Ever wonder what it was like to be a juror for this case?Evidently, quite the experience, to say the least. The article is a bit lengthy... but, worth the read. We meet William Zamora, 45, the outcast of the group, who spends most of his time, locked in his room, writing a book on the experience. Then there's 25 year old, William McBride who loses his finace' throughout the ordeal. His biggest complaint is that "sequestering", is keeping him from getting laid. LOL Mrs. Jean Roseland, 41, an ash-blonde mother of three teenagers, lost her office job. Marie Mesmer, 45, a former Los Angeles drama critic and a divorcee, had no one to look after her house. It was burglarized twice, and her chimney collapsed during the February earthquake. A social clique formed around the jury's foreman, Herman Tubick, 58, an undertaker. Dubbed "Herman's kids," the group included Jean Roseland; Larry Sheely, 25, a telephone repairman; Anlee Sisto, 48, a school-district electronics technician; Bob Douglass, 35, an alternate juror; and Mrs. Hines, nicknamed "Giggle-bottom" because of her enthusiastic response to gags.
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Life Among the Manson Jurors - Monday, Apr. 12, 1971As the trial for the Tate-LaBianca killings convened in Los Angeles last June, Chief Defense Counsel Paul Fitzgerald admitted: "There is no way we are ever going to get a reasonable jury. So we decided to frustrate the prosecution attempts to select a good jury and try to keep every dingaling we could find, to get the worst possible jury."
The object was to get one or more mavericks who would contradict the majority and thereby hang the jury. The stratagem did not work. Last week, after nine months of endless testimony and agonized deliberations, the seven-man, five-woman panel that had convicted Charles Manson, Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel also recommended the death penalty for all four. Then Judge Charles Older did something unusual: he commended the jurors for service "above and beyond the call of duty." If it were within his power, he said, he would award each member a medal of honor. Concluded Older: "To my knowledge, no jury in history has been sequestered for so long a period or subjected to such an ordeal." He stepped down from the bench and gravely shook each juror's hand.
A generally staid, middle-class group, the jurors were unprepared for the grueling experience, which was enough to make ding-a-lings out of the most stable personalities. Yet their deliberations seemed unaffected. The impact on their personal lives was something else.
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