Tapes Could Link Manson Family to More Murders
LAPD wants audio tapes that could yield new evidence
By Tim Karan, Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2012 12:00 PM CDT
New recordings could implicate the Manson family in more crimes committed four decades ago.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The horrific history of Charles Manson and his followers could soon be rewritten. The Los Angeles Police Department has asked for eight hours of decades-old audio recordings that could link the Manson family to more murders, reports NBC Los Angeles. The tapes feature conversations between Manson's former right-hand man, Charles "Tex" Watson, and Watson's lawyer Bill Boyd, and they have never before been heard by law enforcement.

Boyd, who died three years ago, began working with Watson in 1969 and the recordings are resurfacing because his firm is now in bankruptcy court. "The LAPD has information that Mr. Watson discussed additional unsolved murders committed by followers of Charles Manson," wrote Chief Charlie Beck to the Department of Justice. Watson, who is serving a life sentence for the murders of Sharon Tate and others, sold the tapes in 1976 to a chaplain who used them to write a book.

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May 25, 2012 4:12 PM CDT
I'm not a lawyer, but I guess the way it works is that the attorney-client privilege is waived as soon as the information is disclosed to a third party.
May 25, 2012 12:33 PM CDT
Too bad...Charlie can't surf. But he is a towering legend in the annals of American jurisprudence.
May 25, 2012 12:16 PM CDT
They were supposed to have killed a ranch hand working at Spann Ranch named Shorty Shea. Manson himself shot a dope dealer and thought he was dead but the guy survived and ran in to Manson in the LA County Jail much to Manson's surprise. I have heard a theory that Manson was not trying to start any race war but that he was carrying out hits. Wojciech Frykowski who was murdered at the Tate's was allegedly a dope dealer and Leo LaBianca was a know gambler. Some have speculated that Manson was using the family to carry out his killing for hire scheme.