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Friday
Oct192012

Open Homicides Possibly Linked to Manson Family

California Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitation(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Police Department continues to battle for audio tapes that could hold clues to a dozen open homicides potentially linked to the murderous "Manson family," officials told ABC News.

The open cases came to light during a legal battle first reported by The Los Angeles Times and confirmed by ABC News.

"We do have open cases from that time; there is a possible link," LAPD Commander Andrew Smith, who heads the department's public information section, told ABC News.

The tapes, recorded by Manson disciple Tex Watson, could hold information that helps to solve the decades-old homicides that occurred in circumstances similar to the Manson murders.

The circumstances and time frame fit, but there are no guarantees.

"It's an awful slim chance," said Smith, "but we want to hear those tapes and we've never been able to."

The renowned cold case and robbery homicide units are both involved in the cases and the legal battle.

The LAPD disclosed the cases as it battled to get access to hours of audio tapes, The Los Angeles Times reported and ABC confirmed.

Those tapes, according to the Times, were recorded in 1969 "between Charles Manson follower Charles 'Tex' Watson and his attorney."

According to the newspaper, "The LAPD has said detectives believe tapes could shed more light on the activities of Manson's group" -- a detail that was confirmed to ABC News.

Watson has fought to limit the LAPD's access to the tapes.

Manson and his disciples were tried and convicted of eight murders.  One of those, in 1969, was the murder of actress Sharon Tate, the wife of film director Roman Polanski, who was eight and a half months pregnant.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep042012

Mass Murderer Charles Manson Has New Music Release

California Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitation(LOS ANGELES) -- A vinyl album with a “raw country” sound and spoken-word poetry has been flying off the shelves at a Hollywood, Calif., boutique, never mind that the artist is convicted  mass murderer Charles Manson.

Manuel Vasquez, 26, co-owner of the Beauty Is Pain boutique, told ABC News he has so far sold a “couple hundred” copies of the vinyl recording, which retails for $18 and includes never-before-heard tracks of Manson playing guitar. Some of the material, which Vasquez said he obtained from an “old friend” of the convict, dates back to the 1980s.

“It’s him singing and playing guitar and also reciting some poetry and spoken word type stuff,” Vasquez said. “[He] sounds like an old blues man or a raw country singer.”

A few months ago, Vasquez became pen pals with the 77-year-old Manson, who is incarcerated at Cochran State Prison in California. He sent Manson, whose voice and words has been included on albums by the Beach Boys, Guns ‘N Roses and Marilyn Manson, a mini-copy of the album cover.

“He told me he thought it was well put together. Those were his exact words,” Vasquez said.

Manson will not receive any profits or royalties from the sale of the album.

Vasquez, who was not alive when the "Manson family” terrorized Southern California in the late 1960s with its “Helter Skelter” killing spree, said he wanted to produce the album because he believes Manson’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial was violated.

“I wouldn’t say [he's] innocent, but he was denied his constitutional rights in court,” Vasquez said.  ”I wanted to raise awareness of that.”

Manson was found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the August 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and four houseguests, and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. He was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1972 when California temporarily abolished the death penalty.

He was denied parole for a 12th time this past April.

Manson’s next chance at freedom will come in 15 years, when he is 92 years old.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr112012

Charles Manson Denied Parole Again

California Department of Corrections(LOS ANGELES) -- Mass murderer Charles Manson was denied parole Wednesday by the California parole board. It was the twelfth time Manson has been rejected for release.

Manson is serving a life sentence for seven murders in a 1969 killing spree in Los Angeles.

True to form, Manson boycotted the hearing and did not attend. Wednesday could have been Manson's last chance for freedom since the California Department of Corrections set Manson's next hearing for 15 years from now. Manson would be 92 by then.

Manson has been less than a model inmate. He has violated several rules in the five years since his last parole hearing, Calif. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton told ABC News.

He has been caught in possession of a weapon, threatened an officer, and has been caught twice with contraband cell phones in the past three years, Thornton said. Manson placed calls and messaged people in California, Florida, New Jersey, British Columbia, and elsewhere, Thornton said. The incidents, in 2009 and 2011, are still under investigation and Thornton could not comment on how he obtained the phones.

Manson was convicted of seven counts of first degree murder for a 1969 killing spree in Los Angeles. Manson was sentenced to death when he was found guilty, but the sentence was modified in 1977 to "life in prison with the possibility of parole, after a 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court that determined the state's death penalty statute at the time was unconstitutional," according to the California Department of Corrections.

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Mass Murderer Charles Manson Up for Parole

California Department of CorrectionsUPDATE: Mass murderer Charles Manson was denied parole Wednesday by the California parole board.

(LOS ANGELES) -- A California parole board will meet on Wednesday to determine if mass murderer Charles Manson could be considered "suitable" for parole.

Manson has been denied parole 11 times over the years and his several violations of prison rules do not bode well for any hopes of freedom.  He is serving a life sentence for seven murders in a 1969 killing spree in Los Angeles.

"We do not expect that Manson will show up.  He has not shown up for several of his latest hearings, since 1997," California Department of Corrections spokesman Luis Patino told ABC News.  "He told his counselor that he did not plan on attending."

Manson has been less than a model inmate.  He has violated several rules in the five years since his last parole hearing, California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton told ABCNews.com.

He has been caught in possession of a weapon, threatened a peace officer, and has been caught twice with contraband cellphones in the past three years, Thornton said.

Manson placed calls and messaged people in California, New Jersey, Florida, British Columbia and elsewhere, Thornton said.  The incidents, in 2009 and 2011, are still under investigation and Thornton could not comment on how he obtained the phones.

Those present for the hearing will include a commissioner, deputy commissioner, attorneys for both sides and family members of Manson's victims.

Attorneys from both sides will give presentations and read any documents by victims' relatives or other interested parties.  They will also go over Manson's prison records.

The hearing could last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, Patino said.  Then, the commissioners will go into closed deliberations and a decision is expected later in the afternoon.

The commissioners will decide if Manson is suitable or unsuitable for parole.  Once they make that determination, it could be upheld, denied or sent back by the governor to the full board of parole.  Even if Manson were granted parole, by law no formal decision would be made for 90 days.´╗┐

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Thursday
Apr052012

New Charles Manson Photos, Same Creepy Stare

California Department of Corrections(CORCORAN, Calif.) -- New photos of helter skelter mass murderer Charles Manson show him older, with a longer beard, but just as intense.

The new mugshot was released by the California Department of Corrections one week before his upcoming parole hearing.

The images were taken at the state prison in Corcoran, Calif., in June 2011. They show a 77-year-old Manson with unruly gray hair, a scruffy beard and his faded swastika tattoo on his forehead.

Photos of inmates are routinely taken when they are transferred to different facilities or when their appearance changes, like Manson.

The last photos of Manson were released three years ago and showed him with a shaved head and a shortly trimmed beard.

Manson was convicted of seven counts of first-degree murder for a 1969 killing spree in Los Angeles. The killings included the fatal stabbing of five people in the home of actress Sharon Tate and the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Manson was sentenced to death when he was found guilty, but the sentence was modified in 1977 to “life in prison with the possibility of parole after a 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court that determined the state’s death penalty statute at the time was unconstitutional,” according to the California Department of Corrections.

Several of Manson’s murderous “family” have been released from prison in recent years.

Manson’s reign of terror was detailed in the best-selling book Helter Skelter by former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun172011

Jaycee Dugard Kidnapper in Same Prison Unit as Charles Manson

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty Images(SACRAMENTO) -- Phillip Garrido, the man convicted of kidnapping, raping and holding Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years, arrived at California’s Corcoran State Prison Thursday to begin serving a sentence of 431 years to life.

The 60-year-old Garrido, who was given the name “Creepy Phil” by his neighbors in the town of Antioch, will be housed in a protective unit that is also home to cult murderer Charles Manson.

“Creepy Phil” and “Crazy Charlie” are in a Protective Housing Unit for inmates whose safety, according to the California Department of Corrections, “would be endangered by general population placement.”

Phillip Garrido’s wife, Nancy Garrido, is now at a California women’s prison, serving a sentence of 36 years to life.

Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old in 1991 when the Garridos snatched her off the street and forced her to live in a backyard compound made of sheds and tents.  She was sexually assaulted by Garrido for years and gave birth to two daughters while in captivity.

Dugard was freed in August 2009.  She has a memoir due out next month.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr202011

Charles Manson: President Obama a 'Slave to Wall Street'

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza (file)(CORCORAN, Calif.) -- Charles Manson has broken two decades of silence, giving a telephone interview to Spain's Vanity Fair magazine in which the convicted killer and cult leader called President Obama foolish.

Manson, who was convicted 40 years ago in the gruesome murders of eight people -- among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate -- also talked about killings and his group of followers who came to be known as the "Manson family."

The cult leader has a new attorney who has asked the president to set Manson free. Asked by the magazine to give an opinion of the president, Manson, 76, called Obama foolish in reference to Wall Street, saying he considered the president "a slave of Wall Street."

"He doesn't realize what they are doing. They are playing with him," he said, according to the magazine.

Other comments revealed the familiar, chilling Manson.

"I am a bad man. I'm nasty. I'm in the bull ring. I don't play. I shoot people ... I'm an outlaw. I'm a criminal. I'm everything bad," he said.

Manson didn't carry out any of the killings during a two-day rampage in Southern California, but he was sentenced to death for ordering the murders. He'd apparently hoped to use the killings to ignite a race war between blacks and whites.

All the victims were brutally stabbed to death.

The death sentences imposed against Manson and members of his group were commuted to life sentences when California abolished the death penalty in 1972.

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