Order Manson, Followers to Pay $500,000 in Death
Friday, July 30th, 1971
LOS ANGELES, Jul. 30 — A federal judge yesterday ordered Charles Manson and four others to pay a total of $500,000 in damages over the death of Voityck Frykowski, one of the victims in the Tate-LaBianca murders.
U.S. District Court Judge Jesse W. Curtis entered the judgment against Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Charles “Tex” Watson and Linda Kasabian.
The decision came in a law suit filed on behalf of Frykowski’s 12-year-old son Bartok who lives in Lodz, Poland.
Manson, Miss Atkins and Miss Krenwinkel are condemned to the gas chamber for the murders of Frykowski, Sharon Tate, and five other persons.
Watson is scheduled to go on trial over the Tate-LaBianca murders Monday.
Mrs. Kasabian was the prosecution’s star witness against Manson, Miss Atkins and Miss Krenwinkel. She was given immunity from criminal prosecution.
The wrongful death suit was filed exactly one year ago yesterday and originally sought $2,000,000 in damages.
However, after a conference with Judge Curtis in chambers, attorneys for the boy and for two of the defendants waived jury trial and stipulated that the damages would be $500,000.
(Only Manson and Miss Atkins were represented by counsel. Judge Curtis entered default judgments for the other defendants.)
The big question now is where the $500,000 will come from because Manson and his followers claim to be penniless.
Attorney Nathaniel Friedman, who represented the boy, told newsmen he hopes to collect damages from royalties of any books written by the Manson group.
He specifically mentioned “The Killing of Sharon Tate,” supposedly written by Miss Atkins.
The suit was filed for the child by his grandmother, Mrs Teofila Frykowska.
(A married woman’s surname in Poland ends in “A”.)
Mrs. Frykowska 62, is the mother of the victim. She has had custody of the boy almost all his life
Frykowski’s family are here on visas for the trial.
Earlier, Judge Curtis had entered a partial judgment in the case holding all five defendants liable for the death.
This judgment was rendered on the basis of the transcript of the Tate-LaBianca murder trial.
It remained only for the judge to fix damages.
None of the defendants personally appeared in court