Category Archives: Archived News

Manson ‘Family’ Trial May Be Surprise

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 5 – Charles Manson — is he a Rasputin who sent a band of hippies on murderous forays? Or a gentle troubadour, a teller of tales, a singer of songs, a dreamer of dreams? His upcoming trial […]

Manson Involved in Musician’s Death, Jury Told

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 4 – Hippie leader Charles M. Manson, alleged mastermind of the Tate-LaBianca slayings, ordered the death last July of Malibu musician Gary Hinman, the prosecution charged in the Hinman case Friday. In his opening statement at the […]

Manson Accused Of Death Command

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 4 – After mutilating his victim by slashing him with a sword, Charles Manson, the accused master-mind behind the thrill-killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others, ordered him put to death, a Los Angeles Superior Court […]

Prosecution Claims Manson Ordered Musician’s Stabbing

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 4 – Robert Beausoleil, acting under instructions of “family” leader Charles Manson, stabbed to death a musician because he failed to produce $20,000 in an extortion plot, the state charged Friday. Prosecutor Burton Katz, in his opening […]

Evidence Opened to Susan Atkins

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 3 – Access to all prosecution evidence was granted today for Susan Denise Atkins, the informant in the Tate-La Bianca murder cases, after a brief hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. Daye Shinn, attorney for the 20-year-old […]

Hung Jury Forces Retrial: DA Tries Again in First ‘Manson Family’ Trial

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 31 – The first of the “Manson Family” murder trials was underway today with the state demanding the death penalty for mod-attired, 21-year-old Robert Beausoleil. Lost in the uproar over the Sharon Tate murders was the slaying […]

Panel Quizzed on Manson in Hinman Murder Retrial

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 31 – Questions about the “family” of Charles Manson figured prominently yesterday in the examining of prospective jurors for the murder retrial of Robert Kenneth Beausoleil. Beausoleil is accused of the murder last July 25 of musician […]

Susan Atkins Counsel Asks Judge Ousted

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 31 – The attorney for Susan Denise Atkins yesterday moved to disqualify Superior Court Judge William B. Keene from presiding at her trial in the Tate-LaBianca slayings. Attorney Daye Shinn charged the jurist “will not be able […]

Defendant in Tate Murders May Turn State’s Evidence

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 31 – An attorney for one defendant in the Tate-LaBianca murders strongly hinted yesterday that his client will turn state’s evidence when the case comes to trial next month. Gary Fleischman, a lawyer for Mrs. Linda Kasabian, […]

Beausoleil Could Pay With Death

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 31 – The state revealed yesterday it would ask the death penalty as a trial opened for a member of the “Manson family” accused of a murder committed the month before the Sharon Tate killings. Robert K. […]

Watson Waits In Texas: Extradition Fight Seen

McKINNEY, Tex., Mar. 29 – Charles Watson, who skyrocketed to worldwide notoriety when he was accused of murder in the Sharon Tate killings in California, may become equally known as the principal figure in a precedent-shattering extradition fight While Watson […]

Manson Plea to Move Trial Denied Despite ‘Ruthless Publicity’ Claim

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 25 – Despite an impassioned charge by a defense attorney that a Los Angeles newspaper “conspired” to deprive accused murder-mastermind Charles Manson and his “family” of a fair trial, a motion to transfer the case to another […]

Manson Denied Tate Case Venue Change

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 25 – Charles M. Manson and co-defendant Patricia Krenwinkel yesterday were denied their motion for a change of venue in the Sharon Tate murder case on grounds pre-trial publicity had “been absolutely unparalleled in history.” A defense […]

Linda Kasabian Lawyers Tell of Immunity Move

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 24 – Attorneys for Linda Kasabian revealed the strategy to be used in seeking immunity for their client when they said Monday they will ask for a trial date separate from the other Tate-LaBianca murder suspects. The […]

Appeal Motion Ordered Hastened In Watson Case

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 24 – A district judge ordered Monday that a motion of appeal be hastened in the extradition of Charles Watson to California in connection with the slayings of Hollywood actress Sharon Tate and six others. Judge David […]

Counsel For Milford Suspect Says Charges To Be Dropped

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 24 – An attorney for a woman charged with murder-conspiracy in the Tate-LaBianca slayings says the charges “will be dismissed either by grant of immunity or by a jury trial.” Gary Fleischman, who dropped a requested change […]

Accused Slayer Chooses Inexperienced Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 23 – As the Sharon Tate murder case moved slowly toward trial last week, the prosecution gained a new star witness and Charles Manson gained a new lawyer — who has never tried a case. Manson, the […]

Court-Appointed Attorney Fired by Manson; Trial Reset

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 20 – Charles Manson fired his court-appointed lawyer Thursday and then threw a paperback copy of the U.S. and State constitutions into a wastebasket when his request that he again be permitted to defend himself was rejected. […]

Manson Fires Attorney Who Doubted Sanity, Hires Novice

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 20 – Charles Manson Thursday fired an attorney who had sought a psychiatric examination for the bearded, onetime cult-leader and was assigned a new lawyer who promptly withdrew that request. Ousted was veteran lawyer Charles Hollopeter, 59, […]

Manson Releases Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 20 – Charles Manson, chief defendant in the Tate murder case, angrily threw the U.S. Constitution into a waste paper basket in court Thursday, fired the attorney who had asked that he be given a psychiatric examination, […]