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Abigail Folger Connections

Abigail Folger Connections

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Manson II and Abigail Folger From Maury Terry’s Ultimate Evil,Chapter 
– In Death’s Valley:
 The climate was certainly favorable for Mentzer to have known Frykowski,Folger, and others in the circle, possibly including Evans. But did he?"He definitely knew Gibby Folger," a Los Angeles contact said. "I knewboth of them then, and saw them together at lunch in a restaurant inNewport Beach with a couple of otherpeople not long before the murders."I found support for that account by locating a person who claimed heshared the Mentzer-Folger table that day. "I was with them on thatoccasion," said the source, who was anundercover operative for the FBI. The source wasn't an FBI agent, but wasrecruited by the Bureau in the late sixties to infiltrate the anti-war anddrug scenes in California."Folger knew Mentzer," he said simply. This was explosive information. Mentzer allegedly knew one of the Tatevictims and Berkowitz had said Manson II told the New York group that areal motive for the murders existed. Mentzer apparently would have beenin a position to have known that.
From Chapter XXIV Murder Reigned in Southern California
:Billy Doyle, who was close to Mama Cass, also knew Roy Radin suspect BillMentzer, said a Los Angeles source who was acquainted with both men."I was in the same room with them. They were part of the same scene;they know each other," the informant reported. So Mentzer not only knewone of the Tate victims—Folger—he also knew Billy Doyle, according to thesource. We were getting ever closer to Manson II and the hidden secrets of the Cielo Drive nightmare.[…]Vincent Bugliosi suspected Manson had contact with the Process in SanFrancisco. But the prosecution didn't pursue that suspicion. Similarly, thedistrict attorney's office said itsought but was unable to find a link between Manson and a Cielo Drivevictim, which would have significantly altered the perception of the case.But we learned that Charlie and Abigail Folger were friends for a time inSan Francisco and that Manson hooked up with the Process there as well.[…] The Folger information comes from a reliable informant who knew bothFolger and Manson. The source said he had dinner one night in September
1967 with Manson, Folger and two other individuals at a small seafoodrestaurant near Golden Gate Park, not far from the Haight.One of the others at the table was an aspiring actor and stuntman namedDonald (Shorty) Shea. He later headed south to Los Angeles and foundwork at the Spahn movie ranch.Shorty Shea was murdered by the Family in the fallout from the Tate-LaBianca slayings, allegedly because he knew too much.He indeed did. Unknown by the police and prosecution, Shea had knownManson and Folger in San Francisco two years before the murders andactually went down to L.A. in Manson's company, according to the source. This revelation also seriously impacts the case. Two people seated in thatseafood restaurant that night in 1967 were later murdered on theinstructions of a third. The source's statement—which was supported by that of anotherCalifornia informant who said Shea also knew Bill Mentzer's associates—destroys Helter Skelter as the only motive for the slayings and clearlydemonstrates there were other factors involved. The New York informantshad hit the target again.Ed Sanders had heard that Manson attended a fund-raising event in SanFrancisco that was chaired by Abigail Folger's mother. He also knew that in1967 Manson met disciple MaryBrunner at the University of California, Berkeley, where Brunner worked inthe library and Folger at the university's art museum. And he had receivedinformation that Manson met Folger at Mama Cass's home. But Sanderswasn't able to flesh out the Folger connection. We were."Gibby had more money than she knew what to do with," the sourcestates. "She was into finding herself and new directions, and she wasalways investing in things, including a surfboard shop in Encinitas [nearSan Diego]. And not long before the murders, about six weeks, she gotinvolved in putting up some cash for a small recording studio. It's possiblethat Terry Melcher, who knew Manson well, had a link into that studio." This was another twist; Melcher wasn't believed to have been associatedwith Folger, but the source says he might have been. "That night in SanFrancisco, she loaned ten grand to a small theater," the informantcontinues. "And she had also given money to Charlie from time to time."But then she stopped."Manson turned against her when she refused to lay out any more bucksfor him, and also because she wouldn't come across for him sexually.Charlie wanted to make it with her, but she shot him down."So Charles Manson, who would soon orchestrate orgies and command sexat will from his young followers, was spurned by Abigail Folger. Addanother item to Charlie's own list of reasons for willingness to overseebutchery on Cielo Drive."It made sense that Shea was killed after that," the contact says. "He knewboth of them, and he could tie things together that nobody wanted tied."From another informant, it was learned that the $10,000 Folger agreed toadvance that 1967 night was to help out a San Francisco arts house knownas the Straight Theater, which was located on the corner of Haight Street
and Cole. Not coincidentally, Manson lived at 636 Cole during this period,and the Process was ensconced at No. 407 on that block.On September 21, 1967, a rock group called the Magick Powerhouse of Oz(with the word "magic" deliberately spelled with Aleister Crowley's
onthe end) played the Straight Theaterto celebrate something occultish known as the "equinox of the gods,"September 21 being the first day of autumn. Lead guitarist and sitarplayer for the Powerhouse was none other than Bobby Beausoleil, whobecame a Mansonite and participated in the 1969 Gary Hinman murder.Manson, Folger, the Straight Theater and Beausoleil; the connections arefascinating.Beausoleil was tightly woven to author and bizarre-film makerKenneth Anger, who was into the biker mystique and later conducted amagic ritual involving a satanic pentagram during an October 1967 marchon the Pentagon. Anger was in the process of filming an occult movie thatautumn; it was called
Lucifer Rising.
Beausoleil, twenty, played the part of Lucifer in the picture and his group was to perform the movie's music,such as it was. So, Sanders reported, Anger was present at the Straight Theater that night to film the soiree.Following the path a step further: Anger, LSD guru Timothy Leary andothers were involved in the formation of the Himalayan Academy, which asource described to me as "a new-age research foundation of alteredstates of consciousness." The academy was stocked with various types of expensive equipment,such as oscilloscopes and electronic measuring devices. It was a mind-bending experiment of the first kind.Sources say the academy was comprised of at least fifty members, plusanother hundred or so hangers-on. There was considerable wealth on theacademy's roster of sympathizers, and informants report that AbigailFolger contributed money here as well. Folger had also attended sessionsat Esalen, which was neither geographically nor philosophically far fromthe Himalayan Academy.In fact, Folger may have been at Esalen on August 2 or 3, 1969, just beforeManson arrived there. A phone call, probably made by Folger, was placedto Esalen from 10050 Cielo Drive on July 30, the Wednesday before theweekend of August 2-3.If Folger went to Esalen, her reason may have been simply to attend asensitivity seminar, or it may have been related to other mattersconnected to the oncoming murders. However, no one has discovered if she even visited the facility at that time. But she was not in Los Angeles.Sanders reported that Frykowski entertained another young lady at CieloDrive that Friday night, demonstrating that Abigail was away.Regardless, the sources say that Folger put some capital into theHimalayan Academy—and that Charlie Manson was also connected to thesociety."Folger donated to the place, and it was there that Manson was firstexposed to the Process," an informant says. "The academy was into allsorts of things and the Process was invited to speak there. That's how ithappened."

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