'Big Dig' Seeks More Manson Bodies

Investigators pore over cult's Death Valley ranch
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 2:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Investigators with high-tech equipment and shovels will be spending the next few days combing the Manson Family's desert hide-out for bodies, the Los Angeles Times reports. Rumors that murder victims are buried at the isolated ranch have persisted for decades. Police called in scientists after corpse-sniffing dogs became agitated at ranch locations. Many locals are skeptical about the hunt, and suspect investigators will only find an old Indian burial ground.

"I've heard so many stories over the years about Barker Ranch," said a nearby store owner. "Some say there's 30 bodies out there; some say none at all. We won't know until they dig it up."