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Hippie Cult Is Linked To 2 Other Slayings

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 – A roving cult of hippies, whose members have been charged in the Sharon Tate murders, may have been involved in two other slayings in Northern California, a detective said yesterday. Chief of Detectives Barton L. […]

Manson Makes Wisecracks in Court

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 – Charles Manson, accused mastermind of the Sharon Tate murders, smirked and wisecracked Wednesday during an unexpected court appearance in which he unsuccessfully argued he should be permitted to act as his own attorney. Superior Court […]

Spahn Ranch Fire Caused by Faulty Electrical Wiring

CHATSWORTH, Dec. 18 – Sheriff’s deputies today had stated the early morning fire at the Spahn movie ranch on Tuesday was caused by faulty electrical wiring. A 30-foot aluminum trailer at the ranch, made famous by a cult linked with […]

Manson Asks Role Of Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 – Charles Manson, bearded leader of a hippie-style clan, told a Los Angeles judge Wednesday he wants to act as his own attorney when he comes to trial on charges of murdering actress Sharon Tate and […]

New ‘Cult Link’ in San Jose Slayings

SAN JOSE, Dec. 17 – “Substantial leads” which may link the Tate murders in Los Angeles with the knife slayings of two teenaged girls here last summer are being followed up by local police. Chief of Detectives Barton Collins said […]

Trailer at Spahn Ranch Destroyed

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 – Fire destroyed a trailer Tuesday at the Spahn Ranch, where Charles Manson and other defendants in the Sharon Tate murder case once lived. Authorities said arson was suspected. A sheriff’s spokesman said a young woman […]

News Crew Claims Finding Clothing of Tate Killers

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 – A television news crew yesterday found what may be clothing worn by the killer of actress Sharon Tate and four others. The discovery was made at an undisclosed location near the actress’ rented estate in […]

Link Sought In Bay, Tate Murders

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 – Investigators from four Northern California police jurisdictions were in Los Angeles today seeking possible links between the Sharon Tate murders and unsolved killings in their areas. Two detectives from San Jose questioned several members of […]

Innocent Plea Is Entered

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 – A young woman from a nomadic hippie-style clan pleaded innocent today to charges she killed actress Sharon Tate and six others last August. “Not guilty,” said Susan Denise Atkins, 21, a slender brunette, when asked […]

Authorities Study Pile of Tate Case Clothing

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 – Authorities conduct tests today on seven articles of clothing believed stained with blood that were discovered near the Benedict Canyon estate where actress Sharon Tate and four other persons were slain. Three black t-shirts, one […]

Hills Combed for Tate Evidence; Girl Is Along

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 – A police helicopter hovered over the Hollywood Hills while ground crews worked below Sunday in a six-hour search presumably to find the bloody clothes worn by the killers of actress Sharon Tate and four other […]

Los Angeles Police Search For Killers’ Bloody Clothing

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 – Two dozen policemen accompanied by Susan Atkins, a suspect-turned-informer in the seven Sharon Tate – LaBianca slayings, scoured the Hollywood hills Sunday. They reportedly searched for the bloody clothing discarded by the killers involved in […]

Cult’s Leader Held Under Maximum Security

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 – Charles Manson, leader of the hippie cult charged with the murder of actress Sharon Tate and six other persons, is being held under maximum security precautions in an isolated cell pending trial, it was disclosed […]

Susan Atkins’ Story of 2 Nights of Murder

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 – One day a little man came in with a guitar and started singing for a group of us in that place where we were living, in Haight-Asbury in San Francisco. Even before I saw him, […]

Trial Of Tate Killers Opens In Sixty Days

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 – Dist. Atty. Evelle J. Younger says he has decided against challenging a court restriction on pretrial statements in the Tate-LaBianca slayings, even though he believes it may permit unfounded rumors to go unanswered. Younger’s decision […]

Texas Judge Uses Legal Whip On Manson Cultist’s Lawyers

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 – District Judge David Brown Friday sentenced two Los Angeles lawyers to 72 hours in jail and fined them $100 each for trying to make a “press spectacular” out of the case of Charles D. Watson, […]

San Jose Girl Tells Of Bloody Murders In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 – On the evening of Aug. 8 of this year there were two parties underway 20 miles apart in the mountains northwest of Los Angeles. One was made up of at society calls “swingers” and the […]

Scientologists Deny Murder Link

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 – The Church of Scientology said Friday a “vicious and well organized rumor campaign” has sought to link it with the Sharon Tate murders. It offered a $30,000 reward for information bringing conviction of those responsible […]

‘Sadie and Mary’ Hunt Unlocked Tate Case

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 – A retrial date has been set for Feb.16 for a handsome young transient accused of a murder which has been linked to the Tate-LaBianca killings. Robert E. Beausoleil, 21, is one of two persons charged […]

Manson Delays Plea For Murder Charges

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 – A tiny bearded man with shoulder length hair, clad in filthy fringed buckskin outfit and moccasins was formally charged Thursday with the murder of actress Sharon Tate and six other persons. Charles M. Manson, 35, […]