Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hall of Justice to be Renovated Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer - 08/13/2011 
LANDMARK: Historic downtown building, damaged by the Northridge Earthquake and abandoned, is getting a $231M renovation and a new life.  Cloaked in shadows, the bars of the jail cell that once housed Charles Manson slide open with a rumble that echoes eerily across the vastness of the abandoned Hall of Justice.  At the entrance of the decrepit building in downtown Los Angeles, a grand staircase leads up to a foyer with marble walls, stately columns and gilded ceilings.  All are grimy from neglect - but not for much longer.  The Hall is poised to begin a $231 million renovation this month, nearly 17 years after it was forced to shut down due to damage from the Northridge Earthquake.  Contractors Clark Construction Group and AC Martin Partners will begin the painstaking work of restoring the structural integrity of a landmark that opened in 1925, and transforming it into a modern-day office space that also maintains some nods to the past.  The Hall saw its share of history while housing the headquarters of the sheriff, district attorney, public defender, coroner and Superior Court for nearly 70 years, since the time Model T Fords rumbled down the streets of Los Angeles.  The autopsies of Robert Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe were conducted at the Hall, as were the trials of Manson and Sirhan Sirhan.  Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Richard "The Nightstalker" Ramirez and actor Robert Mitchum also were behind bars there. When  daredevil Evel Knievel was arrested on assault charges, he ordered a fleet of limousines to drive up to the Hall and pick him up, as well as about 20 other inmates being released on the same day.  "We can't go back in time and be a part of that anymore, but the fact that the building has those stories, and you can walk through it, it's as close as you're going to get to re-creating history," said Alicia Ramos, who oversees the renovation project for the county Department of Public Works.
The Hall of Justice had served as Sheriff's Headquarters from 1925 to 1994. http://www.dailynews.com/politics/ci_18678296
In addition to its place in history and practical use as a headquarters, it is a fiscally responsible project. Most of the renovation costs will be offset by the termination of other property lease obligations of the county agencies that will move into the structure, as well as currently lowered construction costs resulting from the slow economy.  This move will place Sheriff Baca and Sheriff's Department headquarters back in the heart of Los Angeles County and the Civic Center, within walking distance of the county Hall of Administration, federal and state courts, Los Angeles City Hall, other important governmental offices and Metro transportation. It is also nearby key cultural centers, including the Music Center, the Disney Concert Hall, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument
https://local.nixle.com/alert/4717690/?sub_id=80899
Top Photo Circa 1942.  On Right - Sheriff Lee Baca, 2011.

133 comments:

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

"The autopsies of Robert Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe were conducted at the Hall"

Hmm...
I'll learn something new every day! LOL

I must admit, I don't study/follow the Kennedy assasination at all.

I never knew they did autopsies at the Hall.

Noguchi again? LOL

I wouldn't doubt it... the guy evidently did autopsies on everyone!

katie8753 said...

Wow that's interesting. I didn't know it had been abandoned.

I wonder what Robert Mitchum did.

I didn't know they did autopsies there either. It must have been an all-in-one place. DA's office, jail cells, courtrooms, meat locker, cafeteria, laundromat....you could probably have just lived there if you had to. LOL.

v717 said...

Talking about Marilyn Monroe.
According to author David McGowan, Peter Lawford who was suspected with involvement in the death of Marilyn Monroe was a frequent guest at the home of John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. Their circle of friends also included Warren Beatty, Peter and Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Terry Melcher and girlfriend Candace Bergen, Marlon Brando, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger and Voytek Frykowski, soon-to-be-dead gossip columnist Steve Brandt, Larry Hagman, Dennis Hopper, Ryan O’Neal, Mia “Rosemary’s Baby” Farrow, ethereal Freemason Peter Sellers, and Zsa Zsa Gabor and last but not least a singer and songwriter by the name of Charles Manson.

katie8753 said...

Hi V717.

Marilyn Monroe died in August, 1962. She was not friends with Manson.

He was in prison.

She could have been friends with some of those people, but not most of the people you named.

Candace wasn't seeing Terry until 1967 or 1968. Marilyn was already dead.

She did know Peter Lawford. He was married to Patricia Kennedy, John's sister. And we all know that Marilyn KNEW John & Bobby Kennedy well.

The cruxt of her death centers around the Kennedys. I personally think they axed her, because of their political ambitions.

But....that's my opinion.

v717 said...

Katie 8753
Who said Marylin knew Manson?
These events related by David McGowan happened around 1968-69.

katie8753 said...

Oh sorry V717.

You're saying Peter Lawford knew Manson.

Well, as I've said before, the next new ditty would be that Manson would be at Hyannisport cavorting with the Kennedys.

Peter Lawford could have been involved in the death of Marilyn Monroe.

I really don't know. There's a conspiracy list 10 miles long on that one.

But I don't think it had anything to do with Manson.

v717 said...

Katie 8753
There are many threads in the Tate/Labianca case that hasn´t been properly examined. That is due to Vincent Bugs Helter Skelter theory. That theory has blocked all other explanations because the murders seems so horrendous that they surely must have been executed by some really "spaced out people."
Who could better fit in to that description than Charles Manson and his escort?
I think Helter Skelter satisfied everybody who wanted a swift and easy explanation to those incidents.
Random killings? No.
It might have been, and this is my speculation some sort of misunderstanding that evolved into these incidents.
Something provoked the perpetrators but I don´t think it was Manson´s apocalyptic visions that provoked them.
I think it was a more down to earth motive.
The people that the Manson gang was involved wasn´t any law abiding citizens . What occupy outlaws minds?
Mostly it´s about money and drugs.
The heaven for that kind of people is plenty of money and free drugs; not hiding in the desert for 50 years waiting for the end times.

lurch said...

Hey Katie!
Not 100% sure, but I believe Mitchum was busted on a drug charge late 50s/early 60s.

As far as Marilyn.....she "kept it in the family" and I think that's why she had to go. Just my opinion though

katie8753 said...

V717, I agree with you completely. I think I've stated that many times.

The Helter Skelter motive was only used to convict Charlie as the ringleader, since there was little physical evidence linking him to the crimes.

The REAL motive? Nobody seems to know. These killings were not random. They were planned.

Who planned them? Charlie.

Why? It depends on what day it is and who is talking. Everyone seems to have their own theory. As I said before, you can probably wrap all the theories up in a bundle, and each might apply to a certain degree.

Let me make one more thing perfectly clear: the killers THOUGHT they were killing because they were AT WAR. Didn't necessarily mean a "race war". They thought (and if you listen to Sandy you'll understand) that they were "at war" with "the establishment....piggies".

Why did they think that? Because Charlie told them that.

katie8753 said...

V717, I'm still kinda confused as to why you think Peter Lawford killed Marilyn Monroe for Charlie.

Is that what you're saying? Or am I missing something here. :)

katie8753 said...

Hi Lurch. I think you're right. Mitchum was busted for drugs.

That guy was always a scary looking guy to me. He usually played a killer. HA HA.

v717 said...

Katie 8754
I just qoute from David McGowan: "Peter Lawford fresh from his probable involvement in the murder of Marilyn Monroe."
"There are more indications of relationship between the Mansoids and the victims. To go further with McGowan, he writes: There were, to be sure, numerous ties between John Phillips, the ‘Wolf King of LA,’ and Charles Manson. And ties as well between bandmate Cass Elliott and Manson. And between Philips and Cass and the Cielo Drive victims. John Phillips, for example, had invested $10,000 in Jay Sebring’s business venture, Sebring International (rumored to have been a front for various illegal activities, including drug trafficking). Michelle Phillips had a brief affair with Roman Polanski in London while Polanski was married to the soon-to-be-dead Sharon Tate."

-Also a regular at Cass’s place, by some reports, was Charlie Manson himself. According to Ed Sanders, it was at Cass’s home that Charlie first met her neighbor, coffee heiress Abigail Folger (who helped finance Kenneth Anger’s films, like the one that was supposed to star Godo Paulekas but instead starred Mansonite Bobby Beausoleil-.
Mau Terry has written that the Family’s iconic bus was seen parked at the home of John and Michelle Phillips in the fall of 1968. Reports also hold that Manson attended a New Year’s Eve party at the couple’s home on December 31, 1968, just months before the murders. So close were the ties between the Mamas and the Papas and the Manson clan that both John Phillips and Mama Cass were slated to appear as witnesses for the defense at the Family’s trial, though not surprisingly, neither was ever called.
All this and more indicate very strongly that the motive for the murders wasn´t Helter Skelter but instead about more mundane things. But without the Helter Skelter theory Vincent Bug couldn´t have involved Charles Manson as the ringleader; as you so rightly point out.

beauders said...

could that be the real reason the defense team threw their defense? it wasn't that the girls were going to take the blame on themselves but powerful people in the music industry were becoming involved. did some attorney(s) get paid off not to put on a defense?
a commentator once called cass elliot's house " the grand central station of hallucinogens on the west coast."

katie8753 said...

Hi V717. I've read in the past that Abigail Folger met Manson, gave him money, refused to have sex with him, etc., etc.

I don't buy any of that.

Abigail Folger was an accomplished young woman. If she had never met Frykowski, she would be alive today.

Gibby was an extraordinary woman. She had plenty of money, yet volunteered her time at free clinics in SF & LA, helping mostly "hippies" with VD and other health problems.

I don't believe she was knee-deep in black magic, witchcraft and "buggering" dope dealers.

And BTW, John Phillips thought Manson was creepy and didn't want anything to do with him.

It's amazing the stories that pop up about his involvement in everything and everyone on this planet.

katie8753 said...

>>>Beauders said: could that be the real reason the defense team threw their defense? it wasn't that the girls were going to take the blame on themselves but powerful people in the music industry were becoming involved. did some attorney(s) get paid off not to put on a defense?>>>

Beauders this doesn't make sense. The "powerful people in the music industry" didn't kill anyone.

The girls were ready to take the fall for Manson...only because Manson told them to. He was ready, willing and able to throw them under the bus so he could get off. That was his last ditch effort. Their attorneys knew this. That's why the defense rested.

>>>a commentator once called cass elliot's house " the grand central station of hallucinogens on the west coast.">>>

Wow, that Cass Elliott just gets bigger and bigger (no pun intended..HA HA). She certainly wasn't the only one on the West Coast taking drugs.

mattprokes said...

the book i'm reading sure makes it seem like mama cass knew everybody on the the scene and that there was an open invitation to come over and party at her place
as for john phillips yeah he claimed that he disliked manson and did'nt want him around but that was after the fact when everyone was covering their asses.
who knows what their relationship really was before the shit hit the fan
when it comes right down to it who really knows anything for sure about any of these relationships?
most of them are dead now anyway

katie8753 said...

Hi Matt.

I was going to try to find that book at the library. Thanks for reminding me.

I just got thru reading the Deana Martin book. She mentions in her book that her father was friends with John & Michelle Phillips, and that she met Manson & Tex at a party, but she and her family were in no way connected to Charlie. In fact, her father was furious with her when he found out that she even knew Charlie.

I know that Cass was into drugs, just like everybody else in California back in the 60's. Does the book mention her knowing Charles Manson?

St. Circumstance said...

I think Cass is the key as well :)

Mary said...

Saint - care to expand on that? You think Mama Cass was the key - to all the murders? How was she connected to the Labiancas? I keep hearing her name come up...but I don't think anyone has connected all the dots. I would be interested in your take on this.

katie8753 said...

Mary I second that question.

How did Mama Cass go from being a rather large singer back in the 60's, to being the key to all the murders in 1969?

mattprokes said...

i havent gotten that far into the book but i'm going to guess that members of the family hung out at cass elliots place which means chances are she knew manson or at least who he was.
alot of the rock stars in california at the time stayed and partied at her place which i think was next door to where frykowski and folger were living at the time.
lots of possible connections there but nothing solid as yet.
elliots off and on boyfriend at the time was a guy named pic dawson who you might remember along with a guy named billy doyle as early suspects in the tate killings.
some thought that the word pig on the front door was really pic.
don't know what made anyone think the guy would leave his name on the front door tho.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

In regards to Beaders comment:
I don't know too much about Cass specifically.... but, I will say this:

I think both the defense AND prosecution probably omitted calling some potential witnesses to the stand, in order to protect the hollywood elite.
It seems there was some effort made, to keep hollywood personalities out of the trial, and out of the witness stand.
Someone (I think it was Vera at Colonel's) made quite an extensive list of potential witnesses, whom were never used during the trial, which I found very interesting.

In regards to Saint's comment:
Personally, I think the idea that Charlie "banged ears" with some important figures through the music scene, is a likely notion.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Matt said:
>>>>"elliots off and on boyfriend at the time was a guy named pic dawson"<<<<

Great information Matt... thanks!

Pic Dawson is another name which has circulated on these boards, and caught my interest in the past.
Any further information on this guy/angle/connection?

I bet Starship could elaborate on this guy/subject for us...

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

BTW... thanks Beauders!
Great contribution as usual.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

((((((((((MARY))))))))))

Great to see you active in the comments section again!

katie8753 said...

Wasn't Pic Dawson the guy that stepped on Roman's agent's foot at the housewarming on Cielo Drive and Roman ran him off in March 1969?

Matt, I still don't understand how Mama Cass is the key to the murders.

Lynyrd, where can I find the list you speak of?

mattprokes said...

don't know that she was the key to anything but shes one person who knew pretty much everyone.
rock stars,criminals,rich folks
they all hung out at her place.
she might have known a few things that others did'nt.
maybe

Marliese said...

St. Circumstance said...
I think Cass is the key as well :)<<<<<



Hi St. Ct, you're saying that facetiously...right? :)

Marliese said...

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...
"The autopsies of Robert Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe were conducted at the Hall"

Hmm...
I'll learn something new every day! LOL

I must admit, I don't study/follow the Kennedy assasination at all.>>>>


If those walls could talk...especially the cafeteria walls, and the hallways outside the courtrooms.

I'm so glad that historic building is being saved and restored.

Interestingly, Sirhan Sirhan and Charlie have been incarcerated close to each other over the years...no longer now, but at times in the past.

St. Circumstance said...

Hello :)

Mary- Marliese when my very two favorite ladies call...

I must come running

( Katie- you are earning your way on this list as well- your a bit wacky- but your consistently wacky, and I admire the way you have stayed so loyal to L/S and for the most part- although we articulate it differently- we see eye to eye on most things )

let me go outside and refresh myself and then I will expand...

St. Circumstance said...

teaser....

This quote by L/S is going to be a large part of the argument I am about to make :

I think both the defense AND prosecution probably omitted calling some potential witnesses to the stand, in order to protect the hollywood elite.
It seems there was some effort made, to keep hollywood personalities out of the trial, and out of the witness stand.

St. Circumstance said...

suffice to say - I couldn't agree more..

To Be continued ....

Mary said...

wow...you are a teaser Saint...

katie8753 said...

>>>St. C. said: let me go outside and refresh myself and then I will expand...>>>

Are you goin' out to that 2-holer? HA HA HA.

Just kidding. I usually do agree with most of what you say. :)

katie8753 said...

>>>Marliese said: If those walls could talk...especially the cafeteria walls, and the hallways outside the courtrooms.>>>

Ain't that the truth. Boy, what those walls would reveal!!!

St. Circumstance said...

Cass Elliot...

Lets first understand two things..

First- what L/S said. You cant undervalue the importance of the fact that they let quite a few people off the hook as far as getting them involved in any real way if they had anything to lose, or if they had the type of mechanism in place to keep them protected....

Second- I have always believed that Circumstantial evidence was the thing that would matter most when trying to figure out the motive- if indeed there was any motive of matter at the end of the day- in this case...

in truth - in addition to my own personal nod to my favorite Dead song- this is how I chose my name ..

Despite what you hear or think- most cases that Prosecutors win- rely heavily on Circumstantial evidence to win cases. Most murders or rapes dont occur in broad daylight with people watching- so in most cases they have to build there arguments on factors that when put together - paint the complete picture...

Its the old argument that- " I didn't actually see the sun come up this morning- but I am pretty sure I can prove it happened ...

Now these two arguments are not for everyone..

If you are already not on my boat- then now is the time to disembark...

but if you think maybe that these two things are fair and you can keep an open mind that it may be true that

1- nobody who had to talk did- and never will

2- we will never watch a video or get an absolute answer to why these things happened completely as every single person who wound up in those rooms on those nights had there own stories as to how they got there at that precise moment

Then stay aboard as I am about set sail on where I think the whole thing sprouted from....

and it all starts with...

Cass Elliot

To be continued

St. Circumstance said...

For those on the fence:

Here is a test for you to see if you dig my logic...

I have read in 5 separate books that Neil Young met Charlie Manson during a certain time period in laurel Canyon.

I have heard Neil young live in two interviews talk about meeting
Charlie Manson during a certain time period in Laurel Canyon...

I have read in several places that Cathy gillies was a Buffalo Springfield groupie when she met the family during a certain time period in Laurel Canyon...

Cathy gillies stopped being a buffalo Springfield groupie- and became a friend of Charlies during a certain time period in laurel canyon...

Mama Cass Elliot lived and spent almost all of her free time with the people who made up buffalo Springfield and Crosby stills Nash and Young ( in fact she helped form one of them, and in fact Neil young was in both) during a certain time period in laurel Canyon...

and oh by the way- two of the victims at cielo lived right across the street..

at a certain time period in laurel Canyon...

if you think these are a bunch of coincidences- and none of them ever met when they weren't with Mama Cass- then you probably wont like my ideas... becuase everything I have read everywhere- has one theme in common...

it was a free for all open house all over that area...

during a certain time in laurel canyon

:)

St. Circumstance said...

Maybe I would be better of leaving it at that

Lynn said...

Interesting thread...everybody adored Cass and she probably did know all of those people and brought them together. LA in the 80's was not much different...everybody knew everybody....example: I had lived out here in the 80's, moved back to the mdiwest and met my fiance on vacation many years later...we knew ALL of the same people but had never met...lots of musicians etc. and one of those six degrees of separation was writing love letters to Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker....

St. Circumstance said...

Thanks Lynn..

good point as well- I think we all understand the idea I am presenting.

Who is ever going to get to the bottom of what went down with a tight lipped group of people who were hanging out with each other and breaking laws 40 years ago...

If we cant take some things for granted, and nobody has pictures...

we have to either take some things for granted, or we will always be able to point out out holes and the puzzle can never be solved...

and maybe it never will be...

but again- I feel strongly that the first piece of the puzzle starts in LC and with Mama Cass...

v717 said...

Ackording to author Adam Gorightly; Pic Dawson together with Ben Carruthers, Tom Harrigan and Billy Doyle was among the first suspected in the killings.
An L.A artist by the name of Witold Kaczanowski told the police that Frykowski had been offered an MDA dealership in the L.A. All these suspected was frequent visitors to the Cielo Drive. Later the police cleared them of all charges, as they had air-tight alibis for the time of the murders.
Susan Atkins testified during the murder trial that the motive for the murders was two-fold: to get Bobby Beausoleil out from jail via copy-cat murder and secondly, because Linda Kasabian had been burned on a MDA dope deal.

St. Circumstance said...

Her good heart and open house to all- may have been the thing that set this chain of events in place- and maybe she never even had any idea

I dont think she did

Mary said...

"Maybe I would be better of leaving it at that"

Wait - why? I understand you think it all started with Cass because she is the one that may have introduced those involved...but please continue

St. Circumstance said...

When you read in H/S - bugs says Melcher and Wilson didn't want to testify, and he pretty much kept them out of it...

you also read that charlie used to leave the ranch- get dressed up and go out with Melcher and Wilson all dressed up in Dennis' clothes.. to party with all the beautiful people

Where and who do you think they were going to party with???

Melcher was the producer for the Bryds... besides the beach boys- at that time- it was his biggest musical accomplishment

oh wait we already went there right?

Dave Crosby was in the bryds - right????

the same guy from Crosby stills Nash and young....

who lived in the Canyon during a certain period of time..

oh wait we did that already...

I guess none of these people crossed paths...

but if they did- during those trips when it was just Charlie and the big-shots hanging out...

when he became infamous- you know none of them would say so...

and nobody back at the ranch would have known....

So how in the F are we supposed to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt today???

but when you put certain things together- you have a pretty good idea of who was where and when...

and again- all of these people had one thing in common...

Cass Elliot...

so that is my thought- and why I think she might be the key...

how and where it went from there- how the labiancas are involved-

Sigh... still cant figure that out yet...

but I feel this is the best place to start

St. Circumstance said...

Becuase this is at least one place you can put some of them together and understand how they came into contact...

you cant understand much else for sure...

but if you can, at least , say for sure this is where the whole thing got started- then you can start to retrace steps to see how it went in the direction it did....

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Awesome ideas as usual Saint... very well presented.
Whenever you're ready to write your first thread... let me know. : )

I'll have to wait until later, to reply in more detail to your posts... I'm strapped for time right now.

Great posts Saint!!

Great to see you Lynn!!!!

katie8753 said...

Hi V717.

>>>V717 said: Susan Atkins testified during the murder trial that the motive for the murders was two-fold: to get Bobby Beausoleil out from jail via copy-cat murder>>>

She didn't bring up copy cat murders until the penalty phase. She originally told the court that the murders were to start a "war".

Sandy still says this.

>>>and secondly, because Linda Kasabian had been burned on a MDA dope deal.>>>

I don't recall her saying that at all.

katie8753 said...

>>>St. C. said: When you read in H/S - bugs says Melcher and Wilson didn't want to testify, and he pretty much kept them out of it...>>>

No he didn't. Melcher testified. So did Jacobson.

>>>Where and who do you think they were going to party with???>>>

So they always trolled over to Mama Cass's house? Was that the only party in town???? HA HA .

>>>and again- all of these people had one thing in common...

Cass Elliot...>>>

They had more in common than that. They all liked to take drugs, have sex and play music, they all ate, slept and went potty...okay I'm being silly now...but so are you.

So you think that because Folger & Frykowski rented a house across the street from Cass that's the reason for the murders at Cielo Drive? Does the fact that they weren't even in that house after March 1969 even matter? Does it matter that Frykowski's artist friend Witold Kaczanowski lived in the house until the murders? How is he involved? Is it just that house that's the key??

How do you go from people knowing Cass to her being the key to the murders?

And also, there's no way that connects the Labiancas. No way.

I made a previous comment that I usually agree with you, but this is one of the times I don't.

Lynn said...

The Canyon is not that big and musicians do open their home to other musicians, bartenders, traveling minstrels, artists etc (famous or not- can't tell you how many bands that I have had sleep on my living room floor) and musicians have a tendency to hang with each other....Charlie presented himself as a musician...so am sure he traveled in those circles and that they all knew each other...there was a time when cettain things the famous did were covered up (you can catch any of this on a True Hollywood Story Episode)...so would not be surprised if certain people did not testify...

Agree about the Tate Labiancas...not sure how they fit into the scheme of things.

Lynn said...

Oh yeah....for MattP...what did you think of the Bob Mould book?

Lynn said...

one more Crosby tie- in. Love was a predominent band on the LA scene which Bobby Beausoleil had been a part of. Brian MacLean, who was also in Love, had been the one time roadie for the Byrds

Lynn said...

A good book that ties the LA music scene together from the 40's to present day is Waiting for the Sun, A Rock n Roll history of Los Angeles written by Barney Hoskyns. There are several pages where Manson/family are mentioned and Neil Young is quoated that Manson spent a fair amount of time up in the Canyon... apparently he wanted to hear the band Spirit jam......

Lynn said...

Ok- last post....I don't think Cass was responsible but was a center for folks to gather....fate and commonality allowed them all to interface with each other.

Off to see Uriah Heep....

v717 said...

Katie 8753
I just quote from Adam Gorightly.

katie8753 said...

There were over 7,000,000 people in the Los Angeles area in 1969.

Out of 7,000,000 people, there were probably 5,000,000+ people who sold/took drugs. Including MDA.

So out of 7,000,000 people, the only place to party was Cass Elliot's?

"Well, we're all dressed up. Where should we go?"

"The hottest place in town. The only link to Cielo Drive, buggering and MDA. That fat chick's house".

HA HA HA.

p.s., her house on Woodstock Road wasn't that great. I really don't know why everyone in LA would go there for a party.

Makes no sense.

St. C???

katie8753 said...

>>>V717 said: Katie 8753
I just quote from Adam Gorightly.>>

Okey-doke. I'm just replying to you! :)

St. Circumstance said...

:)

Certainly I think my ideas are NOT full proof, and they dont explain much- just maybe a place to start...

I never said Cass was responsible for what happened-

I THINK that if they did know each other and if that lead to what happened...

it could be traced back to the starting point- which would involve her... unwittingly I have no doubt...

I also never said Melcher and Wislon WOULDN'T tesify...

I said they didn't want to...

and there is plenty of proof that there involvement was really made much of an issue - nor were they pressured much in either the public or law enforcement...

which was to say- nobody was going to talk who didn't have to- and they didn't make too many people talk...

and finally...

I think because Voytek and Gibby lived across the street from a place where I believe that people who later killed them were hanging out- and that they themselves were hanging out with the people across the street- that it makes as much sense as anything else I have ever heard- that maybe they all were hanging out across the street and they met and started some kind of relationship which made some of them want to kill the others...

is that any crazier an idea than a race war, or a Beatles song?

St. Circumstance said...

By the way- I'm not being silly...

I am being very real...

People died and it may have been for helter skelter or it may have been for drugs, or it may have been for any other reason we haven't thought of yet....

But these attacks happened at places they had been before and knew well... familiarity with the locales...

There alone could be the reason at the end of the day... Really..

but if it is more than that- the next logical step is familiarity with the victims, and if we can start with Ceilo- and then make a dent- maybe things would start to fall in place from there...

Mary said...

Saint - I think you are right...it is a place to start.

Katie - I don't think Saint meant that Cass was responsible for the murders - I think he meant that it seems the most logical place for those to meet and/or interact.

You have all the players there at one time or another. And as big as the world is - it is actually not as big as you think. People interact with people who make them feel comfortable and have things in common to discuss, etc. So I don't think Saint is so far off that this may have been the beginning - at least the beginning of the players coming together and acquainting themselves with each other. Seems logical.

Saying she may be the key may not fit...but saying that she was the brass that made the key...that seems more like it. I think most of us agree who turned the key...so who was the key, the door, the lock...it is a start.

Mary said...

St C - "but if it is more than that- the next logical step is familiarity with the victims, and if we can start with Ceilo- and then make a dent- maybe things would start to fall in place from there..."

Wow, Saint...we were thinking the same thing at the same time. I almost feel like I know what I am talking about now. ALMOST...not quite - I am still in awe of most of the commenters and their knowledge.

St. Circumstance said...

Music- Drugs- what if it was both???

Charlie got frustrated and pissed- because he was not making it big, and the poeple he had been living large with started to ignore him- and at the same time drug deals stopped happening and connections dried up- he may have thrown all his hostilities over a multitude of things at the one place that represented all these things to him...

The producer who screwed him
The dealer who wont deal with him
The beauty who wont fuck him
the life that was still unattainable to him..
The only people he encountered who wouldn't fall for his shit...

The place that Tex and Dean once lived/ hung out at.... The type of poeple who used to welcome him..

all represented in one house

Now they dont want him there or anywhere....

hmmmmm

lol what does this have to do with Mama Cass??

I dont know- but I had you going

lol- hot tub and beer time :)

katie8753 said...

Okay St., I'll give you that. NO ONE wanted to testify at the trials. They were all scared shitless. There's no doubt about it. They weren't afraid of the law....they were afraid of Charlie, and his minions.

Now...rewind to before the murders.

Pic Dawson was supplying Cass, et al with drugs. Frykowski was trying to horn in on the MDA distribution.

I can see why that might be a motivation for murder.

But why kill everyone there? That doesn't make any sense.

In the evening of August 8, 1969, Charlie took Tex aside and said "go to the house where Melcher USED TO LIVE and kill everybody there, and get $800. If you don't get $800, go to the next house and the next house, until you get $800".

Why kill anyone but Frykowski? It doesn't make any sense. What you are suggesting is a "hit". But a "hit" involves only certain people. This was a shotgun approach. Killing people that weren't even involved.

And certainly doesn't explain the LaBianca murders. They didn't know Folger, Frykowski or Mama Cass. Or the myriad of rock bands that you're describing.

>>>is that any crazier an idea than a race war, or a Beatles song?>>

No...not really! Not when we know that Charlie listened to that song day & night, and preached Helter Skelter to his "children" constantly. And if you don't believe that, re-read the transcripts.

I'm not saying that Helter Skelter is the motive.

Like I've said ad-nauseum. It was the motive used to convict Charlie.

What was the real motive?? I don't know. That's what I'm trying to figure out.

But this Mama Cass stuff ain't gettin' it!!!

St. Circumstance said...

My point is that I think Cass Elliot is the first time some of these people came together...

and I do believe they came together...

if or how that led to what happened is as good a starting place to me as any....

St. Circumstance said...

it may be a coincidence- and maybe they never met....

but until people come up with a better explanation- and many have tried...

lets go back to basics and look for clues...

start at the beginning and look for anomalies or red flags....

and when the same names start to turn up in the same places- it is as good a place to start as any when you have nothing else that makes sense...

Thats all I am saying...

If you do that here-

Cass Elliot and Laurel Canyon is where this path will lead you...

katie8753 said...

Actually, I just read the autobiography of Tiny Tim, and he was good chums with Charlie too.

They were "goooood friends". HA HA.

He says "Charlie once asked me in the summer of 1969 if I would consider going to Cielo Drive and killing everyone there, and I responded by saying 'First of all, I probably can't fit through that window, and secondly, Miss Vicky wouldn't like that.'

Then Charlie interjected by saying "you play a mean ukulele brother".

He always liked Charlie....until he carved a swastika on his head. That was the straw the broke the camel's back.

Says Tiny "I can't stand "people who don't like non-gentiles".

St. Circumstance said...

Tiny Tim was a great friend and client of Roy Radin who was murdered by Bill Mentzer who Maury Terry said was Manson 2 and working for the same people as Charlie 1- ...

so see Katie

even they were all hanging out together

katie8753 said...

>>>Mary said: Saying she may be the key may not fit...but saying that she was the brass that made the key...that seems more like it. I think most of us agree who turned the key...so who was the key, the door, the lock...it is a start.>>>

Why was she the brass that made the key? 99% of Charlie's life had nothing to do with her.

He was trying to gather a family after being released from prison. Had nothing to do with Cass.

He was trying to find places to live, had nothing to do with Cass.

He was trying to weed people out of his "bunch", had nothing to do with Cass.

He was conning Spahn out of certain areas of the ranch, had nothing to do with Cass.

He was trying to make his mark at certain satanic groups in CA. Had nothing to do with Cass.

He came against a black drug dealer named Crowe, had nothing to do with Cass.

He ordered Bobby to get money from Gary, and cut Gary Hinman's ear off, had nothing to do with Cass.

He was trying to get a contract with Melcher. Had nothing to do with Cass.

He was trying to figure life out when everything went haywire. Had nothing to do with Cass.

So how is Cass the "brass that made the key"?

Sorry Mary,...that makes no sense.

katie8753 said...

Okay...I read the autobiography of Charles Bronson.

Bronson said he was at a party at Cass Elliott's one time with his wife Jill Ireland, and he met Charles Manson.

Manson said "do you wanna kill folks"?

And Bronson said: I already did.

I like you. I'll kill you last."

katie8753 said...

I also read the autobiographies of Don Knotts & Wally Cox.

They both ran into Manson at Cass Elliot's house.

Manson asked if they wanted to kill people.

They both said maybe......but it depended on bedtime and teeth brushing.

Mama Cass sighed.

She always wanted to be Ma Barker. Except she was too fat.

Sigh.....

katie8753 said...

Poor Mama Cass.

She's so misunderstood.

She wanted to be notorious, but ended up just being remembered for choking on a ham sandwich.

If only she hadn't met that damn Charles Manson.

Oh wait....when she died, no one even mentioned his name.

Imagine that!!! HA HA

St. Circumstance said...

Katie there is no explanation after 40 years that will fit or can be confirmed...

you laid out a great list of bullets that cant be answered in of themselves...

so think outside of the box, and try another way...

instead of focusing on what we cant explain- lets start with what we can and go out instead of trying to look from the outside and get in.....

Some things can be proven- and that is a better place to start then speculating on things that haven't panned out over all of these years...

all those things you pointed out still could have happened- and it doesn't mean Tex or Charlie didn't meet Voytek at some point...

they didn't have to be best friends, and they didn't have to influence each others life's- for something to have happened between them that would have been a better explanation for what happened later than we currently have...

Again - we are talking about wealthy, famous, dead people...

What wasn't known pubically then- wasn't going to be let out later...

for so many reasons

katie8753 said...

>>>St. said: Tiny Tim was a great friend and client of Roy Radin who was murdered by Bill Mentzer who Maury Terry said was Manson 2 and working for the same people as Charlie 1- ...

so see Katie

even they were all hanging out together>>>

Tiny Tim died of a heart attack. No one killed him.

Sorry St....wrong again!!!

Mary said...

"Why was she the brass that made the key? 99% of Charlie's life had nothing to do with her."

Not a problem that you don't get what I am saying. Saint is saying she may have been the catalyst...I am just saying he may have a point. Give me your idea and I might agree with it...he is the first one that I heard that I feel makes sense.

You seem to be hung up on Cass being the cause but that is not what I nor Saint are saying. She did not cause the killings, she did not feed ideas about killing, she did not present a motive about the killing...she just may have been the forum where they met each other...that is all I am saying - not such a big deal.

I was merely thinking of the how a key is formed...with brass. So maybe it was a stupid analogy...wouldn't be the first time I was stupid and misunderstood...I can handle it.

Mary said...

Saint was saying Roy Radin was killed - not Tiny Tim.

Why do I find myself defending Saint tonight??? I must have really gone bonkers...need a glass of wine

katie8753 said...

>>>St. said: Katie there is no explanation after 40 years that will fit or can be confirmed...>>>

I agree.

>>>instead of focusing on what we cant explain- lets start with what we can and go out instead of trying to look from the outside and get in.....>>>

Okay, I agree. What can we explain?

>>>Some things can be proven- and that is a better place to start then speculating on things that haven't panned out over all of these years...

all those things you pointed out still could have happened- and it doesn't mean Tex or Charlie didn't meet Voytek at some point...>>>

No, they may have met at many places. Doesn't mean they were good friends. You have to remember, when Tex stumbled on Wilson's lair, he was star struck. He lucked out. Just like Charlie.

>>>they didn't have to be best friends, and they didn't have to influence each others life's- for something to have happened between them that would have been a better explanation for what happened later than we currently have...

Again - we are talking about wealthy, famous, dead people...>>>

And dead people don't talk.

>>What wasn't known pubically then- wasn't going to be let out later...

for so many reasons>>>

If it wasn't known publically then, why is it true now.

What I'm saying is, I can say anything I want to put a slant on this case and never back it up.

Show proof of what you're saying St.

Proof.

Then I'll take you seriously.

You can't just make shit up, or say "it's from my source". That doesn't fly with me.

If you can prove it, then I will start to see what you're seeing.

But so far....I don't see it.

St. Circumstance said...

Mary I have a bottle of Cakebread I can open if you want????

Katie- I have no proof lol I am saying there is no proof of anything- and as a result we have to start looking form ways to put things together which may prove something- when assembled in the right order...

but that could be total bullshit

by the way the only source I have doesn't give me tips on CM...

he brings me bright green buds :)

Ken619 said...

Voytek and Gibby did not live across the street from Mama Cass. Nor were they neighbors. Mama Cass lived over half a mile away from where Voytek and Gibby lived. I was at both locations last Sunday. They did live close to each other though.

katie8753 said...

>>Mary said: You seem to be hung up on Cass being the cause but that is not what I nor Saint are saying. She did not cause the killings, she did not feed ideas about killing, she did not present a motive about the killing...she just may have been the forum where they met each other...that is all I am saying - not such a big deal.>>

Then why is she the key??? Are you telling me, that in all of Los Angeles, the only place to meet was her house???

I find that hard to believe.

And if they met at her house, at got cookies and milk, why would they talk of murder?

Makes no sense.

Mary said...

Oy...I didn't say she was the key! And I didn't say the murder plot was hatched there.

St. Circumstance said...

Ken- I appreciate you bursting my bubble :)

lol But seriously-

I do plan to see this for myself...

Everything I have read makes it seem like they were all walking back and forth around the neighborhood and that the two locations were very close... is it realistic to call them neighbors???

was it the same neighborhood- the same street??

or was that angle overblown???

Ken619 said...

They lived close to each other and could of passed while driving. To far apart to walk over and borrow a cup of sugar.

St. Circumstance said...

hmmm

Interesting..

Thanks!!

katie8753 said...

>>Ken said: Voytek and Gibby did not live across the street from Mama Cass. Nor were they neighbors. Mama Cass lived over half a mile away from where Voytek and Gibby lived. I was at both locations last Sunday. They did live close to each other though.>>

Thanks Ken. I know they lived in the same neighborhood, but unless you've been there, you don't know.

Voytek & Gibby rented a house at 2774 Woodstock and Cass lived at 2773 Woodstock.

In my neighborhood, that means nothing.

And I'll say one more thing.

Charlie didn't know everyone in the world.

I was 16 in 1969. He didn't know me. Nor my friends or family.

I don't know why you people try to make it look like he knew everybody in the whole goddam world.

HE DIDN'T!!!

He didn't know Tiny Tim.

He didn't know Goldie Hawn.

He didn't know Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. He didn't know David McCallum, he didn't know Sean Connery, he didn't know Eva Gabor, he didn't know Buddy Ebsen, he didn't know Jayne Wyman, he didn't know Eleanor Donahue, he didn't know Steven Gray, he didn't know the entire cast of Leave it to Beaver, he didn't know Larry Hagman, he didn't know Barbara Eden, he didn't know Elizabeth Montgomery, he didn't know Stewart Granger, he didn't know John Wayne, he didn't know Loretta Young, he didn't know Sonny & Cher, he didn't know the Kennedys, he didn't know Nixon, he didn't know John F. Kennedy, he didn't know Marilyn Monroe, and I'm sick and tired of people saying that he knew everybody.

He didn't.

End of story.

Case closed.

katie8753 said...

There are probably 10,000,000 people that I could say he didn't know.

He wasn't that popular.

He was a dick.

Does no one know that?

Ken619 said...

They lived in the same neighborhood.

To get to Gibby's house, you would turn off of Cass's street.

Kind of like Tate and Sebring. They lived close and one might say they were neighbors while another might not.

Ken619 said...

Katie said...

"Voytek & Gibby rented a house at 2774 Woodstock and Cass lived at 2773 Woodstock."

Mama Cass lived at 7708 Woodrow Wilson Dr.

katie8753 said...

Okay Ken I take your word for it. I don't live there.

I really dont know where anybody lived.

Except this.

I don't think that Cass Elliot was the catalyst for this consternation.

I can't believe that Charlie knew everyone in the universe.

I don't believe it. I can't believe it. I DON'T believe it.

I don't think that Cass was the reason for the killings.

I think that by saying that, you are killing her memory.

I don't live in California, but neither do you St.

How can you say what went on at Cass's house?

It's like saying what went on in Hitler's camp.

You can't say that with any certainty.

And you can't say what went on in Charlie's mind either.

Stop this pretension. It's so easy to say that Charlie knew everyone.

Prove it.

8/9 baby said...

Or, feel free to keep speculating. I enjoy reading all of it, I will follow up for myself on what seems interesting, and I will set my own standards for what convinces me. I value my freedom of thought and expression, and yours as well. This is not a court of law, the word "proof" seems to me to be a red herring in this context. Citing a specific source isn't "proof" of anything. I say bring on all theories, that's what i am here for, personally. If I was looking for proof I wouldn't look on a blog.

That's my two cents. Spare me the belligerent responses, I ain't readin' 'em, I won't be back online for a while, i'm locked in my studio, working the rest of the night. Deadlines loom... :)

katie8753 said...

8/9 Baby, if you believe that Mama Cass was the catalyst for the impending doom and gloom....that's your prerogative.

I thought you were smarter than that.

"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again."

And Charlie didn't know Humpty Dumpty either!! LOL.

Night.

mattprokes said...

no-one can prove it.
but you can't disprove it either.

thats what makes for interesting conversation.

again i don't think anyones saying she did anything to set off any murders...but alot of these people could have known each other through her and i think thats something worth looking into.

lynne-the mould book was allright.he seems very emotionless but i think hes just one of those guys who feel that when somethings done its done and doesnt feel the need to look over his shoulder at the past constantly.
he had some good things to say about grant hart at least til he became a junkie and i can un derstand where that would be a sore spot with mould since they were on the edge of making good money after years of hard work.

mould says he had no idea that hart was a junkie until the last tour they did and that greg norton knew from the beginning but kept it from mould so as to keep the gravy train rolling.
he seems to have very little respect for greg norton, in a nutshell he and hart wrote the songs and that makes them husker du and norton was just there to drive the van.
mould seems pissed that hart puts him down relentlessly in interviews
since the breakup and from what i've read online hes right about that.
all in all an interesting read about the early days and breakup of husker du.

the mama cass book i'm about halfway through and its gotta go back soon!
the most surprising thing to me so far is what a relentless asshole john phillips was to her and how loved she was by pretty much everyone else that knew her.
she must have been fun to hang with.

the one thing i got from the library that i've got to give two thumbs up to is the documentry about harry nilsson.
five stars from mattp
its called 'who is harry nilsson and why is everybody talkin about him'
great voice, great songwriter who lived a crazy life.
if you know who he was,you'll want to see it.
if you don't know who he was,do yourself a favor and check it out.

just to tie it into this tread a bit it was harrys apartment in london that mama cass died in.
a few years later harry let keith moon stay in the same apartment and he died there also.
end of matts book and video reviews!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Well... LOLOL

I NOW have a few free minutes, and since the comments section is still by far, my most favorite part of this whole blogging experience... here goes...

Let me make one point clear:
I don't think Mama Cass was the catalyst.
BUT... I do believe the location where Cass lived/partied/socialized... that general area and "scene"... is one of the more likely places where these two worlds (Manson and the "Hollywoods"), may have met... probably the most likely.
That's what Saint is saying.
It's NOT Cass personally... but, that location and time... that "social arena".... that "setting".
"IF" they met... that's probably WHERE it happened.

As Lynn suggested... music is something of a "melting pot".
It's one of the few societal "domains" (especially in the 60's), where the "haves" and "have nots" come together.

I think Saint has a point, and I think Katie is taking his suggestions way too literally.

To say the two "groups/worlds" met here, is not to say, they had a LOT to do with each other... or knew each other well.

Maybe the two groups had "just enough" to do with each other... that "THEY" came to Manson's mind, when he decided to unleash his bitterness.

Maybe "they" represented enough of Manson's "hated worlds", all rolled into one.
Bottom line:
If you go with this theory, you're going with the idea, that Manson hated what these folks "represented".
Manson didn't hate them because he knew them so well... or, because of who "they" were specifically... but, because of what they "represented".

It's a "loose" connection... which simply makes the killings a bit less "completely random".
The idea here folks, is to hopefully push this out of the realm of "completely random".

Saint said it best:

"Music- Drugs- what if it was both???

Charlie got frustrated and pissed- because he was not making it big, and the poeple he had been living large with started to ignore him- and at the same time drug deals stopped happening and connections dried up- he may have thrown all his hostilities over a multitude of things at the one place that represented all these things to him...

The producer who screwed him
The dealer who wont deal with him
The beauty who wont fuck him
the life that was still unattainable to him..
The only people he encountered who wouldn't fall for his shit"...


It's very possible... the folks inside that door at Cielo, represented to Manson all these things (Saint suggests above) rolled into one... the "quintessential pigs".

"Quintessential Pigs"... Manson had previously met, shall we say 'superficially"... but, he knew they were in there... and he knew what they represented (to him)... and he was just a very angry mofo.

Bottom Line:
The idea, is that Manson intereacted with some of the Cielo folks, "just enough" from the "music scene" to know who they were... what they represented (to him)... and, where to find them.
That's the cruxt of Saint's idea.

Motive is still unexplained, but it brings the murders out of the realm of "completely random"... which is a good thing... and creates a connection, if only superficial.
I think it's a worthy thought... and I think the "music scene" is a better place to start than most, IF one is going to search for a link between the two camps at all.
Thanks Saint!!


Peace... Lynyrd

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Of course, this does not explain LaBianca... but as Saint suggested, it's a start... or a worthy thought.

I don't know if the two "camps" really met for sure... but if they did... I agree with Saint... this is the most likely place to start.
Personally... I believe the two groups "knew of" each other.
I don't think they knew each other intimately... but, I think they "knew of" each other.
I think that's likely, given the 'times", and the circles Manson moved in... which seems to be all of them, at some level.

Even if you go with the very simplistic "pigs and anger" theory... it still makes more sense to choose a location where you KNOW the pigs are... doesn't it?

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Thanks MattP for all your great contributions, and your friendship to all the bloggers here.
You're well liked, and well appreciated!

You Rock... Lynyrd

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Nothing will get you laid faster than an acoustic guitar in a dorm room.
Ahh... the good ol' days!!!

4 completely bombed chicks and a gay guy.
I like these odds!! LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo00fjJU1cg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d00CxvG4XUk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

The brunette sitting on the counter about to blow chunks isn't half bad! LOL

beauders said...

i recall reading in emmons book that manson, fromme, and share would go over to elliot's to swim, lay in the sun, eat, and play music.
atkins claimed that one of the best times she had while in l.a. was blt sandwich's with cass elliot in elliot's kitchen.
yes manson and atkins aren't the best sources and don't believe them if you don't want to, but...

katie8753 said...

Okay...let's say Manson did happen to meet Frykowski & Folger at a gathering at Cass's house.

What did they do that was so damaging to Charlie that he ordered them dead?

If Charlie was pissed off because society rejected him, why not send the killers to Cass's house and kill her? Why not send them to Phillips' house? Why not send them to Neil Young's house.

Why single out Fryskowski & Folger?

"Go to the house where Melcher used to live and kill everyone there."

Why take his anger out on "everyone there"? How could he possibly have known who all would be there? Was he just mad at the house? Not at who was at the house?

Still makes no sense.

katie8753 said...

There was definitely nothing random about the killings. Charlie specifically chose the targets.

It's they "why" we don't know.

katie8753 said...

If anyone is interested, George & Cindy Anthony will give an interview with Dr. Phil to be aired September 12th.

This is supposed to be a very candid interview. I hope they trash their skank daughter.

According to HLN, they aren't being paid for this interview. The Dr. Phil show is donating money to "The Caylee Fund", which is supposed to be an organization that will help look for missing children.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

The thing is Katie... I don't think we're ever going to make complete sense of this situation, because some parts of this puzzle are missing, and other parts are senseless.

In a real sense... we're trying to "make sense of the senseless.

But, as Saint said:

"if you can, at least , say for sure this is where the whole thing got started- then you can start to retrace steps to see how it went in the direction it did"....

No one is saying, that because these folks "met" at Cass' place, that's why they were killed.
That would make no sense.
Obviously, there would have to be much more to the plot, than that.
But... if you could prove they met there, it'd be a start.
It would be a beginning point, for re-tracing steps.
I think the idea that these folks met there, is likely enough, to warrant some consideration as a "jump-off" point.


Saint also said:

"Despite what you hear or think- most cases that Prosecutors win- rely heavily on Circumstantial evidence to win cases. Most murders or rapes dont occur in broad daylight with people watching- so in most cases they have to build there arguments on factors that when put together - paint the complete picture...

Its the old argument that- " I didn't actually see the sun come up this morning- but I am pretty sure I can prove it happened" ...


I'm pretty convinced, that this case will never be solved to the satisfaction of some people.
I say that, because if the case involves 50 pieces, we're only working with 38 of those pieces tops.
I DO think, 38 pieces could possibly be enough... but, the person 'solving" the case, would have to be on the right track (obviously) to begin with... would have to use some "imagination" to fill-in the missing pieces... and would have to take a few "leaps of faith" (such as saint's "sun coming up" example).

It's like one of those vanity number plates that you see on cars.
The guy only has six characters available on a number plate... but, he successfully conveys the message of his nine letter word, by craftfully omitting a few vowels.
The word on the license plate doesn't actually say "Great"... but, everyone knows what "Gr8t" means... and he's saved one character.
The word is "implied"... such as the "sun coming up" is implied.
"Im Gr8t" VS "I'm Great".

The "solved case" will never include ALL the dots... but, I applaud guys like Saint, who attempt to complete the picture, even with a few dots missing.
And who knows... if they're on the right track... the "8" in the word "Gr8T"... just might present itself at some point... and we'll all know the word was originally "Great".

If anyone is waiting for the word "Great" to be spelled-out in it's entirety... they've got a long wait, cuz it ain't gonna happen. LOL

OK... it's a funny analogy, but it conveys my message well.
My two cents...

BTW... I can see Saint with that number plate. : )

St. Circumstance said...

Yes indeed L/S well said indeed

I may be way wrong on this idea- truly who knows??

But sometimes it is fun to do those excersizes anyway :)

mattprokes said...

west memphis three are out of jail!

starship said...

From "Dream a Little Dream"

In the immediate aftermath of the horrific murders, nobody had any idea who might have committed such violence, nor what their motive might have been. It would be months before the truth was discovered and in the meantime an atmosphere of panic, fear, and paranoia swept through the canyons. The openness and trust that had previously existed, particularly at Cass's, was replaced with suspicion and concern. With the very real possibility that the murderer or murderers might strike again, most of the previously peace-loving musicians and actors lost no time in equipping themselves with some sort of protection whether it was a handgun, a rifle, or a guard dog. As the police began what would turn into months of investigation, they began questioning virtually everyone who had known the victims and, in the absence of a clear motive, almost anyone was open to suspicion. "Weeks went by when no one knew what had happened," recalls Mike Sarne. "And the police interviewed absolutely immense feeling of paranoia with everyone having their own little pet theories." Having regularly played host to some of the less decorous characters on the scene, Cass was subjected to particularly intensive questioning by the police. Apart from having known the victims – which half of Hollywood could have equally claimed – Cass was further implicated by association. When the bodies of the victims had been discovered, the police had found the word PIG blurrily scrawled on the wall of the house in blood. John Phillips had informed the police of the widely circulating theory that what had been written was in fact PIC - in reference to Pic Dawson. Some believed this could directly point to his guilt. Both Dawson and Billy Doyle were known to have been regular guests at Cielo Drive during the summer, and as Dawson was already well known to the police, Cass was once again called in to account for his whereabouts. For all his bravado, Dawson, however, seemed unlikely to have carried out a series of murders of this ferocity. Besides, Cass had no idea where Dawson was, and if she had, it is similarly unlikely she would have told the police.

starship said...

The other major rumor ricocheting through the Hollywood Hills, which is still cited by many, all these years on, concerned Doyle. It was known at the time that Folger and Frykowski had a penchant for cruising Sunset Strip and bringing home young men. After drugging them, they would tie them up and film them. Some weeks before the murders, as the tale goes, they had a spectacular falling out with Doyle over a business deal gone sour and had decided to exact revenge not only by doing what they usually did to their pick-ups but by flogging him in front of an invited audience. They apparently recorded this on film. The story then goes that when Doyle realized what had happened, he was, according to Monkee Peter Tork, who was living in the canyons at the time, "murderous." Raging, Doyle insisted he would kill Folger and Frykowski. Wary that he might carry out his threat, a similarly macho friend chained him to a tree in Cass's garden to calm him down before hauling him onto a plane out of the country. In the light of Doyle's oft-repeated claims that he had killed a man and his overall hard-core machismo stance, it is easy to understand hoe an episode like this might have been considered sufficient motive for him to have committed the murders. "If they were gonna do that to Billy," says Tork, "they wanted to die! That was death-provoking. It was a murderously dangerously thing to do!"

starship said...

Eventually, after months of rumor and speculation, both Doyle and Dawson were cleared of suspicion and Charles Manson, a thirty-five-year-old ex-convict, fraud, pimp, and conman with a Jesus fixation, and his "family" of (mostly young and female) followers were revealed as the murderers. Manson had a talent for attracting the young and dispossessed and he had somehow managed to brainwash his acolytes into accompanying him on his nihilistic quest for supposed salvation and power through murder. Manson and his crew had been frequent visitors to Cass's house, taking advantage, like so many others, of the plentiful food, drugs and generally laid-back, hospitable atmosphere. But Cass was not the only one who had played host to him and his acolytes, unaware of what would ensue. Although in the aftermath of the murders, few would admit to any link, many prominent figures in the Los Angeles rock community had not only socialized with Manson and company – particularly his harem of young women, who made themselves readily available to anyone who was interested – but developed closer associations with them. As Neil Young later remembered, "A lot of pretty well-known musicians around L.A. knew Manson, though they'd probably deny it now. The girls were always around too. They'd be right there on the couch with me, singing a song." The Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson in particular had welcomed them into his life and taken steps toward helping Manson in his attempts to obtain a record deal and his subsequent failure to do so was at one point considered a motive for the murders. But prior to that, Manson and his followers would have seemed like no more than yet another of the city's umpteen crews of nomadic hippies, sitting around smoking, playing the odd guitar, and hanging out at other people's houses. There would have been nothing to differentiate them from any other group, and the open-house atmosphere at Woodrow Wilson meant that it was easy for them to wander in and hang out.


Because of Cass's connections to the case, meanwhile, when it finally came to court, she was subpoenaed as a witness, as was John Philips, who was also a good friend of both Polanski and Dennis Wilson. The police had found sheet music to the Mamas and the Papas "Straight Shooter" propped up on the music-holder of the baby-grand piano in the living room of Cielo Drive when the bodies had been found, which seemed to link Phillips to the case. Eventually, as the true facts came to light, Cass and John were both cleared of any involvement.

starship said...

ok, back to me...if you read the first Tate homocide report, you'll see that Pic Dawson and his canadian friends were the prime suspects from the start...many, many people were nailing them as the culprits. It is why the LAPD dismissed the LASO when they called about a connection to the Hinman murder while the Tate autopsies were being conducted and before the LaBianca's bodies were even discovered!

It has been stated that VF was establishing an MDA connection through Canada and that he was to be the main supplier of MDA in SoCal, hence the canadians as suspects? Also, I think the biggest question here which could be answered I suppose was that in the absence of VF...because he was killed, who then became the main supplier of MDA in SoCal? I am thinking that possibly it could be organized crime? And further I have always felt that organized crime may well have had something to do with the LaBianca's as well. So I don't think all this talk of Cass is misplaced.

Also, I think it's possible that the residents of Woodstock road may have been able to walk through their backyards and easily get to the residence of Cass on Woodrow Wilson...but that's just another unproven theory.

katie8753 said...

A lot of people like to say the killers knew some/all of the victims.

I have a hard time buying that. Here's why.

When Charlie went to Cielo Drive looking for Melcher in March 1969 and Sharon saw him at the door, she said "who is that man"? Hatami said this. If she knew Charlie, why would she ask who he is.

Also, not in any police reports, trial testimony or parole hearing testimony has any of the killers ever said that any of the victims said anything like "hey I know you"...or "you look familiar".

I just don't think the killers knew the victims OR the victims knew the killers.

St. Circumstance said...

Very intriguing stuff indeed....

katie8753 said...

Hi Starship!

Thanks for the info. Do you really believe in these "films" that were supposedly made at Cielo Drive? I think they have been greatly exaggerated.

I read that the police confiscated all the films from Cielo Drive after the murders, and gave the personal ones of Roman & Sharon back to Roman.

What happened to all these supposed other ones? Surely...if they existed...at least one of them would have surfaced by now.

Your thoughts??

Ken619 said...

Starship

The properties were not that close. Like I said earlier, I was there last Sunday. The driving distance between the properties was .7 miles to be exact. Not only are there many properties between the two houses, but there is a steep hill to hike over. To get a better idea of the area, try this.

http://www.charliemanson.com/maps/los-angeles.htm

starship said...

IDK...about the tapes: I've read that the drug dealer buggering tape rumored to hyave been shot at Cielo was, in fact, shot at Cass's house.

Ken, no sweat, I just think I've heard it said there were trails and such at the time.

And Susan Atkins may have said somewhere along the line that LK was burned by VF in an MDA deal, but I'm pretty certain she never TESTIFIED to that, ever...

starship said...

And please, no more David McGowan....

starship said...

And Cass didn't choke to death either...

"In 1974, she was staying in flat in Curzon Place, in the Mayfair district of London. A brown, unassuming apartment complex. Cass would enter the building and walk the stairs to flat number 9 . Cass was in the UK, performing her solo show to sold out audiences at the Palladium. She had left the group "The Mama's and the Papa's" in 1968, and was branching out on her own, with solo albums, a role in the 1970 film "Pufnstuf" and a guest spot on "Scooby Doo". According to fellow "mama" Michelle Phillips who says she had spoken to Cass the night before she died, "She had had a little champagne, and was crying. She felt she had finally made the transition from Mama Cass." She died on the 29th of July, 1974 at age 32. The rumour about her choking on a sandwich began with an article in the London Times shortly after her death.

Official Cause of Death: Fatty Myocardial Degeneration due to Obesity. Natural Causes."

Marliese said...

Starship said>>>>>>>Also, I think it's possible that the residents of Woodstock road may have been able to walk through their backyards and easily get to the residence of Cass on Woodrow Wilson...but that's just another unproven theory.<<<<<<<


No, Ken's right...Cass's property on Woodrow Wilson would not have been accessible through backyards from Woodstock.

I've been through there often, Laurel Canyon is a shortcut when the fwy in the valley is backed up...Laurel Canyon Blvd goes up like a racetrack over the mountain and comes out on Sunset, and the hillsides of the lanes and roads off of it are steep, some very narrow...and the houses are situated to take full advantage of the views...so sorry Starship, over the fence and through the yards to Cass's house on Woodrow Wilson wouldn't have happened, not from Woodstock.

On a lighter note, Dan Aykroyd lived in Cass's house for many years after her death...rumor has it, the house is haunted...by the ghost of our beloved Cass.

Marliese said...

Starship said>>>>
The rumour about her choking on a sandwich began with an article in the London Times shortly after her death.
Official Cause of Death: Fatty Myocardial Degeneration due to Obesity. Natural Causes."<<<<


Yes, the official cause of death was a heart attack. I've seen an interview with her sister, I believe her name is Leah...she raised Cass's daughter, Owen, and she verified the cause of Cass's death was a heart attack...

Somewhere i read or heard the ham sandwich story took hold when someone similar to a coroner's investigator went into the hotel room where Cass's body was found in bed, saw a half eaten sandwich on an end table, and it took off from there. So hurtful to her family.

St. Circumstance said...

Starship- I promise...

no more Dave M or the LC series lol

you got it!!

katie8753 said...

Thanks Marliese. I love it when you Californians describe the terrain on a personal basis. It makes everything easier to understand.

I'm always curious about houses in LA that seem to be up so high that you have to walk up about 150 stairs to get to the front door. Why is that? I think someone answered my question on that once, but I can't remember the answer.

I didn't know Dan Akroyd lived in Cass's house, and that it's supposedly haunted.

Just another haunted house in this saga. :)

Lynn said...

LS, agree about the scene comment.
Cass is buried in the Jewish cemetery next to Griffith Park and one of the Forest Lawn Cemetaries.

Last night on the way home from the show (part of the huge Sunset Strip Music Fesitval) saw the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In the summer they show movies there. I believe Ms. Monroe is buried there.

Fun to be on the Strip last night...and imagine it as it once was.

MattP- interesting observations. From an outsider looking in, Grant and Greg were very sociable- Bob? Not so much if at all. Grant and Greg were always approachable. Grant's boyfriend at the time was questionable....Grant may have had his drug problem but in 84-85 up until that last year, it was hidden pretty well...but I can tell you that when Warehouse Songs and Stories came out, the tension was so thick and you knew the end was coming soon....

BTW, Tiny Tim is buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Mpls. Same cemetery as Hubert Humpphrey and also Soul Asylum's Karl Mueller. Tiny Tim's funeral was at the Basillica of St. Mary. He had married the daughter of the owner of Supervalu, I believe.

Lynn said...

I should say one of the Forest Lawn Cemeteries is next to the Jewish Cemetery so not to confuse anyone

mattprokes said...

lynne i thought of you at one point in the book.
talking about the time between zen arcade and flip your wig bm says that people found him unapproachable,dour and not at all friendly,he said that he would'nt disagree with that but would leave it to others to to fill in the ugly descriptions of himself.
sounds like you nailed it on the head in that other thread.
i don't think hes a bad guy thats just the way some people are.

regardless i still think grant harts songs were and are better.
but i understand bm a bit more since i read the book.
the warehouse period sounds like a bad time for everyone involved.

Lynn said...

MattP- Some people are not warm fuzzies and sometimes that's why they are songwriters...it comes out in different ways. The year before Warehouse was tough- I remember going to a baseball game with a friend and David Savoy and finding out months later that David had committed suicide...I think that was the beginning of the end. The Huskers always had a fun group traveling with them- Lou Giordano, usually some of the guys from Southern Thunder Sound...guys from First Ave etc so the atmosphere was always warm and friendly.

Sorry everyone for hijacking the thread

St. Circumstance said...

Sounds very interesting to me lol

did you see the rant I went on last night:)

This is good stuff

v717 said...

For those interested in Mansons mind and psyche I recommend you to look at the film "Charles Manson Superstar," directed by Nicholas Schreck from 1989. It´s one of the best films about Charles Manson ever made. Nicholas Schreck from the Wervolf Order interviews Manson and the interview gives an unique glimpse into Mansons conception of the world as a symbolic manifestation;and the only thing that matter is the mind. "The world as a dream."
It is in 7 parts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiS1mYQMuXE

Marliese said...

Lynn said...>>>>
Last night on the way home from the show (part of the huge Sunset Strip Music Fesitval) saw the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In the summer they show movies there. I believe Ms. Monroe is buried there.<<<<


Hi Lynn, Marilyn is buried in Westwood Memorial Park...she's in a wall crypt there.

I love that little cemetery.

My sister used to live on Midvale, and when i was a teenager, i'd stay with her on weekends and we'd walk by there to cross Wilshire into Westwood Village to go to the movies. You'd never know there's even a cemetery there because it's tucked away behind and between buildings...very pretty though, easy to walk through, lots of interesting graves, beautiful trees.

Katie, Dean Martin is there...in a wall crypt a few alcoves over from Marilyn...Farrah's buried in the ground in a beautiful grave there, Natalie Wood, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa's there...in an unmarked grave but people know where to find it, Ronald Hughes...Van Houten's attorney that died, is buried there also...found his grave by accident, just walking around once looking at names.

A must see if you're into death tours of LA. LOLLOL.

St. Circumstance said...

V- that is one of the movies I have NOT seen...

I think you have piqued my curiosity..

Ill get a copy and get back about it

katie8753 said...

Wow! Thanks again Marliese.

I don't know if you're into taking pictures, but I'd give my left arm (I'm right handed, HA HA) to have a good closeup picture of Jay's house.

For some reason, I'm fascinated with that house!!

V717, thanks for the link. I think I'll pass tonight. I've had just about enough of Manson for one day.

SERENITY NOW!!! HA HA.

katie8753 said...

St. C: I had a long discussion with Lynyrd about your idea about Cass, and I think I might have misunderstood what you were saying.

I thought you were saying that Cass was the causitive agent that sparked the murders.

But I guess you're only implying that perhaps Manson might have briefly met Folger & Frykowski at her house or at some mutual shindig.

I've been a strong proponent that the victims didn't know the killers and vice versa. And I still have that notion today.

However....it is possible that Charles Manson might have come in contact with certain victims, maybe briefly, with no memory by the victims, but perfect memory by Charles Manson.

Anyway, your theory of Laurel Canyon being the starting point of disaster might have creedence.

I'll just have to "jaw on it" for a while. :)

Lynn said...

I lived by Forest Lawn Glendale at one time- where Michael Jackson is now buried. It also has Manson connections, as I believe Jay Sebring's funeral was held there in the little church. It is also the little church where Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman were married. They also house an art gallery up there....we saw a 60's poster exhibit there several years ago.

I believe Clark Gable may be interred there. It is a beautiful cemetery (as far as cemeteries go- I prefer the ones in New Orleans- they are fascinating)with big wrought iron gates. The cemetery used to be quite accessible- not sure about that anymore now that MJ is buried there.

We lived on the other side of the cemetery...it is wooded with big pine trees and the lawn was sooo green. There are coyotes up there on the hillside and they would howl their chilling, lonely cries at night....made for some unsettling nights with my head just barely peaking out of the covers.

Always get the Westside cemeteries mixed up. Have not been to the movies at the Hollywood Forver cemetery...we've been meaning to go but just one of those things ya never get around to.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Thank You Starship!

Great information as always...

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Saint said:
>>>>"Ill get a copy and get back about it"<<<<

You can view the entire movie in 7, 15-minute segments on YouTube by following V717's link.

You might want to give it a "test run" ahead, before ordering a copy.

I checked it out briefly... invested maybe 30 minutes skimming.
It appears as the usual run-o-the-mill Manson interview to me, coupled with an intermittent "doom and gloom"... "faces of death" narration. LOL

I hate to say much more, having not watched the whole thing in earnest... but personally... I think I've seen enough.

On a positive note, there seems to be some nuggets of good background information, and related history interspersed within the narration... and part 3 or 4 (can't remember), has some good Spahn's footage.
You have to be really patient for the nuggets though.
The guy talks really slow and deliberate like that annoying science teacher in "Fast times". LOL
It's kinda brutal actually... LOLOL

Like I said... check it out first.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Lynn e-mailed me, and shared the following link:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/19/1007296/-Helter-Skelter:-Qaddafis-African-Adventure

Personally... I can't make heads or tails of it... but, maybe someone else can get some enjoyment from it.
A third of the way down, they get into Charles Manson and Giovanni di Stefano.
It appears to be another blog basically.

Thanks Lynn!!!

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katie8753 said...

"Well...good luck with alllll that.

Serenity now."
HA HA .