Topanga Beach Snake Pit Vol. 3 1970's - 80's By Chris Rohloff Brass Tack Press The Snake Pit was basically the armpit of Malibu. If Malibu had a good, Topanga and The Snake Pit would be it. As kids, we were proud to call our neighborhood The Snake Pit because we were all dirt-rat, creakier degenerates. So it was pretty cool! The Snake Pit was a place that the surrounding community didn't want to have to much contact with. Even the police, it said, "Keep Out!" Police and fireman tried to avoid going there as much as possible because there was weird stuff that happened down there back in the 60's and 70's. Everybody knew about Charles Manson's connection to The Snake Pit, and that they shouldn't deal with those people. The Manson Family lived across the street from us. I was three or four years old, and I'd be on the dirt road playing with there kids.