(PCM) We recently shared the story about the mysterious South Carolina Zillow listing for a home that was being dubbed the “nightmare house” due to the fact that no one was supposed to ask questions about the secret tenant that resided in home’s upstairs apartment.
This led to much speculation with some wondering if the so-called tenant, who wasn’t required to pay any rent and was not to be disturbed, was actually a ghost or some kind of evil spirit. Well, it turns out the first HotPad listing was correct and the tenant is indeed a professional artist, by the name of Randall McKissick.
70-year old McKissick was once a world-renowned artist who has since fallen on hard times. He suffered a divorce, an eviction and an anxiety disorder. His work was shown at galleries all over the world, but since the dawn of the digital age, McKissick found his work could not keep up with the growing technology.
McKissick was childhood friends with the homes owner Michael Schumpert Sr, who allowed him to reside in the apartment upstairs rent free to help him get back on his feet. Schumpert Sr. got into a car accident back in December of 2016 and suffered a broken back, it was actually Schumpert’s son Michael who penned the ad trying to sell the home, as they don’t know what else to do and do not want Randall to have to leave.
Well, for starters, he could have made it a little less creepy sounding and of course everyone knows once the internet becomes involved, nothing stays secret for very long! The house has since been taken off the market and Michael claims he does not know what the plan is next.
The family is looking into alternative home options for McKissick, but money is a bit of an issue and he comes along with three cats. His anxiety disorder also makes it very difficult for him to deal with change. For now it looks like McKissick is staying put until the Schumpert family can figure out what to do, and he told the News & Observer, the publication who first uncovered his identity, that he would love to paint again, but he just has to find that spark!