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Charles Manson's 'Right-Hand Man' Denied Parole

Charles 'Tex' Watson has his 17th parole hearing

(Newser) - California parole officials recommended Thursday that Charles "Tex" Watson, the self-described right-hand man of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, should remain in prison 47 years after he helped plan and carry out the slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people, the AP reports. Watson's 17th... More »

Police Release Sketches in Possible Manson Family Killing

Two men named Jean are persons of interest in teen's 1969 murder

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Police Department has released sketches of two men considered persons of interest in a 47-year-old murder possibly connected to the Manson family, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to People , Reet Jurvetson, 19, flew from Canada to LA in 1969 to see a man named Jean she... More »

Beach Boy May Have Seen Unreported Manson Killing

Mike Love says Dennis Wilson was too scared to tell the police

(Newser) - Charles Manson committed a murder that no one knew about—except at least two of the Beach Boys. That's according to Good Vibrations, the new memoir from Mike Love. In the book, Love claims bandmate and cousin Dennis Wilson came to him at a recording studio in 1969 "... More »

DA: Deny Parole for 'Manipulative' Manson Follower

Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown says Leslie Van Houten has no remorse for LaBianca murders

(Newser) - The Los Angeles district attorney is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to reject parole for a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, the AP reports. District Attorney Jackie Lacey released a letter Tuesday she sent to Brown saying that Leslie Van Houten should stay in prison for her role in the... More »

Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed

Cops can't say whether Canadian woman was one of his victims

(Newser) - For more than 46 years, a young woman whose body was found stabbed 150 times and tangled in the brush off of LA's Mulholland Drive has been relegated to "Jane Doe" status. Now, People reports that Jane Doe No. 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson—born in... More »

Manson Follower May Go Free

Parole board recommends parole for Leslie Van Houten

(Newser) - A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife, reports AP . The now-66-year-old Van Houten was "numb" after the panel... More »

Manson Family Member Eligible for Parole, But ...

... Bruce Davis has heard that one before

(Newser) - Former Charles Manson acolyte Bruce Davis has been found eligible for parole—for the fourth time. Parole officials determined yesterday it was safe to release the 72-year-old, who has spent 43 years in prison for the 1969 murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. As on... More »

Man Who Put Charles Manson Behind Bars Has Died

'Helter Skelter' author Vincent Bugliosi forever tied to cult leader

(Newser) - The man best known for putting Charles Manson away and penning the best-selling book on the Manson Family's murderous spree died Saturday at age 80, reports the AP . As the New York Times reports, Vincent Bugliosi was the unknown and "intense, ambitious" Los Angeles prosecutor who "stepped... More »

Charles Manson Misses Wedding Date

26-year-old devotee needs new license, prison says

(Newser) - The marriage license of mass murderer Charles Manson and a 26-year-old devotee who believes in his innocence is set to expire without a wedding taking place, prison officials say. A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman says weekend visiting for inmates passed without Manson getting married. Afton Burton and... More »

Sharon Tate's Sister: Is Manson Fiancee 'Deranged'?

Debra Tate calls marriage 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - Why a 26-year-old woman would want to marry 80-year-old Charles Manson is beyond anyone, but especially Debra Tate, the sister of slain actress Sharon Tate. She calls the engagement between Afton Elaine Burton, aka "Star," and the convicted murderer "ludicrous," the AP reports. Burton apparently thinks... More »

Charles Manson, 80, Gets a Marriage License

Manson, still in prison, has 26-year-old fiancée

(Newser) - Charles Manson may be an 80-year-old mass murderer serving life in prison, but somebody loves him—and that somebody plans to marry the guy, the AP reports. Manson and Afton Burton, a 26-year-old Midwesterner who goes by "Star," have a marriage license that's valid for the next... More »

Listen to Manson Follower 'Squeaky' Fromme's Mental Evaluation

She sounds calm and in control talking with psychiatrist before trial

(Newser) - The Sacramento Bee is out with a fascinating bit of history regarding Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. A judge agreed to the newspaper's request to release audio recordings of her psychiatric evaluation on Sept. 21, 1975, made just weeks after she was arrested for pointing a gun at... More »

25-Year-Old Says She's Engaged to Charles Manson

He has named her 'Star,' and she has carved 'X' in forehead

(Newser) - Is Charles Manson, 79, about to marry a 25-year-old woman? The woman in question seems to think so. Rolling Stone has a lengthy new profile of the infamous serial killer, that focuses just as much on his closest devotee: A woman referred to only as "Star," a name... More »

Manson Follower Goes Into 'Unprecedented' Details

Leslie Van Houten denied parole 20th time

(Newser) - The 20th time was not the charm for Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten , who was again denied parole yesterday. The 63-year-old's next chance to seek parole won't come for five years. KABC-TV reports that Van Houten went into "unprecedented detail" during the 8-hour hearing. From it... More »

Manson Killed More People: New Tape

Dead lawyer says Manson Family member told him of other murders in tape

(Newser) - In May of last year came an intriguing and horrific revelation: The LAPD was trying to obtain decades-old audio recordings that could link Charles Manson to more murders. The tapes purportedly feature conversations between Manson's former right-hand man, Charles "Tex" Watson, and Watson's lawyer, Bill Boyd. Now,... More »

Manson Follower Granted Parole

But Gov. Jerry Brown could block release of Bruce Davis

(Newser) - A California man who helped murder two people on the orders of Charles Manson in 1969 has been recommended for release by a state parole panel. Bruce Davis, 70, has been in prison for 40 years for the murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. Davis... More »

Charles Manson Recordings on New Album

LA shop owner releases music the killer made in 1980s

(Newser) - The owner of a Los Angeles shop has put out an album of music made by Charles Manson—with the killer's blessing, reports the Los Angeles Times . Manuel Vasquez, 26, says he has sold about 200 copies of the album, which features six "low-fi, mono" songs Manson wrote... More »

Tapes Could Link Manson Family to More Murders

LAPD wants audio tapes that could yield new evidence

(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,... More »

Charles Manson: I'm a Very Dangerous Man

He admitted to 5 murders to psychologist, parole hearing told

(Newser) - Corrections officials in California quoted Charles Manson's own words when they denied him parole for a 12th time yesterday . "I am special. I am not like the average inmate. I have put five people in the grave," Manson told a prison psychologist late last year, according to... More »

Manson Denied Probable Last Shot at Parole

Mass murderer's next chance won't come until he's 92

(Newser) - Charles Manson was denied parole today, for the 12th—and probably final—time. After today's rejection, California can deny Manson parole for another 15 years, the AP notes, at which point the mass murderer would be 92 years old. Manson himself skipped the parole hearing, but Debra Tate, the... More »

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