Back to the Barker Ranch // The Sheet Newspaper

Feb 17, 2013 by

The haunting face of Charles Manson is a tough thing to shake from your memory, even if you’ve only seen it over a television screen. The thought that there may be murders he orchestrated back in his heyday that are unaccounted for is something even harder to digest.

In 2008, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and the National Park Service authorized a dig at the Barker Ranch, the hangout where the Manson Family reportedly went following the Tate-LaBianca murder spree of 1969.

The dig was authorized following the request of scientists and now-retired Mammoth Lake Police Sergeant Paul Dostie, whose dog, a black Labrador named Buster, is trained to search for human remains. Buster had alerted on several spots at Barker Ranch, leaving Dostie and others to believe there were human remains buried there. At the time of the dig in May 2008, the government agencies only authorized digging to depths of 3-4 feet. Nothing was found, but the questions on many people’s lips since that time has been, “Did they dig deep enough?” and “Wouldn’t someone like Charlie Manson know how deep a body has to be buried?”

Fast forward to 2013.

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