Status: Famous Murder Site; Original House Demolished; New House Built; For Sale
Reader Discretion is Advised: This Article Contains the History of a Horrific Mass Murder. In No Way is This Article Meant to Seasonalize Charles Manson nor His “Family” Nor the Terrible Crimes They Committed.
In 1942 the iconic French actress Michele Morgan had the architect Robert Byrd design a house for her 3.3 acre (1.2 ha) property in Benedict Canyon. The house was completed in 1944 at 3,200 square feet (213.7 metres squared) as well as a 2000 square feet (185.8 metres squared) guest house.
She paid $32,000 ($470,000 in 2020 dollars) to build the estate.
When World War II ended Morgan left the United States to move back to France. She sold the estate to Dr and Mrs Hartley and Louise Dewey who leased it to the First Lady of American Cinema Lillian Gish while she was filming Duel In The Sun.
In the early 1960’s Rudolph Altobelli purchased the house for $86,000 ($780,000 in 2020 dollars) but never moved in. Instead, he rented it out to some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities like Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon – who honeymooned here -, Henry Fonda and Samantha Eggar.
In February of 1969 Roman Polanski and his new wife Sharon Tate began renting the house.
On the night of August 8-9, 1969 under the directions of Charles Manson 3 members of his “Family” committed the mass murder of Sharon Tate – who was pregnant at the time -, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, and Steven Parent.
Altobelli moved into the house only 3 weeks after the murders and lived there until 1988. He claimed he felt secure, safe and loved in it.
He would sell it to a real estate developer who sold to another developer who would eventually demolish it in 1994. He did rent it out one final time to a celebrity; that being Trent Reznor who recorded his famous record “The Downward Spiral” with his band Nine Inch Nails in a recording studio in the house.
Reznor would be the last resident of the original house.
In 1996 the new 18,000 square feet (1,672 metres squared) house was completed with the claim that not one blade of grass, speck of dirt or any house has any connection to the Sharon Tate murders.
The house purchased by the creator of Full House. He has recently put it up for sale with a price tag of just over $59 million if you’re interested. That’s dropped from $85 million; the original asking price when it first hit the market in January of 2022.
Obviously, the owners and renters of the original house had it in their best interest not to openly discuss any paranormal activity in the house. All of the owners since the murders – except Altobelli who had his own reasons for not discussing any paranormal repercussions – were real estate developers; most definitely not the type to talk about haunted houses.
There’s even a rumor that all renters had to sign a non-disclosure agreement agreeing to never discuss any paranormal activity witnessed in the house.
The good news is in 1999 David Oman and his father purchased land right next door and built a house only 150 feet from the location of the original house.
Oman House, as has been called since it’s completion in 2002, has years of documented paranormal activity. It also offers private investigations at a cost including loaning groups equipment for the investigation.
Unfortunately, (October 2022) the investigations were put on hold and remain so – probably due to Covid – but hopefully they will be available again shortly.
Reported Activity: apparitions of the murder victims; shadow figures; disembodied voices; touches by unseen entities; unexplained mists; cold spots; objects moving on their own; doors opening and closing on their own; electrical disturbances; cold spots; uncountable EVP’s recorded; light anomalies and feelings of being watched and not being alone.