A matter of life and death
Someone who had an extremely prescriptive instruction as to whom to sell to was Alan Howick of Howick and Brooker. Several years previously, a man who was passing had knocked on the door of the cottage in question, explained to the old lady who lived there that he had fallen in love with the look of the place and asked if she wanted to sell. She said no, but took his business card. Her executors later found she had written in her will that this gentleman was to have first refusal to buy her cottage.
Mr Howick had another executor wanting a quick sale. The owner had been murdered and ‘in the hall, chalk marks of the body’s outline were still visible and coloured stickers in the shape of arrows were seemingly everywhere, placed by the crime-scene investigation team and not to be touched’. This presented a challenge when photographing the property, especially as ‘at the time, the whole family was busily sticking Post-it notes everywhere stipulating which family member had claimed which items’.