Tate Family Legacy Website News

 

September, 2009

Manson Family Murders Update September 2nd:

 

Bruce McGregor Davis CDC # (B-41079

Next Parole hearing set for Sept. 9th, 2009.

We are currently accepting email letters opposing release of this Manson Family murderer.

These letters are vitally important to let the parole board know that you do not want these individuals paroled.

If you’d like some information on Davis please see our biography here.

You can then email your letter to us here at tatefamilylegacy@gmail.com.

We'll make sure they are forwarded on.

If you prefer you may mail your letter to:
Board of Parole Hearings
Post Office Box 4036
Sacramento, CA 95812-4036

However, if you do mail your letter please do so ASAP.

Make sure you include Davis' name and CDC number

Bruce McGregor Davis CDC # (B-41079)

Murderer Susan Atkins was denied parole September 2nd, 2009 for 3 years.

Tim O'Hara, Parole commissioner, said that he and presiding commissioner Jan Enloe based their decision on the "atrocious nature" of the 1969 murders Atkins participated in and Atkins' lack of understanding of the magnitude of her crimes.

Debra Tate, who attended and spoke at the parole hearing, said of Atkins:

"I will pray for her soul when she draws her last breath, but until then I think she should remain in this controlled situation."

 

 

 

 

May, 2009

Manson Family Murders Update May 26th:

 
Susan Atkins' May 28th, 2009 parole hearing has been postponed. There is no new date at this time.
 

 

April, 2009

Manson Family Murders Update April 20th:

 

On May 28th, 2009 murderer Susan Atkins will have a subsequent parole consideration hearing.
We ask that you write the Board of Parole Hearings and let them know that you oppose parole for
Susan Denise Atkins Whitehouse
CDC W-08304

The address to send your letter is:

Board of Parole Hearings
Post Office Box 4036
Sacramento, CA 95814

Make sure to include her CDC # (above) in your correspondence to the board.

If you can please email us a copy of your letter: tatefamilylegacy@gmail.com

 

 

 

March, 2009

Manson Family Murders Update March 20th:

Joel Pugh and Sandra Good, sometime mid-1960's.

New Daily Mail article about the suspicious death of Joel Pugh, husband of Manson Family Member, Sandra Good. We profiled Joel's death here last year.

The article quotes Retired LA police sergeant Paul Whiteley, who investigated the Manson-ordered slaying of musician Gary Hinman in 1969: "I’m almost certain Joel Pugh was murdered in England by a Manson Family member called Bruce Davis."

Daily Mail online article

 

August, 2008

Tate Family Update August 11th:

 

If Abigail "Gibby" Folger had lived she would have been 65 today.

She was born into a privileged life as the daughter of Peter Folger, President and Chairman of the Folger Coffee Company.

However, Abigail preferred to work for change and the betterment of society, rather than live a life of leisure. She worked as a volunteer social worker for the Los Angeles County Welfare Department and campaigned for Robert Kennedy and Tom Bradley and was active in the Civil Rights movement.

Abigail was cut down in the prime of her life just two days prior to her 26th birthday. 39 years have passed since her murder and one can only wonder what she might have accomplished in her life, what works of philanthropy she might have preformed, how many lives she would have touched.

Donations in memory of Abigail Folger can be sent to the Abigail Folger Library Fund, Santa Catalina School, 1500 Mark Thomas Dr., Monterey, CA, 93940.

 

 

Tate Family Update August 8th-10th:

 

In memory of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Voytek Frykowski, Steven Parent and Leno and Rosemary Labianca

 

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update August 7th:



The Investigation Discovery Channel series Deranged premieres it's episode about Charles Manson tonight at 10 PM ET. Check your listings for the time in your area. Debra Tate did cooperate with this program.

Also, the Dateline interview that Debra did earlier this summer is now set to run on August 29th.

LINKS

Investigation Discovery

 

July, 2008

Manson Family Murders Update July 23rd:

 

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza has denied Susan Atkins' request for compassionate release.

"This court is without authority to grant a compassionate release unless there is a positive recommendation by the secretary (of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) or Board of Parole Hearings," Espinoza wrote in his decision Monday.

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update July 15th:

 

Susan Atkins has been denied compassionate release. The California Board of Parole released its unanimous decision hours after a 90-minute hearing.

Debra Tate was unable to attend due to an injury but she sent a letter.

Atkins' lawyer filed a motion July 10 with Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Wesley asking for his client's release no matter what the parole board recommended. No hearing has been set.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to write the BOPH and voice your opposition to the release of Atkins.

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update July 4th:

 

Bruce Davis' case before the BOPH has been postponed until sometime in September.

At this time we are requesting that you send letters opposing "compassionate release" of Susan Atkins to:

Exec. Officer Martin Hoshino
Board of Parole Hearings
P O Box 4036
Sacramento CA 95814

You must include the murderer's full name and CDC #.

RE: Susan Denise Atkins
CDC # W-08304

 

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update July 2nd:

 

A Judge has ordered the Board of Parole Hearings in its entirety to hear Bruce Davis' case within thirty days. We believe that it will take place around the same time as the consideration of Atkins' "compassionate release."

This is similar to the situation in 2002 when Leslie Van Houten filed an appeal of her 2000 parole rejection, which received a hearing in Superior Court.

In early June of that year, Judge Bob Krug of San Bernadino County ordered a new parole hearing, ruling that the Board of Prison Terms needed to explore Van Houten's prison behavior in greater depth and provide information on what she must do to win her freedom. The board, the judge ruled, could not simply deny her parole based on the seriousness of the crime.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed his decision in March 2004. The Fourth District’s Div. Two ruled retired Judge Bob N. Krug, applied the wrong standard when he held that the board had failed to balance the heinousness of Van Houten’s crimes against her subsequent efforts at rehabilitation.

You can send letters opposing Davis' release to the same address you send letters opposing Atkins' "compassionate release."

Exec. Officer Martin Hoshino
Board of Parole Hearings
P O Box 4036
Sacramento CA 95814

You must include both murderer's full name and CDC #.

RE: Susan Denise Atkins
CDC # W-08304

Compassionate Release Consideration

And

Bruce McGregor Davis
CDC # B-41079

Please send your letters ASAP.

 

 

June, 2008

Manson Family Murders Update June 27th:

 

A Judge has ordered the Board of Parole Hearings in its entirety to hear Bruce Davis' case within thirty days. We believe that it will take place around the same time as the consideration of Atkins' "compassionate release."


We have a new address for you to send letters concerning Susan Atkins' "compassionate release". Letters to the previous address may be returned.

Exec. Officer Martin Hoshino
Board of Parole Hearings
P O Box 4036
Sacramento CA 95814

RE: Susan Denise Atkins
CDC # W-08304

Compassionate Release Consideration

If you have already sent a letter to the previous address we would appreciate it if you would resend it to the address above.

We apologize for the miscommunication and inconvenience.

We're going to correct the address in the previous entries so there is no confusion.

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update June 25th:

 

We have a new address for you to send letters concerning Susan Atkins' "compassionate release". Letters to the previous address may be returned.

Exec. Officer Martin Hoshino
Board of Parole Hearings
P O Box 4036
Sacramento CA 95814

RE: Susan Denise Atkins
CDC # W-08304

Compassionate Release Consideration

If you have already sent a letter to the previous address we would appreciate it if you would resend it to the address above.

We apologize for the miscommunication and inconvenience.

We're going to correct the address in the previous entries so there is no confusion.

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update June 23rd:

 

We encourage you to write the Board of Prison terms to voice your concern about the possible "compassionate release" of Susan Atkins.

Atkins was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the combined Tate-Labianca murders and the murder of Gary Hinman.

She received the death sentence, however, in February 1972, the death sentences of all Manson Family members awaiting execution, were automatically reduced to life in prison by California v. Anderson, in which the Supreme Court of California abolished the death penalty in that state.

Now, the board of prison terms will meet and decide if Atkins should receive "compassionate release" due to having a terminal illness.

You need to send your letter ASAP to make sure that your letter is considered.

You can send your letters to:

 

Exec. Officer Martin Hoshino
Board of Parole Hearings
P O Box 4036
Sacramento CA 95814

RE: Susan Denise Atkins
CDC # W-08304

Compassionate Release Consideration

 

California's director of adult prisons, Suzan Hubbard says she is against compassionate release for mass murderer Susan Atkins.

This decision contradicts the recommendations of officials at the California Institution for Women.

Atkins' request is now before the Board of Parole Hearings, which is conducting an independent investigation and will hear the case during its monthly public meeting. The next meeting is scheduled July 15.

The Board of Parole Hearings will receive public comment, discuss the request in closed session and then announce it's recommendation. The board also can decide whether to refer the request to the sentencing court.

The court, based in Los Angeles, can either grant or deny Atkins' request. It also can recall her life sentence and resentence Atkins to a lesser term, allowing for her to be paroled.

 

 

 

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update June 19th:

We encourage you to write the Board of Prison terms to voice your concern about the possible "compassionate release" of Susan Atkins.

Atkins was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the combined Tate-Labianca murders and the murder of Gary Hinman.

She received the death sentence, however, in February 1972, the death sentences of all Manson Family members awaiting execution, were automatically reduced to life in prison by California v. Anderson, in which the Supreme Court of California abolished the death penalty in that state.

Now, the board of prison terms will meet and decide if Atkins should receive "compassionate release" due to having a terminal illness.

You need to send your letter ASAP to make sure that your letter is considered.

You can send your letters to:

 
 
 
 

Exec. Officer Martin Hoshino
Board of Parole Hearings
P O Box 4036
Sacramento CA 95814

RE: Susan Denise Atkins
CDC # W-08304

Compassionate Release Consideration

 

We continue to get emails in protest of "compassionate release" for Susan atkins. We've added some to the page for your review.

Cadaver dog Buster, who recently alerted on several sites at Barker Ranch, assisted in a dig, last Friday, for the remains of a woman who had been missing for almost eight years.

Kathryn Barrett, 46, of Phelan, a married mother of four who worked in real estate, disappeared June 21st, 2000.

Surveillance video taken at a convenience store at Phelan and Sheep Creek roads that evening showed her with Guy Bruce Johnson and Christopher Sterling Tolliver, both of Phelan. It was unknown why she would have been with them as she did not appear to know them.

Last year, murder charges were filed against Tolliver and Johnson. Tolliver was arrested in a San Diego prison, being held on an unrelated prison sentence; a few days later, Johnson was arrested in Phelan. Both remain in sheriff's custody.

Earlier this month, an informant provided a tip about where Barrett's body was buried.

Earlier searches, in the same area, had failed to turn up any evidence.

Cindy Beavers, a sheriff's spokeswoman said "The problem was it was such a large area -- four acres -- they said: Where do we even begin to dig?"

Buster was brought in to help narrow the search, and after he located a likely spot, digging began with a backhoe. About seven hours later after digging down four feet they found a human leg bone.

By 10 p.m. that night remnants of clothing matching what Barrett was wearing when she disappeared had been recovered. They also recovered a fired .22-caliber cartridge casing and most of a skeleton, including a skull with what appeared to be a bullet wound.

On Tuesday, the county coroner used dental records to confirm the identity of the skeleton found four days earlier in the Mojave Desert was Kathryn Barrett.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

Renee Barrett, daughter of Kathryn Barrett said of her mother:

"Our mother deplored violence, and when we were children she forbid even toy guns in the house. She empowered us to solve life's problems with our words, not weapons."

"We are saddened at what appears to be the outcome of (our mother's) fate, but relieved to be one step closer to closure. Now the healing can begin on a deeper level."

Debra Tate was interviewed by KNBC regarding the connection of Buster having been used to locate areas of interest at Barker Ranch and then being used successfully in this dig.

"...I think that San Bernardino County sheriffs did an absolutely tremendous job. I do believe in the science and I absolutely believe in the dog and I think the proof is in the pudding."

But she believes the dig at Barker Ranch was not extensive enough.



There was a great article yesterday in the Opinion L.A. section of the L.A. Times:

No mercy for Tate murderer

 
 

Our system of justice attempts three noble aims: punishment, protection of society and deterrence (some would add rehabilitation). Atkins poses no physical threat to society. Her sentence and time in prison undoubtedly have sent a deterrent message to any would-be Mansonite still lurking out there. And she may well have been rehabilitated: While serving her sentence, Atkins has written a book, explored religions, taught classes. Has she been punished? Yes, of course; 37 years is not trivial. But Atkins gravely wounded our collective peace, and society has the right, even the obligation, to exact vengeance. For some criminals, including Atkins, the crime is so great that the price should be imprisonment until death.


Links:

Opinion L.A. Editorial
KNBC interview with Debra Tate regarding the use of Cadaver dog Buster in the successful dig for the remains of missing woman
Los Angeles Times online article about the dig
Press-Enterprise online article about the dig
Some of the Letters we've received opposing the early release of Susan Atkins
Letters to the site

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update June 17th:

We are now encouraging you to write the Board of Prison terms to voice your concern about the possible "compassionate release" of Susan Atkins.

Atkins was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the combined Tate-Labianca murders and the murder of Gary Hinman.

She received the death sentence, however, in February 1972, the death sentences of all Manson Family members awaiting execution, were automatically reduced to life in prison by California v. Anderson, in which the Supreme Court of California abolished the death penalty in that state.

Now, the board of prison terms will meet and decide if Atkins should receive "compassionate release" due to having a terminal illness.

You need to send your letter ASAP to make sure that your letter is considered.

You can send your letters to:

 
 

Exec. Officer Martin Hoshino
Board of Parole Hearings
P O Box 4036
Sacramento CA 95814

RE: Susan Denise Atkins
CDC # W-08304

Compassionate Release Consideration

 

In a Press-Enterprise article:


Possible release of terminally ill ex-Manson family member Susan Atkins fuels outcry

Atkins' attorney Eric Lampel says that doctors have given her two to three months to live. He says that Atkins did not request compassionate release herself, that her physicians did.

He goes on to say that he will present a letter to the parole board from the mother of a teenage inmate who credits Atkins for saving her suicidal daughter.

The author quotes Lampel as saying that the reason she recanted her grand jury testimony was that Charles Manson threatened the life of her child "who was in the care of the Manson family at the time"

As far as I'm aware Atkins' child was NOT in the care of the Manson family when she recanted her grand jury testimony. According to her 1985 parole hearing he was taken from her AND the Manson Family when she was arrested in October 1969.

He was subsequently placed in foster care and later adopted.

I have not been able to find any place where Atkins has claimed that Manson threatened the life of her child. I suppose it's possible. But to state he was in the custody of the Manson Family at the time Atkins recanted her grand jury testimony is, I believe, incorrect.

Lampel also says "A lot of people are never going to want her to come out. They think she should be put to death and deserves cancer, but that is just hateful."

While there are those who feel exactly as Lampel says, there are others who while believing Susan Atkins should not be released because of her illness or for any other reason, do not believe that she "deserves cancer"

In his statement he makes it seem as if everyone who opposes her release thinks she should die a horrible death and that's simply not true.

Who will pay?

One argument put forth by those who say that Atkins should be released is once she is released the cost for her medical care will become the burden of her husband and herself, rather than the CA taxpayers.

Susan Atkins has been an inmate for almost 40 years. She claims that she did not profit from the two books she wrote. It seems that when she comes out of prison she would not be able to support herself financially and would not be physically able to obtain employment.

IF Susan Atkins is released, and IF she or her family do not have the money to pay for her medical care then who will pay?

Will the cost of that potentially un-reimbursed health care be passed on to the taxpayer in the form of higher insurance rates?

Slit throat? Stabbed?

We've received some questions about a statement Debra Tate made during a few interviews recently.

Debra spoke to the Press-Enterprise and a Los Angeles CBS station and said that Atkins "slit" Sharon's throat.

Debra says that she was under the impression that Atkins cut Sharon's throat when she killed her.

Debra has never reviewed Sharon's autopsy photos in depth to see the wounds that were inflicted on her by Atkins and Watson. (Though she has seen some of the photographs.) She has never read Sharon's autopsy report.

Is anything gained by saying that Atkins slit Sharon's throat rather than Atkins stabbed her? Is one worse than the other? Of course not.

The bottom line is that Susan Atkins, along with her crime partners, killed Sharon Tate. Susan was active in restraining Sharon and inflicting wounds on her. (We know that there are those that believe her current story, that she did not actually strike the blows that killed Sharon, but we do believe that she, along with Charles "Tex" Watson, murdered Sharon. More important than our belief is the fact that a jury of twelve convicted her of that murder and the other Tate-Labianca murders. She pled guilty to the Gary Hinman murder.)

We received a beautiful poem dedication from Irene Burns for the Tate Family. Please take a moment to read it.


Links

Press-Enterprise online article
Good Morning America Video
Some of the Letters we've received opposing the early release of Susan Atkins
Letters to the site
A beautiful Poem by Irene Burns

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update June 16th:

This morning Good Morning America aired part of a 2002 interview with mass murderer Susan Atkins, conducted by Diane Sawyer.

Sawyer had interviewed Atkins' fellow Manson Family members Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel in 1994 for the premiere episode of ABC's Turning Point news program. At that time Atkins declined to be interviewed.

During this 2002 interview Atkins claimed to not be a monster. (This claim was unsubstantiated.) She smiled, cried and spoke in a small voice. She is seen leading what appears to be some sort of class, or group, in prison. Later, Sawyer is at the head of the classroom and she asks the prisoners who among them has had the most parole hearings. They all look at Atkins who, while smiling, raises her hand high. They all laugh.

Atkins talks about not wanting to "live a life with any unforgiveness in it." But she's talking about her forgiving others, not the other way around.

Clips from a recent interview with Atkins' husband were shown as well. However, there was no interview with any family member of any of Ms. Atkins' eight victims. (Sawyer did read an excerpt from a letter Col. Paul Tate wrote to the board of prison terms.)

Sawyer interviewed Debra Tate and Anthony DiMaria (nephew of Jay Sebring) a few years ago, and the Turning Point episode from 1994 included an interview with Patti Tate, so she had ample material from which to gather clips that would have represented some of the victims' families.

Sawyer ended the program by asking that viewers let them know what they think about the "remaining days" of Atkins. Judging by the 151 comments posted (as of this writing) the overwhelming majority believe that Atkins should remain a prisoner until her death.

In 1985, Taking no personal responsibility, but blaming the media and her "past", Atkins said:

 



"I would like anonymity. I would like to not be known as the Susan Atkins that the media and my tragic past created."

It's worth noting that despite stating she wanted anonymity Atkins authored two books about her part in the murders.

The first was The Killing of Sharon Tate, which was her account of the Tate-Labianca murders, and the other was an autobiography - Child of Satan, Child of God.

We were recently told of a claim, made on another website, that Child of Satan, Child of God made fourteen million dollars.

That seems incredible, especially considering it was released in the 1970's.

Regardless of how much it made not one penny went to her victim's families.

She claimed that she gave her proceeds to a man who was supposed to open a Christian foundation. She later claimed he duped her and disappeared with the money.

When asked by the parole board why she didn't give some of the proceeds to her victim's families she said she "never thought of it."

Sharon Tate (L-R) At age 13, Senior High School Photo, Cap and Gown Photo High School Graduation.

We continue to add some of the many emails we've received opposing the release of Susan Atkins.

We've added a general Letters page for email to the site not specifically related to the proposed release of Susan Atkins. We'll post your comments and try and answer some of your questions.

Links:

Good Morning America Video
Some of the Letters we've received opposing the early release of Susan Atkins
Letters to the site

 

Manson Family Murders Update June 14th:

Since the proposed release of Susan Atkins was announced June 12th, we have received hundreds of email letters in opposition of "compassionate release" for Ms. Atkins. As of the date of this writing (June 14th, 2008. 5pm ET) we have not received one email in favor of her release.

We have created a page with some of the comments we've received. Letters opposing the early release of Susan Atkins.

There's a Los Angeles Times article with new quotes from:

Margaret DiMaria, the sister of Jay Sebring, who says of Ms. Atkins - "She repeatedly committed crimes requiring evil premeditation and executed them in a cavalier manner that afforded her victims no mercy. The sentence Ms. Atkins now serves should not be mitigated because fate has struck this blow."

Patrick Sequeira, deputy district attorney, who attends the parole hearings of the Manson family murderers. "It's not unusual for inmates to, quote, find religion when in prison. Manson's people sort of saw him as a visionary, religious figure. . . . It's not necessarily a far stretch if you're committed to a set of beliefs, to then change to another set of beliefs."

Debra Tate, "They are serial killers and they were convicted to die and they need to stay incarcerated. People don't just become cured from being sociopaths. There's no deprogramming, no pills, no drugs that make that go away."

James W. Whitehouse, Atkins' husband who has also acted as her attorney. He says that even if she's released she will most likely not be able to go home anyway. "If the compassionate release is granted, she's not going any place. Unless there's a miracle, she may never leave the hospital."

Links:

Some of the Letters we've received opposing the early release of Susan Atkins
Los Angeles Times online article

 


Manson Family Murders Update June 13th:

Other news agencies are now picking up on the story about Susan Atkins' bid for "compassionate release" from prison due to her illness.

As we noted last night, Debra Tate was contacted yesterday by Press Enterprise for a statement regarding the possible release of Susan Atkins. Here is what she told them:

 

"I don't want to seem like a heartless creature, but in all my years, I never considered this could happen. This is a serial killer and what kind of mercy did she show her victims? When you torture someone, you have no compassion. How do you ask others to give it to you? It is her duty, in order to pay for her crimes, to die in prison."

"If I could, I would say to her that I would pray for forgiveness on her soul at her moment of death when she has paid her debt to society. At that point, I'll show compassion and pray for her soul."

According to the articles compassionate releases are rarely granted. In 2007 only 16 percent of requests were granted.

First, the Corrections Department would have to recommend compassionate release, then the Board of Parole would review the recommendation and if they so choose could recommend it to a sentencing court. The Board of Parole is not scheduled to meet again until July 15th.

UPDATE: I've added a link to an article by Linda Deutsch for the San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Deutsch has covered the Manson Family since their trial in the early '70's.

She didn't have too many new details, but she did quote the Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman, Sandi Gibbons, as saying that the office had not decided what position it would take on the request as of yet.

Links:

Press-Enterprise online article
Los Angeles Times online article
USA Today online article
CBS 47 online article
Bloomberg online article
Associated Press online article
UPI online article
CNN online article
San Francisco Chronicle online article by Linda Deutsch

 

Manson Family Murders Update June 12th:

 

The Press-Enterprise contacted Debra Tate today, and asked her to comment on a potential early release of Susan Atkins from prison, due to her illness.

While Debra is sympathetic to Ms. Atkins' family and friends, her belief is that Ms. Atkins should not be granted early release.

 

 

Tate Family Update June 12th:

 

Debra Tate completed two interviews this week. The first with Dateline NBC which should air July 25th.

The second was with CBS News and I don't have an air date for that one yet.

 

 

Tate Family Update June 11th:

Last week Los Angeles Superior Court officials complained the conclusion of Marina Zenovich's documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired was a "complete fabrication."

The documentary, which had already been screened at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals, originally asserted that a local judge (Larry Paul Fidler) offered Roman a deal whereby he could return to the United States with no jail time, if he allowed the legal proceedings to be televised.

Allan Parachini, public information officer for the court, said that the offer "never occurred."

He added that the "fabricated reference" to the televised hearing had "the potential to...enormously" injure the reputation of judge Larry Paul Fidler and that court officials were pressuring Zenovich and HBO to correct the film for about a week.

The documentary's amended version, which premiered Monday on HBO, stated that the judge insisted Polanski would serve no more jail time as long as the hearing were held "in public, on the record, and in court."

However, the documentary added, given the possibility that it could be televised, Polanski declined.

Today, Roger Gunson, who prosecuted Polanski, and Douglas Dalton, Roman Polanski’s lawyer, issued a statement:

 

In 1997, Douglas Dalton, attorney for Roman Polanski, and Roger Gunson, prosecutor on the Polanski case, met with Judge Larry Paul Fidler in his chambers to discuss the Polanski case. Mr. Gunson and Mr. Dalton advised Judge Fidler of Judge Rittenband's conduct in handling the case that is accurately captured in the documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

At the meeting, Judge Fidler advised Mr. Dalton that if Mr. Polanski returned to Los Angeles, that he, Judge Fidler, would allow Mr. Polanski to be booked and immediately released on bail, require Mr. Polanski to meet with the probation department, order a probation report, conduct a hearing, and terminate probation without Mr. Polanski having to serve any additional time in custody. That there was a deal worked out between Judge Fidler and Mr. Dalton was reported in the New York Daily News as early as October 1, 1997.

One of the issues raised by Mr. Dalton during the meeting was the question of media coverage. All understood that any proceedings would be open to the public as required by law. During the meeting, Mr. Dalton pressed Judge Fidler for a resolution of the case that would allow for minimal news media. Mr. Dalton recalled that Judge Fidler would require television coverage at the proposed hearing due to the controversy. Mr. Gunson recalls television coverage discussed at the meeting. Mr. Dalton told documentary director Marina Zenovich of this requirement.

It is our shared view that Monday's false and reprehensible statement by the Los Angeles Superior Court continues their inappropriate handling of the Polanski case.

Douglas Dalton
Roger Gunson

 


Tate Family Update June 8th:

Debra Tate is filming an interview with Dateline NBC this week. At this point we're not sure what date the program will air.

Dateline NBC airs Friday and Sunday nights, 9-11 p.m. ET.

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update June 8th:

Charles "Tex" Watson, (Convicted murderer of Sharon Tate and her unborn child, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Voytek Frykowski, Steve Parent, Rosemary and Leno Labianca. Present and active at the murder of Donald Shea - according to statements by Steve Grogan to the parole board - but never tried for that murder.) has a new "Monthly View" for us. Here is part of what he has to say:

"How pure are your motives? I pray they are changing as you reflect on God’s word.

11 I spoke of the motive for looking for more bodies from the Manson family crimes in the last month’s view. I agreed that justice must be carried out at all cost, but at the same time called for an examination of our hearts to find our true motives for looking. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 12

It has been reported that a three day search took place at the Barker Ranch in the Panamint Range, beginning on Monday, May20, 2008, and lasted throughout Wednesday. There were no human remains found, because there were no more murders. Hopefully this search will put all rumors to rest. “Police say they don’t know of anymore associated with Manson who was reported missing after the arrest.” (CNN – Behind the scenes: Body hunt at Manson Ranch, CNN.com, May 2008)."

 

Again, he's questioning other people's motives.

After the limited excavation at Barker Ranch yielded no remains, he says with some certainty:

"There were no human remains found, because there were no more murders."

Last month he didn't appear to be as sure. Last month he said he didn't "personally" know of any murders at Barker Ranch and made a point of saying he fled back to the safety of his parents' home in Texas in September of 1969.

In his letter to Anderson Cooper Watson says that "...no one was killed while I was in the desert, but I don't know what took place after I left."

Another thing we noticed while re-reading Watson's letter to Anderson Cooper, he says that he went to the desert "around August 11th" and remained there until September 25th.

It's believed that Donald Shea was killed at Spahn Ranch sometime after the August 16th raid on the ranch.

According to Steve Grogan's testimony at his 1981 parole hearing, Watson was in the car with Shea and Grogan when Shea was killed. In fact Grogan says that Manson told him to hit Shea in the head with a pipe when Watson gave the signal. Grogan says that Watson pulled a knife and when he did Grogan hit Shea in the head with the pipe. Shea either jumped from the car or was pulled from it and subsequently stabbed.

Charles "Tex" Watson was not charged with this murder.

Tate Family Update June 6th:

June 6th, 2008: Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired by director Marina Zenovich premieres on HBO Monday, June 9th as part of the HBO documentary films series.

The documentary tells the story of Roman's 1977 arrest for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor; his 42 day incarceration at a prison for observation; the trial Judge Laurence J. Ritten who, almost everyone in the film agrees, used the bench to pursue celebrity rather than mete out justice; and Roman's subsequent flight from the United States to France just before being sentenced.

Samantha Geimer, now 45, has in recent years come forward and identified herself as the 13 year old model/actress at the center of the 1977 case.

Today she says:

"He should have been given time served ... he needs to make a deal to be treated fairly when he gets back here and with his celebrity I think that's going to be hard."

We recommend this documentary to anyone who thinks they know what happened in 1977 or who has a preconceived idea of who Roman Polanski is.

HBO Documentary Films Series
Reuters online article

 

May, 2008

Manson Family Murders Update May 30th:

In a WBIR-TV - Knoxville,TN online article Oak Ridge National Lab Researcher Arpad Vass said:

"I really do feel like an individual is buried out there. There's just too many indications"

Vass helped create a tool that basically sniffs out shallow graves. This is first time it's (been used in conjunction with dogs that detect human remains, as well as devices that measure magnetic fields and soil chemistry. "Using those four approaches, we pinpointed high probability areas, and then went forth with excavations, and unfortunately it didn't yield any results at this particular time," Vass said.

"The whole point in retrospect was trying to improve technology, so that next time we go out, we will have success, and we are moving along those lines," Vass said. Vass would eventually like to head back to California to search again. Links:

WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN online article
Article from a year ago about the tool that the ORNL would use at Barker Ranch

Manson Family Murders Update May 26th:

Offering a possible explanation as to why the dig at Barker Ranch unearthed no human remains where a cadaver-seeking dog had alerted, Arpad Vass, a scientist with the Oakridge National Laboratory involved with the dig, said the dog would alert where the "odor is coming up out of the ground. It's not necessarily where the body is."

Debra Tate said:

"The real sin here, the crime, is to scratch the surface and not give it 100 percent, not let the scientists follow all options."

"The investigators needed to be more pliable because it is new science. They needed to dig deeper, wider... they needed to give the search a little more room."

Follow up articles about the dig at Barker Ranch. Links:

AP video

 

Associated Press article at Winnipeg Free Press 
International Herald Tribune online article

 

 

Ed Sanders, (author of The Family - The 1971 book about the Manson Family murders) appears in the VH1 multi-part documentary - Sex: The Revolution Episode 1: Save it for Marriage. According to the VH1 website this episode will rerun on May 27th, 10pm ET. Links:

Sex: The Revolution on VH1

Reprint of an El Paso Times article from August 1969 with some nice quotes about Sharon Tate from people she knew during the time she lived in El Paso, TX.

"Mrs. C.L. Hatchel, 7608 Parkland, the former Miss Pam Stratton, said of Miss Tate, “Sharon was a real sweet girl. We ran around together and spent the night at each other’s home,” she said. “After her family moved to Italy, our friendship sort of dwindled and I only got a couple of letters from her then."

NOTE: One minor mistake, the article mistakenly lists Paul Tate as "T.J. Tate". Link:

El Paso Times reprint

Manson Family Murders Update May 21st:

UPDATE: Per a just issued press release from the Inyo County Sheriff's office, excavation at Barker Ranch has been concluded. Five areas of interest were explored and there were no human remains found.

Inyo County Press Release

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On May 20th the first day of digging at Barker Ranch, at the first site of interest, did not uncover human remains. Found was a bullet casing that reportedly has been identified as a recent deposit, as it seemed to be made of aluminum.

Excavation of the second site began today, May 21st, yielded only remnants of ash and small animal bones. That location was turned over to the National Park Service to be handled as an archaeological site. Links:

Inyo County Press Release May 21st 2008
Los Angeles Times online Article
Associated Press Article May 20th
Mercury News online Article
NPR Morning Edition May 21st

Manson Family Murders Update May 20th:

The office of the Sheriff of Inyo County has issued a press release about the results of the dig thus far at Barker Ranch. According to Lt. Jim Jones, who has been overseeing the dig, excavation at the first site is still ongoing and it is "too early to determine if the site contains human remains."

The investigation is expected to be ongoing through Thursday, May 22nd.

Press Release from the office of the Sheriff of Inyo County about the dig today at Barker Ranch.

Article on dig at Barker Ranch from People magazine 5/26/2008.

 

 

 

 

Tate Family Update May 16th:

We've received many questions from people about the exhibit of Sharon's clothes planned for this Summer in Los Angeles.

First, the clothes themselves will NOT be on display. The photographs taken of Lauren Hastings wearing Sharon's clothes will be on display at the exhibit.

Many of the designers of the clothes will be attending the exhibit. For many of them, these clothes are rare examples of their early work from the 1960s.

The clothes have been put safely back in storage.

The clothes are NOT for sale. Debra has shared them with the public in this way, in an effort to spotlight Sharon's unique style. A style that transcends time and is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.

Manson Family Murders Update May 9th:

Debra Tate did an interview with Stacey Butler of CBS 2 KCAL 9, regarding the news that there will be limited excavation at Barker Ranch.

Debra Tate on KCAL 9 CBS 2 out of Los Angeles

 

Limited Excavation at Barker Ranch scheduled for May 20th.

Sheriff Bill Lutze has authorized exploratory excavation which they say will "either confirm or put to rest speculation that bodies may remain there from the Charles Manson era." Set to begin May 20th -23rd. If
findings during that dig warrant it there will be additional excavation. Links:

Inyo County Sheriff Office Press release

Manson Family Murders Update May 8th:

Anderson Cooper 360 to cover Barker Ranch investigation
From the Anderson Cooper 360 blog today:

"PLUS tomorrow a California Judge will decide if authorities should begin digging at the remote ranch in Death Valley where Charles Manson and some of his cohorts were arrested nearly 40 years ago? A team of forensic experts and investigators performed tests at the site and say there appear to be signs that other victims could be buried in the dirt….Ted Rowlands will be LIVE from the ranch tonight with all the details…."

Apparently they wrote Charles "Tex" Watson and asked for an interview. He sent them a letter back refusing the interview. He basically says the same things he said in his statement on his web site.

"About a month ago we contacted Watson by mail asking for permission to come visit. Usually when we send letters to prisoners we don’t get a response, but about a week later we got a letter back from Watson! He didn’t want to meet, but he did say in his two page hand written letter that he didn’t know anything about bodies at Barker Ranch."

(Below is photo of the letter he sent. Note the symbol at the top of the letter. Sometimes called a "Jesus Fish". I've personally never seen anyone put their own name in one of these. I've seen them with the words "Jesus" and "Jesus Lives" and "ΙΧΘΥΣ" but never anyone's name. If anyone has any insight into this I'd love to hear it. Email me at: tatelegacy@yahoo.com.)

Links:

Anderson Cooper 360 blog entry: More bodies buried at Manson’s Death Valley ranch?
Anderson Cooper 360 blog entry: If there are bodies behind the ranch…
Read Watson’s letters to CNN

Manson Family Murders Update May 7th:

New profile of Manson Family murderer Leslie Van Houten. Special thanks to Alan Patierno for all of his help with this project.

Tate Family Update May 7th:

The ID channel series called Final Days of an Icon premiered tonight with the the episode about Sharon Tate. The ID Channel webpage had listed the first date for the show as May 8th, but it actually premiered tonight, May 7th. If you missed it the ID channel should rerun it throughout the month.

 

 

Tate Family Update May 6th:

 

 

May 6th, 2008: Sharon Tate's private clothing collection. Exclusive on Inside Edition.
Debra Tate will appear on Inside Edition tonight. When Inside Edition spoke to Debra she opened up a trunk she keeps with mementos of Sharon; a school photograph, a pair of gloves, a maternity dress. This is a rare glimpse at the private life of Sharon Tate.

“I really enjoy going through the clothes," says Debra. "It takes me back to a much happier time when she and I would spend time in her closet picking which outfit she was going to wear to which event. They’re precious moments. That is why I don’t open it often. I can still smell her scent.”

(Check your local listings for time and date of the program. It will probably air in most markets tonight.)

Last night Debra worked on a photo shoot for an exhibit in L.A. this summer that will feature Sharon Tate's wardrobe. Below are some of the photos from the shoot.

 

 

Manson Family Murders Update May 6th:

Charles "Tex" Watson has posted a statement on his website regarding the investigation into possible undiscovered bodies at Barker Ranch.

 

He says:

He goes on to say:

"It stands to reason that if there were bodies buried at Barker Ranch, at least one of the rest would have come forward with reliable information during the past forty years."

He goes on to question the motive behind the search at Barker Ranch:

"What is the agenda? Is it to write books for personal gain? (Webmaster note: Mr. Watson wrote an autobiography in the late 1970's) Is it to hype the Manson murders (Webmaster note: The name of the book Mr. Watson wrote was "Will you die for me?") in the press before parole hearings? Or, is it so families of possible victims can find closure? If it is the later, let’s dig with much skepticism. I know of no bodies."

Mr. Watson was present at both the Tate and Labianca homes and had a hand in murdering every person at both homes. He was convicted of murdering seven people over two nights, one who was eight and a half months pregnant.

 

 

 

April, 2008

Tate Family Update April 28th:

A new tel-biography of Sharon Tate is set to premiere on Investigation Discovery in May. The biography is the first episode of a new series on the ID channel called Final Days of an Icon. It's an hour long program dedicated to the "final days in the Hollywood icon's life."

According to the Investigation Discovery website the show will air during the following dates and times: May 08, 12:00 am, May 08, 3:00 am, May 10, 3:00 pm,
May 18, 1:00 am and May 18, 4:00 am. Check your local listings to confirm date, time and channel.


Manson Family Murders Update April 26th:

KCBS is reporting that Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme has offered to assist investigators in the search for possible murder victims as yet undiscovered at Barker Ranch. Fromme, who is in prison for the attempted assassination of President Ford in 1975, is serving her life sentence at the Federal Medical Center, in Carswell,Texas. The KCBS report from April 24th includes just a brief mention of Fromme's reported assistance, after that there is an interview with a prospector from the Barker Ranch area.

KCBS video

 

Manson Family Murders Update April 25th:

A decision on whether or not to excavate sites at Barker Ranch has been delayed again:In a press release on the Inyo County website, it was revealed today that a "crucial piece of soil testing equipment was damaged during the rough trip" to Barker Ranch earlier this year.

The crucial piece of equipment is a portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GCMS) used to test soil samples at the site. It apparently malfunctioned after the trip to the ranch. The soil samples have been sent to "laboratories" where analysis can be done. Results are now said to be expected on May 9th.

Lutze said that "some of this equipment is so cutting edge that it does not exist in the market place. This place will dramatically alter how police agencies search outdoor crime scenes in the future."

The Inyo County Sheriff's office will issue further information once the results of the analysis of the soil samples from Barker Ranch are complete. Links:

Inyo County press release
Inyo County website

 

Manson Family Murders Update April 22nd:

Terry Thornton, a state prison spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, confirmed Monday, April 21st, that Susan Atkins has been hospitalized "in the community" for more than a month with an undisclosed illness. Federal privacy laws forbid disclosure of Atkins' location or the nature of her illness, Thornton said.

Atkins, who will be 60 on May 7, has been in stable condition since going to a hospital March 18.

Atkins was a willing participant in the murder of Gary Hinman and the victims at the Tate-Polanski home. She accompanied the group that murdered the Labiancas, but did not enter the home, and left with Manson before the murders occurred. At the time of her indictment for the Tate murders she said that she had tasted the blood of Sharon Tate and wrote PIG on the door of the Tate-Polanski home, again in the blood of Sharon Tate.

Taking no personal responsibility, but blaming the media and her "past", In 1985 she said:


"I would like anonymity. I would like to not be known as the Susan Atkins that the media and my tragic past created."

It's worth noting that despite stating she wanted anonymity Atkins wrote two books about her part in the murders. The first was The Killing of Sharon Tate, which was her account of the Tate-Labianca murders, and the other was an autobiography - Child of Satan, Child of God. Links

The Press-Enterprise online article

 

Manson Family Murders Update April 20th:

Rosalie Ritz, courtroom artist, who for four decades chronicled dozens of high drama trials has died. Ritz covered the Manson trial as well as the trial of Sarah Jane Moore, who attempted to assassinate President Ford seventeen days after Lynette Squeaky Fromme also made an unsuccessful attempt on his life. She also covered the trials of Patricia Hearst, the SLA, Huey Newton, Sirhan Sirhan and Angela Davis among others.

"With her background as a fine artist, Ritz drew with a flourish that set her apart from her colleagues. Her work was never photographic but sought to capture the action and drama of trials."

Ritz died at her Walnut Creek home on Friday April 18th, after a 2-year battle with lung cancer.

KSBY 6 NBC online article
Wikipedia entry
AP article by Linda Deutsch, who also covered the Manson trial
Link to a longer version of the AP article


March, 2008

Manson Family Murders Update March 28th:

Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze said today that after analyzing information from the sites, he decided further testing was necessary.

A team from Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will analyze soil for chemical markers that match those released during decomposition of human bodies.

Results from the first search, which focused on surface soil samples, showed that there could be at least two unmarked graves at the ranch where Manson and his followers lived until their arrests.

In further testing, investigators likely would try to develop the site's depth profile, taking core samples of the soil to see if the presence of certain compounds increases further down.

Officials say they will decide whether to dig after these test results are revealed around April 25th.

CNN online article
Fox News online article
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Manson Family Murders Update March 27th:

According to a NY Daily News online article Lindsay Lohan has been cast to play Nancy Pitman, one of the Manson Family members in a new movie: Manson Girls.

While we have been aware of this movie for quite some time, and we wouldn't normally mention this kind of thing here, we were surprised to read in the article:

"While she didn't participate in the infamous murder of actress Susan Tate, she later went with Manson to leave false clues."

There's been speculation for years that Manson and another member/members of the Manson Family went to the Tate residence sometime after Watson, Krenwinkel, Atkins and Kasabian left and the discovery of the bodies the next morning. In the book Manson in his Own Words "author" Nuel Emmons quoted Manson as saying that he did in fact go to the Tate house to see what his "children" had done.

So, we wonder, is Pittman cooperating with the film's producers? If so, is she the source for this revelation?

And I must point out that the writer called Sharon, Susan Tate. Links:

NY Daily News online article
E! online article that mentions that Pittman was with Manson on the night of the Tate murders but doesn't indicate that she went with him to the Tate house after the murders.

Manson Family Murders Update March 26th:

Inyo Sheriff's department says they will announce on thursday whether or not to dig at Barker Ranch. Links:

KNBC Los Angeles online article

Manson Family Murders Update March 25th:

Transcript of the Nancy Grace show on CNN from March 24th.

The segment that Debra appears in is the last segment of the show so you need to scroll about halfway down the page to get to that part. Click Here.

Manson Family Murders Update March 24th:

Debra Tate appeared on the Nancy Grace show on CNN live tonight to continue discussions on the findings at Barker Ranch. Once there is a transcript available we will link to it.

Manson Family Murders Update March 22nd:

Bishop, CA police have reopened the case of Fillippo Tennerelli, who was thought to have killed himself there in a motel room on October 1st, 1969. Links:

Associate Press article
Sierra Wave article
Guardian Article

Manson Family Murders Update March 18th:

Good Morning America Coverage of the results of the Barker Ranch soil tests. (Note: Debra Tate appears in a pre-recorded interview.) Link:

GMA Video

Manson Family Murders Update March 17th:

Decision to begin digging or not to be made within a month:

Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutz said officers were examining information provided by investigators who probed terrain surrounding Barker Ranch in Death Valley national park.

Preliminary reports suggested the presence of human remains at the site, where Manson and several of his "family" were arrested in 1969 before later being convicted on multiple murder counts.

"Our investigators are reviewing the reports now so we can make a determination of what we are going to do," Lutz said, adding that a decision would be made within a month.

 

Debra Tate on Fox News, the Today Show, Nancy Grace and Verdict with Dan Abrams:

Fox News Coverage (Note: Debra meant to say that Sharon was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Valley of the Dolls, not an Academy Award.)

 

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Today Show coverage (note: Debra Tate appears via a previously recorded interview)

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Nancy Grace: Debra Tate did a live telephone interview with Nancy Grace.

Click for the transcript of the show.

Verdict with Dan Abrams (note: Debra Tate appears via a previously recorded interview)

Correction: During the segment FBI profiler Candice DeLong refers to Donald "Shorty" Shea as a "follower" of Manson's. This is not true. He worked at the Spahn Ranch and was not a member of the Manson Family.

 

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CBS KCAL 9 Los Angeles Southern California Coverage: link

Manson Family Murders Update March 16th:

Debra Tate will appear on Fox News tomorrow morning, March 17th, (Exact time is unknown at this time) to discuss the findings at Barker Ranch.

Manson Family Murders Update March 15th:

Soil samples taken from three areas of interest at Barker Ranch back in February have been tested and the conclusion by Oak Ridge National Laboratory senior researchers Arpad Vass and Marc Wise is that there are two likely clandestine grave sites, and one additional site that merits further investigation.

The pair took back samples for further analysis using more finely tuned lab equipment that could not be brought into the field.

Vass said that, considering the quantity and the types of markers of human decomposition found, the cadaver dog's response, and the probing exercise, he found enough evidence to warrant further testing at a deeper level and a full-scale excavation at Barker Ranch, according to the report he issued to law enforcement. Links:

 

WBIR NBC online article
Associated Press article at AP website
Associated Press article online at The Columbian
MSNBC online article
AOL News online article
Newsweek online article

 

 

Debra Tate: "If there are bodies here, (at the Barker ranch) we need to find them and send them home."

 

 


Site Update March 1st:

We've divided the news into three sections. This page which is for news specifically related to the Tate Family Legacy website. National Crime News, where we intend to bring you national news related to violent crime, parole hearings, violent crime and victim's rights. And Bill Status, where we track the status of bills and legislation.

February, 2008

Site Update February 28th:


We've added a new Page for the website, The Manson Family Murderers. With this page we hope to bring you the information you need to write an informed letter to the Board of Prison Terms opposing the release of the various Manson Family murderers. The first murderer we examine is Bruce McGregor Davis. We will add pages in the coming weeks for each of the Manson Family murderers still in prison for the Tate-Labianca, Hinman-Shea murders.

We've also added a page about some unusual deaths and unsolved murders that happened around the time of the Tate-Labianca, Hinman-Shea murders and trials.

Manson Family Murders Update February 13th:

Mammoth Lakes police officer Sergeant Paul Dostie and his K-9 partner, Buster, are leading a search for remains of possible undiscovered Manson Family victims at Barker Ranch in death Valley.

Links to related stories:

KNBC.com Video
Mammoth Times Article
msnbc.com Link to story