The Tex Watson Tapes
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I've held-off on this topic... awaiting a definitive outcome.
When and if, anything is found on those tapes... it will be posted here immediately.
My thoughts on the matter are mixed:
On the one hand... my gut tells me this is going to be a disappointing dead-end.
Tex has proven himself, to be very adept at self-preservation.
Until now... he's completely avoided saying anything of substance, which would interfere with his own interests.
If Tex does "sing" on those tapes... it would be a complete departure from what we've come to expect from him... which is zero.
Although... one must consider, that I'm a bit jaded.
I'm not a completely unbiased barometer of optimism at this point... as every "lead" we've ever gotten as TLB enthusiasts, has ultimately (in the end) turned to shit... including the infamous "digs".
I excitedly followed the "dig" story (daily) for months.
I was fully swept-up by the whirlwind... I absorbed every tidbit.
In the end... I watched "scientists" dig waist-deep holes!
Seriously folks... if you saw the photos of those holes... you'd laugh.
It was a horrible experience, which I haven't fully recovered from. LOL.
Maybe "someday"... they'll go back, and do the job right.
Of course all the "Manson supporters" gloated for weeks because no bodies were found.
I tried to explain to them (in vain)... that the holes were simply not deep enough, to prove conclusive of anything.
That of course, was a complete waste of time.
It's was painfully obvious (to me), that the "dig" project had been abandoned prematurely, for reasons not disclosed to the general public.
They obviously didn't venture into the desert.. fully equipped with experts, dogs and specialized equipment... with the intention of digging shallow holes.
That would make no sense.
Anyway... I digress...
The point is:
One can't help but grow cynical, after years and years of dead-end leads... and, I have.
On the other hand:
The fact that the LAPD has interest in these tapes speaks volumes.
Their interest strongly suggests, that there's something of substance on those tapes.
The LAPD has to believe there's something of value on those tapes... or, they wouldn't bother pursuing this ordeal.
That's pretty straight forward logic.
Let's also consider, that there's 8 hours of audio on those tapes.
Eight hours, is a LOT of conversation folks.
Tex was conversing with his lawyer on those tapes.
To me, that increases the likelihood, that there's something on those tapes.
Look at it this way:
IF Tex had "let his guard down"... with anyone (in wake of the murders)... it would most likely have been, with his attorney.
(He hadn't found the clergy yet, LOL).
Some sources indicate that Tex was not (initially) concerned with the release of those tapes.
This may suggest, that there's nothing on the tapes... OR... maybe that Tex has resigned himself to the fact, that he's never going to be released anyway... and hence, doesn't care much at this point.
Bottom line: We just have to wait.
I've heard from a very reliable source, that the LAPD still considers this case very much "open" after all these years. Their pursuit of these tapes after 40+ years, is strong indication of that fact. The general public may well have forgotten this case... but, it seems the authorities have not.
One thing's for sure:
Anything found on those tapes... could really breathe new life into this dormant case.
Could we see these folks "taking the witness stand" once again, for examination?
I'm not a lawyer... but, wouldn't THAT be a hoot!
I've heard it said many times on the blogs, that "there's no statute of limitations on murder".
I have no idea if that's actually true from a legal standpoint... but, here's hoping.
Any trial held now, would obviously "play out" much differently than the original (trial). Manson's "hold" over (most of) these folks is long gone.
These folks would probably sing like a bird... and every fact we ever wanted to know, would come oozing out... or more likely... raging out, like a waterfall! LOL
You see folks...
THIS is why, I didn't want to touch this topic... until something concrete surfaces.
My mind reels... and I'll end-up looking like an ass, when they come back with nothing! LOL
Oh well... I'll let myself dream... if only for a day.
I owe it to myself. : )