Most people mistakenly assume that Manson, and his family, were arrested at the ranch for the Tate/LaBianca murders but that’s not the exact truth. It was in October of 1969,and just after dark, officers of the Inyo county sheriff’s
Dept., the California Highway Patrol and Death Valley Rangers raided the Barker Ranch and arrested Manson and members of his “family” for setting fire to a piece of earth moving equipment in the Racetrack area of Death Valley.
While they herded the family members into the yard and stood guard with shotguns, one of the officers had to take a leak so, flashlight in hand, he returned to the house. As he was standing in the bathroom relieving himself he glanced down and noticed a lock of hair protruding from the closed cabinet door. He ordered the person to, “come on out of there,” and out crawled Charles Manson with a said sheepish grin on his face. Of course, the lawmen had no idea of the significance of this man that would climb out of the cabinet.
Once Manson and his followers were rounded up, the lawmen marched them single file down Goler Wash to waiting vehicles and transported them to the jail at Independence CA. While they were in jail awaiting arraignment, family member, Susan Atkins, also in jail in Los Angeles but for an unrelated crime, bragged to her cellmate about her participation in the T/L murders in great detail. The frightened cellmate wasted no time in contacting the authorities just to get away from Atkins. Thus, the Tate/LaBianca murder case was beginning to unravel.
The cabinet itself was very small that Manson was found in, but the space inside was even more confined housing the plumbing for the sink. The cabinet disappeared sometime during the mid to late 80s.
In 2009 just after Barker Ranch burned down I snapped this photo in the same bathroom area where the cop was standing, clearly burned in the wall there was Charles Manson’s image outlined in my Photograph.
The energy around Barker Ranch makes you feel like someone is watching you.
The first location is the house of David Oman on Cielo Drive. He had paranormal investigators come in who claim to hear a voice say "Jay Sebring" and the words, "I had big plans".
The second location is the Spahn Ranch. Investigators claim to have visions of the Manson family congregating and planning murders. They feel a lot of angry energy still lingering. Who may be the spirit out there? Some conjecture it’s Shorty Shea, a man Manson thought had called the police to raid the ranch. Shorty was supposedly taken out, killed and buried. His body was supposedly found several years later buried in shallow grave, although no test were done on the remains only taking the word of one of the killers it was him. Some believe that wasn't Shorty Shea they dug up over at Spahn Ranch but someone else, being the remains didn't match the body size they found there.
Goes on to investigate the one night in 1966, Sharon stayed alone at Jay’s house. Unable to sleep, she lay awake in Jay’s room with all the lights on. She was very uncomfortable, although she couldn’t explain why. She felt “funny”, she later told reporter Dick Kleiner, and was frightened by every little sound that she heard. Suddenly, a person that she described as a “creepy little man” came into the bedroom! She was sure that this man was Paul Bern.
The activity continues at another location called Barker Ranch where Manson made his "final stand". Susan Atkins, one of the "family members" claimed that a lot of bodies are buried out in the desert. These could be young men and woman who didn’t accept Manson as their leader and when they tried to leave where silenced. Barker Ranch is quite literally in the middle of nowhere, out in Death Valley. No one would be allowed to leave or be disobedient and since there was no transportation they could use, it would be easy to make them disappear. There are no names for those who might have been killed out there, but a cadaver dog has come across the scent of what could be four distinct graves.
There is also a segment at the end with myself (Michael Channels) talking about the odd outlines in the photographs that Roger, a friend took while we were camping out there, showing one of a man turning to look at me in the face. It could be anyone as well as just a bad photograph but, Susan was quite chatty about the deaths and said the bodies were buried deep. She gave no number so there could be many spirits walking and haunting the land including her own.