Polanski’s Partner Says Law Knows Who Killed Sharon Tate
Thursday, November 20th, 1969
LONDON, Nov. 20 – Roman Polanski is due back in London this week, I learned from his film partner, Gene Gutowski. I also learned the reason why Roman was not in Hollywood at the time his lovely blonde wife Sharon Tate was murdered.
“There were three factors that had delayed Roman’s return to Hollywood,” Gene assured me. I had been critical of the fact that Sharon’s husband had lingered in London when she was due to have their baby within a month.
“He was finishing the screenplay for his next film, ‘The Day of the Dolphin.’ It was actually finished on the day that Sharon was murdered. He had telephoned her in Hollywood, a few hours before her death to say he would be with her in a few days.
“Secondly, he had been seeing the rushes and supervising the final cut of ‘A Day at the Beach,’ which Roman and I produced for Paramount. We did this picture to launch a new director, Simon Hesera. We discovered the property when a reviewer sent the book with the note, ‘In the hands of a good director this could make a great picture. How about you Mr. Polanski?
“‘A Day at the Beach,’ which we made for our Cadre Company, cost three million.”
The third reason Roman was not in Hollywood with his wife (which could have saved her life) was that he was working on his script of “The Life of Pagannini.”
“Every day he would say to me, ‘Gene, I must leave tomorrow.'”
“When Roman and Sharon spoke a few hours before the murders, she asked him ‘Will you be here for your birthday?’ She was killed on the Saturday and he promised he would be with her by the following Wednesday.”
Mr. Gutowski told me he is convinced that the Los Angeles police know who the murderer is but through lack of evidence, cannot make an arrest.
Another sad note. The Rolls Royce that Polanski bought for Sharon’s birthday — I remember her pride when she took me for a ride in it — landed in Los Angeles the day after her murder. It was a Silver Cloud, painted white with tinted windows for privacy. Now he wants to give it away.
Roman has given away everything else Sharon owned. He gave his own Ferrari car to Sharon’s father who was planning to retire from the army this year, because it was Sharon’s dream to buy him a sports car.
All those stories that Sharon was on dope, aren’t true. She was not — at least not after she became pregnant.
“Since then, she neither drank coffee nor any kind of liquor. Nor did she smoke cigarettes. She liked to smoke and used to come over secretly to my house for a cigarette because Roman disapproved of her smoking. But after she became pregnant, she didn’t even take a cigarette.”
Mr. Gutowski’s present to her was the Rolls Royce of English baby carriages which she took back with her on the boat. If only she had not left!
By SHEILAH GRAHAM