Friday, August 08, 2014

Ava Roosevelt is the 894th Person to Lie About an Invitation.

How I was almost the Manson Family’s 6th victim

By Julia Marsh, NY Post Hack

Ava Roosevelt was very nearly Charles Manson’s sixth victim — and she has her old, broken-down Rolls-Royce to thank for her life.
In an exclusive interview with The Post on the eve of the murders’ 45th anniversary, the former countess and Roman Polanski confidante shared for the first time the horror and hope of narrowly surviving the slaughter.

I’ve always said to myself how incredibly lucky I am … it was the death of innocence.
 - Ava Roosevelt

“I’ve always said to myself how incredibly lucky I am,” said Roosevelt, who had been invited to the Beverly Hills mansion of Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate, on Aug. 8, 1969, just hours before the madman’s minions’ predawn orgy of blood. “It was the death of innocence,” Roosevelt, 66, of South Norwalk, Conn., recalled of the Manson Family cult’s murder of eight-months-pregnant Tate and four friends.
On the eve of the murders, Roosevelt was a golden-haired stunner who had run away from a Polish convent dreaming of a career in fashion. “I left Poland with $5 in my pocket,” she told The Post.
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A 1969 photo of Roman Polanski (left) and Ava Roosevelt
Just 19, she had already been married twice — first to a French count and then to Mia Farrow’s brother, John. She would marry twice more, to a steel magnate and then for 20 years to William Donner Roosevelt, grandson of FDR.
But back in 1969, “Sharon and Roman were my family.”
Tate, 26, “was like my older sister,” she recalled. “The last words Sharon said to me were, ‘I love you and come to see me. Try to come after dinner.’ She sounded happy — Roman was coming back [from London] in a couple of days. Her child was coming. I think it was such a horrible twist of fate.”
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Manson in 1969 (left) and in 2009Photo: Getty Images
The gas gauge was acting up on Roosevelt’s 1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, and so, fatefully, she stayed home.
“He was as devastated as a human being can be,” she recalled of seeing her fellow Pole, Polanski, days later. “He was barely standing up. I have never seen anyone grieving like that.
“Sharon Tate’s murder and the murders of the others [including Rosemary and Leno LaBianca the next day] shed a light on what was possible — that mad people like Manson had the power to dispatch people, to kill with such hate,” she said. “It certainly changed me irrevocably.”
Roosevelt now writes for South Florida’s Opulance magazine and is hoping to see her romance novel, “The Racing Heart,” optioned by Hollywood.


Matt said...

yawn, another story we dismissed as irrelevant and discarded...

Patty is Dead said...

She lost Patty at the title...sixth victim

Unknown said...

Well aren't you two a bit snotty? I find this interesting and I'd like to read Ava's story. It sounds to me like she WAS nearly a 6th victim. What a scary thought. She also lost her closest friends.

Brad said...

This is a "lie"...why??

You made a claim. Please back it up.

jamesl said...

I smell bullshit

Unknown said...

yeah yeah, and i would have been the 7th victim if my bike hadnt broke down.