THE MURDER OF JAMES SHARP AND DOREEN GAUL
They had been killed elsewhere and dumped in the alley.
Both were Scientologists. In a newspaper interview Gaul’s father said that she had recently become disenchanted with Scientology.
In a report from April 24th, 1973 by the Department of Corrections Special Service Unit, requested by the Los Angeles Police Department, it was stated that investigators believed Davis knew Gaul and was either involved in her murder or knew the identity of the murderer/murderers.
The SSU was to interview Davis and solicit his cooperation with a promise of immunity.
According to the report Davis denied knowing Gaul, and said he did not know anything about the crime. It was believed that Gaul had been a girlfriend of Bruce Davis. Davis denied this but did admit to having dated several women that lived at the same rooming house as Gaul.
Davis also indicated that a promise of immunity meant little to him as he was already serving two life sentences for two counts of murder.
Carl Stubbs in his sixties was a retired spiritualist and author-a very religious man, he loved nature and people and lived quietly at Olancha just south of Lone Pine in Inyo County near the turnoff for Death Valley.
His neighbors knew they were always welcome to visit him at home. “In fact,” said one, “he never closed his door. He befriended everyone and would offer hospitality to all comers.”
The woman who runs the local filling station was accustomed to bringing Carl his mail every day and she looked forward to her daily visits and short chats with him.
One morning arriving as usual she was surprised to find his front door closed.
"I was surprised too," she said, "because there was a blue station wagon with Michigan plates." She knocked on the door and the old man opened it just a little.
"He said he couldn’t invite me in because he had relatives visiting from Chicago," she recalled, "But that seemed funny to me because that wasn’t Carl’s way and I knew he didn’t have any relatives."
She also remembers that she looked into the room and saw two girls and two men, “hippie types,” standing there. “And the girls kept looking over, sort of behind the door, as if there was somebody else standing there.”
Carl’s friend left and went back to her gas station. Business was brisk that morning but at the back of her mind was a nagging worry, something had not seemed right up there and she thought Carl was trying to tell her something. About an hour later she and her husband went back up to the cottage and found the old man lying badly beaten in a pool of blood, half way out of the house onto the porch.
They took him to Lone Pine hospital where he managed to speak to police before he died. But the details have never been released by the Sheriff’s Department and nothing has appeared about the murder in the papers.
Lancaster Sheriffs said little about the alleged crime on which they are holding Patricia Krenwinkel to her father, but they released her to his custody and she drove back with him to Inglewood.
An article about Dean Moorehouse (or Deane Morehouse for other) from 1962 while living in Minot, ND.
A Case Study of the Charles Manson Group Marriage Commune
by David E. Smith, M.D. and Alan J. Rose
Much has been written about communal living in areas outside the United States and in countries such as Israel, where the Kibbutim have flourished. In these instances, communal practices relative to sexual behavior and child rearing have been described in great detail.
America, too, has a long history of communal living, primarily involving religious groups such as the Amish and the Mennonites. Recently, however, through the national media, the dominant culture in the United States has been made aware of a new style of commune which has evolved primarily in America’s “hippie subculture.” Unfortunately, we know relatively little about this pattern of alternative cooperative living.
These “hippie” communes can be…
You Are What You Eat
You Are What You Eat is a 1968 American counter culture semi-documentary movie that attempts to capture the essence of the 1960s flower power hippie era and the Haight & Ashbury scene. The film features locally known personalities including well known and somewhat mythical pot dealer Super Spade and musicians of the day including Tiny Tim, David Crosby and Peter Yarrow etc. and radio disc jockey, Rosko.
The film soundtrack features music by John Simon and by artists as diverse as Paul Butterfield, The Electric Flag, Eleanor Barooshian, Peter Yarrow, John Herald and Harpers Bizarre, accompanied by several members of The Band.
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson’s childhood. Guinn interviewed Manson’s sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson Family have provided new information about Manson’s life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person on the property where the murders occurred was spared.
Manson puts the killer in the context of his times, the turbulent late sixties, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege. Guinn shows us how Manson created and refined his message to fit the times, persuading confused young women (and a few men) that he had the solutions to their problems. At the same time he used them to pursue his long-standing musical ambitions, relocating to Los Angeles in search of a recording contract. His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences as he convinced his followers to commit heinous murders on successive nights.
In addition to stunning revelations about Charles Manson, the book contains family photographs never before published.
The Time Neil Young Met Charles Manson, Liked His Music, and Tried to Score Him a Record Deal
Waging Heavy Peace — it’s not your average rock star biography. There’s not much sex and drugs. There’s some rock ‘n’ roll. But mostly, there’s a lot of Neil Young being an ordinary guy, hanging out with family and friends, tinkering with toy trains, and refurbishing old cars. It’s a decidedly down-to-earth autobiography, so far as autobiographies go. But it’s not entirely devoid of fantastical stories. Like the time when, during the late 1960s, Young stopped by the Los Angeles home of Dennis Wilson, the drummer of The Beach Boys. There, Wilson was living with three or four girls who had an “intense vibe” and a “detached quality about them.” Young continues:
After a while, a guy showed up, picked up my guitar, and started playing a lot of songs on it. His name was Charlie. He was a friend of the girls and now of Dennis. His songs were off-the-cuff things he made up as he went along, and they were never the same twice in a row. Kind of like Dylan, but different because it was hard to glimpse a true message in them, but the songs were fascinating. He was quite good.
Young then adds:
I asked him if he had a recording contract. He told me he didn’t yet, but he wanted to make records. I told Mo Ostin at Reprise about him, and recommended that Reprise check him out…. Shortly afterward, the Sharon Tate-La Bianca murders happened, and Charlie Manson’s name was known around the world.
After the murders, Manson kind of got a record deal. His recordings were commercially released on the album Lie: The Love and Terror Cult. Below we have one bizzarely upbeat song from the collection, “Home Is Where You’re Happy.”
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