Showing posts with label Paul Fitzgerald. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paul Fitzgerald. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chris Writes:
Just a quick e-mail to thank you for posting the Manson Myth E-Book on your
blog.  A very entertaining read.

I do wonder at what point was it decided that no defense was to be offered.  I'm sure I have read somewhere that around 70 defense witnesses were to be called. Do we have any idea who they were? (I'm sure John Lennon was one of them).

I will add that if Manson gave up having a defense because he couldn't speak for himself, why couldn't/wouldn't the girls do the same? Why the umbrella defense?

Thanks again for an excellent blog.
Regards, Chris
Video footage from the Backporch Tapes Collection

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Another Gem from Backporch Tapes

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sunset77 Writes:

Ever heard of the movie "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"

It was supposed to be a sequel to the movie "Valley of the Dolls" co-starring Sharon Tate.  The screenplay was changed to a "parody" and written by Russ Meyer and ROGER EBERT.

Supposedly, at the end of the film there is a gruesome murder scene inspired by the Manson family killings.  After watching the film, the similarities are pretty obvious to me.  Here's where the story gets kind of spooky...

Turns out that one of the actresses in the film and involved in the movie murder scene is Erica Gavin.  She says on her website: “I grew up with the LaBianca kids. They lived in Silver Lake, and I went to school with their daughter, Susan.”.

Gavin says the Manson trial started on June 15, 1970, two days before Beyond the Valley of the Dolls opened in Hollywood.  She went to court one day with a friend, Elliott Mintz, she met a Manson family attorney, Paul J. Fitzgerald, and began dating him almost immediately.  Apparently, she moved in with him and had an affair a few weeks later. 

She says “Going through the whole trial was a bizarre experience.  I would get letters from Susan Atkins and drawings that sort of showed mirror images of me and her." 

Gavin looks a bit like Atkins in her role as "Roxanne" in the film.  She says about Manson's "corner girls": "We’d visit them on the street corner and give them money.  I got to know them well.  One night, they just crashed on the floor of our home."

Erica Gavin's website (and the full story) can be found here:

The entire film, "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" can be found here:

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About Erica Gavin
Erica Gavin is an American film actress best known for playing the title role in Russ Meyer's 1968 film Vixen! Following Vixen, Erica Gavin appeared in one more Russ Meyer film - Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. She also appeared in Roger Corman's women-in-prison film Caged Heat. Erica Gavin currently resides in Beverly Hills, California.