Showing posts with label Charles Manson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charles Manson. Show all posts

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Charles Manson seriously ill, moved to hospital

Los Angeles Times Wed. Jan. 4, 2017

Mass murderer Charles Manson was taken from a Central Valley prison to a hospital for an undisclosed medical issue, two sources familiar with the situation said.

One of the sources said Manson was seriously ill but could not provide specific information.

Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation declined to comment, citing federal and state laws and saying inmates' medical information is private.

"We do not disclose inmate movements for safety and security reasons," said Terry Thornton, a department spokeswoman. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Other Side of Madness (1971 Video)

It's been a long time since I've seen this movie. It was originally titled "The Helter Skelter Murders"......

At the opening credits of the movie, it says "1975". However, IMdB indicates "1971", with which I agree, as some of the scenes were filmed at Spahn Ranch:

There was a comment left on IMdB by a lady that said she was involved in making the movie.  She said the Rock Concert was filmed outside of Kansas City using real

Just to advise, there is a little nudity and adult subject matter, so before you view, be advised...

It's kind of fun to watch to see more footage of Spahn Ranch, the Hall of Justice, and Los Angeles back in the day....


Saturday, January 31, 2015

EXCLUSIVE - The lonely life of Manson's bride:

Charles Manson's future wife shops for wedding dress fabric ahead of jailhouse ceremony with the killer

  • Afton Elaine Burton was pictured fabric shopping and looking at white satin, possibly for her upcoming wedding
  • The 26-year-old and Charles Manson were approved for a marriage license in November, which gave them 90 days to carry out their jailhouse nuptials
  • the wedding would have to happen on a Saturday or Sunday, and this weekend are the last two days they are eligible to wed 
  • Burton, known as 'Star', first met Manson when she started writing to him as a teen and later moved to Corcoran, California to be closer to him
  • Manson is currently serving a life in prison sentence for killing seven people in 1969, as the ringleader of a cult 
A 'superfan' of Charles Manson who is set to carry out her vow to marry the 80-year-old notorious mass murderer was spotted out in California.

Afton Elaine Burton, who calls herself Star, was spotted fabric shopping and looking at white satin, possibly for a wedding dress to sew for her jailhouse ceremony.

The 26-year-old has been writing to the killer since she was a teen and even moved from her home in Illinois to the California town where he is imprisoned. 

Previous reports had said the two were already married, but a formal ceremony has yet to be held.

Afton Elaine Burton, who calls herself Star, was spotted fabric shopping and looking at white satin, possibly for a wedding dress to sew for her jailhouse ceremony
Afton Elaine Burton, who calls herself Star, was spotted fabric shopping and looking at white satin, possibly for a wedding dress to sew for her jailhouse ceremony

Star is set to wed Charles Manson in a ceremony that will possibly take place this weekend
Manson was granted a marriage license to marry Star in November of last year

The couple filed for a marriage license on November 7, which gave them just 90 days to carry out the nuptials.

California Department of Corrections spokesman Jeffrey Callison previously stated that the wedding would have to take place on a visiting day, which happen on Saturdays, Sundays and certain holidays (including Thanksgiving).

Callison said the couple would be allowed 10 guests from outside the prison, two guests from inside the prison and an officiant of their own choosing.
However, the two are not be allowed to consummate their marriage since Manson's life in prison sentence bans him from receiving conjugal visits.

In previous interviews, Star gushed about falling in love with Manson and his 'philosophy' as a teen, and how she already considered herself married to him.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Was Manson "Railroaded"?

Every so often, I get that question:
"Lynyrd... in your opinion... do you think Charles Manson was railroaded?"

Heck... there's even a small book circulating with that title ("The Railroading of Charles Manson")... which by the way, I've never read.

Here's my opinion on the subject:

At the start of the trial, Manson had a chance to walk-away with a lesser sentence.  In fact, there's an outside possibility, that Manson could have walked-away clean.

There wasn't a large amount of hard evidence against Manson.

Unfortunately, Manson couldn't swallow his pride, and ultimately, that self-pride led to his demise.  Pride was Manson's Achilles' heel.

Here's the rub:
Bugliosi's prosecution completely hinged upon proving that Manson was in-charge of these kids.... and Manson (being a jackass) demonstrated his control over these kids (to the jury and the world), both inside the courtroom and out... for the entire duration of the trial.

In a nutshell, Manson made Bugliosi's case for him.

If Manson had shaved his face, got a decent haircut, put on a suit, and most importantly... kept his mouth shut, and acted like a complete nobody... a follower... Bugliosi would have had an uphill battle.

Problem is... Manson couldn't do that.

Manson had too much pride to "dethrone" himself (as the leader of these nitwits), and play by the court's rules. He was smug.  And because of that, he played right into Bugliosi's hands.

The genius of Bugliosi, was predicting how Manson would play his cards (right from the beginning).

Bugliosi knew Charlie's personality, and with that knowledge, he fashioned an effective noose to string Manson up.

Bugliosi may have been an asshole (on a personal level), but he was a great lawyer.  You can't take that away from him.  Manson on the other hand, was quite simply... a jackass.

Manson was full of pride. He was smug.  As I said... that was his Achilles' heel.  And as a result... Manson earned himself NINE murder convictions, that he'll never outlive.

My opinion:
Charles Manson "railroaded" himself.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Environment Excuse

“I am always in awe of people who devote their lives to a good cause and are brave enough to take a stance, though it may be controversial in their time.”
                                                                -Rebecca Pidgeon

"False friends are like our shadow... keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, 
but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.”
                                                     -Christian Nestell Bovee

Hello old friends. I'm back with another question for the day! 

Imagine there was a cause you felt very strongly about, and you decided that you wanted to make a difference. What do you suppose would be the best way, to go about doing so?

Well-- one way might be to find a group of like-minded responsible people, who also share a passion for the cause. Then you could work together to develop an action plan to raise awareness and/or funds, which might initiate real change that could potentially further the cause you all hold dear.  (By the way, this is not that hard or expensive-- check out the ice bucket dumping going on all over the media…)


Another way to go about it, would be to rally around one of the most notorious and feared criminals of the last half-century. You could run a website, and put his face out there front and center. You could showcase his beliefs and quote his ramblings... which most average people couldn’t understand with the help of a dictionary and hippy interpreter.
You know, I hate to use this cliché - but apparently, there really is more than one way to skin a cat. There are some people who are trying to make an argument, that the latter is the best way to go... and I have given them, in my own humble opinion, a fair shot to make their case…
However, after reading and listening to this argument for the last few years-- I'm calling B.S.!!

Charlie’s supporters must know, that as soon as 90% of the population sees his face or hears his name, they are no longer listening to the message, or taking it seriously. For that very reason, Charlie's participation actually hurts more than it helps. I think they know that. I think they care not.

Of course, it would be easy for my ATWA(R) brothers to prove me wrong. Just give me the list-- the list of specific, tangible things which any of them have done to help the environment. The parks or roads they have helped to clean. The list of walks or rallies they have held. The list of promotional packages they have emailed out. The number of programs they have tried to develop or sponsor, with the funds they raise by doing???

Have they planted a single tree?

It's interesting to note (on the ATWA site), that a link for planting trees, is listed after detailed directions for donating money and writing letters to help Charlie. So at the very least, one might assume, that the Trees they hold so dear, are ranked third to Charlie’s legal fund and parole chances. I mean after all... these trees are supposed to be the foremost reason they're involved with Manson in the first place... right????
Sorry Charlie- I'm just not buying it.

I don’t see an organized group or movement. I see a few disturbed people making excuses to get closer to a very bad guy. And I hope with all of my soul, that I am wrong. Somebody please tell me, I am wrong. Please tell me, that these people are not simply using this very worthwhile cause as a “front”, to get closer to (and be part of) the Evil aura associated with Manson... and the horrible things he is associated with.

Because if I am right…… then that is scarier than Manson himself. An 80 year old man locked-up for the rest of his life, is one thing.  Now, a group of young Charlie “wannabees” walking among us?  Well, just think about that.

Remember: Charlie didn't like to get his own hands dirty. He had others plant the trees...
You’re Favorite Saint!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Diane Dimond: Rembrandts of the Courtroom Provide a Look Back at High-Profile Trials

Bill Robles’ iconic drawing and insider story of how murderer Charles Manson came to display to the jury a newspaper headline that read, “Manson Guilty Nixon Declares,” and nearly caused a mistrial is not to be missed in the book The Illustrated Courtroom: Fifty Years of Court Art.
By Diane Dimond | @DiDimond |

OK, by a show of hands, how many readers have actually sat inside a courtroom and watched a trial?

Having been assigned to cover countless high-profile trials over the years, I have to admit I relish it.
I love going to courthouses with their stately facades and imposing corridors. And inside it’s like watching a big vat of human soup. We all get stirred up together in a courthouse: the poor, the middle-class, the rich.

People seeking justice, people in big trouble with the law, people whose families are falling apart. The process is fascinating to watch.

Inside courtrooms where the most-watched trials take place, there is a group of unsung regulars that I have never written about — professional courtroom artists. Whenever I can, I try to get a seat next to one of them. Watching them work is a treat.

Cameras aren’t always allowed in court (especially in federal court), and so the artist is there as a front-row eyewitness to capture the scene, those special moments that can be shown on television or in print to give the public a real feel for what it was like in the room.

Elizabeth Williams is one of these artists, and she has just accomplished something remarkable. After a nine-year effort, she has brought together the artwork of five of the nation’s most experienced courtroom artists in the book The Illustrated Courtroom: Fifty Years of Court Art. It is a delicious retrospective for court aficionados who can’t get enough of headliner trials.

The vast collection of iconic art is punctuated by captivating personal stories from all five artists: Howard Brodie, Richard Tomlinson, Bill Robles, Aggy Kenny and, of course, Williams herself.

The book begins with the late Brodie’s intricate rendering of the courtroom in which Jack Ruby was found guilty of murdering presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in 1964. Also included is a sketch of Ruby as he heard the verdict.

“Just before the panel brought in a death sentence, Ruby’s Adam’s apple quivered and he gulped,” Brodie wrote on the bottom of that day’s drawing. Brodie recalled the judge sat on an inflated rubber-doughnut cushion and “decreed that only those within the rail could smoke, denying newsmen and spectators the privilege.”

From that time in a Dallas courtroom a half-century ago, the artwork flows like the pages of a legal history book. Among the pages are many other Brodie accomplishments: capturing the action at the Watergate cover-up trial, the Patty Hearst case and scores of others.

Tomlinson, also now deceased, was there to see radical Abbie Hoffman on trial for selling cocaine. The artist describes how his long-held philosophy, “to approach each subject as if it is the only chance I’ll ever have to draw them, because it just might be,” came in handy during that 1973 trial. Hoffman skipped bail, changed his name and appearance and didn’t resurface until 1980.

This Aggy Kenny illustration depicts Sydney Biddle Barrows, aka “The Mayflower Madam.”
Tomlinson’s bold drawings of David Berkowitz (aka the “Son of Sam”) are powerful, as was his portrait of Mark David Chapman (John Lennon’s killer) and he spent two full years drawing participants in the Black Panther 21 case, among many others.

“Now I’m glad the book took nine years,” Williams told me on the phone. “Because if I’d started it later, Howard and Richard would have been gone and we would have had no recollections from them.”

Kenny’s water-colored sketches are riveting. Among her included works are scenes from the trials of Iran-Contra defendants such as John Poindexter and Oliver North.

“Strange details sometimes stick with you, and I was very aware of Ollie’s mother wearing a prim bright-yellow hat,” Kenny recalls.

Also in the book, Kenny’s drawings from inside the U.S. Supreme Court, Robert Chambers the “Preppie Murderer,” Sydney Biddle Barrows aka “The Mayflower Madam” (another who favored prim hats) and Jerry Sandusky. Her 1974 portrait of James Earl Ray is shocking in his nonchalance as he faced charges of assassinating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Drawing (Ray) in a makeshift courtroom set up in a penitentiary was a first for me,” Kenny says. “I felt as if I was drawing an infamous felon in a school cafeteria.”

Kenny reveals that another courtroom artist there that day married Ray the next year.

Much of the book highlights the work of the talented and prolific Robles, considered to be today’s dean of courtroom artists. Based in Los Angeles, he has covered trials for CBS News for more than 40 years and remembers his first assignment, the 1970 murder case against Charles Manson and his followers, as if it were yesterday. Robles’ iconic drawing and insider story of how Manson came to display to the jury a newspaper headline that read, “Manson Guilty Nixon Declares” and nearly caused a mistrial is not to be missed. Robles’ rendition of the moment Manson grabbed a pencil and leaped to attack the judge graces the book’s front cover.

Robles went on to famously capture for posterity the trials of Roman Polanski, John DeLorean, Timothy McVeigh, O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson and too many others to mention here.

Included in Williams’ works are drawings from several dirty money cases including the infamous Bernard Madoff case. Williams was the only artist to render the moment Madoff was led away in handcuffs by federal marshals, and it was seen worldwide. Her works from several mob trials are also in the book along with her personal recollections of each (John Gotti once stood over her and asked in a menacing tone why her drawing of him “wasn’t smiling”) and give the reader a real feel for the pressures on a courtroom artist.

As the verdict neared at the Martha Stewart trial, Williams recalls, “The TV networks had their producers in the courtroom with red and black squares of paper they could hold up (on the courthouse steps) to indicate guilty or not guilty.” All correspondents had to do was glance up from their camera position to see the signal and instantly report out the news. The artwork was expected to be finished immediately.

For me, this book was a great trip down memory lane and it reminded me what a service these special artists do for the rest of us. They take us inside courtrooms where many have never been.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Protecting the Rights of the Accused

ROB RASCHIO displays a forensic artist sketch of the trial of Charles Manson, leader of a cult in California who was convicted for masterminding seven murders, that he obtained from a friend. The drawing hangs in his office as a reminder that every defendant, no matter how horrific the crime of which he or she is accused, is given the right of due process under the U.S. Constitution.
ROB RASCHIO displays a forensic artist sketch of the trial of Charles Manson, leader of a cult in California who was convicted for masterminding seven murders, that he obtained from a friend. The drawing hangs in his office as a reminder that every defendant, no matter how horrific the crime of which he or she is accused, is given the right of due process under the U.S. Constitution. Photo by Mark Gibson.

Hanging on the wall of Rob Raschio’s law office is a forensic artist sketch of Charles Manson standing behind a wooden door in a California courtroom with a wire mesh opening in front of his face. 

He is depicted in the rendering with his legal team gathered around the door, which has a hinged panel that can be dropped over Manson’s face if he begins to create a disturbance. 

“He didn’t get to face his accusers,” said Raschio.

Manson — diagnosed with anti-social disorder and other mental illnesses — led a cult in California and was convicted in 1969 of conspiracy in seven murders, including those of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child. Although he did not personally commit the acts of violence, a jury found Manson guilty of masterminding the grisly deaths.

“I have a hard time imagining how a man in a cage can get a fair trial,” said Raschio, who obtained the drawing from a friend after the Tate family auctioned it in April 2007 as a crime victim benefit.

Raschio, a shareholder in the gorge firm of Morris Smith Starns Raschio and Sullivan, is leaving The Dalles to serve as the lead defense contractor for criminal cases in Grant County and conflict cases in Harney County.

The Manson trial setting is a constant reminder to him that no matter how horrific the crime that someone is accused of, they are guaranteed the right of due process by the U.S. Constitution.

“Sometimes I tell my clients to exercise their right to remain silent, meaning their right to ‘shut up,’ but I have relaxed enough after 12 years in this field to realize that if they insist on speaking out, they are exercising their right to protest,” he said.

If a mentally ill person manifests symptoms of his or her illness in the courtroom, Raschio said jurors need to remember that America’s judicial system rests on the premise that all people are innocent until proven guilty. 

Read more here:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Is Charles Manson Getting Married?

Convicted killer's 25-year-old companion Star tells Rolling Stone, "Charlie is my husband"

Star and Charles Manson.
November 20, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Charles Manson, perhaps the most infamous convicted killer of all time, is 79 years old and still locked up in California's Corcoran State Prison, where he walks with a cane and sports chipped prison dentures. Star is a 25-year-old brunette who's been loyally visiting Manson in jail since she was 19 years old and maintains several websites devoted to defending Manson and his pro-Earth environmental causes. And according to an astonishingly in-depth new profile by Rolling Stone contributing editor Erik Hedegaard in our new issue (on stands Friday) that was nearly two years in the making, the pair could be heading down the aisle. Sort of.
The Manson Family Tree: meet the key players in Charles' orbit

In 2007, Star moved to Corcoran to be near Charlie, who she visits each Saturday and Sunday for up to five hours a day. "Yeah, well, people can think I'm crazy," she likes to say. "But they don't know. This is what's right for me. This is what I was born for." She grew up near St. Louis, where her deeply religious family feared she'd lost her way ("I was smoking marijuana, eating mushrooms, not wanted to go to church every Sunday," she explains), so they locked her in her room for much of her high school years. A friend passed her some of Manson's environmental writing, and she started corresponding with him. When she was 19, she took the $2,000 she'd saved up working in a retirement home kitchen and hopped a train to Corcoran. Manson named her Star. She recently cut an X onto her forehead.

Star's resemblence to Manson Family member Susan Atkins is beyond striking, and Star seeks to distinguish herself from the woman known as Sexy Sadie, who was incarcerated for her role in the Tate-LaBianca killings until her death in 2009. "That bitch was fucking crazy," she tells RS. "She was a crazy fucking whore. 'Oh Charlie, I did this for you.' She didn't know what she was doing."

And Star says she can prove Manson is more devoted to her than any other girl: "I'll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married," she tells us. "When that will be, we don't know. But I take it very seriously. Charlie is my husband. Charlie told me to tell you this. We haven't told anybody about that."
Star says there won't be any conjugal visits because "California lifers no longer get them." If they were an option, "we'd be married by now."

Manson, however, seems less convinced the impending nuptials are a reality, "Oh that," he says. "That's a bunch of garbage. You know that, man. That's trash. We're just playing that for public consumption."

Full Story here:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vincent T. Bugliosi and Charles Manson 2013

Leary said:
"You'd think that given the HUGE role Manson played in his life and fame, that Vincent would have the human curiosity for maybe one more sit down with Charlie, just for history sake.  It would be grand theatre. I've never understood people who had within their means to create 'epic moments' and yet just never seemed the least bit interested in doing so".

Lynyrd Responds:

I'd pay good money to see the elderly Vincent T. Bugliosi and Charles Manson, square-off in an isolated room for one hour.  Old adversaries talking shop (as it were), one last time.  At this point, I bet the two old buzzards would probably get along pretty good.

I'd love to see them talk about "old times" (i.e., the girls' famous street corner vigil, etc)... and moreover... the crimes themselves, and the trial.  I'm sure Manson would probably crack a few jokes.

I wonder if the notion of meeting with Manson (one last time) has ever crossed Bugliosi's mind.  I also wonder, if Manson would actually accept Bugliosi's invitation.

Leary... this is one of your better "hypotheticals".  A meeting of these two adversaries after 4+ decades, would surely be... historic and epic.  As an enthusiast of TLB, it's hard to argue otherwise.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Manson on Barker Ranch...

Manson says he left supply's in the desert, and they could still be around Barker Ranch 45 years later

Supplies in the desert - Manson

There is 5 jerry cans with 10 cartons of Pall Mall's and a few cases of coffee, cans of honey, oil and W.W. wheels (Volkswagen wheels), supply's covered with heavy canvas and dirt on top. Two shotguns and buck shot shells, 2 trucks full of stuff up on a place where I thought the waters wouldn't reach it. I wasn't thinking 40 years- it may be worth a day of time to look if you are ever down there again. I was only out there 3 or 4 times.
                              Easy Manson

I thought this was so cool, because every time I went to Barkers, I thought about things the Family may have hidden out there... 

Yes, we looked, but not in the right places, or these items were already found many years ago and picked up for souvenirs, just like the bathroom cabinet that disappeared many years ago... 

From -

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Charles Manson, Belmont and a woman named Rose

From the Las Vegas Sun Newspaper
By Matt Hufman

September 18, 2013

A door frame in the Belmont Courthouse links Charles Manson to the property in 1969. Historians cannot confirm that he visited the town, but Rose Walter told people the group was there.

If you know anything about Belmont, you’ve probably heard the story about how Charles Manson’s family stayed in the courthouse, or at least left some graffiti in it. It’s a popular spot on the tour and the story of the graffiti has been well reported.
But you may not know the story of Rose Walter, the unofficial town guardian of Belmont for many of her 93 years, and how she reportedly sent the Manson family packing. Here it is:
One day a little more than 40 years ago Rose saw a group of people, including several young women, in the historic courthouse. They wanted to camp in town.
Rose, as she is affectionately referred to, had two rules for Belmont: Don’t take anything and don’t camp in town. People who knew her say she had no fear and no problem enforcing the rules. She commanded respect and spoke with authority.
So Rose, who would have been in her 70s, told the group that they couldn’t stay in town. She told them there was a campground up the road. The group complied.
A few days later, members of the group came back through Belmont and thanked her for telling them about the campground. They said they were headed back to their ranch in Death Valley and they left.
And life went on in Belmont as normal.
Some time after that, Rose, who didn’t have a TV, was visiting a relative in another town and saw a newspaper that had a story about the Manson family’s crimes. There were pictures of some of the members. Rose recognized the pictures – they were part of the group she ran out of town. At least that’s what she told people.
Now, is it true?
Historians have tried to confirm the reported Manson family visit, but there’s no proof. Anyone could have carved the graffiti. But no one who knew Rose thinks she would – or could – have pulled off such a prank. They say the graffiti that appeared on the wall of the courthouse was first seen about the time Rose described.
And it would have been in Rose’s character to take on one of the most infamous groups in American history. So people here tend to think that’s what happened.
No one can prove it, but it sure makes for a good story.

Click to enlarge photo
This is a photo of Rose Walter that sits in the Belmont Inn & Saloon. It appeared in a 1974 edition of National Geographic. Rose - people still refer to her as just "Rose" - was considered the "guardian" of Belmont. She died in 1987 at the age of 93.

Original found here:

Friday, April 5, 2013

-- Update, April 4, 2013 -- 
According to prison officials, Charles Mansons' visiting status has been updated.  The temporary visiting suspension has been lifted. More details soon...


Monday, April 1, 2013

According to, Charles Manson’s visiting privileges have been suspended “until further notice”. 

The suspension order was issued by the warden’s office. 
An officer informed Star, that the temporary suspension was due to an investigation

Monday, February 11, 2013

Who was the mastermind?

This guy?
Or this guy?
Tex wasn't involved in Hinman's murder at all. 

If Manson didn't know the reason for the trip to Cielo Drive, why did he ask if they had remorse when they got back?

If Manson didn't know Tex & the girls were going to kill the LaBiancas, why did he go in and tie them up?

Manson is the one who didn't like Shorty.  Manson is the reason that Shorty was killed.

We are never going to agree on the aspects of this case.  There are too many variables.  There are also lots of new theories about what happened and why.

But, in my thinking, the only reliable information we have is when one or more of the perps tells the same information the same way.  In other words, if one person says this and another says that, it's not reliable.  But when 2 or more agree, it's much more plausible.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Update: Attorney Giovanni DiStefano and Charles Manson have severed ties. 
Their attorney/client relationship has concluded.
Giovanni with his favorite dessert! LOL

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Whatever Happened To This Guy?
Wasn't his plan to get Manson a new trial,
because the first one wasn't fair?

Saddam Hussein's attorney represents Charles Manson in petition
By Ted Rowlands and Michael Martinez, CNN
February 8, 2011 6:06 a.m. EST
(CNN) -- Prominent attorney Giovanni Di Stefano, who has represented former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein and his right-hand man, "Chemical Ali," or Ali Hassan al-Majid, is representing Charles Manson in his attempt for a new trial, Di Stefano told CNN on Monday. Di Stefano has filed an application with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Manson, he said. The petition says Manson didn't receive a fair trial when he was convicted 40 years ago because, among other things, he was not allowed to represent himself, Di Stefano said.

The prosecutor in the Manson case, however, said Di Stefano's claim has no merit.

Manson was assigned a public defender after the judge in his case became frustrated with Manson's behavior while he was acting as his own attorney.

Di Stefano said that was a violation of Manson's Sixth Amendment rights and is grounds for a new trial.

Read more here:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Neurological and E.E.G. evaluation by R.D. Walter, M.D. dated April 14, 1971.

Doctor Walters found dilated pupils that reacted sluggishly to light, marked slowing in the performance of rapid motor tasks, slurred speech, difficulty in recent memory, and impaired ability to supply similarities in the abstract fashion... all signs of organic brain disease.

Watson reached total identity confusion, in that he and the group were "one", from Manson’s lectures and the drugs. He was an insecure and dependent individual with a great need to please and be accepted. He was not psychotic before California, but was after the drugs eluted ego strength and self-identity rendering him less in-touch with reality, less assertive and functional. 

He had become a puppet, dependent upon, and frightened of Manson. After his arrest he became catatonic-like. He currently shows residuals of his psychotic and robot-like state in that he is in limbo between ideologies with Manson and his preexisting ones. Wide spread central nervous system damage probably due to heavy drug use.

Watson is described as the ideal son raised by a domineering mother with an inadequate sense of self-identity – passive, dependent and identified somewhat to a passive, submissive father. He lead a life of letting others decide his role and behavior. In Manson he found a powerful father figure who kept him in a drug induced psychosis – a suggestible state of intoxication where he was desensitized to the act of murder by disassociating feelings from actions.

During the murders, he was in such a drug-induced psychotic state, he mechanically and without feeling for others, believed them to be imaginary people. Realization of his acts did not come until after he stopped taking drugs and returned to his parents home in Texas. This realization lead to a profound depression, mutism, and regression on return to LA County Jail. After being drug free for over a year he still showed evidence of  impaired intellectual functioning, poor coordination and psychotic thinking on tests and examinations. He improved considerably at Atascadero Hospital and should continue to improve with medical care. Watson has a large amount of suppressed hostility and anger and is considered to be a “walking time bomb”. He can be a dangerous individual under certain circumstances and his violence potential is above average.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Life with Father
Monday, Feb. 15, 1971
Time Magazine

The trial of Charles Manson and his tribe was from the beginning like a species of absurdist theater.  The defense, in effect, was no defense at all. The lawyers representing Manson and the three women charged with the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders had no outside witnesses to help their case. The attorneys were afraid to put the women on the stand, believing that they would take full responsibility for the killings in order to absolve Manson.

Thus the defense rested without bringing any of the accused to the stand within the jurors' hearing; all four were found guilty of first-degree murder. Curiously, it was only last week, when the court reconvened for a jury trial to determine punishment,* that the defense began probing into the backgrounds of Manson's cultists, trying to suggest to the jury the psychological force that bound them to him.

At stake now is the question of life sentences v. the death penalty. The defense tried to sow some doubts in the minds of an essentially middle-class jury that could only find the Manson tribe and its life-style as incomprehensible as''its crimes. Women like Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten and Susan Atkins, the defense meant to show, could have been the jurors' own daughters.
Joseph Krenwinkel, 59, a stocky life insurance agent from Inglewood, described his daughter as a gentle child who loved animals, was once a Camp Fire Girl, sang in church choirs and attended summer Bible school. Then one day in 1967, said Krenwinkel, Pat abandoned her car in a parking lot, left two paychecks uncollected at the insurance office where she worked and, at age 19, disappeared with a man named Charlie Manson. A week later, from Seattle, she sent her father a letter: "For the very first time in my life, I have found inner contentment and inner peace. I love you very much. Take good care of yourself."

Jane Van Houten told much the same story about her daughter Leslie, a Camp Fire Girl, who took up the sousaphone in the sixth grade, was a homecoming princess at Monrovia High School. She even showed a picture of Leslie in her Halloween ballerina costume. "It was an outfit with a pink tutu," said Mrs. Van Houten, "and she got sick and couldn't go out on Halloween, so she wore it all the time she was in bed." In the summer of 1968, when she was 19, Leslie phoned her mother "to say that she was going to drop out and that I would not be hearing from her."
Riding the Wind. Next, the defense began calling upon other members of the Manson "family" to describe their lives with him. The object was to portray Manson as a benign figure. Lynette Alice Fromme, 22, a small, freckled girl nicknamed "Squeaky," said that she first met Manson when her father, an aeronautical engineer, kicked her out of the house in Redondo Beach. In Venice, Calif., Squeaky said, "I was sitting down crying and a man walked up and said, 'Your father kicked you out of the house, did he?' And that was Charlie." She joined his nomadic tribe. "We were riding on the wind," she said. "Charlie is a man, and we were all looking for a man who would be at our feet in his love but would not let us step on him. Charlie was a father who knew that it is good to make love, and makes love with love, but not with evil and guilt."
Squeaky described the tribe's radically unordered life: "You could say it's a nonsense world of Alice in Wonderland, but it makes a lot of sense. Everybody makes their own rules . . . Each moment is different." One day, she said, a family member named Mary Brunner "had her baby in this old condemned house and we delivered it. We called him Sunstone Hawk, because at the time she had him, the sun was just rising, and a hawk flew over the house."

Another follower, Nancy Pitman, 19, described Manson's almost Franciscan mysticism. "Animals would come around him a lot," she testified. Once she saw him pet a rattlesnake and bring a dead bird back to life.

Sandy Good, 27, who was raised in a wealthy San Diego family, said: "The energy in that man you have not seen. I believe his voice could shatter this building."

The dilemma of the defense lawyers is that the women convicted of murder with Manson will be equally devoted should they take the stand, possibly starting this week. There is speculation that eventually both Paul Fitzgerald and Maxwell Keith, lawyers for Krenwinkel and Van Houten, will turn on Manson in their summary arguments and claim that the women were victims of Manson's will. Even though the women have already been convicted, the lawyers may, through an argument of "diminished capacity," try to save them from death sentences. On the other hand, if the women do try to absolve Manson by claiming all of the guilt for themselves, that in itself might be an illustration of Manson's weird hold over them.

* In capital cases, California and four other states require two trials—one to determine guilt or innocence and a second to set punishment. Thus twelve citizens, rather than a single judge, assume the responsibility for assigning a death penalty.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

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