Saturday, December 9, 2017

Charles Manson’s remains could become a shrine, some fear


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The body of murder mastermind Charles Manson was barely cold when competing bids began for his remains and belongings among relatives and longtime associates.

Their plans have not been divulged, but some fear they might create a shrine for those who are still fascinated by the man behind the bizarre celebrity slayings that terrorized Los Angeles nearly a half-century ago.

The value of Manson’s belongings — said to include music, artwork, writings and at least two guitars — is unclear. But probate attorneys said the real value of his estate could be in controlling the use of his image and the power to authorize any biographies or documentaries.

“It’s going to be a food fight,” said probate attorney Adam Streisand, who is not involved in the Manson case but was involved with Michael Jackson’s estate and currently is representing the estate of Hugh Hefner.

“You have to sort of worry about creating a monument that becomes a focal point for people to exercise their extremist views,” he said.

At the very least, it seems, Manson devotees want to prevent his ashes from being anonymously interred with other indigent inmates.

One person seeking control of Manson’s estate is his purported grandson, Jason Freeman, who flew into California with a documentary film crew after Manson died last month.

His effort is challenged by Manson associate Michael Channels, who exchanged letters and visited the killer in prison. Channels has filed a two-page will in court dated Valentine’s Day 2002 that purportedly leaves everything to him.

Freeman’s attorney, Dale Kiken, said there might be a third claim by Los Angeles musician Matthew Roberts, who has described himself as Manson’s son. His bid is backed by Ben Gurecki, who has done YouTube videos focused on Manson and told several media outlets that he obtained a January 2017 will from Manson naming Roberts as his heir.

Kiken said prison officials told him Manson left no will and he disputes the validity of the ones that have surfaced.

Kiken provided The Associated Press with a copy of a 1986 Ohio court ruling saying Freeman is the son of Charles Manson Jr., and a 1993 Colorado death certificate showing Manson Jr. as the son of Charles Manson and his first wife, Rosalie Willis.

Manson, 83, died Nov. 19 of natural causes after spending decades in prison for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other people. Prosecutors said the slayings were intended to trigger an apocalyptic race war.

Tate’s sister, Debra, fears those seeking control of Manson’s remains and belongings hope to profit from his dark legacy.

“Whatever he was in life, in death he deserves dignity,” she said, asserting that the only way to ensure Manson is undisturbed is to have his body cremated and placed at an undisclosed site.

Freeman said he is a man of faith who wants to have his grandfather cremated and his ashes properly placed.

“It won’t be in the media, it will be a private family matter from that point,” he said, adding that he won’t disclose his plans until the release of his planned documentary.

“We’ve got some plans and I’d like to see this ship take flight,” he said.

Freeman, a Florida resident, and his film crew traveled last week to Corcoran State Prison, where Manson was housed in a special protective cell because of his notoriety. Freeman was accompanied by Manson associate John Michael Jones, who said he wants to ensure “that Mr. Manson’s death wasn’t turned into a spectacle like his life was.”

Joe Townley, chief operating officer and executive producer of MY-Entertainment, said the company has been filming for about six months.

At one point, Freeman requested $3,000 each time the AP published an article about him, to provide “assistance in my time of hardship being away from my family and taking care of my grandfather.” He dropped the request after it was refused.

Freeman said he was largely protected growing up when his mother and grandmother “kept the Manson name away from my doorstep.”

However, he long blamed Manson for his father’s suicide until he came to believe the real cause was the media pressure from being Manson’s son.

He exchanged letters and phone calls with his imprisoned grandfather in recent years, and said he is determined to be present for his own children to break the cycle of fatherless upbringings that he believes doomed both his father and grandfather.

“It was almost as if he had a shield in front of his heart and I tried to share personal stuff with him about my father and about my children so he could understand that in my lifetime I brought the family tree full circle,” Freeman said of Manson.

Gurecki and Roberts did not return repeated telephone messages, and Channels could not be reached despite repeated telephone calls.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wildfires are destroying lots of Southern California, including Los Angeles County, CA.  I hope our blogger friends are okay!

Reminds me of what Sandy Good said a long time ago about LA burning to the ground. Hope they put those fires out soon!

Seems kinda creepy so soon after Charlie's death...

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Who was Jay Sebring? A-list hair dresser with Michigan ties was more than a Manson victim

Thomas John Kummer was a free-spirited dreamer. 

At St. Benedict School in Highland Park, a staff member once told his mother: "He just sits in class and stares out the window and smiles." 

Later, as a young man, he became known as a pioneering hair designer, with a client list that included stars like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and the members of the Rat Pack. 

Kummer — better known as Jay Sebring — become even more famous in death. 

He and four other people were killed in August 1969 in a house in California by followers of Charles Manson.

Manson died of natural causes Sunday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

But Sebring's relatives say they want people to remember how he lived, not the way he died at the age of 35.

"What he did is he took everything out of a barbershop and made it OK for men to go to a beauty shop," said Sebring's nephew, actor Anthony DiMaria. "Essentially, women’s hair styling has existed since pre-Cleopatra, where men only had barbers. Jay literally created men’s hair design." 

Sebring, the oldest of four kids, was born in Fairfield, Ala. His parents moved when he was a baby to a home on Ferris Street in Highland Park, just down the street from St. Benedict. Sebring went to school there through eighth grade. Later, the family lived in a house in Detroit. 

DiMaria said as a child and teenager, his uncle was always drawing and painting. His favorite subjects included cars, pinup women and Hollywood celebrities. 

"He did a sketch when he was a teenager of what his closet would look like when he bought his own house, with the shoes lined up," DiMaria added.  "He spent much of his childhood planning his future." 

Sebring was smart but didn't apply himself in school. He had trouble at University of Detroit High School and then went to Catholic Central. At 17, he enlisted in the Navy. 

Sebring hated the uniformity and look of military-issue buzz haircuts. So he figured out a way to trim his own hair so it looked better but would still fit within regulations. Soon, he was cutting his Navy buddies' hair, with a knack for providing custom styles that played up people's assets.

"I just think that he was very passionate (about) getting the hair to frame the face. ... He always said hair should bring attention to the man’s eyes," DiMaria said.    

After four years in the service, Sebring came back to Detroit for about a year, working downtown in Grinnell's music store. He loved jazz.

Then, it was off to California to follow his dream of working with hair. He attended cosmetology school and started styling women's hair. But his passion was for men's styling. With money from his family, he opened a small shop on Fairfax in L.A.

It was rough in the beginning. He slept on the floor of the shop and had to repeatedly ask his family for money to keep him afloat. That was until an actress he was dating, Barbara Luna, brought in one of her famous friends to see him: singer Vic Damone.

Damone was so pleased with his haircut that he gave Sebring a $100 bill — and told his famous friends about him. 

Sebring changed his name from Thomas Kummer to Jay Sebring at the urging of Luna, who thought he needed something more glamorous-sounding. "Jay" came from a childhood nickname and "Sebring" after the name of a racetrack in Florida. 

When Sebring was starting out, men only had one option for a haircut — the barbershop. But Sebring evaluated each man's hair, scalp and facial features, and gave him a personalized cut. For instance, he knew how leaving a hairstyle full in the back could help downplay a man's big nose when someone looked at his profile.  

"Pre-Sebring, men went to barbershops. There were only 12 cuts you could pick: flat top, part on the right, part on the left ..." and men used a lot of oil and grease in their hair, DiMaria said. 

Sebring would say: "Oil is for machinery."

Soon, all the A-list celebrities were seeing Sebring. He cut the hair of Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando and Milton Berle, to name a few. He styled the Rat Pack. He also gave Jim Morrison of the Doors his shaggy hairstyle.   

DiMaria said his uncle was also famous for creating a men's hair care product line. 

"This is a guy who was a groundbreaker, an image-maker," DiMaria said. 

Manson and members of his “family” of followers were convicted of killing Sebring, actress Sharon Tate and five other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area in August 1969. Prosecutors said Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war he dubbed “Helter Skelter,” taken from the Beatles song of the same name.

Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was pregnant when she was killed at her hilltop home in Benedict Canyon on Aug. 9, 1969. Also shot to death the same night: Sebring, Voytek Frykowski, 32; Abigail Folger, 25, a coffee heiress, and Steven Parent, 18, a friend of Tate’s caretaker. 

The next night, Manson rode with his followers to the Los Feliz home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, then left three members to kill the couple.

Sebring is buried in Southfield's Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Some of his family is still in Michigan.

DiMaria, who lives in L.A. and Las Vegas, was 3 when his uncle was killed. For two decades, he has attended the parole hearings for the people involved in his death, speaking out about why they should remain behind bars.

DiMaria is in the midst of making a documentary about his uncle. He has reviewed crime scene evidence, court testimony and old newspaper articles. One notable thing he learned, he said, is that his uncle died putting up a fight, contrary to some popular misconceptions. 

DiMaria said he's frustrated with how the crimes have become sensationalized in pop culture. He said when he thinks of what happened, he focuses not on the actual act but on the victims — who they were, what they had accomplished and where they were going in life. 

"People pay so much attention to the killers and murders that they forget the victims," he said. "That human dimension is lost."

Five decades later, Sebring's influence can still be seen today. 

"If you were to look at any free-flowing haircut, if you look at a different haircut, where someone expresses themselves," DiMaria said, "that’s a direct manifestation of Jay."

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Brokaw says Robert Mitchum knew what?

At 20 seconds in, what is it that Brokaw says? What did Robert Mitchum have down by the beach? What did he know about Manson?

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This seems all new to me.  Anyone with insights please comment!