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
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."