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Ghost Hunter Zak Bagans Purchases Painting That Charles Manson Reportedly Peed On

The infamous criminal and cult leader allegedly created the painting in prison, but hated it so much that he drenched it in his own urine.

By Eric Shorey

Zak Bagans, a notable paranormal investigator has purchased a painting infamous cult leader Charles Manson allegedly urinated upon.

Manson, who's said to have created the artwork while in prison, supposedly was so unhappy with the result that he drenched the creation in his own urine out of frustration. Bagans, however, paid $2,500 for the painting—one he claims still smells like pee, according to TMZ.

Bagans, of the reality show "Ghost Adventures," has been amassing a collection of similarly morbid objects for his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, and TMZ says the painting will be displayed as part of a "murderabilia" exhibit. He has previously purchased a set of Manson's dentures from the same dealer, which were supposedly stolen from the infamous murderer by another inmate in 2010, according to TMZ

When Manson died in November, the fate of the notorious criminal's body became a concern amidst a legal battle for the rights to the corpse, with many noting the prurient interests of sellers who trade in the body parts and artifacts of famous killers. Andy Kahan, a victim advocate for the City of Houston, described the situation as "capitalism at its worst" to The New York Times.

Other items in Bagans' spooky reliquary include a chair that belonged to Michael Jackson, a van previously owned by euthanasia proponent Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian, and a "demonic cabinet" that served as the inspiration for the film "The Possession," according to TMZ

Bagans' collection of so-called "murderabilia" is inspired by "a profound interest in the paranormal [that began] when he was just 10 years old," according to the Haunted Museum's website.

Bagans rose to fame as the subject of a Travel Channel documentary series, during which he and his crew sought to prove the existence of an afterlife by investigating some of the most haunted places on Earth.

However, Bagans' truculence and impatience with several specters begat a series of popular memes which were shared on social media. 

[Photo: Zak Bagans by Ethan Miller / Getty Images]

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