Ed Sanders, "The Family", Pages 66-83.
In August of 1968, Charlie asked if the “family” could move into the outlaw shacks at the back of the ranch. The residents said “okay for a few days”. HA HA. After a few days, Charlie conned Spahn into letting them stay in the wooden-barred jail in the front ranch.
The ranch located at 12000 Santa Susanna Pass Road, was bought by Spahn in 1948.
It had once belonged to silent movie actor, William S. Hart. Ruby Pearl, in her late forties during the Manson era, managed Spahn’s ranch affairs, wearing a cowboy hat, and riding clothes. Pearl was rumored to have a great autograph book, containing the signatures of all kinds of entertainment figures, who had visited the ranch.
The family meets 16 year old, Spahn ranch hand, Steve Grogan, a/k/a Clem, a/k/a Scramblehead. One day, Clem took Wilson's red Mercedes out for a spin, and when trying to see how fast it would go, he crashed it on the Santa Susanna Pass. When he reported it to Dennis, Dennis didn't respond for a while, then asked “where is it“? They went back to find it, and according to the story, it was gone. They also meet Juan Flynn. Charlie liked his LSD-laden bloody Vietnam stories.
The “garbage runs” are described in detail… and also, that they played “cowboys and Indians”, “Mexican knife fighters”, “flatlanders vs. the hill people”, etc.
"One of the girls (Manson always thought it was Sadie, since she had a lot of "men friends") brought the Vietnamese clap to the ranch in the summer of 1968. It was such a bad outbreak, they all had to be treated to be rid of it. Juan Flynn had such a bad case, it took 3 months to clear it up. (Poor Juan... no nookie for 3 months, HA HA).
Charlie thought old George wasn’t really blind, that his ex-wife turned him that way because of her bitching. He also established the fact that no one could wear glasses.
Charlie pretty much managed to take over Spahn Ranch with the help of his “family”, convincing George that they were helping out with chores, cleaning, cooking, etc.
Poor old George was just too confused.
On August 16, 1968, Yeller, Mary, Katie, Sadie, Mary Ann Scott, Robert Bomse, Peter Kornbuth and Eugene Nagel were released in Mendicino Co. Charlie sent Brenda & Squeaky to get them in the black bus, but it broke down in San Jose.
In June 1968 Leslie Van Houten hooks up with Bobby Beausoleil and others. When Bobby learned that the bus broke down in San Jose, he came to the rescue and somehow came up with a newer bus, which was also painted black.
A schoolteacher named Joan Wildbush, a/k/a Juanita, picked up (4) hitchhikers: T. J., Tex, Ella & Clem. She was persuaded to drive to Spahn’s Ranch and meet Charlie. There, she gave up $11,000 from her trust fund.
Around this time, the family got a new bus, a 1956 GMC for $600. The family painted this one light green.
The family started hanging out at The Fountain of the World. In August of 1968, some of the family spent about a week there. Charlie ended up giving them $2,000 of the Wildbush money.
One day in September 1968, Charlie gave Wilson & Jakobson a deadline. It was time to choose, or not choose, to record his songs.
“Tex Watson of Copeville Texas, the former sports editor for his high school yearbook, joined the family forever that fall. He gave up his wig shop on Santa Monica Boulevard, and he gave to Manson, his 1935 Dodge pickup truck”.
There was an interesting article that appeared in a Berkeley newspaper, written by a person named Blaine. The article supposedly tells of the involvement of Manson in a “death cult” in the summer and fall of 1968, operating out of Waller Street Devil House in the Haight.
In the early fall of 1968, Bobby and his “girlfriend-wife” (as Sanders describes her) Gail, moved to Santa Barbara and lived on a houseboat. Gail split, and went back to San Francisco… while Bobby remained, living in his houseboat. Charlie asked Bobby to come back and prepare a record album, so he returned to Spahn’s.
On October 7, 1968, Sadie gave birth at the back ranch, to a premature baby boy, whom she named: Zezo Zece Zadfrak. It was a breech delivery.
On October 13, 1968, two ladies, Clida Delaney and Nancy Warren, were beaten and strangled to death with 36” leather thongs about 6 miles south of Ukiah, CA on the 101. The thongs were left tied around the necks of the victims. These murders are the first of a series of unsolved murders that occurred when various family members were in the area. Some say they were committed by the family.
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