Diane, Abigail, Sharon Linked in Death
Friday, October 10th, 1969
HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 10 – The lieutenant of detectives sighed: “Yes, Diane Linkletter knew Abigail Folger, and probably was an acquaintance of Sharon Tate.”
He added that Ed Durston — the young man who was with Miss Linkletter when she jumped to her death this week – was a speaking acquaintance of Voityck Frokowski, who was killed in the slaughter at the Tate home two months ago.
The Los Angeles Police Department continues to search without success for the killer or killers of Miss Tate, Miss Folger, Frokowski, Jay Sebring, and bystander Stephen Parent.
Only one element ties the death of Miss Linkletter with the multiple murders in the canyon home of Miss Tate and her director husband, Roman Polanski – drugs.
“There are about 600 to 800 people in this community who all know one another,” the homicide lieutenant said. “They never get together all at once. They contact each other for pot or drugs.”
He refused to speculate whether one of the users might be responsible for the Tate murders or directly involved in Miss Linkletter’s death.
Composition of the group of thrill-seekers is a patchwork of peripheral celebrities such as Sebring and Miss Tate, offspring of movie stars and jet setters, hangers-on (Frokowski), and the cast-off children of the big rich.
They have money – lots of it. Generally the economic source to an over-indulgent parent who gives his youngster cash instead of time or love. The leeches move in with supplies of everything from pot to heroin.
It’s an entirely different scene, said the policeman, from the hippies and exhibitionists who attend musical festivals to blow pot and take off their clothes in paroxysms of flouting the Establishment.
The Hollywood-oriented 600-800 go in for bigger kicks, the eerie, weird and freaked-out.
Few major movie or television personalities are mixed in with the group but they and the police know the group, which ranges from teenagers to 35.
They are not militants, protestors or idealists, the lieutenant said. They groove to their own bag and stick together in the event of a bad trip.
“They seldom turn on in public,” he said. “So there isn’t much we can do except try to cut off the source — the pushers and suppliers.”
But the courts hamper preventative police work and the young people continue on their merry, disastrous way. Too often it ends in death.
By VERNON SCOTT