By Emily Rittman
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (KCTV/CNN) - A bank robber turned millionaire is ready to sell a city square for what his son calls an $8 million bargain.
Everywhere you look there are for sale signs on Harrisonville's square.
That's right, essentially an entire community is up for sale. You may have heard of the man who owns the buildings, Del Dunmire, the man who robbed a bank in the 1950s to pay gambling debts.
"My father obtaining his freedom from that terrible mistake caused him to refine his intellect," said Mark Dunmire.
Once out of the big house. Dunmire went into big business selling replacement parts to commercial airlines. With success came an eccentric lifestyle.
He invited the "whole town" to his wedding.
He bought notorious serial killer Bob Berdella's home and tore it down. Then his company, Growth Industries, bought up 52 Harrisonville properties.
"He would walk up and at that time the Harrisonville was in great disrepair and largely abandoned. He started purchasing things one lot at a time almost like it was a monopoly board. That's how dad did things," said Dumire.
His vision has changed. Dunmire, his son, says his father is living in Dallas and interested in business opportunities closer to his new home.
"The dramas between himself and the city is of public record there is no hiding that. Dad holds no animosity whatsoever for that. He loves Harrisonville and the community but some of the best laid paths in life change," said Dunmire.
Del Dunmire's buildings are elaborately decorated. Many are based on places his visited. Some are even filled with gyrocopters and a Rolls Royce that is collecting dust. There are bars, lounges, restaurants and dining halls all up for sale.
There is also a Wal-Mart in town that is included in the sale.
The family says if they do not find a national or regional developer to buy all of the properties, it may sell off the property parcel by parcel.