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Excellent Documentary Covering Sites of Interest in CA,
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This review is from: The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (DVD-R)
Scott Michaels clearly loves what he does, and it shows. We get a personal tour of the germane points of interest in the Manson case: Spahn ranch (now demolished), Barker Ranch (in a state of decay), the LaBianca home (just the outside), the site of the Tate house on Cielo Drive, which now has an absolutely hideous monstrosity sitting on it. (As an aside, I found out that Rudi Altobelli, the owner of the house on Cielo who leased it to Roman and Sharon, continued to live in the house for some 25 years after the murders. Don't know if I could have done that!) We also see the tangential houses: Where Mama Cass lived then, who knew 4 of the 5 Tate house victims; the house Gaby and Voytek were renting when Sharon and Roman asked them to come to Cielo and keep Sharon company; the apartment house the daughter of the LaBiancas was living in when her parents were murdered (also used as the exterior to Melrose Place, we learn). We see the exterior of Gary Himman's house, the Hall of Justice where the Manson trial was held, and the street corner outside where the Manson girls, heads shaved and foreheads X'd, sat and chanted for Manson's release. There are also recordings of Manson and the Manson girls singing songs Manson wrote. We also see the exterior of Dennis Wilson's house that the Manson gang trashed while living there and the marina where Wilson drowned. We also see a lot of the exterior of the house where Sebring lived at the time of his death (where Jean Harlow lived with Paul Bern, who died there and also where Sharon had her eerie premonition of death). Michaels interviews one of the owners, who bought the house from Sebing's parents in 1970 and has lived there ever since. Is the house haunted? Hear what the owner has to say.
There are coroner's reports and pictures of the Tate and LaBianca victims, a warning for the faint of heart.
The extras at the end of the DVD include a visit to the street Lynette Fromme grew up on, with her name written by her in 1960 on the concrete sidewalk; a house 4 doors down from Cielo which is supposedly haunted; a preview of Dearly Departed vol. 1, where Michaels covers RFK, Marilyn Monroe, and many others; plus a lot more.
This is just jam packed with into relevant to the case and also just random. It's a fascinating DVD tour and I hope Michaels does more of them.