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