Link Of Tate Murders To Slaying Of Teeners Probed
Wednesday, December 10th, 1969
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 – An investigation is being conducted into possible links between the seven Tate-LaBianca slayings and the Nov. 5 stabbing deaths of two young Church of Scientology members, police said today.
The disclosure came as Charles Manson, the Pied Piper of a hippie cult accused in the Sharon Tate-LaBianca killings was returned here Tuesday night for arraignment on seven murder charges. Manson, 35, who will appear in court Thursday was brought from Independence. Calif., where he was held on auto theft charges. He wore fringed buckskin clothing and moccasins.
Three other members of “The Manson Family” were to be arraigned today.
“There is an investigation going on into the possible links,” said police Sgt. Henry Cullum. “We have to hit every angle”
Detective Lt. Earl Deemer said the possible link was being closely investigated. The overkill syndrome was present in the scientologists deaths — each kid was stabbed over 50 times — and it was present in the Tate and LaBianca murders,” Deemer said.
Similarities between the three brutal crimes have physical as well as philosophical parallels. Detectives reportedly have been looking into cultism, particularly the pseudo-religious tribe led by the long-haired, bearded Manson and another group called “The Process.”
“The Process,” an antiestablishment group formed in London which has been known to worship Satan is an offshoot of the church of scientology, investigators have been struck with parallels between its philosophies and the occultism of Manson, who was known to have dabbled in scientology and then gone on to more eccentric cultism.
The present investigation, according to Deemer, encompasses the three crimes, but authorities were reportedly looking into links to two other unsolved slayings termed senseless, in the Los Angeles area since the beginning of the year.
The bodies of James Sharp, I8 and Doreen Gaul, 19, both recent residents of the Los Angeles area, were found in an alley Nov. 5. The young scientologists had been repeatedly stabbed.
Deemer noted these similarities:
— Miss Gaul and Sharp lived about two miles from where wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife were stabbed to death Aug. 10.
— The seven Tate-LaBianca slayings, and the stabbing deaths of the young man and woman were apparently without motive.
— All but one of the seven victims in August we stabbed as were Miss Gaul and Sharp.
Deemer said investigators also were checking into a possible link between the Manson group and the death Jan. 1 of Marina Habe, 17, daughter of screenwriter Hans Habe. Her body was found on a brush-covered slope in the Hollywood Hills. She had been stabbed.
Another young girl, never identified, was found stabbed to death in the immediate area a few months later. There also is a possible link between that crime and the others, police say.
The Church of Scientology is a quasi-scientific organization which advocates the belief man is truly a spirit. Its chief goal is to free the “soul of wisdom,” the mystical group uses an instrument called an “E-meter.” a type of lie detector in its work with its followers.