LaBianca Murder House sells for $1.875 million

Wess Haubrich

The final price was a significant cut from the asking price.
Shot from Aug. 11, 1969 of the LaBianca houseAP

The home where Charles Manson’s delusion of a race war where he would come out as ruler almost came to fruition, has sold after a significant price cut.

It has been over 50 years since the Manson family killed five people at the Cielo Drive home of director Roman Polanski and actress Sharon Tate in the Hollywood Hills.

Tate was almost full-term in her pregnancy while her husband was off in Europe working on his latest picture. So, she had a few friends over for some companionship and fun that August 8-9 in 1969.
Evidence photo "Death to Pigs"LAMag

That is when all hell was unleashed at 10050 Cielo Drive.

The coroner on scene the next morning called the scene of the first Manson Family murders an “orgy of blood” – all on the property were dead from gunshot wounds and/or stab wounds with “Death to Pigs” written in blood on a wall at the crime scene.

The night of August 9 the family struck again in round two of trying to start a race war in Los Angeles. The Los Feliz home of upper-middle-class entrepreneurs Leno and Rosemary LaBianca was chosen essentially at random.

This is in stark contrast to the scene at Cielo Drive: Manson purposely sent the family there not to start his ridiculous and warped vision of the race war (“helter skelter”) as he would have them believe, but rather to bring down a horrible form of revenge down upon Charlie’s enemies – in this case, record producer Terry Melcher who lived at Cielo Drive before Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. That’s right, Charles Manson was a jealous, petty, talentless little wannabe demagogue and grifter who killed because a record producer didn’t call him back.
Leno and Rosemary LaBiancaABC7

The Family broke into the LaBianca home in Los Feliz, robbed and tortured Rosemary and Leno, brutally murdered them, and cut the word “WAR” into Leno’s chest.

Details of who exactly bought the home from Ghost Adventures’ Zak Bagans are being kept under wraps. Apparently, the new owners want their privacy preserved: and who, really, can blame them?

Read more from the author on Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders here, here, and here.

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