The Obamas' potential New York City home was site of two high-profile suicides

Aris Folley,

Barack and Michelle Obama may want to think twice about their offer on the NYC residence they've reportedly been looking at.

News broke last week that the Obamas were allegedly viewing an apartment at 10 Gracie Square, a very exclusive apartment building on the Upper East Side.

According to the Post, sources close to the former first couple claimed the two were in the final stages of the purchase and just awaiting a co-op approval to purchase the unit -- which is said to be worth near $8-10 million dollars and was once home to famous residents such as Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper and exiled former first lady of China Madame Chiang Kai-shek.

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But the apartment is also said to have quite an unlucky past.

The building has allegedly been the site of two high profile suicides and the arrest of a tenant who the New York newspaper reports plotted the death of her wealthy father.

“I don’t know of any buildings with two suicides,” said Dolly Lenz, CEO of Dolly Lenz Real Estate, told the outlet. “It almost says that there is a cloud on the building.”

The death of Carter Cooper, Vanderbilt's 23-year-old son and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's older brother, was one of the first tragedies to help make the apartment building notorious. 

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According to various reports, in the months leading up to his suicide, Carter had been acting strange and was seeing a therapist. Then, Carter visited his mother's home on July 22, 1988, where he reportedly ran onto the terrace and jumped over the ledge of the 14th-floor unit, where he dangled moments before letting himself fall.

"He let go, and there was a moment when I thought I was going to jump over after him,” Vanderbilt recalled during an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s talk series in 2011.

The second and more recent profile leap at the building claimed the life of author Jean Stein. According to her daughter, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Stein had reportedly been suffering from depression leading up to her death when she fatally jumped from the 15th floor of the building on April 30, 2017. 

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The site is also infamous for another tragedy that took place in 1982, when France Schreuder, a sixth-floor resident at the time, was arrested for conspiring with her son to murder her father and wealthy businessman, Franklin Bradshaw.

Unhappy with the amount of funds allotted to her by her father, Schreuder reportedly persuaded her 17-year-old son to shoot his grandfather dead in 1978.

Her son was eventually caught and placed behind bars and Schreuder was later convicted of capital murder. She passed away in 2004 after serving 13 years in prison.