Myers Ranch

Myers Ranch was built in 1932 by Bill and Barbara Myers, Catherine Gillies’ grandparents. The Myers lived on the ranch until 1960 when they relocated to Fresno so that their children could have a better education.

The ranch was built of wood ties from the Searles Lake monorail. The Myers ran a gas and food stop called Wild rose Station.

In 1968, Charles Manson learned about the isolated Myers Ranch from Gillies. Agreeing that the ranch would likely meet their needs, the Manson Family began a move to the ranch. The buildings at Barker Ranch being in better condition, the Family ended up at Barker Ranch, approximately half a mile down the road from Myers Ranch. At times, the Family members were using both Barker and Myers ranch.

Myers Ranch burned down in 1999. The property has been completely reconstructed. Today it remains a private, occupied residence, unavailable for public visitation.

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Dennis Wilson’s House

Location: 14400 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, California

14400 Sunset Boulevard was Dennis Wilson’s home in the late 1960s. Described as a large log-cabin-style home, Wilson hosted the Manson Family here for a summer to great expense.

Formerly the hunting lodge of Will Rogers, the three-acred estate at 14400 Sunset Boulevard was surrounded with manicure lawns and a swimming pool in the shape of the state of California.

In 1968 Dennis Wilson picked up two hitchhikers, Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey and took them to his home at 14400 Sunset Boulevard. Dennis later went to a recording session. When he returned around 3 a.m. he was met in his driveway by Charles Manson. Wilson asked “are you going to hurt me?” Manson replied, “Do I look like I’m going to hurt you, brother?” Manson then dropped to his knees and kissed Wilsons’s feet.

Dennis became fascinated by Manson and his followers. The Manson Family lived with Dennis for a period of time. The Manson girls cleaned the house, shopped and cooked. At night they provided Wilson with sexual entertainment but Wilson soon put a stop to this. A lot of the Manson girls had a number of venereal diseases and Wilson took all the girls to his doctor for penicillin shots. Susan Atkins teeth needed to be fixed and Wilson paid the dentist bill.

The Family ended up costing Dennis up to $100,000, today that would be around $700,000, in money, cars, clothes, food and penicillin shots. When Wilson finally had enough of Manson’s freeloading Wilson simply moved out of his own house.

After the murders in the summer of 1969, Wilson commented, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world, because i got off only losing my money.”

Beach Boy Mike Love:

“Dennis lived in a luxurious house, on three acres, with a swimming pool and plenty of guest rooms. Guileless about others, indifferent about his own possessions, Dennis was all too happy to allow Manson and his girls to move in, use his charge cards, take his clothes, eat his food, and even drive his Mercedes. Beyond what was spent on his credit card, Dennis paid the medical costs for the women who were treated for sexually transmitted diseases. His house was ransacked. Furniture, clothes, guitars, stereo equipment, and gold records – they took most everything of Dennis’s that wasn’t nailed down. They also totaled his Mercedes and crashed his ferrari. By summer’s end, Dennis figured he had lost about $100,000 to his roommates.”

Further reading: A Beach Boy 17 Girls and Charles Manson

The Yellow Submarine

Location: 21019 Gresham St, Canoga Park, California

In need of a place to rehearse music, Manson rented a house in Canoga Park. The building earned its nickname the “Yellow Submarine” because of it’s yellow paint.

The one-story ranch-style house sat on about an acre of ground, had four bedrooms, two baths, a big kitchen and a large front room that made a great studio for music sessions. It was only about a thirty-minute drive from Hollywood, and only a few miles from Spahn’s Ranch.

Within a couple of weeks after the Family moved in the house had become a dope pad and a place to dismantle stolen cars. It wasn’t long before the acre at the house became too small. The Family was growing in numbers and stolen car parts started piling up and attracted the attention of the police. Eventually the Family moved back to Spahn Ranch. The Yellow Submarine was demolished in the early 70’s.

From Manson in his own words:

Of course, we still had people at Spahn, mostly girls who spelled each other looking after George. But things at Spahn were too disorganized for us to do any serious rehearsing. Finding a place that would accommodate fifteen or twenty kids wasn’t an easy task. I finally found a house on Gresham Street in Canoga Park.

Paul Watkins

Name: Paul Alan Watkins
Date of birth: 01/25/1950
Date of death: 08/03/1990
Place of birth: Oxnard, California
Place of death: Los Angeles, California
Cause of death: Leukemia
AKA: Little Paul
Archive: Paul Watkins Archive
Image Gallery: Paul Watkins Image Gallery

Paul Alan Watkins aka Little Paul was a member of the Manson Family.

In March of 1968, Watkins met Charles Manson for the first time at a house in Topanga Canyon where Manson and several Family members were staying. Watkins had come to the house to visit a friend who turned out no longer to be living there. Watkins spent the night at the house and after a night of marijuana and group sex Watkins left the next day.

A couple of months later Watkins returned to the Los Angeles area, where he was recognized by the two Manson girls who had greeted him at the door of the Topanga Canyon house. The girls took Watkins to the new Manson Family hangout at Spahn Ranch. Watkins remained with the Family and in his own words became Manson’s “chief lieutenant”.

For some time Manson had been predicting blacks would rise up in rebellion in America’s cities. Watkins took the Helter Skelter prophecy seriously. Manson assured Watkins that Helter Skelter was about to happen. Manson told Watkins that the Family might have “to show blackie how to do it.”

In the spring of 1969 Manson instructed Watkins to transport supplies to the Barker Ranch in Death Valley and to ready the Family’s hide-out there. The Tate/LaBianca murders occurred while Watkins was at the Barker Ranch. When the Family’s involvement in the Tate/LaBianca murders was discovered, Watkins gave police information about Manson and the Family.

Watkins agreed to testify against Manson in court. Watkins testimony, focusing mainly on the Helter Skelter prophecy, was key in establishing Manson’s motive for the Tate/LaBianca murders. During this time Watkins was badly burned in a fire that broke out in a Volkswagen van. It was speculated that the fire had been set by Family members for revenge against testifying against Manson.

Later in life, Watkins went on to become the founder and first president of the Death Valley Chamber of Commerce. Watkins also lectured on cult psychology and the effects of drug abuse. Watkins married twice and had two daughters with his second wife Martha. Watkins died in 1990, of leukemia.

The Day I Met Susan Atkins

This is a guest post by Fayez Abedaziz. It tells the story of Fayez meeting a young girl named Sadie back in 1969. Thanks for the beautiful story Fayez.

“Whatcha doin’?”

Walking out of the food market that sun bright day, in July, 1969, with cigarettes and a bottle of cold soda pop, I started down the parking lot toward the street when a movement caught my eye to a fence by a strip of grass at the side area leading to the back of the store.There, in a sort of a flashy movement was a girl, with one hand against a tree, waving at someone with her other hand.

My first thought was that there was a teen girl, 15, 16 or so, just having fun.Then I saw some people talking and laughing, further down, at the back of the store, right at what was obviously a loading dock, a platform leading to the back door.
Two girls stood there giggling and a store worker, wearing an apron, stood there smiling, kind of a goofy grin, you know, like a young guy would react to the attention from or just having a laugh with a couple of cute young girls.

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Steve Grogan

Name: Steven Dennis Grogan
Date of birth: 07/13/1951
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
AKA: Adam Gabriel, Clem Tufts, Scramblehead
Whereabouts: California
Archive: Steve Grogan
Recent Pictures: Steve Grogan Today
Image Gallery: Steve Grogan Gallery

Grogan dropped out of high school in ’67 and ended up at Spahn’s ranch doing odd jobs and chores. When Manson and the Family moved in to the ranch in ’68 Grogan joined the Family. Not the smartest of the bunch, Grogan was nicknamed Scramblehead.

While the Manson Family stayed with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson Grogan crashed Wilson’s uninsured Ferrari. In ’69 Grogan was sentenced to 90 days observation at a State Mental Hospital for exposing his penis to a group of school children.

The night of the Labianca murders, Grogan went with Charles Manson, Susan Atkins and Linda Kasabian to an apartment in Venice Beach. Manson ordered them to kill an acquaintance of Kasabian, actor Saladin Nader, but Kasabian deliberately led the group to a wrong apartment, saving Nader’s life.

On August 26, 1969, Grogan participated in the murder of Donald Shea, a Hollywood stuntman. Steve Grogan, Charles Manson and Bruce Davis were convicted of murdering Shea. Grogan was sentenced to death but in 1971 Grogan’s sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. After serving nearly 15 years Grogan was paroled and released from prison in 1985.

Today Grogan is a married man and father. Grogan is a musician and has done international tours with several bands.

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