Police Blunders in Manson Investigation

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On August 10, 1969 the headline 'Actress Is Among 5 Slain at Home in Beverly Hills' appeared on the front page of the New York Times (Roberts). This was the beginning of a investigation of police error which prolonged the arrest of Charles Manson. There were several people who claimed they had heard gunshots and screaming in the early morning hours of August 9. Mrs. Kott, who lived at 10070 Cielo Drive, heard three or four gunshots at what she …

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…who was driving 8L5, had arrived first and began interviewing Mrs. Chapman but she was too hysterical and only mentioned names- Polanski, Altobelli, and Frykowski. Ray Asin cleared things up for DeRosa. He said the house was owned by Rudi Altobelli who was in Europe. Altobelli had hired a caretaker, a young William Garretson, to watch the house. He lived in the guest house just behind the residence. [The entire essay was not submitted. -Admin]