Category Archives: Archived News

Watson Called Calculated Killer in Closing Argument

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 — Charles (Tex) Watson was depicted yesterday as a level-headed man who took charge of the band of Manson cultists on the nights Actress Sharon Tate and six others were killed. The description of Watson as

Watson Claims He Was Mistreated In Jail, Hospital

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 — Charles “Tex” Watson, testifying at his murder trial, says he was mistreated while a prisoner at the county jail and a patient at a state mental hospital. Technicians at Atascadero State Hospital beat him, Watson

Watson Defense Counsel Counters State Witnesses

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 — The prosecution in the trial of Charles (Tex) Watson rested its rebuttal case yesterday and the defense opened its surrebuttal. Watson 25, is the remaining defendant accused of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. Charles Manson and

Watson Faked Insanity, Psychiatrist Tells Court

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 — The assistant superintendent of Atascadero State Hospital testified Thursday that Charles “Tex” Watson was “malingering, playing the perfect fool” at the hospital. Dr. Alfred Owre, also a psychiatrist, said Watson suffered from depression, but not

Ex-Girl Friend, Jailer Testify at Watson Trial

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 — A former girl friend and a jailer of Charles “Tex” Watson, yesterday described the mannerisms of the Manson family cultist before and after the Tate-LaBianca mass murders. He “seemed the same” except that he “made

Says Watson Telling Truth About Killings, Drugs Use

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 — Charles (Tex) Watson is probably telling the truth about drugs he says he took and about the Tate-LaBianca murders, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified on Friday. Dr. Andre Tweed testified that Watson had no way of

Testifies Manson Boasted of Stuntman’s Decapitation

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 — A college student testified yesterday that Charles Manson boasted that Donald “Shorty” Shea was decapitated, cut into pieces and buried because Manson thought he was a police informer. The testimony came from Barbara Hoyt 20,

Psychiatrist Testifies on Watson Mental Capability

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 — A court-appointed psychiatrist testified yesterday that Charles (Tex) Watson was incapable of “forming intent or harboring malice” and that his ability to premeditate was “severely impaired” at the time of the seven Tate-LaBianca killings for

Indict Manson Girl Friend In Hinman Murder Case

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 — Charles Manson’s first girl friend among the “flower children” of the Haight-Ashbury and the mother of his young son was indicted on a murder charge yesterday by the County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury, following

Stephen Grogan’s Motion to Fire His Lawyer Denied

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 — Manson family member Stephen Grogan lost another motion yesterday to fire his court-appointed attorney, who he claims has “sewn me up for the gas chamber.” After denying Grogan’s motion to dismiss attorney Charles Weedman, Superior

Blaze Costs Manson His Jail Rights

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 — Charles Manson’s jail privileges have been revoked for 10 days after the condemned killer set fire to the bedding in his cell yesterday authorities said. Manson, who has been sentenced to death in the Tate-LaBianca

Claim Former Manson Aide Suffers from Brain Damage

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 — Another physician testified Tuesday that former Manson lieutenant Charles (Tex) Watson is suffering from organic brain damage, probably brought on by drug use. Dr. Richard Walter, a neurologist at UCLA, said his tests on Watson

Deny Motion for Mistrial In 2nd Manson Murder Case

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 — A motion for mistrial in the second murder case of Charles Manson was denied, but one juror was excused because she claimed she was afraid after reading of a shootout between members of Manson’s clan

Doctor Says Watson Psychotic from Drugs

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 — At the time he took part in the Tate-LaBianca murders, Charles “Tex” Watson, 25, had brain damage and was acutely psychotic as a result of heavy drug use, a psychiatrist for the defense testified yesterday.

Tex Watson Shows Jurors How He Stabbed Victims

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 — Accused murderer Charles (Tex) Watson yesterday showed the jury in his trial how he stabbed the victims at the Tate-LaBianca slayings. “I raised my hand up and I stabbed them like that,” Watson said as

Watson Admits Slayings, Denies Stabbing Sharon Tate

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 — Charles “Tex” Watson yesterday admitted on the witness stand taking part in the mass murders at the home of actress Sharon Tate, but insisted it was not he who stabbed the pregnant actress. The 25-year-old

Mother Says ‘Tex’ Watson Was Her ‘Pride and Joy’

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 — Charles “Tex” Watson’s mother testified Tuesday that before he joined the cult of Charles Manson he was his family’s pride and joy, an honor student and star athlete who attended church regularly. Mrs. Elizabeth Watson

Watson’s Mother Says Son Fine ‘Til He Went To California’

Elizabeth Watson, mother of Charles (Tex) Watson leaves the courtroom yesterday LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 — Charles “Tex” Watson was the pride and joy of his family until he went to California, met Charles Manson and underwent a drastic personality

Order More Protection For Busch

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 — Additional protection has been ordered for Dist. Atty. Joseph P. Busch and members of his family because of fears they may be targeted for attack by followers of Charles Manson, it was reported yesterday. Reliable

Blast Judge for Mistrial Decision in Grogan Case

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 — Dist Atty. Joseph Busch hit out at Superior Court Judge Joseph L. Call yesterday for declaring a mistrial in the Steve Grogan murder case, denouncing the decision as “absurd” and an “outrageous abuse of discretion.”