Dateline California - August 16, 2002
According to a reporter from an inland California newspaper, the California Board of Prison Terms has been given more time to do an appeal with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the Leslie Van Houten Superior Court action taken in June 2002.The position of the California Attorney Generals attorneys, the BPT has given VanHouten fair and reasonable parole hearings. The attorney for Van Houten and theinmate disagree of course.Los Angeles based radio talk show host George Putnam reported today that a bill in theCalifornia Legislature will allow prison authorities to use reasonable force to take DNAsamples from inmates. The bill will move to a conference committee after having passed in the state Assembly. People working on unsolved cases believe this bill will help insolving multiple murders and attacks throughout the state.
Dateline California - August 10, 2002
Doris Tate was the one who kept the case alive. She was compelling, she had charisma,she was a grandmother, and her daughter was semi-famous at the time of her murder.Sharon Tate is much more famous in death according to many admirers of today thanshe might have been had she not been murdered by the Manson family. It was from1987 until the fall of 1991 that I traveled extensively with Doris. We went to Canada,Sweden, Washington, D.C. and New York. I was with her when she met RomanPolanski after not seeing him for ten years. That meeting took place in June of 1990.The fact that Polanski had fled the United States and was a convicted felon did notsway Doris in her enthusiasm and the prospect of meeting him again. She confided onthe way to see him that she will always remember Roman and Sharon as being together.
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