Wednesday, January 26, 2011
40th Anniversary of Charles Manson conviction remembered in Wichita Falls
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Forty years ago today prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi stood in a charged Los Angeles courtroom as the jury returned a verdict of guilty against Charles Manson for his involvement in a murder spree.
Bugliosi said in a Wichita Falls speech not long ago that the seven people would never have been murdered by the small band of people were it not for Manson.
Several Wichita Falls lawyers and other residents who heard Bugliosi's intriguing speech remembered the famed prosecutor referring to Manson as having so much influence over the actions of his followers that they were like robots he sent out to murder people.
Bugliosi also said during part of his Wichita Falls speech at the University Club that, "He would have killed as many people as he could have. That was his religion. His followers killed with relish."
The killing machine that Manson directed stabbed pregnant actress Sharon Tate to death along with four other people in the mansion she shared with director Roman Polanski.
The very next day Manson ordered his "band of robots" to murder affluent businessman Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their Los Angeles home.
Bugliosi also said that the Manson murders would never have occurred if the California prison system had followed Manson's request. When Charles Manson was in prison on other charges before the murders, he asked California officials to keep him locked up in prison. His request was denied, and he was released against his will.
Most Wichita Falls attorneys agree with Bugliosi that Manson will probably never be released from prison again.
Only last week Manson disciple Patricia Krenwinkle went before the parole board and requested her freedom at age 63.
The California parole board denied her request saying the crime was too serious.
Another disciple Susan Atkins died from cancer in prison after the parole board denied her request for mercy.
Evidence showed Susan Atkins stabbed Sharon Tate to death while the helpless actress begged for mercy.
"She asked me to spare her," Atkins said. "I told her I didn't have any mercy for her."
The parole board returned the favor by denying Atkins mercy.
Leslie Van Houten was involved with stabbing victim Rosemary LaBianca 16 times the next night. The former homecoming queen has been denied parole 19 times.
Manson was convicted on January 25, 1971.
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