HELTER SKELTER: Cops Dig Up Death Valley Ranch For More Bodies; Lohan Axed From Manson Flick


[“It’s Too Late To Fall In Love With Sharon Tate” By ALEX FINE]

ASSOCIATED PRESS: INDEPENDENCE, Calif. — National Park Service officials say the Death Valley ranchmansondesign.jpg where Charles Manson was arrested will be closed for a second time this year to search for possible human remains. A press release Thursday said that Barker Ranch will be closed for up to four days later this month. A team of forensic researchers found possible unmarked graves at the site in February that they believe could be the bodies of additional Manson victims. The park was briefly closed in April, but digging was put off because a piece of high-tech soil testing equipment was damaged en route to the site. Authorities said they wanted to conduct tests using lasers before disturbing the soil. Manson and his followers hid out in the park after their 1969 killing spree.

MONSTERS & CRITICS: Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been axed from a forthcoming film about Charles Manson. The actress was due to star in independent movie ‘The Manson Girls’ — playing Nancy Pitman, one of the cult followers of the notorious Manson who was convicted of seven counts of murder in 1971 — but was dropped after other actors refused to work alongside her. The 21-year-old actress signed up for the movie in lohanspaced_1.jpgMarch and was due to start shooting in Los Angeles in July. Manson masterminded a series of gruesome murders including that of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the then-wife of director Roman Polanski. He is now 73 and serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in jail. Nancy Pitman – who was known as Brenda when she was part of the ‘Manson Family,’ the nickname given to his followers — ran away from her wealthy family home in Malibu, California, at the age of 16 to be with Manson. While she didn’t participate in the murders, she is believed to have accompanied Manson to the scene of the crime afterwards to help remove evidence. MORE

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