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Transcript of Charles Manson
Charles ‘Tex’ Watson: murdered Wojciech Frykowski and Leno LaBianca.
Susan Watkins: murdered Sharon Tate.
Patricia Krenwinkel: murdered Rosemary LaBianca and Tate victims.
Linda Kasabian: acted as getaway driver. Star witness.
Leslie Van Houten: stabbed Rosemary LaBianca. Manson gathered a group of his most loyal Family followers to carry out numerous murders among famous people in Hollywood.
Manson chose four of his most obedient comrades, Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, Susan Watkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian, to carry out his dirty work.
All the victims: actress Sharon Tate, writer Wojciech Frykowski and his partner, coffee bean heiress, Abigail Folger, together with celerity hairstylist Jay Sebring, had all returned to the Polanski residence after dining out.
Manson himself took no part in the actual killings, but directed his disciples into killing people. The first victim was 18-year-old Steven Parent who was a friend of Tate’s gardener. He was shot as he just happened to walk down the drive and noticed the intruders.
The most inhumane killing had to be of Sharon Tate, who despite pleading for the life of her unborn child was mercilessly stabbed in the stomach by Susan Atkins. Kasabian told of Atkins’ chilling words to Tate before she stabbed her: “Look b****, I have no mercy for you. You’re going to die and you’d better get used to it”.
In total the Manson Family claimed to have killed around 35 victims.
Roman Polanski, husband of Sharon Tate, together with other Hollywood actors, offered a reward of $25,000 for information that would lead to conviction of the killers. Charles Manson and the Family were considered serial killers. Manson never killed any of his victims himself, he had others do it for him. Therfore he wasn't really a serial killers just a person who got other people to commit murders for him. But the killings were considered organized. The victims had been beaten and stabbed dozens of times, and the word PIG was written in blood on the front door. There seemed to be no motive. No money or valuables were taken, and none of the victims had been sexually assaulted. Proving this motive was the key to the prosecution's case in the trial, which began on 24 July 1970. The prosecution relied mostly on testimony from Manson family members who had agreed to talk in exchange for lenienc. There was also a small but important collection of physical evidence, including the pistol used in the Tate murders. Manson and three of his followers who had committed the murders were found guilty and sentenced to death. A fifth defendant, Charles Watson was subsequently tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. In 1972 the California Supreme Court found that the death penalty violated the state constitution, and all individuals on death row had their sentences converted to life in prison. In fact Manson and the other four murderers would eventually be eligible to apply for parole. They got two leads. One was from the members of a motorcycle gang. The other was from a prisoner in a Los Angeles jail. The prisoner told of strange conversations she had had with a fellow inmate, a young woman who was being held in connection with yet another murder involving a stabbing and a message left in the victim's blood. Both sources pointed to a man who was already being held on car-theft charges, Charles Manson. All the victims were from Hollywood The trials were full of testimonies and little physical evidence. Bibliography
World of Forensics Online Book
Crime and Investigation (crimeandinvestigation.co.uk)
TruTV Luis Morales and carla.