Category Archives: Archived News

Judge Declares Mistrial in Manson Cultist’s Case

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 — The murder trial of Manson cultist Steve Grogan came to an abrupt end on Friday when the judge declared a mistrial because of a single prejudicial question posed by the prosecution. Grogan 20, charged with

Prosecution Rests Case in ‘Tex’ Watson Murder Trial

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 — The state rested its case yesterday in the trial of Charles “Tex” Watson, the fifth defendant to be tried in connection with the Tate-LaBianca murders. Click here to read Gregg Jakobson’s August 26, 1971 Testimony

Threat Made to Grogan Trial Attorney

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 — The trial of Manson cultist Steve Grogan was halted for several hours yesterday when the defense attorney reported he had received a death threat from someone who complained over the way the defense case was

Jurors Told ‘Tex’ Watson Conducted Murder School

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 — One of Charles Manson’s lieutenants conducted a school for murder in Death Valley after actress Sharon Tate and six others were killed, a former member of the nomadic tribe testified yesterday. Barbara Hoyt 19, told

Watson Admitted He Killed Sharon, Witness Testifies

Dianne Lake, 18, leaves court yesterday after testifying that Charles “Tex” Watson told her he killed Sharon Tate LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 — A former follower of Charles Manson Tuesday testified that Charles “Tex” Watson told her he killed actress

Actress Takes Stand At Trial

Deana Martin, actress-daughter of Dean Martin, leaves a Los Angeles courtroom after testifying at murder trial of Manson cultist Charles “Tex” Watson. LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 — Actress Deana Martin, 22-year-old daughter of actor Dean Martin, was a state witness

Dean Martin Daughter Testifies for Prosecution at Watson Trial

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 – Actress Deana Martin, 22-year-old daughter of actor Dean Martin, was a state witness Monday in the trial of Charles (Tex) Watson, 25, for the seven Tate-LaBianca murders. She was followed on the witness stand by

Testify Watson Fingerprint Found at Scene of Slaying

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 — Two police crime laboratory experts testified on Friday that a bloody fingerprint found at the Sharon Tate home was that of Charles (Tex) Watson, the remaining defendant in the Tate-LaBianca mass murders. Investigators Jerome Bolen

Prosecution Rests Case In Trial of Manson Cohort

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 — The prosecution rested its case yesterday in the trial of Manson lieutenant Steve Grogan with the inspection of about 200 exhibits introduced into evidence in the case. Grogan is accused of the 1969 murder of

Deputy On Stand In Grogan Trial

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 — A sheriff’s deputy testified yesterday that when Steve “Clem” Grogan was arrested for the murder of cowboy actor Donald “Shorty” Shea the defendant grinned and remarked that nobody had been found. The Witness, Sgt. Paul

Linda Kasabian Says She Didn’t Try to Stop Killings

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 — Linda Kasabian, the Manson “family” member who turned state’s witness, testified during cross-examination that she did not try to prevent the murders of the Tate victims or go for help while they were being killed.

Watson ‘Calm’ During Tate Slayings

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 — Charles “Tex” Watson was calm and composed when he led three young women on a murder foray at Sharon Tate’s estate in August 1969, one of the women testified Tuesday. Linda Kasabian, formerly a star

Lawyer says Tex Did Kill But Was Only A Zombie

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 — Charles “Tex” Watson did commit some of the Tate-LaBianca murders but he was “no more than a zombie, a mindless automaton” blindly obeying Charles Manson’s orders, his attorney said Monday. “Watson’s motive was simple,” said

Watson Trial To Open Today

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 — Opening statements and testimony are set to begin today in the trial of Charles “Tex” Watson, with attorneys aiming to depict Watson as a youth driven to insanity by drugs and the mesmerizing dominance of

Manson Says He Slashed But Did Not Kill Hinman

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 — Charles Manson, in a surprise move today had admitted slashing musician Gary Hinman with a sword, but indicated he did not kill him. The 36-year-old condemned murderer testified Friday outside the presence of the jury

Witness Says He Split With Manson Over Killings

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 — The drug-dominated culture of the Charles Manson family was vividly described in court here Thursday by a witness who said he decided to quit the group when he realized that he would be expected to

Manson Slashed Hinman, Witness Says

Ella Jo Bailey, a former member of the Manson family, testified yesterday that Charles Manson spoke about slashing Gary Hinman with a sword. LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 — A prosecution witness testified yesterday that Charles Manson, walking up and down

Manson Family Member Tells of Shea Killing

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 — The plaintive words, “Why? Why?” were the last uttered by cowboy actor Donald J. (Shorty) Shea before dying at the hands of the Charles Manson “family,” according to bizarre and gruesome testimony given Wednesday in

Witness Claims Defendant Admitted Murder of Shea

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 — A young man who quit the Manson family in disillusionment, testified yesterday that Steve Grogan admitted to him that he (Grogan) killed movie stuntman Donald (Shorty) Shea. Paul Watkins 21, quoted Grogan as saying he

Officer Declines Comment on ‘Confession’ by Manson

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 — An investigating officer in the second murder trial of Charles Manson yesterday declined to confirm or deny the cult leader confessed to him that he ordered the slaying of Gary Hinman. Manson reportedly told Sheriff’s