Same Tate Murder Knives Believed Used in Girl Case
Friday, December 12th, 1969
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 – The teen-age daughter of screenwriter Hans Habe may have been slashed to death by the same knives that killed actress Sharon Tate and six others, it had been learned today.
The stabbing death of 17-year-old Marina Elizabeth Habe a year ago is one of the cases sheriff’s homicide investigators are checking in connection with the migrant hippies led by 34-year-old Charles M. Manson.
Manson and five of his disciples have been indicted by the County Grand Jury on charges of murder and conspiracy for the deaths of Miss Tate and four others on Aug. 9 and with the slayings of supermarket owner Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary on Aug. 10.
All but one of the victims were hacked to death with long-bladed knives.
Miss Habe, home on Christmas vacation from the University of Hawaii last December, was also the victim of a savage knifing.
She died of multiple stab wounds in the neck and chest.
She had also been struck several times in the face. The bruises indicated the blows were inflicted by someones fist.
The body of the raven-haired, blue-eyed coed was found on a heavily-foliaged hillside off Mulholland Drive New Year’s Day.
She had been missing since Dec. 29 when she left the West Hollywood home of her mother, actress Eloise Hardt, 89621 Cynthia Ave., for a date with a long-time friend of the family.
The girl’s mother and Habe, author of “Christopher and His Father,” “The Mission” and “A Thousand Shall Fall,” had been divorced for more than 10 years.
Miss Hardt said she last saw her daughter when she left on her date with 22-year-old John Hornburg, although she said she heard a man’s voice muttering “go” or “blow” at about 3:15 a.m., Dec. 30 — the time the young man said he returned Miss Habe to her home.
Sheriff’s investigators said the voice presumably was that of the girl’s abductor.
Apparently the similarity in the way the victims died was the link that turned suspicion toward Manson’s admittedly hate-oriented band of hippies.
Victims of the Tate and LaBianca massacres had also been savagely hacked to death with knives.
Homicide investigators declined to elaborate on what direction their investigation was taking but would say only that the Habe death was one of the cases under scrutiny in connection with the Manson tribe.