After 27 years, a Quad City landmark with a dark history is back on the market.
The home on Marquette Street and Royal Oaks Drive in Davenport was previously owned by a local chiropractor, James Klindt. In 1982, Klindt was convicted of killing his wife, Joyce Klindt.
We spoke with the current owners of the home, Kraig and Nancy Klemme, and they said they placed the castle-styled home on the market late last week. They have enjoyed their time there, and will miss all of their family memories in the home. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” Nancy Klemme said.”For me, it’s sad. I love this house. I love the neighborhood, location, size of it,” Kraig Klemme said. “We’ve raised our kids here for 27 years and had a lot of Christmases and a lot of birthdays and a lot of good times here.”
The couple mentioned that people in the past have questioned them about the home because of its past.
“People are like, ‘Are there any ghosts? I’m like, ‘No, there’s no ghosts here. I promise. It’s just a beautiful home,” Nancy Klemme said.
The Klemmes said that they are ready for a change and are preparing for a new beginning.
“Our next chapter is that I have horses and we found some acreage out in Eldridge,” Nancy Klemme said. “We bought the Carmelite Monastery, which is a 20,000-foot church. We’re renovating it to be our new home, and I will be able to bring my horses out there.”
The family is looking to transition by the end of the year and hopes to sell the home to a family that will have the same memorable experiences they had.
For more details about the home, contact home owners Kraig and Nancy Klemme via Facebook or at 563-529-5127.
Joyce Klindt disappeared in March of 1983. The next month, people fishing found the torso of a woman on a Mississippi River bank.
According to the testimony of a pathologist, some kind of mechanical saw, such as a chainsaw, had been used to dismember the body.
Klindt was convicted of second-degree murder in 1984 and served 20 years in prison. He died in 2010.