Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Is it Harold True, True or False?
In the endless search for answers that don't exist in the TLB case, many things become the conventional wisdom.
Sebring threw a party where they whipped a drug dealer that burned them.
Parent met Garretson casually only the day before.
Sandra Good was married to Joel Pugh.
The Family made films of their adventures.
You can probably name dozens of them. Things that might or might not be true but are accepted as true by us scholars without any actual evidence. (And no, the Bug mentioning it in a book is not evidence).
The one I'm here to ruminate about is the idea that 3301 Waverly was chosen for the second night of slaughter because Charlie had been shunned at a party NEXT DOOR.
Again, pause for me. Think about what I just wrote. Think about all you have learned together.
Now read that again. The conventional wisdom is that the LaBianca estate was chosen because Harold True had offended Charlie while True lived next door.
DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE TO ANYONE?
Didn't think so.
True (pictured) was friends with Phil Kaufman a former cellmate of Charlie's. I think they both, umm, partaked of some of the girls. But the evidence is unclear as to whether True still lived next door in August 1969. He may have only rented for a few months. So if Charlie was "sending a message" it wasn't very effective. Indeed, it made as much sense as Sadie trying to make Tate look like Black Panthers. Nobody got it.
No, the Col questions the conventional wisdom.
Tate was targeted, likely because of Frykowski's actions. (not a rape though)
LaBianca was targeted. Maybe mob related, I don't know.
Then the killings stopped. Helter Skelter had not started. But they stopped. (Some motive, Vince).
Strike one for the Conventional Wisdom.