Sometime in late June of 1969, Tex decided to do a drug burn on Bernard Crowe, a/k/a Lottsapoppa. According to Tex, he needed to raise some money for Charlie, and this was his great idea to do it. He ripped Crowe off and left his girlfriend, Luella holding the bag. According to Tex, it was for $2500 or $2750. No matter.
Crowe held Luella captive and called Spahn's Ranch, asking for Charles. He got Charlie. Charlie decided to go and face Crowe. He took TJ with him. His plan was for TJ to pull a gun on Crowe, but when TJ chickened out, Manson pulled the gun on him. According to Tex, the gun clicked 3 times. Then fired.
Charlie thought he had killed Crowe. He didn't care so much that he had killed a man, but he did care about repercussions.
This happened in June of 1969. That's when everything started to unravel. Charlie's minions started complaining that the "Helter Skelter" he had been preaching hadn't even started yet. Also, Charlie decided that he was unsafe at Spahn's and they needed to get to the desert to be safe. Not that he cared about his minions, but he needed them, much like the con man that he was, to have an audience. Without them, he was proverbially nothing.
Charlie heard from Ella Jo that Gary Hinman had inherited money. And Charlie needed money to get outta town. Charlie sent Bobby to Gary's to get the money. Well, Gary didn't have any money. There was no inheritance.
So Bobby decided to kill Gary. Why? Who knows? But he did. Then Bobby stupidly got caught driving his victim's car with the knife in the tire wheel.
Now Manson is panicking. Not only does he not have enough money to get away, he now has a guy in jail that can implicate him. Now he's really in a quandry.
Here's where it gets sticky.
According to Tex, Manson ordered him to go to Cielo Drive, kill everyone there as grusomely as you can, and get $600. And if you don't get $600, go to the next house and the next house until you get it. And make sure the girls write "something witchy"!
Keep in mind that Mary was languishing in jail, and could blab about Gary Hinman at any time. He needed her out.
Now remember, the Crowe incident was all Tex's fault. He is the one who instigated it. But in Charlie's mind, I think he wanted Tex, Pat, Susan & Linda to get their hands dirty. And the next night, he added Leslie & Steve.
The more people you implicate, the less likely they will "squeal".
Okay enough for now. More later....
Since we're talking about Bobby B., let's include this:
Parole Hearing for Charles Manson Follower Postponed
A parole hearing set for Thursday for a Charles Manson follower has been postponed because of an allegation that he broke prison rules, a California corrections spokesman said.
Parole officials want to wait until the allegation against Robert Beausoleil is resolved before they consider his possible release.
However, a hearing will be held no later than March 3, said Luis Patino of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Patino said Beausoleil is accused of violating prison rules on Jan. 27, but he didn't know which ones.
Beausoleil has spent 45 years in prison and been denied supervised release 17 times. At his request, he was transferred to the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem in 1994, after he married a woman from Oregon while in prison and fathered four children.
The Oregon Department of Corrections also could not provide details about the allegation against Beausoleil.
California parole officials planned to conduct his hearing by telephone.
Beausoleil, 67, originally was sentenced to death for the 1969 slaying of musician Gary Hinman. That sentence was commuted to life in prison when the California Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in 1972.
If parole officials were to recommend his release, the decision would be reviewed by the entire parole board. Gov. Jerry Brown also could block his parole.
In August, Brown blocked the release of Bruce Davis, 72, who was convicted in the slayings of Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. The parole board had found Davis was suitable for parole based on his age and good conduct in prison.
Beausoleil was an aspiring musician and actor before he joined the Manson family.
He was in jail when other followers of the cult leader killed actress Sharon Tate and four others, then murdered grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.
His release faces opposition from Hinman's cousin, Kay Martley, who lives in the Denver area, and Sharon Tate's sister, Debra Tate, who lives in the Los Angeles area and is the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Both planned to testify by telephone. Tate said in a telephone interview that Beausoleil should serve out the rest of his life sentence in California instead of Oregon.
Beausoleil has worked since 2009 in a furniture factory operated by Oregon Corrections Enterprises, according to California corrections officials. He develops and produces orientation, safety training and promotional videos and materials for the prison industry program.
Beausoleil previously had no disciplinary violations since 2008, and he has participated in conflict resolution seminars, corrections officials said. He also has attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings and completed a literature class and a sociology class through the University of Oregon.