Tuesday, October 31, 2006
---ITEM--- Regular Blog Reader HEAVEN has suffered the loss of her mother. Our prayers and good thoughts go out to her and her family.
---ITEM--- Candygramma's stupid, illiterate attack blog is now almost pure comedy- nobody on there knows anything or makes any sense. Our bad thoughts and ill wishes go out to CG and the gang.
---ITEM--- The 1970 documentary MANSON supposedly will play on the internet tonight on a teeny tiny screen. The Col doesn't believe it. but Mark Turner does. I'm trying to sell him a bridge.
---ITEM---Look- something from the internet graveyard!
---ITEM--- This reminds me- I used to have heated email exchanges between me and Jenn Oakley at the Yahoo KTS site. She was a smug, ignorant bitch who liked to ban the Col. The Col liked to ask why the hell she'd want (since she was in the military) her friends going overseas to lose their lives in a stupid pointless war. She'd always attack me in ignorant ways. Well, Jenn, I am still here, making tons of money, having EintDave drive me around and married to a supermodel. You got any friends left or are they all over in Iraq getting blown up for oil?
---ITEM--- I encourage people to blog, and here is one that did. Unfortunately she was full of shit and went away.
---ITEM--- When was the last time this crap website was updated? Is Deb too busy dancing with her father's urn?
Can't stop the happy, boys and girls!
Monday, October 23, 2006
It was never real, I feel. Just attention seeking.
Here is an old CURRENT AFFAIR report.
You can go watch an old video I blogged where she says she never screwed Manson. Yet here she had his baby.
See what research in this case is so freakin' hard?
Real easy to cut back and forth and make her look even crazier by cutting to Charlie then.
Her smile just creeped me the fuck out. Sick chick.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Parole debated for Charles Manson follower Bruce DavisThe Associated Press
SACRAMENTO Charles Manson's followers should never be freed from prison for the string of brutal slayings they committed in 1969, the sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate said outside a California parole hearing.
I would ask him why he supports Steven Hodel's BULLSHIT Black Dahlia book.
I would ask who did his haircuts for all these years to have that person killed.
Note- Kasabian claims she handed him the bolt cutters. Is he still lying?
The box collecting interlude amuses me by its surreality.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
The Judge and the Auteur: Revisiting the Polanski Case
MARINA ZENOVICH’S office here looks as if it should belong to an absent-minded film professor. A cluttered room adjacent to an editing suite on the city’s west side, it is packed with file folders containing hundreds of press clippings and the inevitable stacks of videotape. But a corkboard on the wall betrays a preoccupation that stirs more than academic passions in these parts.
The board is dominated by two photographs. One shows an almost young Roman Polanski, dressed in a dapper suit, hair parted to one side, looking lean, boyish and handsome. The other reveals a man in a black robe, with thinning white hair and a roundish face supported by a stocky frame. The caption under it reads, “Laurence J. Rittenband, Judge.”
“These two men met their match in each other,” said Ms. Zenovich in an interview last month.
Laurence J. Rittenband, who died in 1993, was the California judge who almost 30 years ago presided over the notorious case in which Mr. Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor. Even after Mr. Polanski fled to France in advance of his sentencing date, the judge vowed to stay on the bench until he returned to the United States.
Instead, Mr. Polanski, now 73 and a French citizen, remained a fugitive, and prospered as a film director, winning an Oscar in 2003 for “The Pianist.” Judge Rittenband, who left the bench in 1989, died at 88 without completing his quest. But he left behind enough professional and personal drama to have joined Mr. Polanski as a central character in Ms. Zenovich’s forthcoming documentary, which promises to shed new light on one of modern Hollywood’s more perplexing episodes.
The new film, unfinished and untitled, is being produced by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte (“Thirteen”) and Lila Yacoub (“The Anniversary Party”), and has Steven Soderbergh as an executive producer. It was recently acquired for distribution in Britain by the BBC, and when it eventually appears here in theaters or on the festival circuit, it will likely renew the debate over whether Mr. Polanski still has a price to pay if he returns to the United States.
Ms. Zenovich, a 43-year-old former actress who once had a small part in “The Player,” said it is impossible to reach conclusions about Mr. Polanski without drawing Judge Rittenband into the equation.
“I’ve never set out to diminish the seriousness of what Polanski did, but it comes down to crime and punishment,” she explained. “How much do you have to pay for the crime? What I’ve always set out to prove is, despite what Polanski did, which was awful, he was treated unfairly by the judge. That’s the bottom line.”
Convinced that even reasonably well informed people do not completely understand the Polanski case, Ms. Zenovich pursued a doggedly reportorial course, undeterred by Mr. Polanski’s refusal to participate. (A spokesperson for Mr. Polanski confirmed that he has no involvement with the documentary.) She conducted on-camera interviews with nearly 100 people, including Samantha Geimer, the girl, now in her 40’s, with whom Mr. Polanski had sex and who has publicly forgiven him. Other interview subjects included figures connected with the director’s film career, among them Mia Farrow, Nastassja Kinski, Robert Evans and Robert Towne.
But considerable attention is reserved for Judge Rittenband, who was something of a legend in his own right, having overseen murder cases involving the so-called Billionaire Boys Club and Sarai Ribicoff, during his time on the California Superior Court. Ms. Zenovich sees both Mr. Polanski and Judge Rittenband as men who rose by force of will from humble roots. Mr. Polanski survived Nazi persecution and lost his mother in the Holocaust. The judge, from a less dire background, was a poor Brooklyn boy who, upon graduating high school at 15, bypassed undergraduate work for New York University Law School; he later attended Harvard, because he was too young to take the New York bar exam, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. Zenovich describes the judge as having lived the kind of vibrant personal life easier to associate with Mr. Polanski. “He was never married, and he loved being kind of a swinging bachelor, juggling a couple of girlfriends at once,” she said. “What’s most interesting about him is that he tried to come across as so moralistic, but eventually I found out that this was a man who had a 20-year-old girlfriend when he was 54.”
In a rough edit of the film, Richard Brenneman, who covered the case for The Santa Monica Evening Outlook, recalls drafting an affidavit immediately after Judge Rittenband’s death, in which he documented his conversations with the judge in chambers: “Most specifically, how he asked me what sentence to impose on Polanski, which was illegal.”
In another clip the producer Hawk Koch recounts that his father, the late Howard W. Koch, recalled overhearing Judge Rittenband at the exclusive Hillcrest Country Club, where the judge was a popular member.
“One of the gentlemen at Hillcrest came up to Rittenband,” Mr. Koch tells Ms. Zenovich, “and said, ‘Are you really going to let that little Polish blah-blah-blah off?’ And Rittenband said: ‘Well, he thinks so, but no way. We’re going to put that little blank-blank away for the rest of his life.’ ”But Judge Rittenband certainly has his devotees, including his nephew, Elliot Rittenband.
“He felt an obligation and a duty to do what he felt was best, and he always stuck to it,” Mr. Rittenband tells Ms. Zenovich. Marsh Goldstein, one of the judge’s calendar deputies, recalls to Ms. Zenovich: “He was one of the most intelligent men I’ve run across — literate, well read, with a wonderful vocabulary, a wonderful way of quoting famous writers and philosophers in the course of your calling calendar.”
A key revelation, Ms. Zenovich said, came from the case’s retired prosecutor, Roger Gunson, who suggests in the film that Judge Rittenband acted improperly before Mr. Polanski decided to skip the country in 1978. At first all sides had agreed that the only sentence he should serve would be a 90-day psychiatric evaluation in prison at Chino, Calif. But when Chino authorities, fearing for Mr. Polanski’s safety, released him after 42 days, an infuriated Judge Rittenband called in both sets of lawyers and announced a new plan. He wanted to put Mr. Polanski back in prison for another 48 days or deport him, Mr. Gunson says in an interview with Ms. Zenovich.
Mr. Gunson also says the judge told the assembled lawyers how he wanted them to argue their sides of the case. Recalling that day in chambers, Larry Silver, one of the lawyers present — he still represents Ms. Geimer — tells Ms. Zenovich how he, Mr. Gunson and Mr. Polanski’s lawyer, Douglas Dalton, had afterward sat together in stunned silence. In all their years in the legal profession, Mr. Silver says, none of them had ever seen anything like that.
(Mr. Polanski’s defense submitted an affidavit charging Judge Rittenband with bias, prejudice and unprofessional conduct, and Judge Rittenband ultimately agreed to allow another judge to handle the case.)
Still, Ms. Zenovich said she was determined to create a balanced film, and her preliminary edit includes views from people who appear less concerned with whether Mr. Rittenband botched the case than with Mr. Polanski’s actions.
“This man committed a rape, committed a bunch of other atrocities and got away essentially with nothing,” says Philip Vannatter, a former Los Angeles police officer. “And I don’t think that’s right.”
Even from the unfinished film, it is apparent that Ms. Zenovich — who made an earlier documentary, “Who Is Bernard Tapie?” without the participation of its subject, the French financier and politician — has become intent, like documentary filmmakers before her, on using the form to delve deeper than the written word or television usually allow.
“A sense of truthfulness is like a drug that hooks you and won’t let you go,” said Barbara Kopple, the documentary filmmaker and two-time Academy Award winner, reached by telephone in her New York office, where, with Cecilia Peck, she is completing “Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing.” “Once you’ve seen it it’s hard to go back. I think that’s why the audience for documentaries keeps growing.”
For her part Ms. Zenovich said her feelings toward Mr. Polanski, as well as those of her mostly female crew, have vacillated in the course of their work.
“You love him one day,” she explained. “You hate him the next. I tell some people I’m doing this and they say: ‘That pedophile! That child molester!’ But all my research leads me to believe he’s misunderstood and endlessly fascinating.”
My first blogged video was the sequence on that legendary tape when Bruce Davis surrendered. How crazy that shit was. Here is some more footage from those halcyon days- a lot of Charlie walking the halls. Look closely and learn.
Mark said on his terrific website:
I've been helping the History Channel with an episode for a new show to be called "Our Generation." The tentative broadcast date is October 19. I connected them with Catherine Share who has agreed to do an interview for the show. Others are still under consideration. I have also been told that Vincent Bugliosi will be doing an interview. Each episode of the series will focus on a major event of the 1960s and 1970s.
Except you can go to the History Channel site yourself and see that there is no such show scheduled for that date or mentioned at all on the site.
What happened? Did the people at THC wake up and realize that Mark was a wanker, ala pretty much every place and Bill Nelson?
I was looking forward to people asking Gypsy why she repeatedly fired her guns at policemen, committed major credit fraud, married a felon so she ended up in "witness protection" and yet still prays to Jesus.
Maybe she could have hugged the Bug again too!
Fucking hypocrites- all of them!
Monday, October 09, 2006
Only a week later....
OCTOBER NEWS: It can now be revealed. On Halloween night, Robert Hendrickson will broadcast his "Manson" documentary on his website for free! Read about it here. There was a bit of talk about some possible bonus material but I'm not sure if that's definite yet. Either way, if you've never seen "Manson" then you'll absolutely want to set aside some time. It has never been legally released on DVD and hasn't been available on video tape in about twenty years.
Now neither Mark Turner nor Robert Hendrickson want you to see this
That will maybe help you download the Manson viewing and make their heads explode. I don't know, I'm just linking.
Does the COL care? RELEASE THE DVD WITH EXTRAS AND SHUT UP ALREADY. I will buy ten of them if you just release the damn thing.
Karen McCoy Montecillo was a member of the original, now legendary, Clark Ronson Tate LaBianca Message Board. She lived in Hemet California. She was wicked smart. She was a schoolteacher who loved her son and supported the school band. She took them on tours.
Karen was a friend of Steven Parent before he was murdered by Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian. She remained a friend of the Parent family for her whole life.
Karen started out in the internet ether world actually as a friend of the child molesting, stalking Bill Nelson. She was deluded into thinking he was in it for anything except himself. She quickly caught on. Later, when Steven's sister Janet started to come to the Nelson side, she helped prevent her exploitation by Nellie. Karen missed Steven even later in life. You could say she loved that boy.
The Col and Karen mixed it up quite a bit on Ronson's site. You see, she wanted us to believe that Steven was not just her friend, but her boyfriend. Which is fine, except Steven was definitely gay. We eventually had a $500 bet. Turns out she WAS his friend, but not his girlfriend so the Col paid $250 to her son's band trip. I can't tell you much else.
About two years ago a very grumpy Karen appeared on KTS and attacked the Col because she felt that revealing Steven's interest in men was speaking ill of the dead. She showed up at one of the Sadie hearings- she was a BIG lady. I am not sure what she died of, but she could not have been healthy at that size.
I sort of recall her talking about her husband, but he's not mentioned in the obituary, so either I am wrong, or he died first, or who knows. She collaborated with a guy named Bob on putting a memorial up for Steven on the web.
Some of her positions were confused to say the very least. Here's one that shows her feisty attitude and somewhat odd ideas about who to support. In any case, she wanted justice for her dead friend, doing her part to keep Sadie, Tex et al behind bars. She is dead now, like we all will be one day, never having found the true reasons for the death of her pal Steven. May we in her memory someday find that truth.
Karen Margaret Montecillo, 55, of Hemet, died July 21, 2006, at Hemet Valley Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 11am July 31 at Miller-Jones Mortuary, 1501 W. Florida Ave., Hemet.
Mrs. Montecillo, who was born in El Monte, lived in Hemet 14 years. She was employed by Hemet Unified School District as a teacher's aide at Fruitvale Elementary School and then Santa Fe Middle School. She is survived by her son, Salvador; and mother, Wilma McCoy, both of Hemet.
--- We had to go on moderation again because of some toolboxes out there who want to stop the great work of the Col. You can't stop the truth. You just cannot. We'll stay on moderation and then go off, and then on. The children will play and there is nothing we can do about it.
--- Reader Reply- I don't know Savage and I don't care what he/she does. It's their life and their right but don't lump us together, please.
--- Reader Reply- No, I am not associated with Don Murphy either.
--- Reader Reply- No, YepYep, I am not taking Bill Nelson's place. I don't show up at the parole hearings. I don't really have much to do with any of the killers at the moment. Bobby is a friend, that's it. Davis BELONGS in prison because his Christian ministry is horseshit. LVH can come or go, I don't care, but don't claim she is remorseful- she isn't.
--- Reader Reply- No, YepYep I never sent letters to ANYONE in prison.
--- Reader Reply- The Railroading of Charles Manson is not really a book- it was read by 6 people, maybe.
--- Reader Reply- For those of you conversing with James Whitehouse- invite him to do a live interview with us- we'd love to hear why he thinks Sadie should be released. Probably be a funnier film than BEERFEST.
--- There seems to be a semi-active forum here. Seems to be some of the people who cause shit at the only Official Tate-LaBianca Murders Blog. But let's try it.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Didn't know about that documentary footage with Sharon... will be on thelook out for that.
Fellini Foundation honours Polanski
Director to receive lifetime achievement award (ANSA) - Rimini, October 4 - Top director Roman Polanski is to be given a lifetime achievement award by Italy's prestigious Federico Fellini Foundation .
The 73-year-old filmmaker, actor and writer will collect the Fellini Foundation Prize - a gold-leaf statue bearing a dream-like drawing by the Italian maestro - in December .
Foundation Chairman and filmmaker Pupi Avati praised Polanski on Tuesday as "a director of remarkable stature and courage whose resourcefulness is unmatched" .
Polanski was particularly pleased by the honour as he is a life-long admirer of Fellini, ranking him alongside Orson Welles and Akira Kurosawa as one of the most inspirational directors ever born .
Fellini, who died in 1993 at the age of 73, is also known to have admired Polanski, rating his 1967 Rosemary's Baby among his 40 favourite films. The pair actually met in 1969, on the set of Fellini's surreal Ancient Rome dreamscape movie Satyricon .
The encounter was filmed by Gideon Bachmann who made a documentary about the making of Satyricon called Ciao Federico .
The documentary includes possibly the last-ever footage of Polanski's tragic actress wife Sharon Tate, who was murdered not long afterwards by followers of cult leader Charles Manson .
Polanski, who was born in France but grew up in Poland, will also pick up a lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy in December .
The director's films include The Tragedy of Macbeth, Chinatown, Tess, Frantic, Bitter Moon and The Pianist, for which he won an Oscar in 2002 along with its star, Adrien Brody .
Polanski escaped from Poland during the Second World War but his parents were sent to a Nazi concentration camp and his mother died in the gas chambers .
The director's experiences were evoked in The Pianist, which recounts the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish virtuoso pianist who miraculously survived the Warsaw Ghetto and the Holocaust but was the only member of his family to escape deportation .
The film also won the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Donatello David for best foreign film, Italy's equivalent of an Oscar .
Polanski will receive his Fellini award in Rimini, the Italian director's hometown, on December 16 .
The Fellini Foundation, which is based in Rimini, was set up in 1995 at the request of Fellini's sister Maddalena with the aim of conserving and promoting the memory of her brother and his work .
The foundation's career award was assigned last year to Hollywood director Martin Scorsese .
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
So- what has Hendrickson been doing rather than releasing MANSON 2 for 6 years? Setting legal history in two historic cases- both of which he lost and lost badly.
...cases have considered the safe harbor provisions. In the case of Hendrickson v. Amazon.com (2003), the court held that a take down notice sent by a copyright holder did not remain in effect for an unlimited period of time. The notice was only effective for the item described in the letter. The information requirements which must be set forth in any letter or take down notice are very specific, and if certain information is left out, an ISP can argue that the letter did not give actual knowledge of the infringement. In the Amazon case, Hendrickson brought suit because he owned the copyright in a DVD movie, not yet released, which was for sale on Amazon's website. In this case, the court ended up finding in favor of Amazon because Hendrickson's notice was insufficient. Of special importance to the court was that Amazon had no control over third party sellers (Barker, 2005). ___________________