Exploiting Tate-LaBianca Murders for Fun and Profit?

by Bill Brenner on February 18, 2014

Y’all know I’ve long been obsessed about the Tate-LaBianca murders. But let’s be clear: All those stories about the spirits of Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring haunting a house a few doors down from where the murders took place? I don’t buy any of it.

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The claim has been made by David Oman, whose home has been the subject of a Ghost Hunters episode and several other news reports.

Oman has been all too eager to invite people to his “haunted house” and those who’ve been there claim to have seen and heard strange things. But when you put someone in the spotlight, they’re bound to tell the world anything. They may even want to believe it so badly that they end up thinking they saw things that weren’t really there.

Now the house is in an episode of Ghost Adventures. People talk about having been being overcome with depression as they drove up the private way to Oman’s house. And Oman and others say the strange happenings are about more than the Tate hauntings. The site is also a Native American burial ground and a hotbed of paranormal activity, they say.

I remain skeptical. First of all, I drove up and down that street three times and never experienced any weird feelings. Secondly, Oman produced a movie loosely based on the murders called House at the End of the Drive, and I can’t help but suspect all the ghost stories are publicity to pump up the film.

There is also the fact that a lot of other residents in that neighborhood have never experienced anything abnormal.

It annoys me how people continue to exploit five murder victims who didn’t deserve the cards they were dealt. It seems we refuse to let them rest in peace.

If Oman ever invited me into his house — and I doubt he ever would — I’d go in. I’d even spend the night. One, because I’m curious. Two, because I’m always open to the possibility that I’m wrong. If I were proven wrong, I’d write about it.

But I’m not holding my breath.

Sharon Tate's House Photo by Bill Brenner. The big mansion on the left is where Sharon Tate’s house once stood. Oman’s house is on the far right.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

lisa February 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm

They feel a sense of depression. What are they supposed to feel where a pregnant woman was murdered? Elation?

Bill Brenner February 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

The depression they describe is more about the raw feeling they said they had upon driving up the street and entering Oman’s house. I don’t think they were thinking of Sharon or any of the other victims.

Terry in Australia June 8, 2014 at 7:39 am

I have no doubt David Oman is exploiting the unusual goings on at his home to milk as much money out of the situation as possible, the story reminded me so much of the Amityville Horror, then I discovered that the film was made by the same people!

Having said all that, the place is creepy. I’ve seen lots of footage by several different photographers showing what appears to be supernatural activity that either it’s really happening, or there’s a major conspiracy involving everyone who’s ever set foot in that house.

Bill, if you are invited to sleep over at David’s house, and you survive, come back and let us know how it went, and best of luck mate, I think you’ll need it! Cheers, Terry.

Sean Spinks December 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I will be at David Oman’s house this Friday night with my group of writers and artists/Adventure seekers, Ghost Stories Inc. I’ll let you know what I find.

We’re not scientists and don’t claim to be. We are creative types that use locations and stories to fuel our art. Personally, I’m very skeptical. But I’m open to the possibility of something beyond my knowledge.

Sean Spinks January 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Okay. My group has not gone through all of our audio/video recordings made at the David Oman house yet, but I can tell you what I experienced. I heard and felt a knocking coming from under floor boards of a basement room that seems to answer our request for more knocking. I felt a cold spot that seemed to appear out of nowhere. And I witnessed a action figure repeatedly fall over after being stationary for most of the evening. These are all things that can be attributed to every day happenings. When put into a different context, they can also be entertaining. We will see what stories come of these experiences later.

As for the exploitation of the murders, I don’t believe anything is being done, in this case, for monetary gain or out of morbid fasciation. David Oman is actually doing something interesting by not focusing on the murders or the killers and in a way is keeping the memories of those tragic souls alive. Not saying it’s being done in the most noble fashion, but he does seem honest in his respect for the people that lost their lives so close to his home. Mr. Oman is a curious character, but I don’t believe him to have any malicious intent.

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