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....