On the 51st anniversary of the murders of Stephen Parent, Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski, I started reading Ghosts of Cielo Drive The Afterlife of Sharon Tate and the Spirits of the Oman house, written by my online acquaintance, David Oman. This is the first physical book I have picked up in a long while. (I have been borrowing virtual e-books and audio books from the local library.) David’s book is about the spirits that reside in and around his multi-level home which sits just 150 feet from the gate of 10050 Cielo Drive, the former residence of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. On August 9, 1969, a trio of murderers, on orders from Charles Manson, burst into the Polanski-Tate home and killed the five people listed above and Sharon’s unborn baby. Vincent Bugliosi was the lead prosecutor during the trial and he and Curt Gentry penned Helter Skelter, detailing the crime, in 1974. I read the book in 1977 during my 3pm-11pm job as a Ward Clerk in a community hospital 20 miles from my home, where I lived with my parents. Driving home late at night during that time messed with my head and I had nightmares about the murders for months. I wasn’t afraid for myself, but my empathetic mind relived the horror that the victims must have endured during that fateful night in August 1969.
When I received the book and opened it, David had left a note for me to “Keep it spooky” which made me giggle and automatically answer, “Oh, you don’t even know.” I have not told David or many people about the strange happenings I have witnessed, not only during the past ten years, but for many years prior. In fact, for as long as I remember, I have randomly experienced strange sensations, ideas, and images connected to the supernatural and paranormal. Those stories are material for other entries and I will not detail them at this time.
Needless to say, I am deep into this book and I am reading it at every opportunity. During the current pandemic, there isn’t much else to do. I dare not venture out for fear of being exposed to a virus that will surely kill me. So, I have been here since mid-March, only venturing out for grocery pickup or a trip to the feed store. My only visitors have been the lawn mowing crew, my daughter and her husband, and a process server. I do not allow anyone inside my home and choose to chat on the front porch.
The book is definitely worth a read. In addition to the spirits of Sharon, et. al., the author tells of other spirits who visit or are trapped along Cielo Drive.