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  • John 8:54 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Bloody Murders Rekindle Charles Manson Horror 

    This is an AP article from July 2, 1981. Not much new info here except for the sensationalized Manson headline. For a brief moment, the media could not help but speculate that they had a random act of violence on their hands. I don’t believe that the cops ever thought it was true.

    I have posted articles before about the man taken from the scene for questioning. He was in the house, and seemed to have toured each room. He was likely a customer or a dealer stopping by to score. I wonder who the hell it was? Gopher or Cherokee? Despite the promise to move away, and to keep a low profile, Ronnie had made some phone calls after the robbery announcing that they had stuff to sell. That helps explain most of the foot traffic at Wonderland on July 1st.

    They can't pin this one on Squeaky! She was in prison at the time.

    They can’t pin this one on Squeaky! She was in prison at the time for trying to kill President Ford. I believe she is out of the joint now.

    Just a cool Wonderland map.

    Just a cool Wonderland map.

    Cool view of the Canyon Store.

    Cool view of the Canyon Store.

    • Bobby 10:43 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      My guess is that their doper customers were getting sick (literally) and tired of the phone always ringing out that they just took it upon themselves to go straight over to the house. I wonder if any of them actually managed to get any drugs after further ransacking the joint or whether Diles and his hoods got all the loot back. In the police video there were used syringes on Ron’s dresser so if they weren’t his that would mean people were shooting up right there next to his dead body. Now that’s really f&%$d up!
      On a side note the film takes a bit of artistic license with the scene where Lind gets his secret stash from under the kitchen sink.

      • John 11:12 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        And the movie has Holmes going back in to the house, when he describes his version of events. “Why would I go back?” Then, there’s a flash scene of him smoking a rock in one of the bloody bedrooms while bathed in morning sunlight.

        • Bobby 7:32 am on July 19, 2013 Permalink

          Oh yes!.. That’s such a great cutaway shot – really ominous. I love how sheepishly he delivers that line too.. kinda nails Holmes as the liar extraordinaire in such a simple scene. The beauty of “Wonderland” is that it’s a giant homage to Kurosawa’s 1950 masterpiece “Rashomon”. In that film we have a crime that’s told from the perspective of several different characters and as the audience we don’t know who to believe. Such a great storytelling device and in turn so incredibly powerful. Have you seen it John? James Cox owes so much to this film!

      • John 7:50 am on July 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        No, I need to see Rashomon! It’s on my list…I order all dvd’s from Amazon. I’m gonna buy it.

    • dreamweaverjenn 7:42 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I have always wondered about that. You would have to be really #*^#ed up to walk through that scene, look for some drugs, luckily finding some and then shooting up right over the dead bodies. Then just leave Susan there moaning for help. As far as the movie goes, it really wouldn’t surprise me all that much if Holmes went back there knowing there was probably still some dope and then standing there smoking a rock over the bodies. No conscience at that point.

  • John 8:43 am on February 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: manson, steve mcqueen, tate   

    Steve McQueen Avoids a Gruesome Death and Helter Skelter 

    Just as the murder of actress, Rebecca Schaeffer, scared the crap out of Hollywood celebs in the late 80s, so did the Tate/LaBianca Murders, committed twenty years earlier by the Manson Family. Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple states in his recent autobiography that David Bowie was almost too frightened to stay at his Beverly Hills mansion in the early 70s. While there, Bowie stayed locked in his room for much of the time. Even Frank Zappa snuffed his “open-door” laid back policy at his home in the Hollywood Hills. It’s been said that he did not even have door locks installed. Allegedly, Larry “Wild Man” Fischer met Zappa by simply walking up to his front door and asking if he could play Frank a song. In the end, Fischer would be banned from the house by Frank’s wife, Gail, after Larry went nuts and threw a glass bottle, narrowly missing their toddler daughter, Moon Unit. The Tate/LaBianca Murders however, got Frank to pick up and move. And so it goes… I guess when it’s all said and done…. the L.A. security and guard dog businesses must salivate anytime some evil shit goes down in SoCal.

    Steve McQueen, my favorite actor of all time btw, narrowly avoided being at the Tate house that fateful night. He instead went on a date and took a night in at home with his latest female flavor of the week.

    Below is an excerpt from “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Steve McQueen” by Ryan Murphy:

    McQueen made a career out of getting under people’s collars. He went through friends the way some people go through tissues, successfully alienated all three of his wives, and once threatened a studio exec with a chainsaw. So it’s hardly surprising then that some people wanted him dead. On November 6, 1969, it was revealed that McQueen had joined fellow celebrities Richard Burton, Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra on Charles Manson’s so-called “death list.” The list was an informal compilation of everyone the hippie cult leader had a personal vendetta against. McQueen had incurred Manson’s wrath simply because he failed to commission a script that he had sent to his production studio in 1968.

    McQueen was understandably upset about becoming one of Manson’s targets, and from that point forward he kept a handgun in his car’s glove compartment. It was luck, however, and not the gun that eventually saved his life. McQueen had been invited to a party by fellow actor Sharon Tate on August 8, 1969, at her house on Cielo Drive. At the last minute, he chose to go on a date instead, and in doing so narrowly missed being involved in one of the most high-profile homicide cases of the century. That night four members of Manson’s “Family” snuck into the house and brutally murdered Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Gibby Folger, Gibby’s boyfriend Voytek Frykowski, Steven Parent, and Tate and her unborn baby. Had McQueen been present, he may have suffered the same grim fate.

    McQueen was also on Richard Nixon’s infamous Enemies List. Bandito had raised the President’s ire when he suggested he was planning to attend Martin Luther King’s 1963 Washington march. McQueen never ended up participating, but the FBI took an obsessive interest in his career from that point on.

    Read more: http://www.askmen.com/entertainment/special_feature_100/107_special_feature.html#ixzz2Kn3KERNH

    • Lloyd 3:33 am on April 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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