I've been told by a reliable source that Mark Ross aka "Aesop Aquarian" has died.
I don’t have any further information or details at this time, sorry…
|Photo from Cielodrive.com|
As you probably recall, the above photograph (of Ross) was taken the day Judge Keene appointed a lawyer for Charles Manson. The judge described Manson as being "hopelessly inadequate" to defend himself. Keene appointed Charles Hollopeter for the task.
Manson protested, exclaiming that he wouldn't take an attorney. And of course, his minions followed suit by causing a commotion. In the end, Mark Ross, Catherine Share & Sandra Good were sentenced to 5 days in jail for contempt of court for their disruption.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Ross' significance to the Manson story (written by Starviego):
-- The Family was staying at his Venice house where Zero allegedly shot himself, and was the owner of the revolver used.
-- It was his truck Watkins was sleeping in when someone decided to torch it.
-- Ross' house was fairly close to both the Straight Satans' Venice clubhouse and to the apartment of intended victim Saladin Nader.
-- Ross reportedly attended the acting school set up by Laurence Merrick, producer of the Hendrickson documentary. Sharon was also allegedly a student at this school.
-- Ross had a role as a biker in Merrick's "The Black Angels". Filmed in Agoura before TLB, the set was visited by members of the Family.
-- Ross helped Hendrickson film the Manson documentary, and probably introduced him to the Family.
-- Mark Ross had a guest appearance on the "Starsky & Hutch" tv show, playing a very Manson-like cult leader.