It played with ideas within the Marvel Universe, speculating What If so and so had lived and changed the world. Shit like that. It was fun.
Now I don't want to play "What If?" as in "What if Steven Parent had lived and become a prominent homosexual activist?" or "What if Sharon Tate became a Porn Star?"
No. I want to play logical games of "What If?"
The conventional wisdom is that Shorty was killed for being a snitch. Maybe.
The reality is most people don't kill someone for almost no reason. Now you might say that the Family were not "most people" and you would be correct. But still....
Under my new thinking-
Beausoleil killed because Hinman won't give up the money he was THOUGHT to have.
Frykowski was killed because the killers THOUGHT there was money or drugs in the house.
LaBiancas were killed because the killers THOUGHT there was money in the house.
Shorty's the last canonical slaying unless you believe the Hughes stuff and I do not. Clem who was not active at LaBianca joins in. Davis who drove to Hinman but was relatively inactive joins in.
What if he's killed because they THOUGHT he had something they wanted? Not because he knew something. Not because he squealed. Because he HAD something they wanted, or they thought he did.