Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Witches' Lair, Part 3

Deb wanted to be absolutely certain that we had the right place, so she placed a phonecall to Alice's widower, Clyde Price, who still lives in Mendocino County. He was very gracious to Deb, and for this we wish to thank him. Deb wrote Patty as follows:

"I spoke to Clyde Price.  He doesn't remember a lot about the girls.  The house they rented was Alice's and she was the one who did all the contact with them.  He agreed that they must have heard about the place for rent by word of mouth but he didn't know who would have told them.  He did remember meeting them and they seemed like nice girls.  He really didn't remember anything specific about them as they were only there for about a month before they were arrested.  The guy is 90+ years old and really hasn't thought much about the Manson girls in many years, understandably his memory on that has faded."

As Kimchi has surmised, the house was indeed on Gschwend Road, and the current address of the merged properties is 17926. Deb and Patty wanted to be sure we were on Gschwend because it's unmarked and hilly back there. We spotted a nice older lady coming home from a walk. Patty leaned out and said "Are we on Gush-wend road?" The lady replied, "Schwend. The G is silent, and yes, you are."


There are several buildings on the property: one has been built fairly recently, and the others appear to be old enough to have been there in 1967. Did they actually live in one of these shacks, or is the house they rented long gone? We don't know for sure yet, but we will keep trying to find out. Anyone?

Without further ado, here are some photos of The Witches' Lair for your viewing pleasure. Happy New Year!













9 comments:

Suze said...

Awesome. Thank you Patty & Deb! This is the only site that actually visits the actual former theater spots and posts the pictures. The lay of the land perspective you bring is fun and fascinating at the same time.

Panamint Patty said...

ty, Suze. Happy New Year!

Jiri said...

Hello Miss Patty! Nice job as usual. Can't wait to see you guys again in April. Just keep Stacey & the tequila at arm's length from me, ok? HA!

Stacey L. said...

Jiri said:
Just keep Stacey & the tequila at arm's length from me, ok? HA!

That was the highlight of the night and you know it!

Jiri said...

You were the highlight of the evening, Miss Stacey. Until Jesus made his appearance, of course...

orwhut said...

Nice pix ladies. I expect the new owners spent more on the fancy gate than the old ones paid to build the buildings. Inflation does strange things.

Sun King said...

Great bit of research and a real treat to have a visual to a place that is merely a footnote in the overall scheme of things.

AustinAnn74 said...

What a beautiful property!

Leigh said...

Nice property. Thanks for sharing!