with his girlfriend. She was raped in the ambush but survived the attack. Decades later, a DNA match to the girlfriend's rape evidence kit finally identified his killer.

"I spent over 48 hours straight in the Casino house while we processed the house [after the murder]. I bought the house. I bought the house where the crime occurred," Lindley said.

As Lindley put it, she just had to have the house after spending so much time in it processing the scene.

"I fell in love with the house! You spend that many hours in the house .. it was a nice house! Then it was a conversation piece. Everyone wanted to come in and see where the murder happened," she explained.

Plus, she added, she did get to have a Rolls-Royce in her garage for a while that had belonged to Casino before the city claimed it.

Of course, that didn't mean it was all smooth sailing in the home.

"There were things that happened in the house afterward. There was money they thought was in the house and after I purchased the house someone did try to come back to find the money they thought was in the house. They tried to break in but didn't find it," Lindley said.

Lindley ended up living in the house for 12 years before ultimately selling it. She now works as a behavior teacher for disabled children with trauma and is the intake officer for juvenile hall in Douglas County, Kansas.

For more on what Lindley and Penirelli had to say about CrimeCon, watch the video, above.

CrimeCon 2022 is produced by Red Seat Ventures and presented by Oxygen.