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Manson Cult Girl Gets Added Term for Aiding Escapee

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 — Sandra Good, 27-year-old follower of hippie cult leader Charles Manson, was sentenced to spend two more months in jail today for her part in helping Kenneth Como flee after his Oct. 20 escape from County […]

Death Penalty Ban Assailed by Reagan; State to Appeal

Feb. 19 — The state Supreme Court’s ruling against the death penalty Friday relit all the old arguments and drew hard statements pro and con from California lawmen, lawyers and elected officials. “I’m deeply disappointed and somewhat shocked by the […]

Manson Girl Convicted of Aiding Escape

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 — Sandra Good, a strawberry blonde follower of Charles Manson, was found guilty Friday of aiding and abetting the escape of Kenneth Como in his daring predawn flight from the Hall of Justice. The jury, which […]

Susan Atkins Sues Her Lawyers, DA

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 — Convicted killer Susan Atkins, 22, filed a $2 million damage suit today against her two former defense attorneys and Dep. Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi, who successfully prosecuted her and other Manson family members for the […]

Bugliosi’s Next Trial — Winning DA’s Office

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 — Dep. Dist. Atty. Vincent Bugliosi, the Manson family’s relentless prosecutor, is ready to run for district attorney on a platform that will surprise those who remember his grim face during the trial. On all the […]

Judge Sentences Manson Follower to Life in Shea Killing

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24 — Los Angeles Superior Judge James J. Kolts ruled Thursday that Charles Manson follower Steven Grogan should face life in prison instead of the gas chamber for beheading Donald (Shorty) Shea with a machete. In explaining […]

Jurists Uphold Conviction of L.A. Newsman

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 — A three-justice panel of the state Court of Appeal Friday upheld a contempt of court conviction of newspaper reporter William Farr for refusing to tell a judge the source of a story he wrote about […]

Manson Installed as San Quentin’s 97th Death Row Inmate

SAN QUENTIN, Dec. 15 — Charles Manson was installed as the 97th occupant of San Quentin’s Death Row Tuesday. “He was very calm,” said Associate Warden Joseph R. O’Brien after Manson was whisked here from Los Angeles in a bus […]

Manson Gets Life Sentence in Shea Killing

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 — Cult leader Charles Manson — described by the judge as a “whining, complaining delinquent and small-time car thief with an aversion to work” — was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the 1969 slayings […]

Jury Acquits Newsman in Contempt Case

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 — Newspaper reporter William T. Farr Monday was found innocent of a contempt of court citation leveled against him because of an article he wrote concerning the Charles Manson case. The citation was issued by Superior […]

Manson Given Life Term In Hinman-Shea Murders

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 — A penalty verdict of life imprisonment was returned against Charles Manson yesterday for the Gary Hinman-Donald (Shorty) Shea murders in 1969. A Superior Court jury of eight men and four women had deliberated five hours […]

Manson Court Proceedings End With Whimper

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 — Only two seats in the spectator section of the courtroom were occupied Thursday. They were elderly men with frayed shirt cuffs, the kind who shuffle from one court to another day after day to hear […]

Watson Given Death Penalty by Judge Who Strongly Opposes It

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 — A judge who abhors the death penalty nevertheless pronounced it Thursday against Charles (Tex) Watson, 25, chief executioner in seven murders committed under the spell of cult leader Charles Manson. Superior Judge Adolph Alexander rejected […]

Grogan Death Decreed by Jury in Stuntman Slaying

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 — Manson cultist Steve Grogan was sentenced to death in the gas chamber yesterday for the murder of stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. The Superior Court jury of eight men and four women deliberated a total of […]

Manson ‘Girl’ Held in Contempt, Jailed

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 — One of Charles Manson’s “girls” was held in contempt of court today and ordered to jail for five days for her conduct at the penalty phase of the cult leader’s trial for the slayings of […]

Charles Manson Convicted of Shea, Hinman Slayings

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 — Charles Manson has been convicted of first degree murder in the slayings of movie stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea and musician Gary Hinman and the penalty phase of the trial will begin today at 9:30 a.m. […]

Manson Convicted of Murder in Shea and Hinman Cases

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 – Cult leader Charles Manson, already under sentence of death for the seven Tate-LaBianca slayings, was convicted Tuesday of two more murders and had to be hustled from the courtroom after the verdicts were read. A […]

Steve Grogan Is Convicted Of Murder

Manson Family member Steve Grogan, on trial for the Shorty Shea murder case, is being led back to his cell in the Hall of Justice by a sherrif’s deputy following conviction yesterday LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 — Manson family member […]

Manson Jury In Isolation

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 — The jury deliberating in second murder trial of Charles Manson was sequestered for the weekend Friday after failing to reach a verdict. Manson, 36, is charged in the slayings of Donald “Shorty” Shea, a ranch […]

Manson Jury Deliberating In 6th Day

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 — The jury in the second murder trial of condemned killer Charles Manson failed to reach a verdict yesterday after five days of deliberation. The panel of eight men and four women was sequestered in a […]