/Bizarre fringe dwelling of jailed recluse linked to toxic dumps sold

Bizarre fringe dwelling of jailed recluse linked to toxic dumps sold

133 William St, Wallan, the home of convicted criminal Graham Leslie White, has sold after auction to a local buyer.

A man jailed for firearms offences has sold his weird Wallan home, where he stashed a cache of illegal weapons and a skeleton.

Graham Leslie White offloaded his four-bedroom house at 133 William St this week, for an undisclosed price within the advertised $600,000-$650,000 range.

The 58-year-old is also being investigated for illegal waste dumping, after toxic stockpiles were discovered in Melbourne warehouses following a West Footscray factory fire last year, a court heard.

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The macabre house could feature in a horror movie.

His home is hidden by tall trees and sprawls on an unkempt 6075sq m block with sheds and a 10-car garage flanked by skulls.

The house would not look out of place in a horror movie with its windows painted pitch-black, blood-red colour scheme and macabre decor.

Ebony-coloured crystal chandeliers hang from jet-black ceilings, a gruesome skeleton floats in a display cabinet, and frightening masks jump out from inky walls.

Scary, spinechilling decor.

The County Court of Victoria heard in March that White collected movie memorabilia and filled his home with paraphernalia from Melbourne’s now-defunct Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant.

His lawyer Ian Hill QC said his client also had 24 cars on his property, most of them American “muscle” vehicles.

A secret room off a bathroom hoarded illegal military-style weapons.

The court was told a loaded illegal Smith & Wesson handgun was found under White’s bed during a police raid last July.

Sniffer dogs also discovered a machine gun, handguns and military style semiautomatic weapons, a 12-gauge shotgun and other weapons, including knives, in a secret room off the bathroom.

A loaded illegal handgun was hidden under a bed.

White was jailed on March 26 after pleading guilty to several firearms offences.

“It’s a very frightening collection of weapons,” Judge John Smallwood said at the time.

Mr Hill described White as “deeply introverted”, with “longstanding social anxiety”.

A psychologist found White didn’t consider himself a threat and lived on the secluded property, the court heard.

The kitchen gleams with blood-red cabinets.

LJ Hooker Wallan marketed White’s property to homebuyers, investors and developers as offering four bedrooms, two renovated bathrooms, a modern kitchen and an array of living and dining spaces.

“If you are a car collector, then there is no shortage of garaging with room for ten cars with further storage at the rear of the property,” the online listing said.

The secluded 6075sq m property has development potential.

Selling agent Wayne Dent would not comment on the vendor, but said the property had generated strong interest from buyers across Melbourne interested in its size, location and rarity.

“Blocks of this size don’t come up for sale very often,” Mr Dent said.

A local buyer snapped it up after it passed in at auction.


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