Part of ‘Family’ Indicted In LSD-Laced Hamburger
Saturday, December 19th, 1970
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 – Secret grand jury indictments were returned Friday against members of the Charles Manson “family” in the case of the LSD-laced Honolulu hamburger.
Three of the five named, Catherine (Gypsy) Share, Lynn (Squeaky) Fromme and Ruth Ann (Ousih) Morehouse, waited for arrest near Los Angeles Civic Center.
Sheriff’s deputies showed up about an hour later and took the three into custody. Five other “girls” of the Manson clan and a young man named Pat trooped into the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice with officers.
The indictment, returned by the Los Angeles County grand jury after a half-day inquiry, reportedly also named Steve Grogan, 19, and Dennis Rice. Grogan has been in custody in Inyo County, Calif.
The five were indicted on charges of conspiracy against Barbara Hoyt, 18, a former member of the Manson “family” who testified in the Tate-LaBianca murder case.
The tall, dark-haired teenager said she had been given an overdose of LSD in a hamburger last September.
She told authorities that members of the “family” had convinced her to go to Hawaii to keep from testifying and had secured a credit card for her and “Ouish” to make the trip.
Miss Hoyt said she became sick after seeing her companion off at the airport, where she had been encouraged to eat a hamburger.
She said she became ill on a bus and ended up in the psychiatric ward of a Honolulu hospital.
As she left the grand jury room, the young woman was asked whether she thought someone had tried to kill her.
“Yeah,” she replied.
After the indictments were returned, members of the “family” gathered outside the Hall of Justice.
They sat lightly clothed in the cool wind of an approaching storm, singing songs and waiting for officers.
It was the same corner at which Bruce Davis, another Manson follower, recently surrendered on a grand jury indictment charging him in the killing of musician Gary Hinman.
Davis, Grogan and Manson also were named on Wednesday in a grand jury indictment accusing them of the murder of Donald J. (Shorty) Shea, 40-year-old bouncer and ranch hand.
Manson is on trial in the Tate-LaBianca case on seven counts of murder.
By John Kendall