Manson Killed More People: New Tape

Dead lawyer says Manson Family member told him of other murders in tape
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2013 8:42 AM CST
Manson Killed More People: New Tape
This March 1, 1971, file photo shows Charles "Tex" Watson arriving for court in Los Angeles, Calif.   (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File)

(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, MyFox LA has obtained a tape of an interview between the now-deceased Boyd and an author in which Boyd verifies that he has 20 hours of said interviews—and that Watson does indeed confirm Manson committed more murders than the infamous 1969 killings for which he is jailed.

"[Watson] told me about a bunch of other people Manson had killed," says Boyd on the audio recording, adding that Watson did not implicate himself in the additional murders. Meanwhile, California Gov. Jerry Brown has 30 days to decide whether Manson Family member Bruce Davis should be released on parole, Fox News reports. A state parole panel recommended Davis for release last year, and the entire state parole board followed suit Friday. Davis was sentenced to life in prison in 1972 after being convicted in the killings of a musician and a stuntman; he was not involved in the infamous Sharon Tate murders, reports the AP. (Read more Bill Boyd stories.)

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