The Los Angeles house where Charles Manson’s infamous "Family" committed their second and final multiple murder has been sold by a celebrity ghost hunter, who described it as "a beautiful place with a very dark history".
Zak Bagans, the star of the reality show Ghost Adventures, said the house on Waverly Drive in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles had "a very, very strong energy".
The new sale was completed on Tuesday for significantly less than the original asking price. Bagans listed the luxury 1,600 square foot 2-bed, 2-bath home for $2.2 million (£1.6m) in October last year, but the final price paid was reportedly just $1.8 million (£1.3m) – a drop equivalent to around £286,000.
After the grisly slaughter of pregnant Hollywood star Sharon Tate and four others on the night of August 8, 1969, Manson was dissatisfied with how "messy" the killings had been.
The following night he took six of his followers on a drive "to show them how to do it".
They selected a property on Waverly Drive that belonged to supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary, who was co-owner of a dress shop.
Mansion and his accomplices killed the couple, stabbing them multiple times with a chrome bayonet and other sharp objects. Leno was left with a carving fork sticking out of his stomach.
The killers then use their victims’ blood to write the slogans "Rise" and "Death to pigs" on the walls and misspelled the Beatles song title "Helter Skelter" on the refrigerator door.
While the killers originally faced the death penalty, their sentences were changed to life imprisonment on a technicality.
Manson died in jail from complications arising from colon cancer in 2017. His accomplice Susan Atkins also died in jail, from brain cancer in 2009.
Other family members Charles "Tex" Watson, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkel remain behind bars. Krenwinkel is now the longest-incarcerated female inmate in the California penal system
3301 Waverly Drive was given a new address after the horrific murders in August 1969 and is today 3311.
Unlike Sharon Tate’s house in Cielo Drive, the former LaBianca home is still "mostly original" according to real estate agent Robert Giambalvo, who sold the house to Bagans.
After buying 3311 Waverley last summer, announcing he planned to shoot one of his Ghost Adventures videos there, Bagans changed his mind and decided to "let it be out of respect to the LaBianca family," according to TMZ.
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