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’70’s Cultist is Arrested

LOUDON, N.H., Jun. 23 – More than 200 people were arrested during the weekend at motorcycle races, including former Charles Manson cult member Linda Kasabian, who was charged with indecent exposure, police said. Authorities said the first arrest 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 […]

Manson Lashes Out in Interview

NEW YORK, Jun. 12 — Charles Manson, the convicted mass murderer, strikes out at the media and claims he is “nobody’s leader and I’m nobody’s follower” in an interview with Tom Snyder tonight on NBC’s “Tomorrow Coast to Coast” (12:30 […]

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 […]

Vincent Bugliosi – Manson Case Prosecutor Turns Defense Lawyer

CHICAGO, Jun. 4 — Vincent T. Bugliosi, the former deputy Los Angeles County district attorney who prosecuted the Charles Manson family, is now on the other side of the courtroom. “I’d like to try to establish myself as the leading […]

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 […]

Woman Cites LSD Effects; Followed Manson Orders

LOS ANGELES, May 31 — Leslie Van Houten said at her third murder trial she was so heavily drugged on LSD that she was incapable of functioning on her own and mindlessly carried out Charles Manson’s orders to kill. Miss […]

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 […]

High Court Rejects Manson Case Appeals

WASHINGTON, Apr. 3 — Charles Manson’s bid to have his conviction and life sentence overturned in the 1969 murders of two California men was turned down by the Supreme Court today. The justices left intact Manson’s 1970 conviction for the […]

Couple Meet, Forgive Slayer of Daughter, 20

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Jan. 16 — “We love this special person from the bottom of our hearts,” said Golden Bristol of the man who murdered her daughter. The tiny housewife from Dearborn, Mich., confessed to a little nervousness as she […]

California Court of Appeal Upholds Manson’s Convictions in 2 Killings

LOS ANGELES, Jun. 24 – Ruling it found no evidence of “prejudicial error,” the State Court of Appeal yesterday upheld Charles Manson’s 1971 convictions for the murders of Gary Hinman and Donald (Shorty) Shea. The three-judge panel, in an unanimous […]

Doctor Disputes Van Houten Domination

LOS ANGELES, Jun. 22 – A psychiatrist called by the prosecution testified Tuesday that Leslie Van Houten was not a “robot” under the domination of Charles Manson the night she took part in the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. […]

Manson Follower Knifed: Shots Halt DVI Racial Fight

TRACY, Jun. 8 — Security remained tight and tension high at nearby Deuel Vocational Institution last night in the aftermath of a racial battle which required warning shots to stop. Eleven prisoners were injured, one seriously. The seriously injured inmate […]

Files On Manson Are Shut To Lawyer For Van Houten

LOS ANGELES, Jun. 7 – Leslie Van Houten’s lawyer lost a fight Monday for access to the medical and psychiatric records of mass murderer Charles Manson. Attorney Maxwell Keith, defending Miss Van Houten in her Los Angeles retrial for murder […]

Van Houten Could Have Deceived Psychiatrists, a Specialist Testifies

LOS ANGELES, May 24 – Leslie Van Houten could have deceived psychiatrists into taking a favorable defense stance at her murder retrial, one of several specialists who have examined the former Charles Manson cultist testified yesterday. During cross-examination, Dr. Keith […]

LSD Influence on Miss Van Houten Told

LOS ANGELES, May 20 – A psychiatrist who specializes in “medicines of the mind” testified Thursday that Leslie Van Houten’s use of LSD so changed her values that she ended up “not caring for life, even her own.” That is […]

Mrs. Van Houten testifies Leslie ‘Free of Manson’

LOS ANGELES, May 19 – Leslie Van Houten’s mother fought back tears in Los Angeles Wednesday as she told a jury of her daughter’s journey back from Charles Manson’s cult of death. Jane Van Houten, of Monrovia, recalling her personal […]