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New Graves in Manson Case -- Can You Dig It?

3/16/2008 9:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Manson and his hypnotized hippies have been locked up for decades, but there's a pretty shocking new development -- with the help of an eccentric prospector, authorities may have found hidden gravesites with other victims.

Location: Barker Ranch, in Death Valley National Park, CA, one of the secret places the Manson Family hid out during the late 60's. The prospector, Emmett Harder, who had dinner with Manson and the girls from time to time, led the search for graves. He guided lab researchers, an anthropologist and a cadaver-seeking dog to detect chemical markers of human remains.

Why the Big Deal: While awaiting trial, Family chick Susan Atkins told her cell mate there were "three people out in the desert that they done in." There were always rumors that the killing clan did in hitchhikers and runaways, none of whom were ever found.

What They Found
: During the hunt, the dog suddenly laid down, quivered with his ears upright and began whining. One of the investigators used an instrument that can chemically detect buried human remains -- it began beeping at regular intervals, and as it approached the ground the beeping became a steady stream of sound. Authorities say they need to do more testing, but they may have found two grave sites and possibly an additional one.

Implications for Charlie and the Chicks (and Tex)
: Even if there are bodies, it's gonna be hard to pin it on the Family and particularly specific members. But you never know, especially if someone rats someone else out. With parole a possibility, it's not just at theoretical proposition.

Stay tuned.

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Prince Von A-Hole    

A new trial would be a waste of taxpayers money. They all will die in prison and a new trial wont make them stay in prison any longer. At most they shouild just probe into it a little.

2350 days ago
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kim suck    

let the freak out~who cares--old news --The new Manson is Obama's spiritual leader

2350 days ago
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Jill    

Why NOW, after 39 years? Have they actually found any graves, if so, of whom? It would ensure parole against whoever was involved, if it is true.

2350 days ago
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FLAKEY WHITE STUFF    

Charles Manson for President!

2350 days ago
20.

show me the $$    

I agree, don’t waste the taxpayers’ money. They’ve already been behind bars almost 40 years. They’ve all had a dozen or so parole hearings each. They’re never going to get out. Even if they could try them and gave them the death penalty, they’re already so old they wouldn’t outlive our farce of an appeals system.

2350 days ago
21.

Reality Check    

There is NO WAY to prove that these particular bodies were subject to killing by the Family. Didn't the mob bury a body or two? This would be a huge waste of taxpayer dollars and court resources.

2350 days ago
22.

viola    

I think they should all be killed anyways, they r a waste of human life. SAD to say it but it's the truth. They should never even get a parole hearin its a waste of money

2350 days ago
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John Tate    

Even if there is NOT a prosecution, authorities need to dig for the bodies. They need to be identified for their families and given proper burials.

2350 days ago
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stephanie    

crazy!! there's really no point in spending the time and money to prosecute them though. it'll be hard to prove it was them and they won't be getting out of jail anyway.

2350 days ago
25.

me    

wow.......i was just telling my young daughter about him about a week ago......i remember when it happened.....ugh...

i was telling her about their insanity and what they did to poor sharon tate.........

I think i am more afraid of the girls that were in his clan......to do something like that to another woman pregnant with child.....

jeffrey dalmer......charles manson........there are more of them out there......they just havent been found out about yet....
scary isnt it........


2350 days ago
26.

rodney    

He is so hot.

2350 days ago
27.

Party 'till you die!    

I guess this would not fall under double jeopardy, so maybe they can pin it on them! I hope they can seek the death penalty for them all! Sharpen up your needles! Actually, they maybe be able to use the option of the gas chamber due to the time the crimes were committed! And that is a much worse way to go, but I believe that prisoners are still given the option between the two. Maybe lawdawg, or someone who knows Cali law can chime in.

2350 days ago
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me    

Does anyone remember .....when they said.....he was so psycho.......that he looked at someones watch...

and it actually made the watch stop ticking.........

2350 days ago
29.

Mik    

With any luck thay will all die of old-age soon.

2350 days ago
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showgirl    

Charlie Manson is a pig in how he made those people kill for him, I'll never forget that. Let him and the girls die in prison, what they did was awful. What they did needs to made public again, young people don't know what he did, remind them~please!

2350 days ago
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