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Will new evidence emerge in Manson case?

posted at 11:26 am on May 24, 2013 by

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.

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JohnBrown on May 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Well, at least it will keep the jackwagon’s in the CA corrections systems from releasing him on parole.

Snowblind on May 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Oh, fer cryin’ out loud, was Holder involved in that, as well?

GWB on May 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

“Shouldn’t Governor Ronald Reagan have known about these murderers before they murdered?”

-Nancy Pelosi

portlandon on May 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Maybe we can finally get a death penalty and not have SCOTUS screw it up.

Odysseus on May 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Bush did it…

JohnGalt23 on May 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I know authorities were looking around the Spahn Ranch for more evidence several years ago – did they ever find anything?

Ward Cleaver on May 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Will new evidence emerge in Manson case?

Maybe. Would it be an effective squirrel, if some did?

Gingotts on May 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Maybe. Would it be an effective squirrel, if some did?

Gingotts on May 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

So cynical… hmm, I wonder if you’re right.

WitchDoctor on May 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Any Parole Board member who voted to parole Ol’ Charley would find a lynch-mob on his front lawn when he returned home.

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