This is all COPYRIGHTED 1997 Bill Nelson's Ghost.
We pick up with Nelson babbling about Gypsy again...we are finished here learning about what a great Chick Catherine grew up to be.
(pictures are precisely from the evil shoot that Nellie performed)
Yes. Some of that letter was tongue and cheek. But it did the job. The Best Selling author was none other than Mr. Vincent Bugliosi himself, as he was using me quite often by telephone to complete his “update” version of Helter Skelter for the 25th year anniversary. Janna had begun to call Mr. Bugliosi and he asked me what I thought about her. I told him. Catherine eventually tried to convince Mr. Bugliosi of the benefit of him working with her for her project, book manuscript, or movie. But there was a problem, Catherine knew that she had committed perjury when she testified that the Tate murders were COPY CAT MURDERS and she feared a prosecution. Mr. Bugliosi told Catherine, on the telephone, that he knew she was lying then.
Both Janna and Share refuted to deal with me after our exchange of letters, so I just went on with my life, disappointed that I, the great salesman, had not been successful at getting any of the Manson gang to do something more worthwhile in the media. I mean, if I couldn’t get it done, who could? That is all I was hearing.
Janna and Catherine did try a really deceptive trick. Not wanting to deal with me any longer because I brought up questions about: “What did you do in the Shorty Shea murder, anyway, Catherine?” I read a lot of the transcripts and it said that you drove the car of Shorty Shea to a shopping center, ditched it, then hitchhiked back to the ranch. Tell me about your involvement!”
Share responded to my question with, “What are you trying to do, Bill, there is no statue on murder, I won’t discuss that with you. I don’t even discuss that with my husband. I wouldn’t discuss that with my best friend!”
So much for redemption, confession and a new life in Christ. Ed Sanders was right, when he stated, “People who get Born Again, tend not to talk about dead bodies.”
Catherine tried to get a letter to Dianne Lake, “Snake” in the Manson family. I have told Catherine I really liked Dianne, that she did in fact have a genuine conversation to Christianity and that her life shoed it. Catherine must have been fascinated by that knowledge, because she sent a letter to Vincent Bugliosi, with another envelope inside. Sealed! Addressed to:
Personal and confidential
(The envelope was hand written, with no postage stamp attached.)
I had gone to my post office box one day and found an envelope from Mr. Bugliosi. I had not talked to him for a while, so I was a little surprised. Inside was this hurriedly written note from Mr. Bugliosi, “Bill, Could you forward this on to Dianne Lake for Catherine Share?” Thanks, Vince”
As I sat in my car, still parked at the post office, I looked at the envelope hand written by Catherine to Dianne. It puzzled me and I had the most awful feeling about forwarding it to Dianne. I’m not given to images from the spirit world, voices directly from God, or vibrations (vibes) as they say, but I was definitely aware that this was not good for me! Since I operated a post office in the U.S. Navy, I took the position that this was not “United States Mail” since it carried no postage. Catherine and Janna, then Vince, thought I should pay the postage to “forward” a message to Dianne Lake? I didn’t think so.
As I sat there, I opened and read the message. I was angered and shocked. Totally deceptive, lacking any kind of moral value to me as a person. Catherine told Dianne that I had caused her a lot of trouble, that she did not trust me, that even Susan Atkins had said that when I did not get my way, I turned on her. None of those statements are true. I simply placed the correspondence in my files, and chose not to forward it. Not too long afterwards, I penned s note to Vince Bugliosi telling him of my actions. He called me, and expressed deep concern that I had not forwarded the letter as requested. I told him that it was not a “letter” in the trust sense and he then called me back to tell me that both share and Ms. Hughes demanded their correspondence returned to them. Well, I did not think that was necessary, but to remain friends with Mr. Bugliosi, I sent it back. I also placed a telephone call to the residence of Dianne Lake. I told her and her husband of the failed attempt, and I was told without reservation: “If you had forwarded that correspondence to Dianne, we would have cut off all communications with you!” “That would have been the end of it!”
The letter that Ms Hughes tried to forward to Dianne, I kept a copy of, to protect me if necessary in the future should she ask an attorney to try and intimidated me again. It gave some insights into her background and established her contacts. Yes! You are right. The same connection as Mr. Charles “Tex” Watson.
The letter read in part:
Dear Ms. Lake,
Catherine and others told me that your life changed. (The only others, was me, for I am the only one who knew about her life. A deception by Ms. Hughes in her opening comment to Dianne.)
If you happened to see the recent A CURRENT AIFFAIR piece, I am sure you are aware that her life had changed, too.
Four years ago, I was introduced to Catherine by Captain Ray for whom I produced documentary television programs. In addition, I also wrote and produced a national TV special on youth suicide. As you are aware, I am working on the Catherine “Gypsy” Share story in book and screen, which is going well. I understand that though you spent a lot of time together, you were not aware of her roots in Paris and the political implications of her life.
An important part of my work with Catherine is to see that she is properly presented in the media, which includes not being misrepresented for the sake of sensationalism or taken for a ride. As I am sure you are aware, this is something that can happen.
(Skipping a few paragraphs, she continues)
I was shocked when I recently came across a currently active cult here in Texas, which is connected, to Manson. It is well organized and linked to Europe and actively recruiting new members. (That information was received through Mr. bill Murphy representing the BBC on a television taping expedition to the United States. I had been working with him and even took him to see Bruce Davis, Manson Lt. of murder, housed at CMC in San Luis Obispo. Bill asked me if he could contact Share and I gave him Janna’s number)
I am convinced that Catherine would not have led a life of crime were it not for Manson’s influence. I suspect that Manson has a similar impact on the lives of everyone who trusted him, whether or not the issue was crime.
Currently, I am working on an independent production which I expect to have an awakening impact on today’s society, something that shows important aspects which have been overlooked or underplayed (perhaps because of the emphasis on sensationalism) A piece that shows how someone can be drawn into a cult (an ongoing problem) and one that will have a significant historical value. The INSIDE OUT story.
I am not interested in raking over the old coals. Of what value is that to anyone at this time? That isn’t the story that needs to be told.
Catherine has told me about how good hearted each of the followers was prior to being “taken over.” This story has value to society.
Her letter went on telling Dianne not to fear them being able to trace where she called from, stating that “we do not have caller ID here yet” so she should not hesitate to call. Let me make a few observations. First, Ms. Hughes previously did a video piece, many years ago that I understand from her own lips was called “San Quentin’s Angels” of all things. Tex Watson was included in the piece, and I believe Chaplain ray had something to do with it. I have never heard of it before, nor have I been able to obtain a copy of it.
Secondly, Ms Hughes takes the position that these individuals were “take over” by Manson. Manson did have a great deal of control over many of the members. But Mr. Watson came and went at will. So did others. Dianne Lake ever told me that she did not always stay where Manson told her to go. Bruce Davis left often! The members of the Manson family allowed themselves to be used by Charlie. They chose to go to him and they chose to stay with him. They chose to kill and when it became objectionable to one of them, Linda Kasabian for instance, she did not kill.
Thirdly, Ms. Hughes says that Catherine would not have taken up a life of crime, were it not for Manson. That is simply not true. You have just read several news accounts of Catherine “Gypsy” Share, Como, Jessica, choosing a life of crime subsequent to her “being controlled” by Manson. Share made life choices. It seems to be, that should be the message to our youth of today. We have life choices.
We have free will and if we put ourselves under the influence of demonic powers, depraved individuals, other partners in crime, or marry convicted criminals, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Tex Watson was anti-social before Manson. He did drugs, he sold drugs, he stole property, and he drove drunk and was cited often in Texas. He creepy crawled other people’s houses as a prank. Susan Atkins ran with convicted men, and stated that she should have killed the police officer when she had the chance. She did drugs. She stole, shop lifted and she was anti-social. Leslie was aniti-social, into drug abuse and she had an abortion when it was still unlawful, which she admits caused her great strain in family relationships. Pat did drugs, lots of them. Bruce Davis had a life of crime, you will see more clearly in a few pages. Sandra, Squeaky, Cappy, what more shall we say?
Catherine’s like to Mr. Bugliosi
Mr. Bugliosi told me “You must be wrong on that, Bill, maybe you got your information incorrect.” Catherine told me that she is not in a witness protection program.”
Well, sorry to beg the differ with our sir, but I did not get any message wrong! Quite the contrary.
Do you remember the story about Doug Rittenhouse pulling illegally the private residence of Catherine Share when we were in Texas, with the help of a California police officer? Do you remember the letter I wrote to Catherine about that illegal activity? Not only did I learn from Tommy Thompson of the Modesto Christian Yellow Pages that she was in the Federal Witness Protection Program. I received a telephone call from Mr. Patrick Shannahan.
At 5:00 pm. August 19, 1993, I received a personal call, from Patrick Shannahan and we had not spoken prior to the call. He asked me if I would talk with him and I said of course I would. Mr. Shannahan then proceeded to inform me that after receiving my letter about what Rittenhouse did, they sold the T Bird, moved to another location, changed their telephone and went to underground once again! He was exasperated about the situation. IN fact, he even gave me the telephone number to his contact in the United States Justice Department and taking him up on his offer, I placed several 2000 and was given extension 3684 and I spoke with Liz. I identified myself to her. I asked to speak to Mr. Gerald sure (Phonetic) Office of Enforcement Operations, Washington, DC. He was not available. I asked Liz how they could justify our government paying to hide Catherine “Gypsy” Share, Como, Shannahan, while at the same time allowing her to do a tabloid print article, a feature on A Current Affair, etc. Liz was shocked and her voice showed that she was alarmed. I placed another call on March 3, 1994. Mr. Gerald Sure, whom Mr. Shannahan told me to call, never returned my call!
How could he? Think about it. Gypsy was financed and protected by the federal government and Washington bureaucrats could not admit that she was protected, or the admittance would make her unprotected. Liz told me during another call to contact John Russell, extension 2007, public affairs, and the Justice department. Trust m, Share is part of a Federal Witness Protection Program!
When that happened and Mr. Bugliosi questioned my accuracy in the information I placed a telephone call to Mr. Tommy Thompson. I was curious about what social security number Gypsy has used when she was employed by him. I wanted to do a legal social search, with a computer program that I have. I obtained it when I was searching for Mason family members. Mind you, we may not pull credit information, without a written release by the person, but a social search is legal. (So, keep those numbers on your friends and acquaintances and you will always be able to find them.)
Tommy called me back and told me the most amazing story.
He informed me that the file on Catherine Share was missing! Catherine had called Tommy when I began calling her and she knew she told me about the witness protection program. She told me, “Tommy is getting old, he gets things wrong. I doubted Tommy! How could the files be missing?
I met him on my way back from Sacramento when I met with the Sacramento Bee newspaper staff member and I told Tommy that he was required to maintain his files for the IRS for several years. He looked at me, paused, and said, “I don’t know. Her file is gone. I did have a young man helping me with some filing, but I don’t think he would have done anything with it.” His expression was one of perplexity! Then I knew by his expression on his face that he was telling me the truth.
So how could it happen? Well, there was the history of Catherine in criminal activity. There are the Federal Witness people; there is the possibility that they just vanished. Sure.
Catherine told me once, “If you say the name Manson and Shannahan together, people will be killed. I could be killed. You cannot do it.” So why am I doing it?
She called me a liar and that was unnecessary. She placed her credibility next to mine and asked Mr. Bugliosi to believe her. She offended me and she certainly did not find support for her false statement in friendships or biblical passages. She exhibited the same kind of poor judgment shown by Susan Atkins, Tex Watson and Bruce Davis when they feel threatened. They seem to lack a character base that could guide them away from lying.
Gypsy did not date Como, she married him. Gypsy did not wait in the van during the Hawthorne shoot-out, she fired the first shot blowing out the window of the police are blocking the alley. Gypsy had never told the truth about her involvement in the Shorty Shea murder. Gypsy defended running away to Canada from the federal authorities after her credit card scheme, even receiving advice and counsel from Christians who told her it was not time to turn herself into the FBI. Gypsy was working on a book deal and possibly a movie project while at the same time she demanded that god did not want her to go public yet. Gypsy continues to lack truthfulness.
Recently, I had an occasion to drive to the mountains outside Riverside. I stopped at a food-serving establishment and just felt led to share about my book that I was writing. People in far off communities really like the Manson intrigue. She asked me what the subject was. “It is a book on the Manson case.”
“You’re kidding!” she said.
“No. I am not kidding.” I told her that I wrote a book on Watson, but this one was a story “behind the scenes” so to speak. I shall never forget her response.
“You know, you would be surprised about what some of them are doing I understand that there is one of them who is actually teaching our children.”
“Around here?” I inquired.
“No. Up in Central California.” She could not recall which female, but thought the name would come to her later
“There is even one of them in a Witness Protection Program, and we are now paying for her, do you believe that?
Stunned, I inquired who it was. “Gypsy! That’s who.”
I wondered how she could know such a thing. She continued without much prodding. “I use to run in some of the same circles as she did, over in the Lake Havasue area. There are at least two contracts out on her. I’m serious! There are two, maybe more murder contracts out on Gypsy.
“Hey, if she told you she could be killed, she told you right!” “No! I don’t want the name she now sues. I don’t even want to know!” The lady threw her hand up with palms out towards me, she meant NO.
Catherine Share has used her name in a public fashion and she has sought out the press. She has appeared on television and tabloid print after she gave the KCBS interview. One more reason why I share the name Catherine “Gypsy” Share Shannahan is because I do not want some person coming to my door and asking for the information.
I do not know what all she is involve din but I can say this. I placed a call to her church late in 1996. I spoke with Deborah the co-pastor briefly and was told that Catherine, not Ms. Hughes does not attend their church any longer. Deborah was not at liberty to tell me where Catherine had gone. Yes, I did ask.
Catherine is a mysterious person, deeply involved throughout her life in counter cultural activates. Quoting Tommy Thompson, “Catherine still has a little larceny in her.”