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The Schaffhausen house in River Falls is scheduled to be torn down with portions saved for Habitat for Humanity.

Schaffhausen home: 'Good from evil'

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Schaffhausen home: 'Good from evil'
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The River Falls house where three sisters were murdered by their father in July 2012 will be carefully “dismantled,” with usable components salvaged for use by Habitat for Humanity, the organization that helps needy families build affordable houses.


Phil Stotz of Illinois, the father of the sisters’ mother, Jessica Schaffhausen, said Wednesday, Sept. 11, that finding a useful purpose for the abandoned house at 2790 Morningside Ave. was better than just bulldozing or burning it down.

“That would kind of be a waste,” he said. “This way, we get some good to come out of evil. I’m glad to have this settled – to get beyond this.”

The mortgage on the relatively new Schaffhausen house was retained by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul.

Credit Union officials, working with family members, decided not to try to resell the house, but instead take it apart and remove it while also finding a good use for some building materials.

Stotz said the Schaffhausen house next week will not be demolished, but “dismantled.”

After the house and its parts are removed, the credit union will have the lot leveled and resold for a new house.

Proceeds from the lot sale will go toward the River Falls Tri Angel Park Advisory Committee that’s trying to build a memorial playground in memory of the sisters – Amara, Sophie and Cecilia.

The committee has already raised a large portion of the $500,000 needed to finance the playground.

Aaron Schaffhausen, the father, is serving a life sentence for the murders of his daughters.

Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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