Police Preparing Case Against 7
Wednesday, December 3rd, 1969
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 — Police prepared a grand jury case against at least seven persons today in the Sharon Tate slaying, linked by an attorney to a cult of hippies who knew their leader as “God” and “Satan.”
A preliminary hearing was also scheduled in Independence, near Death Valley, for Charles Miles Manson, 34, described as leader of the occult group. He is charged with possession of stolen property.
Testimony probably would be confined to a raid on a hippie commune last October in the Death Valley area, said Dist. Atty. Frank Fowles. Deputies arrested 23, then released all but 10. The latter were held on a variety of charges including auto theft. They included Manson.
Miss Tate, 28, blonde actress wife of Polish film director Roman PoIenski, was shot and stabbed last Aug. 9 at her plush, rented Bel Air estate. Also murdered were three of her jet-set friends. Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and Polish playboy Voitcyk Frokowsky— and Steven Parent, 18, a friend of the estate’s caretaker.
The following morning Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, wealthy owners of a Hollywood market chain, were slain in what police described as an attempt to copy the Tate killings.
Under arrest in different areas of the country in the Tate case are Linda Kasabian, 20, taken into custody in Concord N.H., Charles D. Watson, 24, who surrendered in McKinney, Tex., and Patricia Krenwinkel, 21, apprehended in Mobile, Ala. Authorities were preparing extradition papers to have them returned to California.
Miss Kasabian waived her extradition rights and agreed to return to California. When a charge of being a fugitive from justice in California was read to her in court in Concord, she said, “I’m guilty.”
Police said several members of a nomadic group of hippies, last camped near Death Valley and including Watson and Misses Krenwinkel and Kasabian, committed all seven killings. They declined comment on statements by an attorney linking this group of hippies with Manson’s cult.
Chief Edward M. Davis said indictments would be sought from the county grand jury Friday against the three arrested and “four or five others” whom he wouldn’t name. Davis has said, however, that some of these in custody in Independence may be involved.”
Richard Caballero, the attorney who connected the slayings with Manson’s group, represents Susan Denise Atkins.
Miss Atkins, 21, is charged with murder in the slaying of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home last July. Caballero entered a plea of innocent on Miss Atkin’s behalf. He said however, she was present when Hinman was slain.
Caballero said Miss Atkins was among several persons whom he said Manson “hypnotized” and “intrigued” into believing they “belonged to him.” He said most were women.
Caballero said Miss Atkins, known as Sadie Glutz when she was picked up in the Independence raid, and others among Manson’s followers were present at the Tate and LaBianca slayings.
Caballero said his client “had nothing to do with the murders” as she was under what he described as Manson’s “hypnotic spell.”
“We belong to him, not to ourselves,” Caballero quoted Miss Atkins. “I was told to go and I went.”
Caballero said Manson was known as “God,” “Jesus” and “Satan” among his followers.
Los Angeles police have filed no charges against Manson.