Yearly Archives: 2017

Fight for Tex Tapes Goes to the Supreme Court

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Dec. 21 – Attorneys representing Leslie Van Houten are asking the California Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that denied Van Houten access to the Tex tapes.

On Tuesday, Van Houten’s attorney, Richard Pfeiffer, filed a 33-page brief asking the state’s high court to weigh in on the issue of whether or not inmates are entitled to discovery at Franklin Hearings.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has previously argued that the penal code limits post-conviction discovery to cases carrying sentences of death and life imprisonment.

In September, Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan sided with the District Attorney’s office and denied Van Houten the tapes, adding that the tapes only contained information already well known.

In November, Pfeiffer filed a Writ of Mandate with the appellate court asking them to reverse Ryan’s ruling. The appellate court responded on November 29th, stating that they would reserved judgment until after Governor Jerry Brown ruled on Van Houten’s recent parole recommendation.

The Board of Parole Hearings found Van Houten suitable for parole on September 6 and following a review period, Governor Brown will have until February 3, 2018 to weigh in on the decision.

‘Manson Speaks: Inside the Mind of a Madman,’ Sunday Dec. 3

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Dec. 1 – The two-part special “Manson Speaks: Inside the Mind of a Madman” presents a new theory on Charles Manson’s motives that does not align with the “Helter Skelter” theory he was prosecuted under; brings forth eye witnesses who are speaking publicly about Manson for the first time; and makes contact with the only convicted Manson Family killer who is currently out of prison and living under a pseudonym.The special also examines 26 hours of exclusive never-before-broadcast phone conversations with Manson that may change the scope of his crimes, almost five decades later.

Cliff Shepard, a retired cold case and robbery-homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department who is responsible for catching some of LA’s most dangerous serial killers – has been haunted by the Manson murders his entire career. Convinced that Manson’s crimes extend beyond the nine murders for which he was convicted, Shepard, alongside researcher Charlie Cook, has launched his own investigation to uncover the truth.

Key to Shepard’s efforts is unparalleled access to 26 hours of never-before-broadcast audio recordings of Manson and confidant-turned-author Marlin Marynick. Marynick recorded his phone calls with Manson over roughly 10 years, and in these conversations, Manson speaks cryptically about Sharon Tate and others. Detective Shepard scours the calls for new evidence as he also investigates two other deaths – the gruesome murder of a 19-year-old girl and a mysterious suicide – that he believes may be connected to the Manson Family.

Charles Manson: The Final Words, Sunday, Dec. 3

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Nov. 30Charles Manson: The Final Words will premiere on the REELZ channel, Sunday at 9pm ET. The new documentary, narrated by musician/director Rob Zombie, features exclusive phone interviews with Manson, recorded over the course of the last year. As well as new interviews with Bobby Beausoleil, Catherine Gillies, Steven Kay, Gary Fleischman, George Stimson, Brian Davis, Daniel Simone, Sharmagne Leland-St. John, Michael Channels, Grey Wolf, Phil Kaufman and Rich Pfeiffer.

The Final Words is not your typical Manson documentary. It is not just a departure from the familiar Helter Skelter narrative. At times throughout the presentation, it seems as though the Helter Skelter narrative, not Charles Manson, is on trial. The film successfully exposes weaknesses in the state’s case and highlights theories that traditionally get overlooked by similar productions.

It’s one of the more interesting and unique productions to come out in recent years. It’s not exactly objective. It omits strengths in the state’s case and overlooks weaknesses in the alternative theories. It’s tough on Stephen Kay and soft of Bobby Beausoleil. But nonetheless, a documentary like this has been long overdue and will interest both the casual observer, as well as people deeply invested in the case.

Directed by Buddy Day and produced by Pyramid Productions, Charles Manson: The Final Words was recently awarded the 2017 Audience Award Documentary Feature at the Red Rock Film Festival and Best Dramatic Documentary at Atlanta Docufest 2017 and is an Official Selection at CUFF.Docs 2017, the Calgary Underground Film Festival.

Charles Manson Dead at 83

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

CORCORAN – Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.

Inmate Manson was admitted to state prison from Los Angeles County on April 22, 1971, for seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for the August 1969 deaths of Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski who was eight months pregnant, Jay Sebring, Leno La Bianca and Rosemary La Bianca.

On December 13, 1971, Manson received a first-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County for the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August 1969 death of Donald Shea.

Inmate Manson was originally sentenced to death. In 1972, the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles vacated and set aside the death penalty pursuant to People v. Anderson (1972). The decision caused all capital sentences in California to be commuted to life in prison. Manson’s death sentence was modified to life on February 2, 1977. California did not have the life-without-parole sentence at the time.

California inmates who receive a sentence of life with the possibility of parole are entitled to parole consideration hearings after serving the legally required minimum term. Inmate Manson had been denied parole 12 times between November 16, 1978, and April 11, 2012; the last parole hearing he attended was March 27, 1997. He was not eligible to have another parole hearing until 2027.

Inmate Manson had been housed in the Protective Housing Unit at California State Prison-Corcoran since 1989. The unit houses inmates whose safety would be endangered by general population housing. He had also been housed at San Quentin State Prison, California Medical Facility, Folsom State Prison and Pelican Bay State Prison.

Letter to Governor Brown by Anthony DiMaria

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Dear Governor Jerry Brown,

My name is Anthony DiMaria, nephew of Jay Sebring who was one of ten people killed by the so called Manson “family”.

This is the third letter I write you regarding your decision on suitability of parole for inmate Leslie Van Houten CDC#-W13378.

I am compelled to contact you in light of Dianne Lake’s book released last week and the disturbing onslaught of sexual assaults against women revealed in the news. In light of such enormous public outrage, it seems that we as a civil society are prepared to handle sex crimes against women and girls – with appropriate justice.

Dianne Lake was 14-16 when she resided at the Ranch where the Manson family existed. Ms. Lake reveals she had sex with Charles Manson individually and in group sex situations in which Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel were involved. Also, both women were aware of Dianne’s age at the time.

At Patricia Krenwinkel’s hearing December 29, 2016, the inmate revealed for the first time her knowledge of the rapes of girls 12-15 years of age. Ms. Krenwinkel described the crimes not out of concern for the young victims or to come clean – rather to distance herself from Manson and illustrate him as a horrific individual.

What I witnessed at that hearing was so disturbing I filed a formal complaint to Jennifer Shaffer and Jennifer Neill at CDCR and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in January of this year.

Please see an excerpt from my complaint below:

“Now that the Board is opening an investigation to determine if Ms. Krenwinkel is an abuse victim of Manson, I submit to authorities an ADDITIONAL investigation to be pursued in light of new details revealed by Patricia Krenwinkel in her hearing last December – the rapes of under aged old girls at the ranch.

Krenwinkel (p.124): “There was people that took care of the children…so that’s a lot of people and there has to be a designation of labor. And he (Manson) would design that…So I would take care of the children.”

Krenwinkel (p.208): “He’s a pedophile. He slept with girls that were 12 years old at the ranch. 13 years old, 14 years old. 15 year old.”

Since the Board is now opening investigations in addition to it’s chief role of determining suitability of parole and danger to society, I demand an investigation pursuant to Penal Code 32 PC to determine if Patricia Krenwinkel was an accessory after the fact in the rapes of children- if these children were ABUSE VICTIMS of Patricia Krenwinkel… or any of the clan at the ranch.
Let there be no distraction from who the ACTUAL victims are… with regard to these murders, or in the rapes of children.”

It is deplorable that Leslie Van Houten has not addressed these crimes against young girls in which she was aware and/or involved in during group sex in which fourteen year Dianne Lake was molested and raped.

I submit this information is grounds to deny parole to Leslie Van Houten…and to initiate an investigation into the sex crimes against children committed by culpable members of the Manson family.

Governor Brown, I thank you for your service and guidance.

Sincerely,

Anthony DiMaria

The People of the State of California Vs. Charles Tex Watson