Friday, August 12, 2016

Nephew of Manson murder victim finishing documentary on stylist’s life and death


For more than 15 years, Anthony DiMaria has balanced acting and researching the horrendous murder of his uncle, Jay Sebring, by followers of Charles Manson 47 years ago.

DiMaria was only 3 at the time, and his memories of Sebring, who was 35 when he was killed, were of romping with Sebring when he visited the DiMaria family in Las Vegas.

One impact of the murder? “I sleep facing the bedroom door. I know that people can come in and slaughter me and the people I love,” DiMaria said.

Many Americans had the same reaction after multiple murders ordered by Manson and executed by sycophants who did what he asked without question.
The murders of Sebring, pregnant actress Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, her lover Wojciech Frykowski and teenager Steve Parent, who was there to visit the caretaker, shocked the world. My stories Sunday described the enduring pain the DiMaria family has suffered since losing Sebring.

In “The White Album,” Joan Didion wrote, “Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969, ended at the exact moment when word of the murders on Cielo Drive travelled like a brushfire through the community, and in a sense this is true.”

When he was a freshman studying acting at the University of Southern California about 1985, DiMaria stumbled upon a book that portrayed Sebring negatively. He discovered many accounts were inaccurate.\

“I started reading things I hadn’t come across before. I felt at that time, as disturbing as it would be, I needed to know the truth. I started learning from original sources.”

An article by Dominick Dunne, published in Vanity Fair in 2001, prompted DiMaria to make a documentary on his uncle. To tell the real story, not just of the gruesome murders, but of Sebring’s joyful life and innovations as a hair designer.

To do this, he talked to more than 60 people, including his mother, Peggy DiMaria, Sebring’s youngest sister, and her husband, Tony. His family supported him, knowing he would tell the real story with sensitivity and accuracy. Filming began in 2007.

The celebrities he interviewed included Robert Wagner, Dennis Hopper, Nancy Sinatra, Paul Anka, Quincy Jones, Andy Williams, Vidal Sassoon, Fred Segal, Dunne, Vic Damone, Sebring protege Joe Torrenueva, David Milch, Barbara Luna, Charles Champlin, Max Baer Jr., Bruce Lee’s former wife, Linda Lee Cadwell; Stuart Whitman and Tate’s sister Debra Tate. He also interviewed participants in the trial, including Manson co-prosecutor Stephen Kay and forensic specialist Dr. Michael Baden.
Lead prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi refused to be interviewed, DiMaria said.

The film is in post-production, finishing the final cut and securing clearances and rights.
For more than 15 years, the documentary overlapped DiMaria’s acting career. He started as a sophomore at Bishop Gorman High School and studied his craft at the University of Southern California. He’s worked in New York and Los Angeles over the years, including television roles in “Deadwood,” “CSI,” “The Sopranos” and “Ray Donovan.”

DiMaria, 50, has a small speaking part in the current Woody Allen movie, “Cafe Society,” now playing in Las Vegas.

When he’s not acting, commuting between Los Angeles and Henderson, DiMaria works part-time in the DiMaria Studio salon on Warm Springs Road off the 215 Beltway. His parents, Peggy and Tony DiMaria, and his sisters, Christy and Mishele, all hairstylists, work there as well.

His documentary and his acting “are rooted in storytelling, they’re not separate. Both are my lifelong endeavors,” DiMaria said. “Both are examinations of the human spirit.”

The human spirit could use some closer examination in today’s troubled world, where violence and art walk together but seldom in sync.


katie8753 said...

Thanks Venus!!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Thanks Venus.

katie8753 said...

It's interesting that Anthony says he sleeps facing the door out of fear. Patty mentioned being fearful too. Travis Alexander's brother said in his victim impact statement that he couldn't take a shower without constantly opening his eyes, for fear that Jodi would stab him too.

These families who have lost loved ones to violent crime are wounded, not only with the loss of a loved one, but the loss of security and safety. They sharply have a knowledge that your home is not your haven, but can be a place of vicious, horrific murderous activity. They literally live in fear the rest of their lives. Surely the parole board can take that into account when deciding parole for these monstrous killers.

I certainly wish the family members of the victims to have peace, to be able to lay their heads on their pillows and get to sleep, without worry about monsters under the bed, or climbing through their windows.

beauders said...

Speaking of Arias, Katie, Nancy Grace is claiming that Arias is pregnant. I guess her fiancé is a man, and they already had a quickie behind the soda machine.

katie8753 said...

Beauders, LOL.

Marliese said...

Omg...behind the soda machine! Lmao. That's funny. I wonder who or where Nancy Grace came up with that ridiculous story. Maybe she was being sarcastic. User that Jodi is, I can't imagine she'd get married this early on in her life without parole existence. More likely she needs to string along a parade of monkey boy types to keep her candy account full. Can't you just imagine the losers that send her stuff and try to get in to see her? And I don't know, but Is she even allowed in-person contact visits? Maybe so. Awhile ago though it was reported on one of the shows about her that she was allowed very limited visitation, and only behind glass with her being locked in on the other side...punishment for calling a guard a "c&@k blocker" ...can't you just hear her? Though who knows how credible that story is too. But I can just imagine what a dirty little nasty bitch she is with the guards!

katie8753 said...

Hi Marliese! I can well imagine Jodi calling the guard a cockblocker. As meek as she pretended to be during her trial, she showed her true colors at her sentencing when she announced to Travis' family that he was alive when she tried to cut his head off. The final cruel blow she could deliver before they slammed the door shut behind her for good. She's truly a sociopath.

From what I've read, she can't have contact with other people outside the prison system. But, in remembering all her sexual antics, it's possible she could have sex with someone even if she's separated from him by bars. LOL.

Marliese said...

She could do it, for sure Lol! I think eventually she'll end up doing years and years in isolation. She operates from such manipulation that they'll only be able to control her by separating her completely. The prison knows the likes of her, and they're probably stacking up the infractions to justify locking her off alone. Sheriff Joe had her under control where she was before..."I run this jail, not Jodi Arias!"
I'll bet she's just such a bitch to the female guards, but not the men...

katie8753 said...

Yeah Marliese she'll be in isolation which will drive her crazy. She loves attention. She bragged once that she will have a long life span. I hope so. That will be the end of her.

beauders said...

Maybe Arias has taken up with a guard.

katie8753 said...

Beauders, LOL. I'll bet the guards have seen smarter than Arias.

DieselEstate said...

The documentary by DiMaria was finished and released in 2009. It was called simply 'Sebring'. Try to find it now. It has been scrubbed. As has almost all record of it.

Crime Detector said...

I just watched it for free on YouTube. It's called Jay Sebring: Cutting to the truth. It was very good.

Crime Detector said...

I was however shocked by the ending. According to Jay's lawyer. he had drawn up divorce papers for Sharon from Roman because she and Jay were back together and he also implied that the baby belonged to Jay.