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Find ‘Tex’ Watson Guilty; Sanity Phase Scheduled

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 — Trial Judge Adolph Alexander ordered the jury which found Manson cultist Charles “Tex” Watson guilty of seven counts of first degree murder Tuesday, to return to court tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the start of […]

Manson Rants from Cell as Prosecutor Sums Up

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 — The prosecution began its summation Tuesday in the second murder trial of Charles Manson as the condemned cult leader continued to rant from a detention cell adjacent to the courtroom. At the start of Dep. […]

At the End of the Road, Death

Copeville, Tex., Oct. 13 — It’s about 1,500 miles from this Red River country town to the neon-glutted boulevards of Hollywood. But, for Charles “Tex” Watson, the road has been considerably longer and a good deal more drama – packed […]

Watson is Guilty of 7 Cult Killings

Charles ‘Tex’ Watson is led back to his cell from a courtroom in Los Angeles after he was convicted Tuesday of seven counts ot first-degree murder and one of conspiracy to commit murder in the Tate-LaBianca slayings. Watson, a former […]

Rice To Act As Own Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 – The eldest of five Manson family members who allegedly participated in a nighttime raid on a Hawthorne gun shop has been permitted to act as his own attorney in their trial. Superior Court Judge Arthur […]

Defense Rests Case in Manson Murder Trial

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 — The defense rested its case Friday in the second murder trial of condemned killer Charles Manson, who smilingly refused to testify in his own behalf. After Manson’s attorney, Irving Kanarek, told Superior Court Judge Raymond […]

Jury Gets Watson’s Case as 4-Day Arguments End

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 — The fate of Charles (Tex) Watson was put into the hands of a Superior Court jury yesterday. Watson 25, a member of the Charles Manson “family” is accused of seven murders which were committed in […]

Testifies In Defense of Cult Leader

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 — Linda Kasabian, the star prosecution witness in the Tate-LaBianca murder trial, yesterday spent a full day on the stand as a defense witness in Charles Manson’s second murder trial. Her testimony appeared to add nothing […]

Prosecution Says Watson ‘Directed Knife’

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 — Cult leader Charles Manson ordered the Tate murders but it was Charles “Tex” Watson’s will that “directed his hand to thrust his knife downward into the flesh of the defenseless victims,” the prosecution said Tuesday. […]

Kasabian Accused As “The Leader”

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 — The real leader in the slayings of Sharon Tate and six others two years ago was a star prosecution witness, Linda Kasabian, a defense attorney says. Sam Brubrick said that in contrast his client, Charles […]

Walter Scott’s Personality Parade

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Watson Called Calculated Killer in Closing Argument

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 — Charles (Tex) Watson was depicted yesterday as a level-headed man who took charge of the band of Manson cultists on the nights Actress Sharon Tate and six others were killed. The description of Watson as […]

Watson Claims He Was Mistreated In Jail, Hospital

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 — Charles “Tex” Watson, testifying at his murder trial, says he was mistreated while a prisoner at the county jail and a patient at a state mental hospital. Technicians at Atascadero State Hospital beat him, Watson […]

Watson Defense Counsel Counters State Witnesses

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 — The prosecution in the trial of Charles (Tex) Watson rested its rebuttal case yesterday and the defense opened its surrebuttal. Watson 25, is the remaining defendant accused of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders. Charles Manson and […]

Watson Faked Insanity, Psychiatrist Tells Court

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 — The assistant superintendent of Atascadero State Hospital testified Thursday that Charles “Tex” Watson was “malingering, playing the perfect fool” at the hospital. Dr. Alfred Owre, also a psychiatrist, said Watson suffered from depression, but not […]

Ex-Girl Friend, Jailer Testify at Watson Trial

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 — A former girl friend and a jailer of Charles “Tex” Watson, yesterday described the mannerisms of the Manson family cultist before and after the Tate-LaBianca mass murders. He “seemed the same” except that he “made […]

Says Watson Telling Truth About Killings, Drugs Use

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 — Charles (Tex) Watson is probably telling the truth about drugs he says he took and about the Tate-LaBianca murders, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified on Friday. Dr. Andre Tweed testified that Watson had no way of […]

Delay Case of 5 Manson Followers

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 – The case of five Charles Manson followers all accused of armed robbery in an abortive gun raid, yesterday was postponed until Monday to determine who will represent the defendants. Superior Court judge Arthur L. Alarcon […]

Testifies Manson Boasted of Stuntman’s Decapitation

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 — A college student testified yesterday that Charles Manson boasted that Donald “Shorty” Shea was decapitated, cut into pieces and buried because Manson thought he was a police informer. The testimony came from Barbara Hoyt 20, […]

Psychiatrist Testifies on Watson Mental Capability

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 — A court-appointed psychiatrist testified yesterday that Charles (Tex) Watson was incapable of “forming intent or harboring malice” and that his ability to premeditate was “severely impaired” at the time of the seven Tate-LaBianca killings for […]