Zak Bagans, fauxhawk-sporting host of the long-running Travel Channel reality show Ghost Adventures, has reportedly purchased the house where supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary were murdered by the Manson Family in August of 1969.
The two-bedroom house at 3311 Waverly Drive, listed for $1.98 million earlier this month, became a part of grim L.A. history on August 9, 1969, one night after Manson “Family” members murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski, and Steven Parent. The LaBianca slayings also made the Beatles’ 1968 hit “Helter Skelter” infamous when police found the words “Healter [sic] Skelter” painted in blood on the couple’s refrigerator.
The sale nearly coincides with the 50th anniversary of the brutal killings and the release of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which features the Manson cult.
Realtor Robert Giambalvo told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s just such a calm, peaceful, serene environment that I don’t think anybody cares about what happened a long time ago.”
Bagans would obviously be an exception. On Ghost Adventures, he and a team of paranormal researchers stay over night in supposedly haunted spaces and “provoke” ghosts. Talk about taking your work home with you. Bagans also recently opened the Haunted Museum in downtown Las Vegas.