Ever heard of the movie "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"?
It was supposed to be a sequel to the movie "Valley of the Dolls" co-starring Sharon Tate. The screenplay was changed to a "parody" and written by Russ Meyer and ROGER EBERT.
Supposedly, at the end of the film there is a gruesome murder scene inspired by the Manson family killings. After watching the film, the similarities are pretty obvious to me. Here's where the story gets kind of spooky...
Turns out that one of the actresses in the film and involved in the movie murder scene is Erica Gavin. She says on her website: “I grew up with the LaBianca kids. They lived in Silver Lake, and I went to school with their daughter, Susan.”.
Gavin says the Manson trial started on June 15, 1970, two days before Beyond the Valley of the Dolls opened in Hollywood. She went to court one day with a friend, Elliott Mintz, she met a Manson family attorney, Paul J. Fitzgerald, and began dating him almost immediately. Apparently, she moved in with him and had an affair a few weeks later.
She says “Going through the whole trial was a bizarre experience. I would get letters from Susan Atkins and drawings that sort of showed mirror images of me and her."
Gavin looks a bit like Atkins in her role as "Roxanne" in the film. She says about Manson's "corner girls": "We’d visit them on the street corner and give them money. I got to know them well. One night, they just crashed on the floor of our home."
Erica Gavin's website (and the full story) can be found here:
The entire film, "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" can be found here:
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About Erica Gavin