Manson Visited Sharon at Her Mansion, 2 Say
Friday, August 21st, 1970
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 – Accused murder mastermind Charles Manson, who has violently denied ever being at the home of slain actress Sharon Tate, was seen at the estate by at least two prosecution witnesses, it was learned Thursday.
The long-haired hippie leader was seen talking to the pregnant actress on several occasions when he visited her Benedict Canyon home.
Two witnesses are expected to testify to seeing Manson both in the murder house and on the grounds several months before the brutal killing of the actress and four others.
Rudy Allabelli, owner of the $225,000 house the actress and her film-director husband Roman Polanski leased, and the starlet’s personal photographer, S. Hatami, are expected to testify some time next week that they both saw Manson at the home. Whether the photographer
inadvertently got a photograph of the cult chieftain is unknown.
Meanwhile, it was also learned Thursday, that the soft-spoken leader of the Manson “family” — after “begging” his attorney, Irving Kanarek, to halt his continuous objections to both prosecution and defense questions — finally threatened to stab him if he didn’t stop. The weapon, it was reported was a long pencil with which the cult chieftain takes notes during court sessions.
Kanarek’s unexpected behavior in stopping the objections all of a sudden had puzzled both press and attorneys at the trial.
Before trial resumed today Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles Older, accompanied by Kanarek and representatives of the county counsel’s office visited the jail atop the Hall of Justice. The visit followed Manson’s motion to stop the sheriff’s office from harassing him in jail.
Manson, on the stand for the second day before the jury was brought in, said a screen that is put up between him and visitors at the jail was unjustified. The long-haired hippie leader also said he was put in a “lockup” because someone has passed him a newspaper which officers labeled “unlawful communication.”
“A man hollered and asked if I wanted the paper, and I said ‘yes’,” Manson testified. “I didn’t see anything against it.”
Manson described security in the jail as “like smog that builds up on the outside — security builds up on the outside.”
Judge Older said that before he made a decision he wanted to personally inspect the screen which Manson is forced to use. The hearing in this will resume at 9 a.m., Monday.
Meanwhile, as the trial itself began again, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Michael J. McGann told of finding 106 grams of hashish and marijuana in the Tate home and one ounce of cocaine in the car of Jay Sebring, the Hollywood hair stylist who was one of the victims.
The homicide detective also said that more than $100 in cash was found in the victims’ pockets and pocketbooks — some of it in plain sight, eliminating robbery as a motive.
Six witnesses paraded to the stand Thursday detailing what they saw when the bodies were discovered at the sprawling Tate home.
The first at the scene was Tate maid Mrs. Winifred Chapman, who reported for work Saturday, Aug. 9, 1969, at 8:30 a.m., only to find a scene of carnage.
Los Angeles Police Officers arriving in answer to her call — Jerry Joe De Rosa, William T. Whisenhunt and Robert E.Burbridge — claimed they found several outside lights on at the home — including a string of Christmas lights intertwined on a split rail fence in front of the house.
DeRosa, the first officer to arrive, told the seven-man five-woman jury that as he walked towards the house he saw the body of Steven Parent, the 18-year-old casual visitor to the home, lying in his car.
On the lawn were two other bodies — apparently that of coffee heiress Abigail Folger and Polish playboy Voijck Frykowski. Inside the living room, the ends of a long rope tied around their throats, were Miss Tate and Hollywood hairstylist Sebring.
Written in blood on the door was the word ‘Pig’.
DeRosa testified that suitcases blocked the doorway of the house, and nearby was a pair of eyeglasses. The glasses later were discovered under some furniture, apparently kicked there by officers.
Also on the floor, Officer Burbridge testified, were pieces of a gun grip, also later found under furniture.
Although the murder gun was not found in the house, another gun was discovered by Officer Whisenhunt who said he was told it was “an award given by the cast of a movie to the producer”.
The three officers said they later arrested William Garretson, who had been living in the caretaker’s cottage at the rear of the main house. (Garretson was later released). Also found in the caretaker’s cottage, the officer said, were several sticks of marijuana.
Also on the stand Thursday was telephone repair foreman Raymond H. Kilgrow who verified, for the prosecution, that four telephone lines leading to the house had been cut “a few inches from the top of the pole.” Four private phones, he said, had been in use at the home — two at the main house and two in the caretaker’s cottage.
By MARY NEISWENDER