Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Ghost of Paul Watkins

Hanging out in the small town of Shoshone, population 51, I couldn't help but feel Paul Watkins. It may sound a bit odd to say, but this was his home (as well as the neighboring town Tecopa in which he was some sort of "mayor.") and this is where his wife carried on after his passing and died herself. 

As much as I think that Paul Watkins put himself in a position where he had to stretch the truth beyond any sort of credibility. I personally feel that Paul Watkins felt that Charles Manson needed to be behind bars and prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi programmed him to say whatever it took to do that. 

Paul Watkins once worked here. Manson Family members also panhandled 
in this lot. This was also the place where the Family gave hashish to the
daughter of Sheriff Don Ward.
   The Shoshone Gulch: An old miners abode carved into the volcanic ash in
   Shoshone. Paul Watkins (along with Paul Crockett and Brooks Poston) stayed 
   in one of these for a short time. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

This isn't the "Tex" Powerwagon

Not the "Tex" Powerwagon
For years we have all believed that this was the infamous Dodge Powerwagon in which Charles "Tex" Watson made his Barker Ranch exodus; the one that was one owned by Gail Beausoleil (for years it was rumored that she and Gail Zappa were one in the same) . Apparently it is not the same Dodge Powerwagon according to one user Wild Bill Gossett.

There definitely was a Tex Watson powerwagon. The person I talked to tonight helped remove it from the very spot where Tex left it after he ran out of gas. Tex Watson then walked to the Ballarat Road on the lake bed and was picked up by an old miner named John Paulson who gave him a ride to down by the turn-off to Hinkley, CA. From there Watson made his way back to Texas. 
Anyway, his powerwagon is not the one that is in Ballarat now. The Watson powerwagon was used at Ballarat for several years and then traded off to Leon Griffin, caretaker at Briggs' Redlands Camp. Unfortunately, Leon had big dreams of converting this truck to a different cab, etc and he took it all apart. Not long after he took it apart he got sick and died. We still have the mystery of where the truck at Ballarat came from but we know where it DIDN'T come from and I'm going to try and find out. I have a picture of Tex Watson's powerwagon taken about 2 years after he abandoned it. You will clearly see that it is not the same truck.
Supposedly this is the real "Tex" Powerwagon
I will point out that there still is a chance that this was one of the Powerwagons some of the Manson Family used. Bobby Beausoleil mentioned in a 1981 interview with A.L Bardash that there were indeed two Dodge Powerwagons.
One time Charlie and I drove two trucks through Death Valley, just for the hell of it. We didn't drag race. We just wanted to ride through that kind of terrain. We took two 4-wheel drive Army surplus power wagons. He had his group up in the desert. It took two days. We left the trucks, ate their beans and rice, stayed a couple of days. We wanted to hellraise and it was a blast.
If I am not mistaken, Charles Manson stated in the Geraldo interview of 1988 that "I have some Powerwagons out there [Death Valley.]

Regardless if it is or isn't the "Tex" Powerwagon, people of the Ballarat ghost town say that it is and display it as the truck in which Charles "Tex" Watson fled Barker Ranch. Either way, I'd still love to find the remains of the Leon Griffin Powerwagon. It's really impossible to say which is which due to color. It's obvious that the one sitting in Ballarat has been painted over several times. Even some parts of the paint have eroded, showing previous colors.

Below are photos of Leon Griffin's cabin at the Redlands mining camp, and two more photos of the Redlands mining camp with a maroon-ish Dodge Powerwagon chilling in the background.  These are again from Wild Bill Gossett & Packrat from The center photo is Harry Briggs, the owner of the mining camp in which Leon Griffin was the caretaker. I have read that Harry Briggs was very good friends with miner Emmett Harder, who had ties to Charles Manson. The bottom photo of the Dodge Powerwagon is the same one pictured above that is tan-yellow. You can see the paint has come off of the truck, exposing the maroon-colored rust.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ride the Snake

Diane “Snake” Lake’s life before Charles Manson was pretty similar. At a young age she was on her own, living at a biker’s commune before she met Manson. She was there for most of 1968 and 1969 as well as the “Family’s” exodus to Death Valley. She also lived with Manson Family murder victim Gary Hinman.

With this being said, her testimony was a combination of coercion, trade for immunity to crimes and her own lies. Most of the above was proven at the trial, but her testimony still stood and was used against Manson and the other defendants. She was also asked to testify against Leslie Van Houten in her 1977 retrial with a testimony that was merely second and third-hand hearsay conveyed as fact.

November 5, 1970 the newspapers reported that Lake had been caught in a lie that hurt her credibility.
“The defense was prepared to show that the young woman had testified in front of the Grand Jury that she was in Death Valley at the time of the slayings, although she said at the trial that she was at Spahn Ranch”
Death Valley is about 6 hours away (the way the Family took; 4 hours otherwise) from Spahn Ranch, so this proves that she was not even around at the time of the slayings, so her testimony should be treated as hearsay, not fact. She was charged with perjury.

Later on during her testimony, she admitted that she had read the book—which was written based on the “confession” of Susan Atkins—The Killing of Sharon Tate prior to testifying.
“Miss Lake said a technician at Patton State Hospital gave her a copy of the book The Killing of Sharon Tate shortly after she was admitted. “I asked her if I could read it,” and she said, “Yes, but don’t let anybody see it,” said Miss Lake”
You can’t get any more blatant than that. My question to this would be was it just a coincidence that the technician gave her the book, or did someone from the prosecution ask the technician to give it to her?

A November 5, 1970 newspaper reported that Lake had actually dropped the bombshell of her reading of that book without the jury present, so they could not factor that into her testimony. This is not only ridiculous, but downright scandalous.

It gets better. The same newspaper reported that Lake had said she was held at Patton State Hospital “without anybody knowing,” and that she asked the psychiatrists why she was being held there and they told her, “Because of the Manson trial.” Mind control? This sounds like they were trying to pump her head full of information to testify. Sound like an absurd conspiracy theory?

Well, we will never know because the judge cut off any cross-examination of Lake after she had stated that fact—even after the defense had evidence to prove that “Lake was coerced into testifying.” This was immunity to the previously stated perjury charge.

When this happened, Manson yelled, “Deaf, dumb and blind.”

She was at one time diagnosed schizophrenic, but it was quickly changed to “normal” after she began to figure out something was amiss. This too was reported in newspapers on November 5, 1970.

Newspapers on November 10, 1970 reported that Lake officially admitted that she had lied.
“Lake admitted that the prosecution had promised her immunity from prosecution if she agreed to testify at the trial of Manson and the three defendants.”
So, in short, the prosecution fed her head with lies and she in turn testified those lies, was caught and they charged her with perjury.

However, they promised she’d walk on those charges if she would still testify against Manson. Her new story was that she lied because she felt that she would be killed by the “Family” if she told the truth. I wonder who fed her with that! Sketchy.

November 11, 1970 the press ran more stories on her testimony, and this one she was caught in even more lies. Lake had stated on the stand that she told the technicians at Patton State Hospital that she “feared for her life.” She also once again confessed that she was not at Spahn Ranch at the time of the murders.

Later on in her testimony she said she “possibly told a doctor that she feared for her life.” Even later on this changed to she has “never told anyone that Charles Manson threatened me.”

During her statement she also implemented Sandra Good in the murders, and was questioned and re-question and on named Sandra Good many times.
“Kanarek then reminded the young witness: Isn’t it true that Sandra Good was in jail at that time?” Lake then summed up her entire testimony by saying that her “memory was bad,” and that “it was possible that she was mistaken about the things she testified to Monday and Tuesday.”
Her testimony was kept. Not only was it kept, but the judge would not allow the defense to cross-examine her. After Lake testified, she briefly re-joined the “Family”, criticizing the prosecution stating:
“You see, things that goes around comes around the same way. You’ve decided to kill Charlie— Sadie— and the others. So you see, there’s twelve of us, and what that means is that there were twelve who were standing beside Jesus long before the Romans came up to do away with him and nailed him to the cross— which is what you’re doing to Charlie; nailing him to the cross. It is your sins— not his. See, what you have done in that courtroom has been an act of propaganda. You have sentenced people to death for actually giving heart to life. You have taken what is true, and turned it into a lie. That is how you live— how you all live.”
After all of this, it is absolutely amazing that her testimony was not only allowed at Leslie Van Houten’s retrial, but also aided in helping re-prosecute her as it helped prosecute her in 1970.

Virtually everything Lake testified was proven lies, opinion, hearsay, conjecture and basically… false.

November 14, 1970 the newspapers reported that the Prosecution had rested its case. Lake only testified for 11 minutes, but the Defense had enough on her to cross-examine for two weeks. But here's the clincher; the Defense could not cross examine her on key issues such as admitted lies and admitting that she pulled her story from the book The Killing of Sharon Tate. In fact, the jury was not even present for a lot of the cross-examination.

But the press did say that Diane "Snake" Lake's testimony was the "most damaging against Manson and the three women."  I reckon that no one really cared if she was lying. In everyone's minds any ill word spoken against Manson had to be true.
  • The above text was used from the 2010 Manson essay titled The Manson Myth

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tex, the Manipulator

How many times have we heard stories of Charles Manson manipulating his followers, conning them out of money and smoothe-talking them into sexual situations? I think it's the general consensus when it comes to Manson and his story. Most often the documentaries and books fixate on Manson's manipulation as a way to  bring down his followers and have them become subservient trough domination. 

What a lot of people who are and aren't knowledgeable about the case is that a lot of this so-called conning and wooing was done by Charles "Tex" Watson, not Charles Manson. Watson became the posterboy of brainwash when he decided to wait out the trial, to be tried on his own, and play the "brainwashed victim." Watson even said it himself during one of his psychological evaluations when asked "Who do you feel is the victim of these crimes?" He answered, "Me."

Here is a snipped of attorney Paul Fitzgerald cross-examination of prosecution witness Linda Kasabian about Watson and how he manipulated her. I also have to remind you that a lot of this that Linda Kasabian puts on Watson has been erroneously associated with Manson.
Linda Kasabian: I met Tex, and Tex took me into a dark shed, shack, whatever you want to call it, and he made love to me, which was an experience that I had never had before.
Paul Fitzgerald: You had never had sexual intercourse before? 
Linda Kasabian: No. I am saying that the experience I had in making love with Tex was a total experience, it was different.
Paul Fitzgerald: In what respect?
Linda Kasabian: That my hands were clenched when it was all over and I had absolutely no will power to open my own hands, and I was very much afraid, I didn’t understand it. And I questioned Gypsy about it later and she told me it was my ego that was dying. And I told him that I was on my way to South America, and we had all this money, and we were going to do these things. 
Paul Fitzgerald: You had all what money? 
Linda Kasabian: We had some money that Charlie Melton had inherited. 
Vincent Bugliosi: The way it developed is that apparently Tex told her to go steal $5,000, whereupon she did go and steal the $5,000, and gave it to Leslie, I believe. She didn’t keep it for herself. She is about to testify to this. And I think the defense is now bringing in through the back door what the court indicated it could not do. 
Judge Older: I don’t see it that way. She is now relating a conversation that she had with Tex, one of the defendants in this case. I think it is permissible. 
Paul Fitzgerald: Would you continue with the conversation you had with Tex Watson? 
Linda Kasabian: Yes. I told him that we and these people were going to go to South America by boat and sail around the world. And we had this money, and it seemed to me as soon as I mentioned money he started going on this trip, and telling me that it wasn’t their money; that it was everybody’s money and it was just there to take, and that there was no right and wrong. It was just theirs, ours. I said, “Hey…” He told me, you know, that I should go and take this money. I said, “Hey, I can’t do that, he’s my brother.” He said, “But there is no wrong.” And he just kept going on and on. And I accepted it and that was about the conversation.
Charles "Tex" Watson burned Bernard "Lotsapoppa" Crowe for $2,500 and took $5,000 from Kasabian. It may not sound like a lot, but that would be $46,000 today. Where did all of this money go? Drugs? Manson? Manson took $10,000 (sometimes noted as $15,000) from Juanita Wildbush as well. That would be $60,000 today. So between the two, Watson and Manson, there was about $100,000 (today's money) floating between them. That is a lot of money for a bunch of dirty hippies to have lying around. 

Manson and company obviously used some for their move to Death Valley, dune buggies, gas, and provisions. But $100,000 worth? No way. This isn't counting the roll Bobby Beausoleil had from the Straight Satans to score mescaline.

The fact that Watson was consuming speed, selling drug; Bobby Beausoleil was out there buying Mescaline; and Watson was inside a marijuana drug burn shows that there was some hardcore drug buying and dealing going around.

People who blow it all off, ignoring the drug connections and simplifying the 1969 crimes of the family to a "race war" are oblivious. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Some Media Lynching

As far as I am concerned, the #1 problem with the Manson case was the media. Attorney Paul Fitzgerald once stated that the courtroom at the Los Angeles City Hall seated 120 people. And of those 120 seats, over 80 were reserved for the press. Obviously it is very important for the press to report, but to what extent? Another question would be: How can a man have a fair trial when there's two books about the crimes he is being tried for? That being said, how could those books even hold "facts" when a trial is still in session? What happens when a witness against the person being tried admits that they read one of those books? This happened in the Manson trial when prosecution's witness Diane Lake admitted that she had read the book The Killing of Sharon Tate prior to testifying. She was still allowed to testify, and it would not be stricken.The judge also did not allow her to be cross-examined!

The funniest thing about this article is that it is focusing on Charles "Tex" Watson, calling him a weirdo calling him, "weird people with weird ideas." And to even top that off, the article states that it was mentioned by Chief  of Detectives that "the three knew Sharon Tate and her friends AND had all been at the home BEFORE the killings." This is not idle speculation; this is the Chief of Detectives saying this. He goes on to say, "Nobody would believe what they say is the motive." Obviously he was probably referring to Helter Skelter, but he did go on to say, "narcotics did factor [in the motive.]"

The article also mentions the LaBianca case and how detective have ruled out a connection with the Tate case. The detective goes on to say that the real killer was a "copycat whose real motive was robbery." I personally feel that both of these murders were money related. Watson has backed that motive with his own words. We have to remember Watson demanding, "We need thousands!" We have to remember Manson taking Rosemary LaBianca's wallet and getting out of dodge. Manson and co. needed money; they needed it to get out of harm's way (in respect to the Bernard "Lotsapoppa" Crowe shooting) and to bail two very important Manson girls out off jail: Mary Brunner and Sandra Good. Everything was money motivated; the killing of Gary Hinman and the shooting of Bernard Crowe. Why not these?  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My thoughts on Marina Habe's murder...

Marina Habe was picked up at her residence by a man in a black sedan on December 29, 1968 at around 3:30am after a date with a guy named John Hornburg. 3:30am is pretty late to be home from a date-- where they met friends at a cafe on Santa Monica Boulevard at 8:30pm-- so anything could have happened during that time span. She could have easily met Watson or even knew him previously. Marina Habe's mother Eloise saw the black sedan pull up and demanded Marina Habe to "Let's go." That was the last time that she saw Marina Habe alive.

I think Marina Habe's disappearance is one of the largest mysteries of the Manson Family. I personally feel that there is a good chance that she was indeed murdered by someone associated with them: Charles "Tex" Watson. The timeline fits, the area fits, and the way she was killed fits. According to the Wikipedia page, members of the Manson Family knew her. This has never been substantiated.

Marina Habe was beat-- or at least she had contusions in the eye area-- and had her throat slashed as well as stabs to the heart. Some books stated that she was raped, but the LAPD has stated that the autopsy found that to be untrue. Her body was found mostly naked. Her purse and clothes were found about 50 yards from her body. Her purse was missing her ID and credit cards. We all know how the Manson Family loved to hoard up on the IDs and stolen credit cards!

Marina Habe was the daughter of writer Hans Habe and actress Eloise Hardt and lived at 8962 Cynthia Street in West Hollywood, which was about 5 miles from where Watson was living at 6933 Frankin Avenue in Hollywood. Her body was found not far away on Mulholland Drive where it meets Bowmont Avenue. Watson could have driven from Franklin to Cynthia Street and to where her body was found in under 40 minutes. 

The timeline:

  • Charles "Tex" Watson  left the Family in November of 1968. He wound up on Franklin in Hollywood selling drugs. This home was where Charles Manson shot drug dealer-alleged Black Panther Bernard "Lotsapoppa" Crowe months later over Watson's drug deal gone bad. 
  • Marina Habe murdered December 29th, 1969.
  • Charles Manson left Death Valley and was in the area in December. 
  • Manson returned to Death Valley around the 31st of December. 
  • Marina Habe's body was found January 1st, 1969. 
  • Charles "Tex" Watson returned to Spahn Ranch when Manson and the others got back, maybe February of 1969. 
  • Around the time of Marina Habe's murder, Charles "Tex" Watson visited the 10050 Cielo Drive home (where Sharon Tate would move into weeks later on February 15th, 1969) to procure bail money for some friends (so he says, most believe it was a drug deal)

Below is the map of the area.

  • A) 6933 Franklin Avenue (Where Charles "Tex" Watson lived)
  • B) 8962 Cynthia Street (Where Marina Habe lived)
  • C) Mullholland and Bowmont (Where Marina Habe's body was found)
  • D) 9499 Santa Monica Boulevard (Where Charles "Tex" Watson used to work)

A to B is 3.5 miles; B to C is 5.5 miles; C back home to A would be 4.8 miles.

The 10050 Cielo Drive home-- where the first night of the "Helter Skelter" murders happened--  is 3.5 miles away from Marina Habe's home and 6.5 miles from where Charles "Tex" Watson lived on Franklin.

This was most definitely his neighborhood.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How Influential was Danny DeCarlo on the Family?

I may be in the minority in this area, but I do believe that Danny DeCarlo was in-the-know regarding the Tate and LaBianca murders. I mean, how could he not be? Everyone else "heard" or "knew" but he was completely aloof. I don't buy it.

Donald "Shorty" Shea was killed, we all know that. But why was he? I think Manson and William Rex Cole (a.k.a. Bill Vance) wanted him out, mostly stemming from the beat-down they both received from Shea and  because he was believed to be a snitch. On the snitching part: Shea's "snitching" lead to the Spahn raids, which cost Danny all of his beloved guns, ammo, motorcycles and having his Straight Satan's jacket-- his colors-- shredded on camera amongst laughing policemen. Talk about humiliating!

Danny admitted that he was the one who brought guns to Spahn Ranch-- against Manson's wishes-- and taught everyone to shoot. Danny was a gun-loving expert, and h took great pride in this. He took pride in turning Manson into anti-gun, to gun obsessed.

Reporter: You taught the girls how to shoot, how to clean a weapon and how to break it down? All that stuff. 

Danny DeCarlo: Yeah.  
Reporter: Who was the best shot?  
Danny DeCarlo: The best?  
Reporter: Sadie?  
Danny DeCarlo: I’d say Sadie was. Just on a machine gun— firing a machine gun.  
Reporter: Did she get off on that?  
Danny DeCarlo: Well, everybody did. I did too— watching them.  
Reporter: When did Charlie start to change? He didn’t like your stolen credit card racket, didn’t like the weapons, didn’t like the guns. Was it after you started teaching the girls how to shoot?  
Danny DeCarlo: It was a couple months, because at first he wasn’t into it. When I first went to the ranch I brought my whole arsenal up. He [Manson] said what are we going to do with a machine gun? I said that’s protection. He said man, we don’t need nothing like that. I show him how to use a gun. Then he started getting into it. Then we brought him an M1 and he’d just fire it into the sky as long as he could hear a lot of noise and see dirt kick up, it made him feel good. We had fun shooting guns.

Why did Danny want guns at Spahn's? After Bernard "Lotsapoppa" Crowe was shot, it only made sense to arm and guard Spahn's from an impending retaliation. But I think Danny wanted guns there for a more selfish reason. If it is true what Bobby Beausoleil said about the Straight Satans-- that he was immersed in a drug deal circle with them-- it all makes sense.

It was something that I felt that I had to deal with. Gary said that he didn’t have the money. I reached desperation, and actually did what Danny DeCarlo had suggested, which was to hit Gary with the gun, to make sure he knew that I was serious. I hit him a couple of times on the head with the gun, which shocked him. He said, “Bobby, this isn’t like you!” And it wasn’t.

Bobby Beausoleil has stated that it was Danny who told him to go to Hinman's and "what to do." So, this puts Danny in the "conspiracy" and guilty of that crime, right? Any crime that results in a murder, everyone privy to that crime are guilty of it. This is law.

The gun used to shoot Crowe was a gun traded for with Danny's bread truck. The sword used to cut Gary
Hinman before his murder was also property of Danny's gang. It's not like this guy was completely clueless as to what was going on! Danny turned snitch because he knew he could very well have been tried for conspiracy. This also gave him a huge incentive to bend the truth.

Danny said himself that he would not trade any of the "experience" with Manson for anything. However, Bugliosi plays it all off like Danny was afraid of Manson and "went along with everything" for the women. That is such bullshit. There's no doubt that Danny liked the women, but Danny was there because Danny loved the thrill of crime and the rewards (money) that came with it. In fact Danny was so into the happenings at Spahn's that his motorcycle gang had to physically come there and threaten them to have Danny back with them. Danny can get women anywhere, so it was not the women that kept him there.

Sherri Cooper: Yeah, Shorty was pretty stubborn, himself. He didn’t like Charlie, and he let him know. I can’t say that I got along with him, or if I really liked him as a person. I never hated him or nothing, but if I liked him or not…   
Reporter: You didn’t want him in nine pieces, especially?  
Sherri Cooper: I mean, no, I wouldn’t care. [laughs] I mean I can have a personality difference, but I don’t care what they do as long as they ain’t doing it to me. 
Reporter: But Charlie didn’t like people to talk back, and Shorty talked back a lot? Sherri Cooper: Well, I guess it was towards the end and Shorty was at the wrong place at the wrong time. 
Danny DeCarlo: [Laughing hysterically]  
Sherri Cooper: He was off and on, he left, he just got off there at the wrong time and the wrong place. 
Reporter: So, it was timing? Someone who happened to be at the wrong place, the wrong time?  
Danny DeCarlo: That’s it. 
Sherri Cooper: Yeah. It’s true.  
Danny DeCarlo: He got dismembered. [Smiles] Yeah, he must have felt bad about it.   
Reporter: Who?  
Danny DeCarlo: Shorty. Yeah, I mean nine parts? Not too much meat can be in nine parts. [Claps hands 
Danny DeCarlo: It will never be again. It will be nothing but— be talked about. It will never be…  
Sherri Cooper: It was an experience. All it was— was an experience.  
Danny DeCarlo: And I would not want to…  
Sherri Cooper: I wouldn’t trade it for nothing, either.

Bobby Beausoleil dealt mescaline to Danny's gang, through Gary Hinman, that turned out to be bad. Beausoleil has said that it was Danny who made him go back to Hinman to get the money. This makes more sense than the prosecution's theory that it was Manson who ordered it, and ordered the murder. It's obvious that Manson was in the middle of it and thus guilty, but mastermind he was not.

However, Danny was used against Manson when Danny should have been on the stand defending himself.

Bill Scanlon Murphy, or Bill Scam-lon Murphy?

Manson did an interview with him in 1994 (I think) that can easily be found on Youtube. Murphy has said that he has proof that the Tate murders were committed over a drug angle, and planned out by Watson. His claims say that Manson went along with Watson's idea for the money. It's hard to take everything seriously, but Murphy does put up some good points. This is what I could salvage from a now defunct site:

Bill Scanlon Murphy says he has proof that Tex, and other family members had been at the Polanski house on at least one previous occasion in connection with drugs. They knew on the night of the murders that Jay Sebring had $40,000 worth of mob drugs on him and they, more precisely Tex, went to rip him off. Manson did not go to the house or take part in the killings, but he was aware of the plan and keen for it to succeed. 
The robbery blew up in the gang’s face when Sharon, Sebring and the coffee heiress Abigail Folger and her lover Wojiciech Frykowski tried to bolt. They were shot and stabbed to death by Watson, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkle. A fourth member, Linda Kasabian, remained as a look-out outside. 
“When they told Charlie what happened, he freaked,” says Murphy. “He started swearing, saying ‘I’m just out of the fucking can and you are gonna put me right back inside, you assholes’.” 
One of the most staggering new claims made by Murphy is that Manson effectively admitted that he returned to the Polanski house more than an hour after the killings to tamper with the murder scene. Until now, it has been believed that Manson had never so much as set foot in the Polanski house.

Manson’s close friend Bobby Beausoleil, had killed Gary Hinman in a wrangle over drugs. To cover his tracks, Beausoleil daubed the words “Political Piggie” in Hinman’s own blood on the walls of his house. Hinman was known to associate with members of the Black Panthers and hoped the slogan would attach blame to the black movement. With that in mind, Manson rearranged the Polanski house bodies to put the Panthers in the frame. 
“He’s never going to get out, he knows that,” says Murphy. “Why should he throw away the only thing that makes him feel alive. And, anyway. He’s so incapable of rational thought, he wouldn’t be able to even attempt to express the truth.” 
After hours of interviews, Manson finally said to Murphy: “I’m not an entertainer, I’m not a cult leader, I’m a thug. But all I’ve got left is my rap, if you take that away from me, I’m nothing.”
Murphy also says that Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys said that he knew that it wasn't Manson whom did it. Interesting enough. It is a fact that Watson had been at the Polanski residence at least twice that he admitted and Melcher testified in court that it was more like six times.

Another tibit:
Shortly before his death, Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson told Bill Scanlon Murphy (A former session musician with the Beach Boys and friend of Dennis Wilson) "I know Manson didn't do it. He was an asshole and a criminal, but this family shit is all wrong. I know". Although Wilson wouldn't elaborate, Murphy's curiosity was piqued, and he decided to further investigate the matter; an investigation that spanned over 10 years and brought him in contact with West Coast porn stars, mobsters and assorted druggies. According to Murphy, he and his family have been threatened by Manson supporters and the Mafia. This harassment is in part due to information Murphy obtained from the sources within the California State Attorneys Office and the LAPD, the nature of which suggests that authorities knew the real motive behind the murders, but chose to prosecute it as a sham "serial killer cult trial" to cover up the involvement of Hollywood bigshots with drugs, orgies and the mob."

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fatherman passes...

I am being told that ex-Manson follower Dennis "Fatherman" Rice has passed away after suffering with cancer. Rice was one of the many people who used his ties with Manson for some sort of personal [monetary] gain. He was prosecuted in 1973 for his 1971 robbery-shootout with other Family followers Catherine Share, Larry Bailey and Charles Lovett. There's many different motives for the robbery that have been circulated, some motives include accumulating guns for a courtroom raid in the vein of Joshua Jackson raiding the courtroom during the trial of Black Panther George Jackson and hijacking a 747 and ransoming fliers for Manson's release.

Rice served his time and after his parole he was still corresponding with Manson and Manson had given him a nick name "Elf." Apparently Rice made away with some documents of Manson's and somehow fucked him over. I don't know the complete story, so I won't get into that.

Rice went on to start his own ministry Free At Last and he used his days with the Family to recruit interest in it. He'd often show footage of the 1973 documentary Manson during his lectures.

Rest in Piece Dennis Rice.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

What this blog is about.

I know there are several blogs on the internet that commentate on Manson and\or the crimes he has been convicted of "masterminding." I have been researching Manson for nearly 20 years and over those years I have cataloged around 1300 pages of problems with the case against Manson. I plan on posting those findings on this blog.

Now, I don't consider myself an expert on the case or even PRO Manson. I will be the first to admit that Manson belonged in prison. However, I also feel that the case against him was a 20th century witch hunt. Most of the trial was hearsay testimony from people being offered immunity for pending crimes. 75% of the witnesses against Manson had something to gain from lying, or bending the truth.