No bids made on foreclosed Schaffhausen property

  • Updated: August 13, 2013 - 9:14 PM

The Schaffhausen house in River Fall, Wis., where three sisters were killed by their father.

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A sheriff’s foreclosure auction of the River Falls, Wis., home where three sisters were murdered by their father in July 2012 drew no bidders Tuesday, and ownership of the property will revert to Affinity Plus Credit Union of St. Paul.

The property, in the 2700 block of Morningside Avenue, was one of six foreclosed properties up for auction at the weekly sale in the entry of the St. Croix County Courthouse in Hudson, Wis.

It’s the same place where, just a month ago, Aaron Schaffhausen was sentenced to three consecutive life prison terms in the slaying of his children: 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. He is imprisoned at Dodge Correctional Institute in Waupun, Wis.

Schaffhausen had earlier tried to sell the house from jail after killing the girls. But their mother, Jessica, objected because he would have profited from the sale.

The foreclosure judgment was just more than $181,000, records show.

The foreclosure filing came after a real estate agency abandoned efforts to try to sell the property.

Jessica Schaffhausen and the girls had continued to live in the four-bedroom home after ownership was signed over to Aaron Schaffhausen in their divorce settlement.

The girls were slain while their mother was at work and he had arrived for an unexpected visit.

Prosecutors said he did it to hurt his ex-wife.

Jim Anderson

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