Holding parties in houses rented through Airbnb is an increasingly popular activity – but it turned sour for a group of friends when one of them found the decomposing corpse of a murder victim buried in a shallow grave in the garden.
The group of pals rented a three-storey house via Airbnb in the Paris suburbs to hold a weekend party, London’s Daily Telegraph reported.
Before the festivities began, however, one of the group made a macabre discovery. They found a woman’s corpse, dressed but shoeless, in a shallow grave covered with branches and logs, police said.
The woman has not been identified and police are treating the death as murder.
The renters cancelled plans for their Saturday night party after finding the corpse.
Although Airbnb is expanding rapidly, premises rented through it have been the centre of a number of scandals.
The owner of a grand and historic California mansion was last November suing a film production company, alleging that after she advertised her property as a holiday rental through Airbnb, a hardcore gay porno film producer rented it under an assumed name and treated the place so vilely it had to be decontaminated. See: Revolting details of trashed mansion may rattle Airbnb
In previous, unrelated incidents of homes being trashed by renters, Airbnb has stepped in quickly, utilising its USD 1 Million Host Guarantee, which covers a host’s property in the rare event of major damage.
Last year, an Airbnb spokesman pointed out that over 35 million guests had stayed using Airbnb, and property damage was extremely rare.
Finding a corpse in the garden is also extremely rare.
Written by Peter Needham