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Message In A Shampoo Bottle

A cut above: Jay Sebring, who invented a new way of styling men’s hair, with Paul Newman on the “Harper” set in 1965. Fall 2002 – I have interviewed many celebrity hairstylists in my day, but this would be my […]

Susan Atkins Claims She Didn’t Commit Any Of The Manson Murders

FRONTERA, Calif., Jan. 21 — Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins was refused parole Wednesday after an emotional hearing in which she claimed she didn’t kill Sharon Tate or anyone else. Ms. Atkins, who is serving a life sentence for the […]

Psychiatric Testing Ordered for Ex-Manson Lawyer After Outburst

Nov. 7 – Charles Manson’s one-time defense attorney was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation Monday after he burst through a security door into a deputy district attorney’s office in Torrance and resisted police officers who tried to remove him, authorities […]

The Stuff of Crime: Evidence Piles Up in Police Property Division Warehouses 

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 — They had seen it all, they thought: evidence from jewelry heists, blood-stained clothing and hold-up guns, narcotics and urine samples. Into the Los Angeles Police Department’s massive property division had come hara-kiri knives and ransom […]

Manson Associate Davis Denied Parole

SAN LUIS OBISPO, May 15 – A member of cult leader Charles Manson’s murderous “family” was denied parole for the seventh time, but the parole board told him he’s close to getting a release date. Bruce Davis, 44, who appeared […]

Malibu Judge Leaves Bench After 22 Years

Nov. 15 – John J. Merrick did not have the typical background for a judge, but he was not judging typical people. Merrick was a comedy gag writer before he became the no-nonsense judge of a sleepy community that was […]

Ex-Manson Follower Freed After 14-Year Murder Term

LOS ANGELES, May 9 – A former Charles Manson follower was paroled and is working as a house painter after serving 14 years in prison for fatally stabbing a Hollywood stuntman. Steve “Clem” Grogran, 34, was released Nov. 19 from […]

Release of Good Delayed

ALDERSON, W.Va., Nov. 22 — Sandra Good, a Charles Manson follower who was to be released here Friday from the federal prison for women, will not be paroled until at least Dec. 2 because the parole board has not completed […]

Manson Disciple Van Houten Denied Parole for 5th Time

FRONTERA, Calif., May 16 — Former Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, serving a life prison term for the brutal 1969 slayings of Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, was denied parole Wednesday for the fifth time. Click here to read Leslie […]

Sandra Good To Be Sent To New Jersey

ALDERSON, W. VA, Mar. 28 – Sandra Good, a follower of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson, will be going to New Jersey instead of California upon her release Friday from the Federal Reformatory for Women at Alderson, W. Va. The […]

Charges Dismissed Against Manson’s Attacker

VACAVILLE, Calif., Jan. 17 — Authorities dismissed assault charges Wednesday against a state prison inmate who allegedly splashed convicted mass killer Charles Manson with paint thinner and set him ablaze. Inmate Jan Holmstrom apparently acted in self-defense, said James Highsmith, […]

Inmate Sets Fire to Charles Manson

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 26 — Multiple killer Charles Manson is expected to live after being severely burned Tuesday when a fellow inmate set him on fire at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Manson, convicted in the killings of actress Sharon […]

Manson Plot to Escape Thwarted?

VACAVILLE, Nov. 2 — Mass slayer Charles Manson was lodged in a maximum security cell Monday after state prison guards discovered a hacksaw blade and other contraband that may link him to an escape attempt, authorities said. One of the […]

Parole Unit Refuses to Free Manson

VACAVILLE, Calif., Nov. 5 — Mass murderer Charles Manson, saying “I ain’t got no mind” after eight years in “the nut ward,” was refused parole Wednesday by a state parole. The three-man panel from the state Board of Prison Terms […]

Leslie Van Houten: ‘In Touch’ With the Guilt She’ll Always Feel

Dec. 14 – Leslie Van Houten, 31, and looking like a schoolgirl in jeans, plaid shirt, red V-necked sweater, short brown curls and bangs, reached for her pack of cigarettes, lit up and grinned: “I keep telling myself, ‘When this […]

FBI Seeking for Motives in Psychology of Killers

QUANTICO, Va., Nov. 9 — The FBI has entered the world of psycholinguistics and interviews with notorious killers to help solve seemingly senseless crimes. The purpose of the studies by the Behavior Science Unit, which is housed in the basement […]

Fromme Returned To Alderson

PLEASANTON, Calif., Apr. 10 — Would-be presidential assassin Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme will be moved back to a federal prison in Alderson, W. Va. as punishment for striking an inmate with a hammer, prison officials said Monday. A prison investigation found […]

Ford Assailant Faces Inmate Assault Charge

SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 14 — The FBI is investigating a woman prisoner’s complaint that she was attacked with a claw hammer by fellow inmate Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the would-be assassin of former President Ford, agents said Tuesday. FBI special agent […]

Manson Follower Discovered Shot in Burning Car

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 16 — James T. Craig, who was convicted of a 1972 Charles Manson family murder, was discovered today shot and stuffed into the trunk of a burning car with a corpse. Fire fighters put out the blaze and […]

Religion Has ‘Freed’ Him, Watson Says

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Apr. 30 — Charles “Tex” Watson says he spent the first 23 years of his life chasing the all-American dream and the next five chasing after the devil. Now Watson — the former Texas farm boy and […]