Most of us have heard of Charles Manson and the murders he and his followers carried out decades ago, but how many people know there may be more
murder victims buried at his old hide out, the Barker Ranch.
Recent discoveries by a police officer and his dog (cadaver dog I believe), lead some to believe there are 3-5 bodies buried in the area surrounding
More Manson Murders?
About a year ago, Sgt. Paul Dostie of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department decided to test his dog, Buster, at the Barker Ranch. He heard rumors
that Manson and his followers had killed more people and buried them behind their hideout.
After several visits, Buster, who was trained to find human remains, found five possible graves, Dostie says.
There was no mention of any missing persons associated with the Manson family around that time, so Police are not sure if they are going to pursue the
search and start digging.
The reasoning is ... if they find any bodies, it will not increase the jail time currently being served by Manson or his followers, who committed the
7 murders back in the late 60's.
To charge them with new crimes would be very hard to prove based on the likely-hood of lack of evidence after all these years.
What could come out of finding bodies buried around the ranch may be trump cards to be played at every parole hearing for the murderous crew.
But again, the local Police are thinking this may be unwarranted.
IMO, if they believe there are bodies buried in the locations as directed by the dog, then they should dig.
A decision on a dig is expected this week. Without a search, we may never know whether Buster the dog was just barking, or whether his barks
unlocked a Manson family secret.
If nothing else, at least they may be able to identify the bodies and give some family or friends some closure as to what happened to their loved
It really kind of amazes me that they are actually contemplated whether or not to pursue this matter any further.
Edit to add: I put this in Current Events even though the crimes occurred long ago, but because the decision to dig is happening now.
Crimes Forum would be nice...
[edit on 9-5-2008 by Grailkeeper]