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Secret ‘Manson Family’ Murder Indictments for 3

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 – After less than five minutes of deliberation, the Los Angeles County Grand Jury late Wednesday returned secret indictments charging three persons with the death of movie stuntman ranch-hand Donald “Shorty” Shea. The indictments which climaxed

Manson Clan Member Gets New Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 – The new attorney for Leslie Van Houten, one of three young women defendants in the Sharon Tate murder case, will seek a mistrial for his client after six months of court sessions. Superior Court Judge

Another Manson Indictment Asked

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 – While hippie leader Charles Manson awaits resumption of his trial on seven murders, the district attorney today asked the grand jury to indict the long-haired ex-convict of another count of killing. Manson and three others

New Leads Checked In Search for Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 – Detective investigating the mysterious disappearance of Sharon Tate murder trial attorney Ronald Hughes said Wednesday they are checking out “some new leads” and will resume an intensive search when bad weather clears. Capt. Jim Richards,

Efforts Fail To Find Tate Trial Lawyer

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 – Sheriff’s deputies say they’ll decide today whether to resume a search in the wilderness for a Sharon Tate murder trial defense attorney, Ronald Hughes. “Everything is speculation, but if Mr. Hughes is in this area,

Tate Trial Delayed to Dec. 16

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 – The Sharon Tate murder trial has been postponed until Dec. 16 to allow the “associate counsel” of missing defense lawyer Ronald Hughes to study the massive 18,000-page transcript of more than five months of court

Step Up Search for Tate Lawyer

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 – A search was intensified today for the missing Tate-LaBianca attorney as the lawyer’s “substitute” in the trial announced it would take him until Dec. 16 before he is ready to take part in the case.

Missing Report Filed; Search for Lawyer Halted

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 – The search for missing Atty. Ronald Hughes was temporarily halted yesterday, Ventura County sheriffs deputies reported. Det. Carl Shoenberger said the actual physical search for the 35-year-old lawyer in the Sespe Hot Springs area of

Keith Named Van Houten Counsel

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 – Maxwell Keith, veteran of the sensational Finch-Tregoff trial of a decade ago, was appointed by the court yesterday to represent one of the female defendants at the Tate murder trial because of the disappearance of

Manson, Girls Demand Chance to Defend Selves

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 – Charles Manson and his three girl “followers,” charged with the murder of seven persons, Thursday demanded that their defense be reopened so they can testify and call some 21 witnesses to back them up. They

Tate Case Stalled; Lawyer Still Lost

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 – The Tate-LaBianca murder trial came to a virtual stand still today because of the continued and mysterious absence of defense lawyer Ronald Hughes. Police and sheriff’s deputies searched for the 250-pound red-bearded novice attorney but

Manson Case Fugitive Surrenders

Bruce Davis, left, a freshly carved bloody “X” on his forehead, is led into the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles by his attorney, Dave Shinn, who talked the crony of Charles Manson into surrendering. Davis, 27, a member of

Weather Hinders Hunt for Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 – Sheriff’s deputies were awaiting a break in the weather today to search for a missing defense lawyer in the Sharon Tate murder trial who is believed marooned in the Sespe area of Los Padres National

Tate Case Lawyer Can’t Be Found

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 – The disappearance of a defense attorney in the Tate-LaBianca murders case remained a mystery today as sheriff’s officers could not locate him in an area where be was reported “marooned.” Burly, bearded Ronald Hughes, the

Manson’s Shattered Defense

ATTORNEYS FITZGERALD, KANAREK, SHINN & HUGHES No way to tell their clients what to do Nov. 30 – For nearly four months, the prosecution methodically presented evidence in the bizarre Los Angeles murder trial of Charles Manson and his co-defendants.

Course Unpredictable As Tate Trial Resumes Monday

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 – The three long-haired girls are pale and thin after a year in prison. Their gaze is blank except when it falls on the short, dark-eyed man at the counsel table with them. Charles Manson flashes

Manson’s Ex-Pal Gets An Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 – One of two former Charles Manson “family” members charged with the attempted murder and robbery of a Long Beach apartment house owner and his guest will be represented at his trial by a private attorney,

Manson on Stand in Dramatic Finale

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 – “I’ve killed no one and I’ve ordered no one killed,” Charles Manson declared in a dramatic, unexpected monologue that wound up testimony in the Sharon Tate murder trial. Out of hearing of the jury, and

Manson Girls Defy Defense

Three girl defendants in the Sharon Tate murder trial, Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel, from left, leave court Thursday after defense attorneys rested their case in a surprise move without calling any witnesses. Immediately the girls rose

Manson Defense in Surprise Rest

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 – In a surprise move which disrupted a Los Angeles Superior Courtroom, attorneys for cult leader Charles Manson and three of his girl followers rested their case before they even opened it. Although the four defense