World Exclusive: Shrink “Double Suicide” Mansion Sold to Defense Contractor

Written by:
Thomas Somach
Published on:
Apr/07/2011

A man who services battleships has bought a battleship-sized home!

The sprawling mansion where Ken "The Shrink" Weitzner and his wife tragically killed themselves last year has been purchased by a millionaire defense contractor, Gambling911.com can reveal in a world exclusive report!

According to local real estate documents obtained by Gambling911.com, the property, at 2128 Hickory Forest Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, was sold on February 15, 2011, by Weitzner's heirs to Floyd M. Cross Jr. for $900,000.

The 7,602-square-foot, six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, brick house with in-ground pool, detached garage and accompanying three-acres of land was originally listed by realtors for $1,199,000.

The mansion, built in 2001, contains a plethora of ammenities, including a jacuzzi, a pool table, a satellite dish and an extensive home security system.

Gambling911.com, wondering what kind of person would purchase a house where a double-suicide occurred, looked into Cross' background and discovered that he is the president of Standard Calibrations, Inc., a major defense contractor based in Chesapeake.

According to the multi-million-dollar company, which was founded in 1989, it is "a premier provider of shipboard instrumentation, calibration services and on-site engineering services to the marine community, (offering) a wide array of sensor, transmitter, control, indicator and alarm products and services for level, pressure, flow, temperature, HMI, gas, feed, waste, draft, ballast and boiler applications."

The company's motto, according to its website, www.standardcalibrationsinc.com, is: "If it controls, indicates or alarms, we service it."

Much of the work the company does is for the U.S. Navy, which has a major naval base in Norfolk, Virginia, just three miles from Chesapeake.

According to official Pentagon documents obtained by Gambling911.com, Standard Calibrations, Inc. between the years 2000 and 2009 was awarded a total of 309 government contracts by the U.S. military for a total of $4,329,024.

Cross is aware that Weitzner and his wife, Jackie, killed themselves in the mansion last year, after gobbling pain pills and firing up a barbecue grill inside the home to suffocate themselves.

The real estate agent who handled the sale of the house told Gambling911.com that under Virginia law, such facts must be disclosed to potential home-buyers in advance of a sale.

There was no word, however, on whether the barbecue grill was included in the transaction.

By Tom Somach

Gambling911.com Staff Writer

tomsomach@yahoo.com

 

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