Any home seller would probably want to play down the fact that a decomposing body was once found in the basement. But what if that body was discovered by actor Russell Crowe during a scene in the filming of L.A. Confidential? A new real estate listing for an Echo Park cottage on Morton Avenue makes no mention that it was the setting for a scene in the 1997 movie that finds Crowe, playing officer Bud White, coming upon a rotting corpse in the crawl space under the 1906 bungalow. The cottage served as the fictional home of Mrs. Lefferts, whose daughter was among the seven people who were shot to death in the Night Owl coffee shop. Here is scene as described in an IMDB synopsis:
When White notices that Mrs. Lefferts has a towel placed at the bottom of a door leading to her back sunroom to block a strong unpleasant stench, he checks out the crawlspace under the house and finds a rotted corpse: it is Buzz Meeks. Bud deliberately leaves the body behind.
Will this bit of Hollywood film lore – in addition to three bedrooms and two baths – justify the cottage’s $320,000 asking price?