Ghost Adventures Host Zak Bagans Just Purchased a Charles Manson Murder House

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California law dictates that property owners don’t have to disclose any deaths that occurred on the property more than three years before listing it, CNN reports. But sometimes an infamous history can actually help sell a house. Such is the case with Ghost Adventures star Zak Bagans’s recent purchase of the Los Angeles home where Charles Manson’s “family” murdered grocery store executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary.

On his Travel Channel show, Bagans seeks out allegedly haunted locations, interviews experts and eyewitnesses, and uses ghost-hunting technology to try to uncover the truth about each mystery. Though the LaBianca estate isn’t necessarily haunted, Bagans thinks it has a certain darkness about it. “I was … intrigued by the energy I felt while there,” he told People. “It was mysterious and palpable.”

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The 1655-square-foot house, built in the 1920s, was listed for $1.98 million. It’s located on Waverly Drive in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, People reports, and includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a backyard pool, and a view of downtown Los Angeles.

The LaBiancas were stabbed to death on August 10, 1969, the day after Manson’s cult members killed actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), along with her unborn child and four other occupants of the house. According to Rolling Stone, Manson himself tied up Leno and Rosemary before leaving his followers—Charles “Tex” Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten—to carry out the killing.

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Manson died in prison in 2017, and the other three convicts are still locked up, having all been denied parole multiple times. The resurgence of interest in Manson’s cult is partly because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the murders, and partly because of Quentin Tarantino’s highly publicized film Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, which covers Sharon Tate’s murder and hit theaters last weekend.

If you’ve been looking to blow $2 million on a house with a grisly background and a glamorous backyard, Redfin is accepting backup offers. Maybe also invest in a good EMF meter or two.

[h/t People]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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A Wily Fox With a Passion for Fashion Stole More Than 100 Shoes From a Berlin Neighborhood

The smirk.
The smirk.
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In Berlin, Germany, a fox has embarked on a crime spree that puts Dora the Explorer’s Swiper completely to shame.

CNN-News18 reports that residents of Zehlendorf, a locality in southeastern Berlin, spent weeks scratching their heads as shoes continued to disappear from their stoops and patios overnight. After posting about the mystery on a neighborhood watch site and reading accounts from various bewildered barefooters, a local named Christian Meyer began to think the thief might be a fox.

He was right. Meyer caught sight of the roguish robber with a mouthful of flip-flop and followed him to a field, where he found more than 100 stolen shoes. The fox appears to have an affinity for Crocs, but the cache also contained sandals, sneakers, a pair of rubber boots, and one black ballet flat, among other footwear. Unfortunately, according to BBC News, Meyer’s own vanished running shoe was nowhere to be seen.

Foxes are known for their playfulness, and it’s not uncommon for one to trot off with an item left unattended in a yard. Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife explains that foxes are drawn to “things that smell good,” which, to a fox, includes dog toys, balls, gardening gloves, and worn shoes. And if your former cat’s backyard gravesite is suddenly empty one day, you can probably blame a fox for that, too; they bury their own food to eat later, so a deceased pet is basically a free meal.

The fate of Zehlendorf’s furriest burglar remains unclear, but The Cut’s Amanda Arnold has a radical idea: that the residents simply let the fox keep what is obviously a well-curated collection.

[h/t CNN-News18]