Charles Manson might have been responsible for a number of previously-unaccounted-for murders, according to officials seeking access to an audiotape containing an interview between Manson Family member Charles “Tex” Watson and his late attorney, Bill Boyd.
Boyd, who died in 2009, said his client Watson told him that the infamous cult leader was responsible for more deaths than the law had caught onto.
“I was impressed, he was extremely candid and told me about a bunch of other people Manson had killed,” Boyd said of Watson in an interview with an author writing about Manson.
Boyd said Watson did not implicate himself in the killings in the recorded interviews, which span more than 20 hours. Los Angeles police are seeking to retrieve the tapes as evidence out of a Texas bankruptcy court, Fox reported.
Barbara Hoyt, who spent a year in the Manson Family before defecting, said she would not be surprised if the family was responsible for more killings.
The issue is a hot one with former Manson protégé Bruce Davis OK’ed for parole by the state’s Board of Parole Hearings in October after more than four decades in custody, and 27 failed parole attempts.
Now, Gov. Jerry Brown has a 30-day deadline to affirm, decline, modify or decline to review the parole board’s controversial decision.
Debra Tate, sister of actress Sharon Tate — who was famously killed August 6, 1969 with four others at her Hollywood Hills home by Manson and his followers — said she’s hoping to be the unofficial spokesperson for the dead.
“This is an ugliness that spans generations,” she told Fox, while Hoyt called the parole-approved Davis “a cold blooded murderer.”