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Prosecutor to End Van Houten Case

LOS ANGELES, May 17 – Prosecutor Stephen Kay plans to wind up his case against Leslie Van Houten today in the retrial of the former Charles Manson follower for the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. On Monday, Kay completed […]

Miss Van Houten Tells Role in Slaying

LOS ANGELES, May 13 – Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten testified Thursday that she stabbed Rosemary LaBianca only after Mrs. LaBianca apparently was dead. Miss Van Houten said that after both Mrs. LaBianca and her husband, Leno, were […]

Miss Van Houten Tells of Perjury

LOS ANGELES, May 6 – Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten testified Thursday she took LSD during the Tate-LaBianca murder trial and said she gave false testimony in that trial on Manson’s orders. Taking the stand for the first […]

Roman Polanski and the Hounds of Hell

May 1 – Roman Polanski’s films are macabre, heavy with themes of isolation, rage, guilt and humiliation. “He seems to have been born with fixed and pessimistic conclusions about the human condition,” says a Polanski compatriot and journalist. His life, […]

Linda Kasabian Finishes Slaying Account

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 26 – Linda Kasabian completed her courtroom account Monday about a night in 1969 when she said Charles Manson and a carload of his followers roamed from the mountains to the sea searching for someone to kill. […]

Manson Prosecutor Discounts Parole Idea

COLUMBIA, Mo., Apr. 8 – Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor in the Charles Manson murder trial, smiled out at the large crowd assembled in the University’s Jesse Auditorium. “This is really a good crowd,” he said. “I think some of you thought […]

‘Manson’ Film Producer Slain

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 – Producer-director Laurence Merrick, maker of the film “Manson,” was shot to death Wednesday at his Hollywood film school, police said. His unidentified slayer, described as a young man in his 20s, escaped after the noontime […]

Leslie Van Houten Retrial to Stay in L.A., Judge Rules

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 – The retrial of former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten will stay in Los Angeles, a judge here ruled today after both defense and prosecution attorneys agreed that the entire state was “saturated” with publicity […]

Woman in Manson Family Arrested

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18 — A member of the Charles Manson family was arrested Monday at her home in Petaluma on a charge of sending two threatening letters through the mail. Patricia Maureen Gillum, also known as Misty Hay, was […]

Deputy D.A.’s a Bit of TV’s Columbo, With Just a Dash of Perry Mason

Nov. 14 – In stature and appearance (dark, wavy hair) there is a suggestion of television’s insouciant detective Columbo (Peter Falk, if you prefer). It would come as no surprise if he ambled up to the witness stand wearing a […]

$11.2 Million Libel Suit Against Bugliosi Dismissed

LOS ANGELES, Jul. 9 – Attorney Irving Kanarek’s $11.2 million libel suit against Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent T. Bugliosi was dismissed Thursday because Kanarek failed to meet a deadline to clarify his “meaningless” suit. Kanarek unsuccessfully defended Manson, who was […]

Three Former Manson Girls Try To Erase Past

Jun. 27 – X no longer marks the spot for the Manson Family. Three former Manson girls — Ruth Ann (Ouish) Morehouse, Catherine (Gypsy) Share and Kitty Lutesinger — have in recent months sought to erase the “Manson insignia” from […]

Spahn Ranch Sits Like a Ghost Town

CHATSWORTH, Jun. 14 – It seemed as though the notorious Spahn movie ranch would get a new lease on life three years ago when plans were announced to build a $3 million European tourist center on land that was once […]

Manson’s Girl Linda Resurfaces

CONCORD, N.H., Jun. 6 — When Voytek Frykowski staggered bloody and dying onto the front lawn of the home of actress Sharon Tate, a horror-struck, 20-year-old girl told him, “Oh God, I’m so sorry.” Four months Later, in December 1969, […]

Court Blisters Manson Prosecutors

May 21 – Conduct of the prosecution in the 1970 mass murder trial of the Charles Manson family was questioned caustically Thursday by the state Court of Appeal during oral arguments on whether the convictions should be overturned. The jibes […]

Manson Back At Vacaville

VACAVILLE, May 11 – Charles Manson was transferred to the California Medical Facility today for a 90-day psychiatric study because he was “becoming extremely withdrawn,” a prison official said. Manson, 41, is serving a life sentence after being convicted of […]

Bitter ‘Milkman’ Issue Again Haunts Bugliosi

LOS ANGELES, May 2 – A bitter issue that has followed attorney Vincent Bugliosi through two previous campaigns and a series of lawsuits has resurfaced in his bid for district attorney in the June 8 primary election. Known as the […]

Kasabian, 11 Others Held By Authorities

NASHUA, N.H., Apr. 19 – Linda Kasabian, the former Charles Manson cultist who is now known as Linda Christian, was arraigned today in Nashua District Court, along with 11 other defendants, on charges of rioting and interfering with fire apparatus […]

Sandra Good Given 15-Year Sentence

SACRAMENTO, Apr. 13 — Sandra Good, a follower of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson and former roommate of Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for conspiring to threaten the lives of business and government leaders. […]

‘Helter Skelter’ an April Fool

Apr. 1 – A poster arrived from CBS last week proclaiming in jagged, blood-red letters that “Helter Skelter” would be shown in two parts, tonight and Friday night. Then KNXT yelled “April fool!” or words to that effect. The local […]