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Look inside Mike Tyson’s old Ohio mansion as abandoned home becomes a church


SOUTHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A sprawling property that was once home to ... Living Word Sanctuary got the property when it reached a deal with a real estate investor to pay $50,000 in back taxes. DeJacimo said Tyson's indoor swimming pool is being ...


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