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A run-down mansion, the Getty connection and a man the neighbors never saw

LOS ANGELES - The scene was straight out of a B movie: Run-down mansion. Tony neighborhood. Anonymous tip. The whiff of celebrity. And a jaw-droppingly large cache of weapons, some of questionable legality.

Investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives descended on the tatty Bel-Air mansion along with members of the Los Angeles Police Department in the early-morning darkness.

What they found there Wednesday was both lethal and perplexing. The sprawling white clapboard house - two stories, five bedrooms hidden behind a discolored gate and a tall hedge - was in complete disarray. Guns were everywhere in what authorities described as a hoarder's paradise in the 100 block of North Beverly

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