Showing posts with label Steve Parent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steve Parent. Show all posts

Thursday, June 14, 2018

From the Mail Room...

Travis writes:

I’ve always wondered why Watson thought he had to kill Steve Parent? He could have simply laid low in the bushes with the 3 girls and let him pass. It’s doubtful Parent would have noticed them. The only reason I can surmise is that Parent would have noticed their car, parked down the hill, on his exit. He could have provided a description of the car after the murders, and if he were suspicious enough to note the license plate, that would have been a real liability.

But then why use the revolver instead of the knife? They were going to creepy-crawl the house, relying on a stealth approach — and to initiate the whole thing with 4 gunshots in a canyon that would echoed the sound? Watson had to know that the shots might have alerted the occupants, and possibly other inhabitants of the canyon. Someone might have called the police. (I’ve done this before when I heard distinctive gunshots in my neighborhood). Garretson heard the shots and thought they were Parent’s car backfiring. If Garretson heard them from the Guest House, further away, it’s probable that the occupants heard them, too. Only Frykowski was asleep.

I understand that the team had rolled the car back down the hill silently after approaching the gate. But I don’t know how far down the car was, or how exposed it was. Seems Watson was not thinking too clearly here. He could have ordered Parent out of the car at gunpoint, led him to the bushes, and he and the 3 girls could have dispatched him with the knives without making a racket.

But then Watson was not thinking too clearly when he told the victims they were “all going to die,” setting off panic.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

                   This is a letter From Janet Parent, which was read
                    at Susan Atkins' Compassionate Release Hearing.
                                            July 15, 2008
Lynn Mathews reads on behalf of Janet Parent:

“I’m speaking on behalf of Janet Parent. Her brother Steven Parent was the first victim of the Manson murders at the Sharon Tate house. My name is Lynn Mathews and I’m reading this letter on behalf of Janet. 
To the members of the parole board I will start of by saying that Susan Atkins is a cold blooded murderer. She was and still is one of the most dangerous and callous murderers of the Manson girls. Her murderous rampage will always remain in my memory. She originally sentenced to death penalty but was given chance to live by the abolishment of the death penalty. Why should she be given another opportunity to live with her family and friends when my brother has not had the chance to see his nieces and nephews, to get married and have children of his own, to live his life.
Please remember, yes, she may have been a model prisoner, and, yes she may have taken college courses and may have done everything asked of her during her parole hearings in the past. But that doesn’t change the fact of what she has done to my family. It’s just not fair. My children have had to struggle to go to college because I could not afford to pay for it but hers was paid for by tax dollars. My children did not get the opportunity to spend many happy years with their uncle. There are so many things I could go on about. She’s had more opportunities that a murderer should never have had. So please remember that she had a trial and was sentenced to death.

In Susan Atkins’ case it looks like she does not have long to live. If she were given a compassionate release, this would set a precedent for the others. Where do you draw the line, a line needs to be drawn.

In closing there is one more issue I would like to address. I don’t think the perpetrators of these crimes realize the lasting effect this has had on the victims’ family members. Because of how heinous and infamous these killings were, each time a parole hearing comes up, understandably the media is all over the case wanting to cover the story. But I wonder if these Manson Family members realize how painful this is for the victims’ families to go through this time and time again. Wouldn’t true remorse show a willingness to take full responsibility for their crimes? In taking responsibility, wouldn’t this include denying themselves any chance of parole. Therefore completing the sentence handed down to them. For the victims’ family members to hear the crime details brought up again and again at these hearings, is causing their wounds to never heal. These families have already suffered so much.

I wish the parole board would consider these things in their decision. I don’t wish suffering on Susan Atkins with this horrible illness but do want the suffering to stop for my family, the family of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski and Leno & Rosemary LaBianca. Please for our families, could you show compassion for us?"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Some powerful testimony from Steve Parent's sister, found on Backporch Tapes.