One of the Los Angeles houses where followers of Charles Manson committed two notorious murders in 1969 is for sale.
The home in the hilly Los Feliz district is where Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were slain the night after actress Sharon Tate and four others were murdered were murdered by Manson followers in Benedict Canyon.
Redfin listing agent Robert Giambalvo tells the Los Angeles Times the two-bedroom home at 3311 Waverly Drive is priced at $1.98 million.
Unlike at 10050 Cielo Drive, the scene of the Sharon Tate murders, Manson himself was present for the murders at Waverly Drive. Supposedly annoyed by the chaos in the Tate house the night prior, Manson directed Tex Watson, Leslie Van Houten, Steve “Clem” Grogan, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to Waverly Drive.
Manson didn’t know the LaBiancas; supposedly he’d attended a party at a nearby house the year before, perhaps sticking the location in his memory.
Inside were Leno, a supermarket executive, and his wife Rosemary, who owned a dress shop. The pair were stabbed dozens of times. Before leaving, Krenwinkel wrote “rise” and “death to pigs” on the walls in their blood; “healter [sic] skelter” was scrawled on the refrigerator.
The LaBianca homicides were not initially linked to the Tate murders. Investigators found similarities with yet another Manson Family murder, that of Gary Hinman — an unlucky friend who Manson erroneously thought was wealthy. Detectives had already questioned a Manson Family member who was linked to that murder, and they soon started connecting the LaBianca crimes to the cult living on an old movie set called Spahn Ranch.
The Waverly Drive house falls outside a requirement to inform buyers if a death occurred in a property in the previous three years, but Giambalvo says he noted on the multiple listing service that it’s the LaBianca house and agents should do research before showing it.
The house has changed hands several times since 1969 and last sold in 1998.