Bobby Beausoleil’s 2005 Parole Hearing

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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Statement made by attorney Carolyn M. Hagen, read by Bobby Beausoleil in 2005. Much of this statement is uncorroborated. Further, many claims made within are contradicted by witness statements

Review of the most recent parole consideration hearing transcript of Robert Beausoleil, dated May 11, 2000, has revealed inaccuracies and confusion regarding the commitment factors. In order to fairly address the (indiscernible) factors of the offense, and by extension Mr. Beausoleil’s rehabilitation, Mr. Beausoleil request that the Board incorporate this statement by reference into the current and any and all future proceedings. The commitment case factors as described below are based entirely on previous parole hearing transcripts, Board reports and psychological evaluations.

‘Statement of Facts’ – on the night of Friday, July 25, 1969, approximately 45 hours prior to the fatal stabbing of the victim, Gary Hinman, Robert Beausoleil went to Hinman’s residence to buy drugs. Hinman was, at that time, dealing Mesculine that he made himself. Beausoleil was buying drugs on behalf of members of the Straight Satan’s Motorcycle club who had supplied money for the purchase in the amount of $1,000. Danny DeCarlo, who would later testify as a witness to Beausoleil, was a member of the Straight Satan’s club and an active participant in the drug transaction. Beausoleil delivered the mesaculine he had purchased from Gary to the Straight Satan’s at Spahn Ranch where Danny DeCarlo resided with his girlfriend, Susan Atkins, who would become co-defendant in Beausoleil’s case. DeCarlo and other members of the Straight Satans then took the drugs to Venice Beach for a party involving several motorcycle clubs that was to take place the next day.

On Saturday, July 26th, DeCarlo and other members of the Straight Satans, accompanied by members of the Satan’s Slaves and Hell’s Angels motorcycle clubs, returned to Spahn Ranch and confronted Beausoleil. They accused Beausoleil of conspiring with Hinman to burn him for the money for selling them bad drugs. The bikers roughed up Beausoleil and threatened him with a knife. Beausoleil told the bikers that he did know the drugs were bad and promised to get their money back from Hinman.

DeCarlo and co-defendant, Bruce Davis, told Beausoleil that they would drive him to Hinman’s residence to make sure that he did. Two young women, co-defendants Atkins and Mary Brunner, who were initially unaware of the difficulites between Beausoleil and the bikers and Hinman, came along “for the ride.” Upon arrival at the Hinman residence, Brunner and Atkins went ahead into the house to visit Hinman with whom they had more then casual relationships. Davis then gave Beausoleil a 9mm pistol. Davis and DeCarlo instructed Beausoleil to keep the gun concealed, but to produce it if Hinman failed to cooperate and return the money. They told Beausoleil to phone them at the Ranch when they obtained the money and they would return to pick him up. Davis and DeCarlo then left with the car. In addition, Beausoleil was carrying a knife in a sheath on his belt.

Beausoleil confronted Hinman about the allegedly bad drugs and commanded the return of the $1000.00 he had given him the day before. Hinman claimed that the mesculane was not bad, and in any case that he had already spent the money. Beausoleil became agitated and pulled the gun out and threatened Hinman with it. He struck Hinman with the gun two or three times. Hinman produced his checkbook to prove that he had already spent the money. Convinced that Hinman was telling the truth, Beausoleil handed the gun to Atkins and told her to keep in trained on Hinman and not to let him move, that he was going to go into the other room in search of something of value that he could give to the Straight Satans in lieu of the money. While Beausoleil was out of the room, Hinman lunged at Atkins and took the gun away. Atkins cried out and Beausoleil ran back into the room. He grabbed Hinman’s arm and began to fight with Hinman to gain possession of the gun. While the two men were wrestling over the gun, one of the two female co-defendants telephoned Spahn Ranch and apparently and unidentified person that there was trouble, that Hinman had taken the gun and that he and Beausoleil were fighting over it. During the struggle the gun discharged. The bullet pierced the kitchen sink without injuring anyone, but the sudden shock of the gun’s loud concussion enabled Beausoleil to regain possession of the gun.

Hinman offered to resolve the conflict by signing over the two titles for the two old automobiles that he owned, one of which was a dented volkswagon van that Hinman had recently purchased for $800.00. Beausoleil accepted. When the transfer of the titles was complete Beausoleil and the two females were preparing to leave when co-defendants Davis and Charles Manson appeared at the front door. Hinman, who was no longer being held at gunpoint opened the front door for the two men who he considered to be his friends. Manson immediately slashed Hinman across the check with a long swordlike knife taking Hinman’s ear and cutting his cheek. Beausoleil asked Manson why he did that and Manson replied that he was showing Beausoleil, “how to be a man.”

Davis demanded Hinman give him the gun and Hinman indicated to Davis that Beausoleil had the gun. Beausoleil returned the gun to Davis and Davis expressed annoyance that the gun had been jammed. Manson angrily told Beausoleil that he had made a mess of things and that he needed to get it cleaned up. He told the two females, who were members of his commune, to help Beausoleil take care of Hinman. Manson and Davis then left.

Beausoleil spent the rest of the night, and most of the next day, with Hinman, attending to his injury and talking to him in an attempt to convince Hinman that – ” There seems to be a typographical error here. “In an attempt to convince Hinman that the wound was not very serious and would heal without the need of going to see his doctor. Beausoleil feared Hinman would inform on him if he went to the hospital for medical treatment. Hinman became increasingly adamant about wanting to get professional treatment for the injury. Beausoleil phoned Spahn Ranch for advice on what to do. Manson came to the phone and told Beausoleil that he was on his own and hung up. Hinman made additional demands to be allowed to go to the hospital. In a state of panic and desperation Beausoleil made the decision to kill Hinman to prevent him from telling what he knew of Beausoleil’s involvement of the drug deal and the assault. Beausoleil stabbed Hinman once in the chest and when Hinman did not immediately fall he stabbed him a second time.

In court testimony the coroner said that the second stab wound was almost instantly fatal. Beausoleil has stated that neither of the two female co-defendants had any foreknowledge of the fatal assault and were out of the room when it occurred. The females had seemed shocked. Beausoleil asked them to help him remove evidence of their presence and to take measures that might help him evade detection by the authorities. Hinman was known to associate frequently with radical militant (indiscernible) on the UCLA campus and Beausoleil decided to try to make it look as though Hinman had been killed by some of these other associates by burning some of Hinman’s Marxist newspapers on the floor, and by drawing ‘political pig’ on the wall in the victim’s blood.

The three left Hinman’s residence at nightfall on Sunday, July 27th. DeCarlo and members of the Straight Satans accepted the old VW van as repayment for the allegedly bad drugs and took it to Venice Beach. It was subsequently found in Santa Monica. Beausoleil was arrested in San Louis Obispo on August 6th. He had been driving Hinman’s other vehicle at the time and it had broken down on the freeway. The knife used in the slaying of Hinman was in the vehicle.” This is dated May 30, 2003, signed Carolyn M. Hagen, attorney for Robert Beausoleil.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Hinman Files

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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First Homicide Report – 07/31/69
Residence Photographed – 08/04/69
Classification Change – 08/06/69
Bobby Beausoleil Arrest Report – 08/06/69
One Arrest Made – 08/07/69
Complaint Issued – 08/07/69
Palm Print Lifted – 08/08/69
Preliminary Hearing Set – 08/09/69
Additional Suspect Arrested – 10/13/69
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme Arrested – 10/17/69
Arraignment Date Set
Danny DeCarlo Statement – 11/19/69
Progress Report – 12/4/69
Stephanie Schram Statement – 12/4/69
Mary Brunner Interviewed
Mary Brunner Statement – 12/4/69
Investigation Made – 12/08/69
Louis Puttek Interview – 01/20/70
Firearms Identification – 01/27/70
One Arrest – 01/29/70
Vehicle Impounded – 02/20/70
Sword Examination – 03/09/70
Gun Recovered – 03/17/70
Alan Springer Interviewed – 03/20/70
Brunner Warrant Issued – 04/06/70
Mary Brunner Statement – 04/06/70
Rosanne Walker Interviewed – 04/10/70
Grand Jury Indictments – 04/19/70
Defendant Sentenced – 04/21/70
Defts. #2 and #3 Appear for Trial Setting – 04/22/70
Defendants Arraigned – 04/29/70
Evidence Held – 05/06/70
New Sentencing Date Set – 05/12/70
Ella Jo Bailey Interviewed – 05/18/70
Mary Brunner Affidavit – 05/21/70
Defendant #1 Formally Sentenced – 06/15/70
Beausoleil Formally Sentenced – 06/15/70
Grand Jury Hearing Held – 06/17/70
Ronnie Howard Interviewed – 10/19/70
Bruce Davis Arrested – 12/19/70
Manson Family Activities – 9/16/71

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Oct. 7 – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Bureau, Gary Hinman investigatory files. A retrospective of Hinman investigation as seen through never before released homicide, arrest, laboratory, investigation and progress reports, witness interview transcripts, and interoffice correspondences.


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Charles Manson’s 2002 Parole Hearing

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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Sept. 17 – On Wednesday, April 24, 2002, a California parole board found Charles Manson unsuitable for parole for the 10th time, at a hearing held at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California. Manson, reportedly refused to attend the hearing because he would’ve been required to appear handcuffed.

A review of Manon’s prison record showed he had 17 serious infractions in the five years since his last hearing. Some of the infractions listed were, failure to participate, disrespect, noncompliance with grooming standards, possession of a weapon, and setting a mattress on fire.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Kay told the board that “finding Charles Manson unsuitable for parole and giving him a five year denial will be the easiest decision you’ll have to make all year.”

The short hearing was the attended by Sharon Tate’s younger sister, Debra Tate, who became the first member of her family to appear at one of Charlie’s parole reviews.

“He is totally unsuitable for release into society in my opinion,” said Tate, “and I implore you to please keep him in so that society can have peace for at least five more years.”

Manson was denied the maximum 5 years.

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Court Releases Video of President Ford’s Testimony From Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme Trial

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Aug 26 – A U.S. District Judge has granted the disclosure of President Gerald Ford’s video testimony from United States of America vs. Lynette Alice Fromme, according to a report by the Sacramento Bee.

On July 24, 2013 the Eastern District Historical Society along with the Sacramento Bee filed a motion requesting the court unseal the taped deposition in order to “preserve events of historical significance in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.”

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller granted the motion, ordering the original VHS tape be transferred to DVD and copies be provided to the Eastern District Historical Society, The Sacramento Bee, the Clerk’s office and the National Archives.

The taped deposition, which was unsealed by a prior court order in April of 1987, runs about a half hour long and shows President Ford answering questions about the events of September 5, 1975, when Fromme pointed a loaded .45 caliber handgun at him before being wrestled to ground by Secret Service agents.

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Minister Moorehouse

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

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Dean Allen Moorehouse in 1971

Aug. 17 – Dean Allen Moorehouse (born 2/13/20 in Minnesota, male Caucasian, 5-5, 157 lbs., gray hair and blue eyes) grew up in the Minneapolis area and had at least two older siblings – one brother, two sisters. In 1939, at the age of 19, Dean married Audrey Lucile Sirpless and during the course of the couple’s 28-year marriage, they produced four children; Kathleen Adair (1940), Deane Thomas (1941), Sharon Lee (1945) and Ruth Ann (sometimes 1951/1952/1953)

In 1967, the then 47-year-old Moorehouse reportedly was employed, or formerly employed as a protestant minister and was residing in San Jose, California with his family. Around this time, Dean befriended Charlie Manson after picking up the ex-con hitchhiking through the area. Manson had recently been paroled from federal prison after serving almost six years of a ten year sentence for forging a $37.50 check in May of 1959.

Moorehouse invited Manson to dinner at his home and Charlie ended up staying the night. Manson and Moorehouse discussed the Bible, sang religious songs and when Charlie admired an old piano at the house, Dean told him he was welcome to have it. Moorehouse told Charlie he was always welcome in his home and Manson became a frequent visitor, taking a special interest in Dean’s youngest daughter, Ruth Ann.

Sometime that summer, Manson found a Volkswagen Microbus for sale in Moorehouse’s neighborhood and negotiated a deal with the owner to trade it for Dean’s piano. Shortly after acquiring the Microbus, Charlie took Ruth Ann on a trip up the coast which prompted her parents to report her as a runaway. The pair were eventually apprehended by Sheriff’s deputies on Friday, July 28, 1967. Ruth Ann was returned home and Charlie was arrested for trying to interfere with the police. The following month, Dean and Audrey officially ended their marriage, filing for divorce in Sonoma County.

Dean was arrested on Thursday, March 21, 1968 and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, after he was found in a Redwood Valley home that Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies raided for marijuana. Sheriff’s deputies arrested 11 individuals on a range of charges and Dean was slapped with the delinquency charge because the majority of those in the home were not of age.

Dean was arrested again in May, after Roger Tholan and Gertrude Romanski told authorities that the $50 of LSD they were found in possession of, was sold to them by Moorehouse. Dean was charged with a violation of Section 11912 of the Health & Safety Code.

A few weeks later, Ruth Ann married 23-year-old Edward L. Heuvelhorst in Santa Cruz, California in an effort to become emancipated. According to Ruth Ann, the marriage only lasted one day, and she soon headed to the Los Angeles area where Charlie and the family had relocated months earlier. Soon to follow her was an angry Dean, reportedly hell bent on getting Ruth back. When Dean arrived in Los Angeles, he met up with Charlie at Dennis Wilson’s house where Manson immediately diffused the situation by kneeling down and kissing the preacher’s toes, welcoming him to the party.

Dean spent the rest of the summer at Dennis’ house living in the guesthouse in exchange for taking care of the landscaping duties. He reportedly became a devout follower of Charlie and championed his lifestyle and philosophies. In August, Dean headed back to Mendocino in order to face trial for the LSD arrest back in May. The trial resulted in a hung jury and was set to be re-tried in December. In the meantime, Dean returned to L.A. and reconnected briefly with the family at Spahn Ranch.

Dean’s second trial began on December 17, and this time he was found guilty. He returned for sentencing on January 2, 1969, when Judge Wayne Burke sentenced Dean to 6 months at the Vacaville Medical Facility. Records show he was received the following day and that he was transferred several times during his incarceration, serving his sentence in multiple facilities, including Folsom and San Quentin.

After the Tate-LaBianca murders were connected to the Manson family, LAPD sent detectives to visit Dean in prison. According to the officers that made the trip, Moorehouse offered little to help their case.

Dean was denied parole on May 7, 1969, March 3, 1970, and August 26, 1970, before he was finally granted parole on March 23, 1971.

Little has been documented about Moorehouse’s activities in the years that followed. Records indicate he lived for a long time in the Redding, California area. In May of 1991, Dean was convicted on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and given a 8-year term in state prison. He served 52 months of the 8-year term and was paroled on Saturday, September 2, 1995. He violated parole less than two years later and was returned to prison on May 29, 1997. Dean was re-released on parole on May 22, 1998 and discharged from parole supervision on Sept. 9, 1999.

Dean Allen Moorehouse passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2010 in Shasta Lake, California.

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