Police Blunders In The Manson Investigation



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 guessed was to be about
twelve thirty to one o'clock a.m. after which she heard nothing. About three
quarters of a mile south of the murder scene, Tim Ireland was having an over
night party at the camp of which he was a counselor. Everyone ...

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(the call logged in at 4:11 a.m.). Headquarters then called in to
LA
PD but nothing further was done. About four thirty paperboy Steve Shannon, who
hadn't heard anything the previous night, noticed what looked like a telephone
wire hanging over the front gate and a bug light on near the house. Mr. Kott
also noticed the wire when he went out to get his paper at about seven thirty
that morning (Bugliosi & Gentry 4-5).
Winifred Chapman, the housekeeper for 10050 Cielo Drive, arrived at the
house and also noticed the wire hanging at the gate. She first thought the
power was out but then she pushed the button to open the front gate and it did.
She began to walk up the driveway when she noticed that there was an unfamiliar
automobile in the driveway. She figured, though, that it was only a visitor and
continued toward the house. When she entered, she picked up the phone and the
line was dead. Thinking she should inform someone, she entered the living room
where she noticed ...

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