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And we all know that there are two theories about this murder: (1) Charlie thought Gary had money because of an inheritance, or because he owned property, i.e., his house & cars & (2) Gary had sold Bobby some bad dope that he made in his basement and Bobby wanted his money back.
I tend to believe the first theory. I think Bobby made the second theory up when his other lies ran out.
Did Gary actually OWN that house, or was he just renting it??
Ed Sanders says in "The Family" that on July 26, 1969, a young man came over to Gary's house with the intention of asking if he could rent the first floor. I love Ed Sanders, but I have to say, I'm not quite sure if everything in his book is accurate.
But why would that guy want to "rent" part of Gary's "rent house"? That doesn't make sense.
I personally tend to think that Gary was renting that house. I can't see him having enough income as a music teacher to purchase a 2600+ square foot home. But I could be wrong. Does anyone know if Gary owned this home?
I've read where this house is in Topanga, CA and also in Malibu, CA. A wiki search shows it's in Los Angeles County, but I couldn't find a record of it in property searches.
Now I read somewhere (I know that's lame that I can't say where, but I can't) that Gary's house didn't have a basement, that in fact, the living area of Gary's house was on the 2nd floor, and the 1st floor was considered "a basement/storage area". You can see in the picture that the steps lead to a door on the 2nd floor.
If so, the supposed "dope lab" would have to have been on the 1st floor. But there is no mention in the police report of any dope making contraptions in Gary's house, so I tend to believe he wasn't making any.
The house has since been extensively renovated. In fact, it's not even recognizable anymore. Even the landscaping looks incredibly different. Maude provided me this link showing what this property looks like now. Thanks Maude! BTW, it doesn't mention a basement. It also says it has 2 bedrooms, and then 3 bedrooms???
964 Old Topanga Canyon Rd Topanga, CA 90290
Property details for 964 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290. This Single Family Home is located at Old Topanga Canyon in Topanga, California. The home provides approximately 2609 square feet of living space. This property features 2 bedrooms. There are 2 bathrooms. 964 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290 falls within the Los Angeles county lines. This home sold for $775,000 on Mar 4, 2013. Similar homes in the area are priced around $949,896.
Public Records Property Information from local public records.
- Beds 3 Bed
- House Size 2,609 Sq Ft
- Year Built 1934
- Property Type Single Family Home
- Style Not Available
- Units 1
- Pool -
- Heating Central
- Rooms -
- Fireplace -
- Baths -
- Lot Size 0.3 Acres
- Price -
- Stories -
- Garage -
- Cooling Central
- Construction Unknown
- Year Renovated 1989
- Roofing -