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CSI Team Heads to Manson Ranch To Dig May 20, 2008

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RIDGECREST, California (AP) — Decades after law enforcement raided the ranch where Charles Manson hid following a 1969 killing spree, detectives and scientists are returning to hunt for undiscovered graves.

group of about 20 people, including scientists and law enforcement personnel, headed to the secluded ranch within Death Valley National Park early in the morning and started digging.

The team includes specialists in detecting disturbed soils and chemical markers that indicate likely grave sites.

“It’s going to be back-breaking manual labor,” said Carma Roper, a spokeswoman for the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

The expedition to the secluded ranch in the rugged Panamint Mountain range is expected to last through Thursday. Temperatures in the park are forecast to surpass 100 degrees.

For years, rumors have swirled about other possible Manson victims — hitchhikers who visited the ranch and were not seen again, and runaways who drifted into the camp, then fell out of favor.

The decision to further investigate the site where Manson and his followers hid following the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others came after initial tests in February found at least two sites that could be graves.

A group including two national lab researchers, a police investigator with a cadaver-sniffing dog, and an anthropologist with a magnetic resonance reader determined there was enough evidence to contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

After further soil sampling with inconsistent results, Sheriff Bill Lutze agreed to the exploratory excavation. The National Park Service has closed the ranch to the public for the duration of the dig.

The searchers will use technology that wasn’t available when Manson and his followers were arrested nearly 40 years ago, such as radar, magnetometers and portable gas-chromatograph and mass spectrometers that can detect chemical markers characteristic of bodies in decomposition.

They will also dig with shovels, Lutze said.

Manson is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison.


CSI’s Gary Dourdan Formally Charged with Felony Drug Possession May 8, 2008

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CSI star Gary Dourdan was formally charged with felony drug possession following his April 28 arrest in Palm Springs, Calif., prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Three felonies were filed in all, for possession of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy. Dourdan’s arraignment is set for May 28.

“If convicted, Dourdan faces a probation term and could be required to complete a drug treatment program,” said Michael Jeandron, a rep for the Riverside County District Attorney. “If he completes it, the charges will be dismissed.”

In a statement to PEOPLE last weekend, Dourdan, 41, said, “Obviously I am embarrassed to find myself in this situation, and I am profoundly grateful to everyone for their support.”


CSI’s Gary Dourdan Expresses His Embarrassement May 3, 2008

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After getting busted with cocaine, heroine, ecstacy and other drugs, is this really the best CSI’s Gary Dourdan could come up with?

Be sure to check out the link to the text exchange revealed by Access Hollywood included in the post below.

Gary Dourdan ‘Embarrassed’ About Arrest

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Gary Dourdan 'Embarrassed' About Arrest

CSI star Gary Dourdan is speaking out about his recent arrest.

“Obviously I am embarrassed to find myself in this situation, and I am profoundly grateful to everyone for their support,” Dourdan said in a statement to PEOPLE. “I have complete confidence in and respect for the justice system and will cooperate fully with any investigation.”

Earlier today on, host Shaun Robinson revealed a detailed e-mail exchange she had with Dourdan, a friend.

A spokesman for Dourdan tells PEOPLE, “This was a personal text to a friend taken completely out of context.” The exchange was not intended for air or publication.

In the e-mail to Robinson, Dourdan, 41, apologized to his fans and explained the circumstances that led to his arrest Monday in Palm Springs, Calif., where police discovered him asleep in his car, which was parked on the wrong side of the road.

“Obviously I certainly wish I hadn’t been responsible for so many people getting to the festival’s VIP area,” Dourdan wrote, referring to the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. “And the after party, it ran me ragged, but I’m glad pulling over did prevent a DUI.”

He also goes on to say, “I am blessed that the Sgt. realized that the luggage carrying whatever they found was not mine and that my tests have been coming back negative.”

Dourdan was found in possession of suspected cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and prescription pills, police say. He posted $5,000 bail and was released.

Dourdan returned to work on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation shortly after his arrest.

The actor has not been formally charged. His arraignment is set for May 28.