Victim’s Parents Sue Manson
Wednesday, January 21st, 1970
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 – A $5 million wrongful death suit has been filed against Charles Manson and four other members of his hippie cult indicted for the Sharon Tate murders by the parents of one of the victims.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Kummer of Detroit, parents of hair stylist Jay Sebring, filed the suit Tuesday in Superior Court.
Also named as a defendant was “The Family Jams Inc.,” a corporation formed to produce records for tape recordings of songs composed by Manson, 35, an aspiring soul singer.
Sebring, Miss Tate and four other persons were slain at the actress’ home Aug. 9, 1969.
The suit accused the defendants of seeking to “profit” from the alleged murders through the record corporation. The suit said the company was a “mere shell and naked framework” which the defendants used to conduct personal affairs.
The parents and Sebring’s estate also sought $5,000 to cover funeral expenses.