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    Charlize Theron's Childhood Home Cursed? South African House Becomes Site of Second Slaying

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    Charlize Theron's childhood home has seen more than its share of death and violence.

    South African police are investigating a gruesome murder that occurred at the house in which the Oscar-winning actress grew up, where 21 years earlier Theron witnessed her mother fatally shoot to death her alcoholic father in self-defense.

    Per ABC News, the latest crime took place last Friday when five robbers gained access to the residence in Benoni, about 18 miles outside of Johannesburg, after duping the current owner, Barry Newman, by pretending interest in buying his girlfriend's used car.

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    The gang subsequently tied up and gagged Newman in the bathroom, then tortured the victim by burning him with cigarettes and a clothes iron before finally suffocating him with plastic bag over his head. A gardener and domestic worker were also found tied up in a bedroom.

    No arrests have been made, and investigators are still searching for suspects.

    After years of remaining mum on the death of her father, Charles, the 37-year-old Theron opened up about the traumatic subject in a 2004 interview, telling ABC News' Diane Sawyer that when she was 15 he came home drunk with an uncle and was acting belligerently toward her and her mother, Gerda.

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    According to the blond beauty, he then threatened to kill them both with a shotgun and fired into a bedroom door, at which point Gerda shot him. Authorities later ruled the killing was justified, and Gerda did not face any charges.

    A rep for Theron was unavailable to comment on the latest incident.

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