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The Charlie Conspiracy by Michael Bendrix (Los Angeles Magazine)

The Charlie Conspiracy by Michael Bendrix (Los Angeles Magazine)

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Nearly twenty years after the Manson Murders, a string of satanic killings brought fear of the Family back to L.A. In this 1988 feature, Michael Bendrix explores Charles Manson’s place in what seemed to be an expanding web of terror
Nearly twenty years after the Manson Murders, a string of satanic killings brought fear of the Family back to L.A. In this 1988 feature, Michael Bendrix explores Charles Manson’s place in what seemed to be an expanding web of terror

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Nearly twenty years after the Manson Murders, a string of satanic killings brought fear of the Family back to L.A. In this 19 feature, Michael !endri" e"#lores $harles Manson%s #lace in what seemed to be an e"#anding web of terror
By Michael Bendrix
Los Angeles
magazine, June 1988
 
 Photograph courtesy Denise Philibert 
 
Marina Habe’s body was found on New Year’s Day, 199, by a dog! "he body had been #ossed #o #he bo##o$ of a ra%ine off Mulholland Dri%e, and when &olice arri%ed, #he dog’s owner said he wan#ed #o be sure his na$e go# in #he &a&er!'%ery de#ail of Marina’s $urder and #he #i$e on ei#her side of i# lef# so$e sli%er of absurdi#y! (he was 1), co$ing ho$e alone la#e a# nigh# fro$ a da#e, go# #o her dri%eway and #hen, as her $o#her wa#ched fro$ a window*awa+ened by #he sound of a racing engine and no# +nowing whe#her #he $an s#anding beside her daugh#er’s car was friend or foe*disa&&eared in#o ano#her car! "he coroner said she was held for a day, fed, ra&ed, and s#abbed!"he $urder was ne%er sol%ed! A de#ec#i%e on #he case belie%es Marina was #he rando$ +idna& %ic#i$ of a do&e dealerbi+er nic+na$ed (&an+y, now dead, bu# #he e%idence is inconclusi%e! -#hers fa$iliar wi#h #he case belie%e i# $ay ha%e been #he wor+ of .harles Manson’s /fa$ily0 #he
 
"a#eLaBianca $urders occurred nine $on#hs af#er Marina’s! A newscas#er a# #he #i$e of #he Manson #rials e%en sugges#ed #ha# Marina had connec#ions wi#h #he Manson 2a$ily, bu# 3’%e always #hough# #ha# ex#re$ely unli+ely because she had been li%ing ou# of #he s#a#e un#il a wee+ before her dea#h, and anyone who +new her*3’d grown u& wi#h her off and on*could #ell you #ha# Marina, a de%ou# .a#holic, would ne%er willingly ha%e any#hing #o do wi#h #he li+es of .harles Manson!(he was $issing for #wo and a half days before her body was found, and of all #he horror #ha# circula#ed #hrough #he li##le bungalow off Doheny where her $o#her li%ed, cer#ainly #he wors# was #he horror #ha# se##led in#o #he eyes of her $o#her! /4hy don’# you #a+e
me?”
 she of#en shrie+ed during #hose #wo days as she lay on her bed, her hand on #he #ele&hone wai#ing for a ranso$ call #ha# ne%er ca$e! (o$e#i$es she would co%er her face wi#h her hands, and #hrough her fingers you could see her screa$ing, bu# she $ade no sound!"hree years la#er, Marina’s $o#her $arried $y fa#her, who$ she had +nown for $any years, and #oge#her #hey ha%e reco%ered! 5rogress has been gradual and erra#ic, bro+en easily by #he &risonli+e fac# #ha# Marina was an only child! Now, 67 years la#er, Marina’s $o#her has finally de%elo&ed #he s#reng#h #o se&ara#e herself fro$ #ha# #i$e, no# #o forge# or #o acce&#, bu# #o unloc+ herself fro$ an obsession! Her one re$aining guil# is #ha# she wishes she had done $ore herself #o #ry #o sol%e #he $urder!A $urder, and an unsol%ed one a# #ha#, ine%i#ably &er$ea#es a fa$ily, lea%ing races of guil#, resen#$en# and, abo%e all, cynicis$! "he s#ain ne%er 8ui#e co$es ou# of #he $e$ory, and $e$ory i#self is fore%er s#i$ula#ed by &ic#ures on a li%ingroo$ #able, by le##ers and diaries in a bo##o$ drawer, by odd belongings #ha# fro$ #i$e #o #i$e rea&&ear in #he bac+ of a close# or hidden in #he garage! "he $e$ory is also in #he sur%i%ors, in #he faces of $y s#e&$o#her and $y fa#her and, 3 su&&ose, #o a lesser degree, $yself! 3ronically, i# was in #he days us# before her $urder #ha# Marina and 3 beca$e closes#!"he &roble$ is #ha# #he original 8ues#ions ha%e ne%er been answered, and so, of course, #he s#ain can’# be re$o%ed! .an #he $urderer, or $urderers, s#ill be ou# #here: 4ha# was #he $o#i%e: 4ha# were #he circu$s#ances: 4ha# was #he s#ory #ha# goes along wi#h #he fac#s:3# was in #he ho&e of finding #he s#ory, or a# leas# co$&le#ing a scene of wha# $igh# ha%e ha&&ened, #ha# 3 beca$e so fascina#ed by
The Ultimate Eil 
, a boo+ by an 'as# .oas# ournalis# na$ed Maury "erry! "he boo+ shed new ligh# on #hings on #he Manson $urders in &ar#icular, and abo%e all on wha# #he &eo&le $ay ha%e been li+e who $urdered Marina! Af#er reading "erry’s boo+, 3 reached hi$ and arranged #o $ee# hi$ in Los Angeles, so #ha# we $igh# #al+ abou# his boo+ and abou# wha# 3 assu$ed was his obsession!
The Ultimate Eil 
, &ublished us# a year ago ;i# has sold an i$&ressi%e <7,777 co&ies, $os#ly on #he 'as# .oas#=, &resen#s e%idence for an ex#raordinary asser#ion> #ha# a single sa#anic ne#wor+, exis#ing  &ri$arily in .alifornia, "exas and New Yor+, has carried ou#, or has been in%ol%ed in, nu$erous $urders including a$ong $any o#hers, #he ?oy ?adin $urder in .o&co .anyon in 19@ #he (on of (a$ serial +illings in New Yor+ .i#y in ’) and ’)) #he biarre ri#ual $urder of Arlis 5erry, a (#anford Cni%ersi#y gradua#e s#uden#’s wife, in 19) and finally, #he cri$e of cri$es, #he Augus# 9, 199, socalled Hel#er (+el#er +illings of (haron "a#e, Eay (ebring, Abigail 2olger and 4oiciech 2ry+ows+i, followed #he nex# nigh# by #he $urders of Leno and ?ose$ary La Bianca!"erry’s boo+, which focuses on #he (on of (a$ shoo#ings and re%ela#ions by Da%id Ber+owi# hi$self, is in &ar# a record of "erry’s s#ruggle agains# #he &o&ularly held belief #ha# Ber+owi# did all #he shoo#ings and #ha# he did #he$ alone! Moreo%er, i# was an in%es#iga#ion by "erry and a handful of o#hers #ha# es#ablished a lin+ be#ween Ber+owi# and a sa#anic cul# o&era#ing in
 
4es#ches#er .oun#y, a lin+ #ha# uni#s of #he New Yor+ 5olice De&ar#$en# ha%e been in%es#iga#ing for #he las# #wo years!"erry hi$self is now wor+ing closely wi#h &olice in (ou#hern .alifornia and New Yor+! His e%idence for a na#ionwide sa#anic ne#wor+ is based on #es#i$ony fro$ a %arie#y of sources, including Ber+owi#, &rison infor$an#s, underco%er &olice and 2B3 o&era#i%es, as well as for$er (a#anis#s! "he &or#rai# "erry &ain#s is #ha# s$all grou&s of dedica#ed de%il worshi&ers in New Yor+,  Nor#h Da+o#a, Hous#on and Los Angeles who willingly &u# #he$sel%es in #he ser%ice of o#hersdrug lords and &ower bro+ers in need of reliable assassins!"he s&ecific connec#ions "erry es#ablishes be#ween #he Manson $urders and #he (on of (a$ shoo#ings is #his> Al#hough Manson and Da%id Ber+owi# ne%er +new each o#her, #hey bo#h  belonged*a# differen# #i$es and on differen# coas#s*#o #he sa$e u$brella sa#aniccul# organia#ion, called #he 5rocess! Also +nown as #he .hurch of #he 2inal Eudg$en#, #he 5rocess was  begun by ?ober# deFri$s#on*a disci&le of L!?on Hubbard, #he crea#or of (cien#ology, and a s#uden# of #he la#e Aleis#er .rowley, #he no#orious de%ilworshi&ing 'nglish$an who once described hi$self as /#he wic+edes# $an in #he world!0According #o "erry, deFrins#on, who now li%es on #he 'as# .oas#, $e# Manson on a# leas# one occasion, in #he s&ring of 19@ a# a residence in "o&anga .anyon! Moreo%er, says "erry, deFri$s#on #ra%eled in so$e of #he sa$e social circles as Manson*and also, in#eres#ingly, Manson’s
ictims!
 According #o "erry, #hese circles were all a# leas# #angen#ially lin+ed! -ne was #he (haron "a#e circle #ha# included Eac+ Nicholson, ?ober# '%ans, Eohn and Michelle 5hilli&s, Eay (ebring, 4arren Bea##y, Eane 2onda, 5e#er (ellers, 4oiciech 2ry+ows+i and Abigail 2olger! Ano#her circle, #he one .harles Manson has $os# of#en been associa#ed wi#h, included Doris Day’s son "erry Melcher and Beach Boy Dennis 4ilson! (#ill ano#her circle re%ol%ed around Ma$a .ass 'llio## and included so$eone #ha# "erry in his boo+ calls Manson 33! According #o "erry, Manson 33 is as #errible a figure as .harles Manson and clearly a sa#anis#!"he lin+ be#ween .harles Manson and sa#anic cul#s is no# new! 3n his 19)1 boo+,
The "amily
, 'd (anders described how in 19@ Manson was in%ol%ed no# only wi#h #he 5rocess bu# wi#h a cha&#er of ano#her cul# +nown as #he -"- ;or do "e$&lis -rien#is=, whose head8uar#ers were in #he Bly#he! "he leader of #his &ar#icular -"- cha&#er was Feorgina Bray#on, a long#i$e (a#anis# who belie%ed #ha# a racial war be#ween blac+s and whi#es in Los Angeles would eru&# in #he su$$er of 199! "he no#ion of race war was, of course, one of #he +ey #he$es in Manson’s %ision of Hel#er (+el#er!Bu# "erry’s asser#ion goes beyond Hel#er (+el#er and #he idea #ha# by fra$ing blac+s for #he $urders of whi#es, a race war would des#roy (ou#hern .alifornia! "erry argues #ha# #he "a#e $urders had #o do wi#h drugs, one of #he original &olice #heories! As for #he LaBianca $urders, he #hin+s #hey $ay ha%e been ei#her an effor# #o co%er u& #he #rue &ur&ose of #he "a#e +illings or,  &ossibly, ano#her hi# based on ?ose$ary LaBianca’s alleged L(D dealings!3n
The Ultimate Eil 
, he 8uo#es an unna$ed ex2B3 o&era#i%e as saying> /2ry+ows+i was #he $o#i%e! He had s#ung his own su&&liers for a fair a$oun# of $oney, and #ha# didn’# go down well a# all wi#h #he &eo&le a# #he #o& of #he drug scene here! And #o $a+e i# worse, he was u&se##ing #he s#ruc#ure of #he L(D $ar+e#&lace by dealing ou#side #he es#ablished chain of su&&ly! He was renegade!0According #o "erry, while #he sale of s#ree# drugs was con#rolled by $o#orcycle gangs, &ar#icularly Hell’s Angels, u&scale dis#ribu#ion was handled by a &yra$idsha&ed che$icaldo&e organia#ion #ha# included, a$ong o#her highran+ing $e$bers, /a for$er 3sraeli who had s#rong lin+s #o #he in#erna#ional in#elligence co$$uni#y!0 3# was #hese &eo&le, "erry says, who, +nowing Manson’s

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