Will new evidence emerge in Manson case?
posted at 11:26 am on May 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
After a long fight over tapes between one of the Manson Family defendants and his attorney, the Los Angeles Police Department hope to find evidence linking Charles Manson and his followers to other murders at the time. The LAPD finally obtained the tapes after courts ruled that Charles “Tex” Watson, convicted of multiple murders and serving a life sentence, waived his privilege when he allowed some of the tapes to be sold for a book:
Detective David Holmes said the department has had the tapes for a couple of weeks and the Robbery-Homicide Division and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office are analyzing them.
A federal judge in Texas ruled in March that Charles “Tex” Watson waived his right to attorney-client privilege when he allowed his lawyer to sell the eight cassette tapes to an author nearly 40 years ago for a book on his life.
The tapes, which were converted to electronic audio files, are being reviewed to determine whether there’s evidence that could resolve unsolved murders.
The cache only came to light after the law firm to which Watson’s attorney belonged went into Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2009 and a trustee tried to sell off its assets. The LAPD and the local DA have always suspected that the Manson Family committed several other murders, but didn’t have much more than hearsay and foggy memories to pursue. There may be other chapters left to write in this saga, and that may have Manson and his long-imprisoned followers open to trials on new charges — assuming that the LAPD can corroborate anything they find from the tapes.