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

Redfin
Redfin

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 backyard of the LaBianca house in L.A.
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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.

Interior of LaBianca house in L.A.
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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]

Thousands of Disney+ Accounts Are Being Cracked and Sold. Here's How to Protect Yourself

Disney+
Disney+

With an estimated 10 million sign-ups during its debut last week and positive reviews for its marquee original Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service has been a resounding success. But making such a high-profile splash is apparently coming at a price. According to CNBC, thousands of consumer accounts are being hijacked and their login information is being shared illicitly online. 

The report, published by ZDNet, alleges that hackers were able to breach usernames and passwords for the service within hours of launch and began distributing them for free or for a fee of $3 to $11—the economy of the black market making a one-time purchase cheaper than paying the standard $6.99 monthly for access to the Disney+ library.

The idea wasn’t to co-opt the accounts but to seize them entirely, using the login to change the email and password associated with the account and locking the consumer out.

A spokesperson for Disney told CNBC that they weren’t aware of any security breach. It’s possible that accounts from unrelated sites were compromised and hackers were able to cull from a database of existing passwords to see if consumers used them for their Disney+ account.

The best way to secure your account for Disney+ or any other service requiring a log-in is to use a unique password for each and avoid obvious parallels to the content. If you’re using “mickeymouse” as part of your login, don’t be shocked if you find yourself locked out of your account one day. Ideally, experts say, the service will eventually incorporate a multi-factor authentication process to make compromising logins—and watching Freaky Friday for free—more difficult.

[h/t CNBC]

Letting Your Car Warm Up in New Jersey Could Get You a $1000 Fine

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Artfoliophoto/iStock via Getty Images

New Jersey residents who like to let their cars idle for an extended period of time before hitting the road might want to brush up on state law. If a police officer has the inclination, he or she could write a ticket for up to $1000. The crime? Excessively warming up a motor vehicle's engine.

According to News 12, the law stipulates that automobile owners are permitted to let their cars warm up for 15 minutes, but only if the vehicle has been parked for more than three hours and the temperature is less than 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Cars that were running less than three hours prior only get three minutes. A first offense can result in a $250 fine; a second, $500; and a third, $1000. The law even applies if the car is parked in a private driveway.

And yes, the state is serious. But why be so harsh on idlers? It's actually for a good reason. According to a state fact sheet [PDF] on the practice, excessive idling of a gas or diesel engine releases contaminants into the air, with fine particle pollution responsible for health issues. Since the offense is difficult for law enforcement to actually witness first-hand, the state encourages citizens to report violations. The state makes exceptions for refrigerated trucks, emergency vehicles, and vehicles stopped in traffic.

The state has also debunked a commonly-held myth that cars need to be “warmed up” in order to avoid engine damage. Electronically-controlled vehicles need just 30 seconds or so, with drivers cautioned to avoid rapid acceleration or high speeds for the first four miles during cold weather. The practice of warming up was more applicable to older model cars that used carburetors that needed to get air and fuel into the engine. Today’s cars use sensors to monitor temperature and make the correct adjustments. Idling is now just a waste of fuel, though the practice persists—people like warm cars.

While the attempt to freshen the air may be admirable, New Jersey residents are probably correct in thinking the law may be rarely enforced. From 2011 to 2016, only a few hundred summonses for violating the idling law have been written annually. In 2015, 276 were issued, with 148 of them dismissed.

[h/t News 12]

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