Has There Been A Change In Government?
After days of Protest Marches, which were noisy but peaceful, the Police forces in Southern California lost control of the area cities as looters and criminals followed the protest marches into the streets and took advantage of the chaos. The National Guard has been called in to restore order. Businesses and buildings from Hollywood to Santa Monica were burned to the ground, looted, and damaged. It is a sad situation, as most of the businesses were mom and pop operations, already reeling from the shutdown of months by the Governor and L.A.’s Mayor. Many hundreds of them will never reopen, and if the situation does not improve, the general situation, already at a critical stage, will result in the complete collapse of the commercial sectors. Below are some photos and more video from the Hollywood area.
Black Lives Matter Protest at Hollywood & Vine.
–1959. Charles Manson operating a bogus talent agency, 3 Star Enterprises, out of Apt. 306, 6871 Franklin Ave. (Next door to Magic Castle, the apartments were owned by the Glover family. Later torn down for parking for Magic Castle.) Manson was pimping a 16 year old girl, whom he soon married so she could not testify against him in court.
–1964. Jay Sebring meets Bruce Lee at a Karate event in Long Beach. Helps start his career by getting him a television role in the Green Hornet TV show.
–1965. Vincent Bugliosi claimed that his milkman had seduced his wife and that his first-born child was actually not his.
–August 1965. Watts Riots.
–October 1965. Mike Love of the Beach Boys marries Suzanne Celeste Belcher. They have 2 children.
–1968 Victoria Vetri (as Angelea Dorian) had a part in “Rosemary’s Baby”. Victoria was a Playmate Centerfold model in 1967 and Playmate of the year in 1968. She became good friends with Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate.
–Her ex-husband Bruce Rathgeb claimed that Victoria had “threesomes” with Sharon and Roman.
–In an interview in 2007, actor Christopher Jones talked about 1969 when he was working on a film in Italy. His manager, Rudy Altobelli brought Sharon Tate with him to Rome. Sharon was six weeks pregnant by her husband Roman Polanski.
–Rudy Altobelli owned the 10050 Cielo Drive house that Roman and Sharon rented from him.
–Sharon and Christopher Jones had a brief but torrid affair. Christopher was nervious about it because she was a married and pregnant woman. Sharon told him “not to worry about Roman.”
–During the course of their fling, Sharon told Christopher that “The Devil is Beautiful. Most people think he’s ugly, but he’s not.”
–Christopher Jones went next to Ireland to make “Ryan’s Daughter”. He met Olivia Hussey, who came to Ireland and stayed with him during the filming. She claimed he would at times slap and punch her.
–Two weeks before Sharon was murdered, Victoria Vetri was at her house on Cielo Drive, and according to her ex-husband Bruce Rathgeb, Charles Manson came by looking for Terry Melcher. Someone, maybe Victoria, made a comment that Manson looked “creepy”. Victoria was later afraid that the remark was overheard by Manson, triggering the murder spree.
–Spring 1968. Dennis Wilson picks up 2 of the Manson girls hitchhiking. This leads to the entire Manson Family moving into Dennis’ home where they stayed the summer. Sex, music and LSD.
–Spring 1968. Dennis Wilson seduces his cousin Mike Love’s wife Suzanne. They have an adulteress affair. While Mike is out of town, Dennis brings Susan Atkins of the Manson Family to Mike’s house to babysit Mike’s two young kids while Dennis and Suzanne are out having fun.
–Summer 1968. Dennis and Manson split. Manson Family Moves to the Spahn Ranch.
–December 1968. Mike Love and Suzanne divorce.
–1969. Laurence Merrick filmed Black Angels, about a white motorcycle gang (Satan’s Serpents) fighting a black motorcycle gang (The Choppers). Filmed at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura, some of the Manson family came by to watch. This gave Merrick an introduction to film the Manson family with a 16mm camera at the Spahn Ranch, Devil’s Canyon, the Barker Ranch, and later the Hall of Justice during the trials.
–June 1969. Tex Watson living at 6933 Franklin with pretty girlfriend Rosina Kroner. He goes back and forth to Spahn Ranch.
–July 1, 1969. Tex Watson rips off drug dealer Bernard Crowe for $2500. Crowe threatens to come out to the ranch and kill everyone there if he doesn’t get his money back. Manson goes to Franklin apartments and Manson shoots Crowe, leaving him for dead.
–August 5, 1969. Reports of a “Satanic” party at the Cielo house. A drug dealer who burned Sebring for $2,000 in bad drugs was stripped naked, tied to a post and whipped, among other things.
–August 7, 1969. According to James Markham, Jay Sebring’s partner, Manson went to the Cielo house to sell cocaine and marijuana to Sebring and Frykowski. A dispute led to Manson getting beat up by the two and thrown off the property. He said his partner Sebring was known as “the Candyman” for his drug dealing to the Stars.
–August 8, 1969 afternoon. Sebring sends Frykowski on an errand to pick up his girlfriend Suzan Peterson who had spent the night with Sebring at his house, and take her home to her apartment on Horn Ave. in West Hollywood. Did Suzan know Bernard Crowe who lived at 1211 Horn? If so, did Crowe tell her that Manson had shot him, and did she inform her boyfriend Sebring?
–August 8, 1969, 8 p.m. The Last Supper. Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, and Wojiciech Frykowski had dinner at 8pm at El Coyote Restaurant in Hollywood.
–August 9, 1969. Tex Watson and other Manson Family members murder Sharon Tate and 4 others at the Cielo Drive house. When entering the house, Watson tells Sharon “I am the Devil. I am here to do the Devil’s business.”
––August 13, 1969 Los Angeles Sheriff’s conduct the biggest raid in L.A. History at Spahn Ranch. Manson and others arrested but mysteriously released the next day. Word that the warrant had the wrong date was a lie. Tom O’Neill’s new book “Chaos” settles that one and much, much more.
–Roman Polanski returns from London after his wife Sharon Tate is murdered. Victoria Vetri is terribly frightened and is afraid that whoever killed Sharon would be looking to kill her for some reason. Roman gives Victoria a Glock 9mm pistol.
–After Christopher Jones finished filming in Ireland he moved to Los Angeles. He stayed in the guest house behind the main house on Cielo Drive where Sharon Tate was murdered. Rudy Altobelli owned the house, and later moved into the main house and stayed for 20 years.
–Barely one month after Sharon was murdered, Olivia Hussey moved into the main house on Cielo Drive. Her agent was also Rudy Altobelli.
–Back in Los Angeles, Olivia briefly dated Terry Melcher. “He was a sweetheart but was really fucked up.”
–Late August 1969. Tenants at Franklin Apartments said cops were all over the place, impounding VW’s that were evidently hidden in the parking lot, being moved from Spahn Ranch by the Manson Family.
–September 10, 1969. Manson Family moved to Death Valley Barker Ranch.
–October 4, 1969. Dianne Linkletter “suicide” by jumping from her 6th floor window. Allegedly on a bad LSD trip. She lived at 8787 Shoreham Drive, across the street from 1211 Horn.
–March, 1970. Bernard “Lottsapapa” Crowe arrested for forgery at 1211 Horn Ave.
–June 1970. Group of people arrested at 1211 Horn, West Hollywood, for stealing $7 million in airline tickets from travel agencies.
–June 15, 1970 – 1971. Manson Family trial in Los Angeles.
–1972 (?) A Grand Jury in L.A. Indicts Bugliosi for lying. This is squashed by the D.A.’s office who fears it would over-turn the Manson Family convictions.
–June 25, 1973 Vincent Bugliosi’s mistress, Virginia Cardwell had become pregnant. He demanded that she get an abortion and gave her $450 for the operation. She decided not to get the abortion (because she was a good Catholic lady), and when Bugliosi found this out he beat her so badly that she had a miscarriage. “He choked her, struck her in the face several times with his fists, threw her onto the floor, picked her up by her hair and threatened to kill her if she had the baby. I will break every bone in your body,” he allegedly told her. He engaged in what amounted to a cover-up and was never charged with the murder of her unborn child. He later paid her a sum of money to end legal proceedings.
–January 26, 1977. An unknown assailant gunned down Laurence Merrick at his Studio on Vine Street in Hollywood in broad daylight.
–June 14, 1977. Michelle Mignano, a topless dancer at Hiphugger Bar in San Jose, was found shot to death in a railroad tunnel. Detectives investigate the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club.
–In 1977 Roman Polanski was convicted of raping a 13 year old girl. He fled the country
–October 3, 1981 Dennis Mignano calls the San Jose Police Department to confess that he had killed Laurence Merrick. He was arrested and brought to Los Angeles for trial.
–1982. Dennis Wilson meets 17 year old Shawn Love, allegedly Mike Love’s daughter from his brief fling with a Secretary. (No DNA test on this).
–October 1982. A son is born to Shawn and Dennis.
–November 20, 1982 Dennis Mignano is found Not Guilty by reason of insanity in the murder of Laurence Merrick. He claimed that “Black Magic” spells were cast on him when he applied to attend Merrick Studios to study acting. He is sent to a psychiatric institution.
–July 1983. Shawn Love and Dennis Wilson get married. It does not last long.
–December 28, 1983. Dennis Wilson dies while diving in Marina del Rey.
–1986-87 Dennis Mignano is released and sent home to San Jose.
–1987. Victoria Vetri married musician Bruce Rathgeb.
–1989 Rudi Altobelli sold the Cielo Drive house for 1.6 million dollars. He paid $86,000 for it in the early 1960s.
–March 1990. Alisa Statman, a young 21 year old director, leases the Cielo Drive house. She meets Manson Behind the Scenes author Bill Nelson and agrees to help him on a film project about the Manson Family. Nelson and Statman meet retired LAPD Detective Lt. Earl Deemer who has a large collection of Manson memorabilia. Alisa steals slides and negatives from Lt. Deemer showing Sharon Tate, Sebring and Frykowski at Cielo Drive around August 5, 1969. (How did Deemer get them if they were booked as evidence?) She sends copies to Sharon’s sister Patti Tate, later meets Patti and begins a romantic lesbian relationship with her.
–1994. The house on Cielo Drive was demolished. It was rebuilt on another part of the lot and given a new address.
–June 3, 2000. Patti Tate dies of breast cancer at her Palos Verdes home where she lived with Alisa Statman and her 3 children. Alisa purchases the house and continues to raise Patti’s children.
–Terry Melcher died from cancer on November 19, 2004.
–– October 16, 2010. Victoria Vetri, for years freightened of Manson, during an argument somehow thought that her husband Bruce Rathgeb was Charles Manson. She shot him in the back with the 9mm Glock pistol given to her by Roman Polanski. Rathgeb, before he passed out uncounscious, heard her say “No more Charlie, no more Charlie.” She was later sentenced to 9 years in prison for attempted voluntary manslaughter.
–Rudy Altobelli died on March 26, 2011.
–2012. Alisa Statman published her book about the Tate Family, “Restless Souls”.
–Christopher Jones died on January 31, 2014.
–March 2016. While in Prison, Victoria Vetri files for divorce from Bruce Rathgeb.
–Charles Manson died November 19, 2017.
–July, 2018. Victoria Vetri released from Prison and appeared at the Hollywood memorabilia show to sign autographs. Victoria, the beautiful actress, according to her ex-husband, suffered much fear over the years from Manson.
–Roman Polanski is still in exile.
–The 1977 murder of Michelle Mignano, sister of killer Dennis Mignano, is still unsolved in San Jose.
Opening August 8th – 11th at Lethal Amounts Gallery, 1226 West 7th Street, Los Angeles 90017. The famous film “Manson Family Movies”, now in re-release, will be shown, as well as the only showing of personal archives of filmmaker John Aes-Nihil. Another special guest, Michael Channels, the heir to Manson’s Estate, in a Q & A on Thursday and Friday only.
Here’s the details from the Gallery:
Lethal Amounts Gallery is revisiting this polarizing time in Los Angeles history by presenting artifacts from the era in addition to ephemera from those intimately involved the events, including writings, photographs and original art.
No stranger to controversy, Lethal Amounts often takes the position of objective examination of both the beautiful and dark underbelly of the human condition. To quote the words of Santanaya, “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it”, reminding us of the importance of seeing our humanity without rose colored glasses.
One of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, Burt Reynolds, died today in Florida. News outlets are reporting that he did not yet film his role as George Spahn in Tarantino’s new film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.” The film, shooting lately around town, is thought to be about the late 1960s, including Charles Manson and his followers. Reynolds was to play George Spahn, meaning that part of the story would be about the Manson Family at the Spahn Movie Ranch. It is well known that the girls in Charlie’s group doted on George Spahn, taking care of him in his later years.
One observer noted that this might be the beginning of a “curse” put on the film by some of Charlie’s followers, although there is no evidence of this and most of the remaining “Family” members are not into the occult.
Tarantino showed his brilliance in casting Reynolds for the role. He would have been perfect as George Spahn. Rest in Peace Burt Reynolds.
Which version of Nihilism Reflects Hollywood Reality?
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Back in the 1970s a great Western Movie Show came to Los Angeles, I think it was at the old Biltmore Hotel in Dowtown Los Angeles. Almost all my childhood heroes were there, Lash La Rue, Crash Corrigan, and many of the gals and guys who played in the old Chapter Serials. I had a chance to chat with Ray Corrigan for a while. I had been to his movie ranch and was thrilled to meet him. We spoke for about a half hour, and I can say he was no fan of Bob Hope, who had purchased the property around 1966, and added it to his huge real estate holdings in the San Fernando Valley. It was the first time I had heard anything negative about Hope, but it was not the last. His well-funded Public Relations machine keeps up the Hope image long after his death, naming streets, post offices, and re-naming the Burbank airport in his name. Meanwhile, sadly, Corrigan lies in an unmarked grave in Inglewood.
I’ve been filming at Larry Edmunds Book Shop for a few years. I would like to film every guest author, but there’s often scheduling problems on my end. Kicking around some marketing ideas with owner Jeff one day, he mentioned that he used to film some of the events himself. It turns out he had an old VHS-C camera.
I told him it would be a good idea to get the old tapes and I would transfer them to DVDs and a digital file. Old tapes can last for years, but eventually they will degrade, depending on a few factors, including how they are stored and how hot it is. Of course his tapes were stored in an upper storage area where it does get hot. In addition, he can’t find the original camera and never re-wound the tapes every year, which helps to preserve them.
Since a lot of my video equipment is old, it just so happened that I had a couple of old VHS-C cameras. I would need one to transfer the tape to a DVD recorder. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. Running a tape from one camera to another can be a problem. I was lucky and my old JVC seems to give a fairly good image, although some color loss has occurred on some of the tapes.
So here is the first tape, filmed way back in November 17, 2011. It was author, actor, and director Sir Micchael Lindsay-Hogg. His career in the music businesss is legendary. He started off as a director for the famous British pop music program Ready, Steady, Go. He had a huge career in the music video business, working with The Rollling Stones and churning out music videos of almost all their albums. He also did music videos for The Beatles, Wings, and Whitney Houston.
A small word of caution on these tapes. Most are not perfect, and most only about 30 minutes or so. Jeff, running the projector, the camera and the show, was always in motion, sometimes running back at the last moment to adjust the camera. We are just going to put these out as they are, a fun gift from Jeff at Larry Edmunds to celebrate their 80th bookstore birthday. Jeff’s job is to root through the old storage area and find the tapes. I will attempt to transfer them as I receive them, and YOUR job is to sit back and enjoy some lost Hollywood history.
Author Thomas Doherty was at Larry Edmunds Book Shop on Saturday April 7th, to discuss his new book on Post WW2 America and the beginning of the Hollywood Blacklist. This is not a book review, just some random comments on the era and the strange situation we are in today. The following comments are from What Up Hollywood. To hear Mr. Doherty’s talk, click on the box below.
Even though the United States was allied with the Soviet Union in World War 2 and were part of the great fight against fascism, the post-war years saw a 180 degree turn against the Soviet Union. America was seized with anti-communist hysteria and Congress launched The House Committee on Un-American Activities, called HUAC by its enemies to cleverly turn the committee itself into an Un-American entity by switching the Committee title around (HCUA vs HUAC).
During the War, the U.S. was more than happy to urge the Hollywood Studios to put out anti-Nazi and anti-Fascist propaganda, and several pro-Soviet films were also made. When Congress launched it’s hearings after the war, suddenly they were ripping Hollywood apart looking for “Communists”. How soon they forgot that Russia was our ally. Even studio head Jack Warner asked Congress why they seemed to all have “amnesia” about our former friends and the importance of using movies to fight fascism.
But the hunt for the secret Communist Party members was on. The FBI had burglarized the Communist headquarters in Los Angeles and obtained copies of the membership cards of all the Reds, including many of the screen writers. They dragged them to Washington and demanded to know if they were now or ever had been members of the Communist Party. The writers were stuck. If they admitted that they had been, the next question would be “who else do you know was a member?” Not willing to snitch on their friends, they refused to answer, citing the First Amendment. The now famous Hollywood Ten writers were found in contempt of Congress and sent to jail for a year.
Progressives, socialists and liberals were all running scared, and the big witch hunt went on for years, with many Hollywood folks afraid to speak their mind on political issues for fear of being called communists or communist sympathizers. The Communist Party, taking it’s orders from Moscow, slowly lost the enthusiasm of the left. The authoritarian rule was something most Progressives and leftists ultimately disliked. The Party ceased to exist after the breakup of the Soviet Union, although there are still some radical revolutionary home-grown communist movements.
The odd twist today is how the Progressives and the left are suddenly smitten about the FBI. They have let their hatred of President Trump over-rule their common sense. As long as America is a “Capitalist” country, the FBI will always be the enemy of any “socialist” or “progressive” movement. The establishment will protect itself, no matter what. Although several of the top FBI leadership were allegedly pro-Clinton, this does not mean that they were in any way pro-progressive or socialist. The FBI and Deep State hatred of Russia continues today in a straight line from the 1930s.
Author Thomas Doherty gave a great background to the Congressional Hearings, starting back in the 1930’s. His entire lecture is featured here, just click on the box below. To obtain signed copies of his book, go to LarryEdmunds.com. They have his books in stock now. Support independent book shops who bring you these great events for free.