Monday, October 8, 2012

Manson's childhood home in McMechen, WV

Heidi Writes:
My husband and I road tripped through WV last week and in our travels found Manson's childhood home in McMechen, WV. I am including the pics. My husband thought I was crazy but he agreed to look for it and we found it!
Now THAT'S dedication...



Thank you, Heidi!






20 comments:

ST. Circumstance said...

not what I would have expected..

although I am sure the site looked much different back then. I would expect a run down looking small place after all I read about his childhood.

Great pics!

Matt said...

It was the home of his Aunt & Uncle whom he was sent to live with for a time.

louis365 said...

According to Charles Manson - Biography on A & E (1987), that certainly is the right house.

Suze said...

That's nicer than my house!

daniel said...

@Suze, I just got back from my parents' house and I thought the same thing.

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daniel said...

Everything I post does so twice. Apologies.

Jiri said...

Just looked at a map. I would have thought his family would live down by the Ohio state line close to Kentucky since he was born in Cincinnati. McMechen though is way up in the panhandle near Pittsburgh, PA.

Heidi Snell said...

Seems like I remember Manson going back to McMechen when he got out of reform school and that is where he met and married Rosalie? Correct me if I'm wrong. If I had more time, I would have done some research at the local library or court house for public records regarding him.

Matt said...

I believe you are correct, Heidi.

He was parolled from the Federal Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio in May of 1954. A parole condition was that he live with his aunt and uncle in West Virginia, but he moved in with his mother shortly afterwards.

In January 1955, he married Rosalie. What I'm not clear on is if this was in McMechen or elsewhere.

candy and nuts said...

cool house looks like an old victorian haunted house...

orwhut said...

Is this where Charlie lived when someone made him go to school wearing a dress?

MeetMiss Jackson said...

wow~! its a gorgeous house! i would live there and be happy forever- i love how it on the hill and it has a nice porch. my dad lives in wheeling wv

Pamela7104 said...

I've lived in the Glen Dale/Moundsville area all of my life, about 5 minutes south of McMechen and have looked a few times for this house but can't seem to find it! I cannot find so much as the street name anywhere online and folks around here are pretty tight-lipped when it comes to speaking about Manson. Does anybody know what street the home is on? Thanks in advance!

Matt said...

Hi Pamela. I contacted the person who took the pictures. This is what she said:

"The only thing I remember is that the house was on the side of town that isn't as close to the river. The only reason we found it after looking forever is because of the curved roof over the porch. Also it's up on a hit of a hill. Crap I totally should've written down the address! Wish I could help more."


DebS said...

Pamela you might have some luck finding out the address by going to the local library and looking in an old telephone book or city directory for the Aunt and Uncle, William (Bill) and Glenna Thomas.

Pamela7104 said...

Ok thanks very much! I got a tip of the street name, hopefully it is correct. Going this week to try and locate it.

Jason Wickham said...

Pamela, I live in McMechen and know the owners of this house well. If you find the Bishop Donahue High School , just look up the street ( east) and you can't miss it.

Pamela7104 said...

Btw, I ended up finding the house this past Spring. A lovely home.

Sig Guy said...

I think I found it on google earth, based on the unique shape of the roof, and some of the clues in the previous comments. Unfortunately it doesn't appear the Google Earth car traveled down the side streets of McChechen, WV. The address is 400 Caldwell St, the corner house on the southeast corner of 4th St and Caldwell.