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Manson Gang Hideout -- The Smoldering Remains

5/8/2009 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a photo of Charles Manson's Death Valley hideout after a mysterious fire gutted the infamous building earlier this week.

Charles Manson

The fire completely gutted the inside of the structure known as Barker Ranch -- officials are unclear if it was set intentionally. An investigation is under way.

Back in '69, Manson and his gang of murderers retreated to the cabin after slaughtering Sharon Tate and seven others. Manson was arrested at the cabin -- and the structure has since become a tourist attraction.

Officials tell us they're already getting offers from groups who want to rebuild it.

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deb    

why wasnt this place bulldozed?

1942 days ago
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ilovetheshowmadmen    

please tell me that CHARLIE was back in it? That would have been great,,, another p.o.s. that continues to bleed the California taxpayers....

1942 days ago
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Bex    

That is so sad! That place had priceless historical value! No one will ever know the amazing history that was there. God bless all.

1942 days ago
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artie help    

TOOFASTFORYOU, burnt it down trying to light a fart.

1942 days ago
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Dawn    

I'm with you... by ilovetheshowmadmen

1942 days ago
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Cin    

Go ahead, rebuild it, so it can go up in flames again with you people that want to rebuild it!

1942 days ago
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Bex    

Cin...you are an idiot.

1942 days ago
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Bex    

Incorrect. It was called Spahn's movie ranch.

1942 days ago
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whynot    

artie--and i suppose you "were there and everything is ok." oh yeah, your fantasy life phase is over, right? where is terri? she will agree with me on this.

1942 days ago
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tellyouwhatithink    

I am surprised that place is still standing...historic value...not likely!

1942 days ago
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Crabby    

Do some fact checking, Harvey. Manson didn't slaughter anyone. He ordered the killings and wasn't even at the house when it went down.

1942 days ago
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R    

Keep it burnt down. No one cares about Charles Manson, anymore. You fans are sick.

1942 days ago
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GG    

drew ~ No. those are 2 different places.

1942 days ago
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Brenda    

I agree with Sadie, it's terrible what happened.... how can you be so blind, and ignorant to think that the place had no historical value at all.... BOTH ranches have TONS of history, specially with the Manson Family.... and it doesn't matter what you do or DON'T want to admit to yourself, the Manson murders were fascinating for the simple fact that HE didn't do any of it, I've spent about 2 years reading court reports and police reports, and you'd be surprised how much sense it made in their heads, and how it could easily happen again to others. It's not something that should be shoved deep into the bowels of history, it should be shown, explained and talked about.... you talk about Hitler all the time in history class, why not Manson........ the fire was a tragedy, and the barker ranch, BTW actually belonged to the grandmother of one of the girls in the Manson family.....

1942 days ago
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artie help    

#9 whynot, as i stated earlier Artie Help is in thailand on business. Don't be such a putz. of course he wasn't there.

1942 days ago
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