April 10, 2013

Biddeford home linked to murders is demolished

The property, once owned by convicted murderer Rory Holland, will become a park.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

BIDDEFORD — The dilapidated home of convicted murder Rory Holland was leveled Wednesday morning, six months after the City Council voted to take the property by eminent domain.

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In this July 2009 file photo, police search then-alleged killer Rory Holland's house at 58 South St. in Biddeford. The home, which fell into disrepair, has been demolished and will become a park.

Gregory Rec / Staff Photographer

The lot, at 58 South St., will become part of a small park nearby. A small crowd gathered to cheer as the house was knocked down.

Holland was convicted of two counts of murder in late 2010 and given two life sentences. The murders of brothers Derek and Gage Greene, 21 and 19, happened in 2009 on the sidewalk and street in front of Holland’s home.

The house was dilapidated even when Holland lived there.

The city acquired the home for $30,000, its current appraised value. It is unlikely Holland will ever see any of the money because Tammy Cole, the mother of Derek and Gage Greene, won a $2.4 million wrongful-death lawsuit against him.

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