Category Archives: Archived News

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 […]

12 Jurors Seated For Watson Trial

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 — After six days of questioning, prosecution and defense attorneys have settled on a jury of six men and six women to try Charles “Tex” Watson in the killings two years ago of actress Sharon Tate […]

Crude Knife Found Outside Manson Cell

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 — A knife, fashioned from metal spoon, was found last week outside Charles Manson’s maximum security cell at the Hall of Justice jail, a bailiff told a Superior Court judge Monday. The disclosure was made after […]

Travel Topics: Death Valley

STOVEPIPE WELLS, Calif., Aug. 8 — People come here on purpose in August, about 20,000 of them. Death Valley at midsummer is a cultivated taste. It is hard to see the grandeur for the heat ripples in the air. One […]

Cult Member Identified as Key Witness

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 — The prosecution on Friday revealed the identity of a key witness in the second murder trial of condemned killer Charles Manson. Dep. Dist. Atty. Anthony C. Manzella told Superior Judge Raymond Choate the witness is […]

Judge Ousts Manson After 3 Outbursts

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 — Charles Manson was ousted from his second murder trial again yesterday shortly after he looked at a mannequin of one of his alleged victims and remarked, “Now we’ve got two judges.” Manson 36, is on […]

Manson Pal’s Jury Hears of Cries

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 — A jury was assured yesterday that the screams heard by Miss Barbara Hoyt came from the missing Donald J. “Shorty” Shea, the cowboy actor for whose murder Steve Grogan, 20, a Charles Manson followers on […]

Witness Tells of Hearing Shea’s Screams in Night

Barbara Hoyt, witness in the Steve Grogan case, hides her face from the cameras yesterday. She is appearing as a prosecution witness. Steve Grogan was 23 years old when he was arrested in connection with the LaBianca murders. He was […]

Barefoot Manson On Trial

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 — A barefooted Charles Manson appeared unconcerned in court Tuesday as the prosecution set out to prove his participation in two more slayings. Los Angeles County Dep. Dist. Atty. Anthony C. Manzella Jr., in an opening […]

Prosecution Claims Motive In Manson Murder Trial

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 — Charles Manson thought Donald “Shorty” Shea was responsible for his trouble with the law and that was the motive for the movie stuntman’s alleged murder, the prosecution claimed yesterday. Dep. Dist. Atty. Anthony C. Manzella. […]

County Questions Rule On Reporter Contempt

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 — The Board of Supervisors today decided to ask state Atty. Gen. Evelle J. Younger for an independent opinion on whether a news reporter should be forced to reveal his sources of information after leaving his […]

Charles Watson Goes to Trial in Tate Deaths

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 — The second Tate-LaBianca trial began yesterday with Charles “Tex” Watson the lone defendant and the state ready to call members of Hollywood’s younger sat to testify Watson had been a guest at the actress’ home. […]

Order Manson, Followers to Pay $500,000 in Death

LOS ANGELES, Jul. 30 — A federal judge yesterday ordered Charles Manson and four others to pay a total of $500,000 in damages over the death of Voityck Frykowski, one of the victims in the Tate-LaBianca murders. U.S. District Court […]

‘Silent’ Newsman Ordered to Jail

LOS ANGELES, Jul. 29 — Former Herald-Examiner reporter William Farr Wednesday was ordered in Los Angeles to jail until he tells a judge the specific source of information for a news story he wrote alleging the Manson “family” planned to […]

Trial Slated to Start Today In $2,000,000 Murder Suit

Family of Manson murder victim, Voityck Frykowski, outside of court Tuesday. (Left to right ) Mother Teo Fila Frykowski, brother George, and son Bartek, 12. LOS ANGELES, Jul. 29 — The trial of a $2,000,000 wrongful death suit brought against […]

Investigators Connect Blaze in Glendale Gun Shop to Shea, Hinman Murder Trial

LOS ANGELES, Jul. 27 — The investigation into a fire at a Glendale gun shop took a new turn yesterday when it was disclosed that the place figured in a murder case involving Charles Manson and his followers. A man […]

‘Manson Gives Communes Bad Name’

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Jul. 26 — Charles Manson has given communes a bad name, says a doctor who has studied the commune movement in California. Dr. David E. Smith says the trend toward group living was thriving until the bizarre life […]

Jury Members Selected for Another Manson Trial

LOS ANGELES, Jul. 25 — A jury of eight men and four women has been selected to try condemned killer Charles Manson for the Hinman-Shea murders. Selection began immediately for four alternate jurors in case one of the first 12 […]