Lot 1386

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(1934-2017) Drifter whose 'family' committed the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969. A.L.S., 3pp. 4to., Vacaville, [n.d.], a letter to longtime follower Ella 'Jo' Bailey (1947-2015), a Manson 'Family' member. In part: '…I've been gonna write you but haven't because I didn’t want to bring any heat down on you and yours. Melton came to visit and is gonna write some kind of book, well anyway we got to talking about you and your old lady, at mack I never talked much and besides you always had other guys hanging on to you...A lot of guys you know write, some in Spain, Scotland, France, etc., creepy Karpes is in Spain, well anyway I just thought I’d write now that a lot of the heat is off me...I'm not much on papers words writing, tell your old lady hi I've always wanted to come see you guys but I've been into a lot of things and never had the time, will maybe if I ever get out of Calif.' Manson signs the address on the first page, and at the conclusion on the last page. Fine condition. From a grouping of Manson's letters in the estate of his biographer NUEL (MELTON) EMMONS (1927-2002), who had once been jailed with and later befriended Manson. He co-wrote 'Manson in His Own Words'. After graduating high school, Ella Jo moved to San Francisco where she was said to be a roommate with Susan Atkins when they both met Charles Manson and his few followers at the time who were Mary Brunner, Lynette Fromme and Patricia Krenwinkel. They both became fascinated with Manson and eventually wound up at Spahn Ranch. Ella Jo was one of two family girls who met and lured-in Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson while hitchhiking in Malibu, Ella Jo was also the main reason that Manson and his followers killed Gary Hinman, as it was Ella’s suggestion that Hinman had recently won money from a scratch-off lottery ticket that led to his robbery and murder thereafter; she fled the Family and Spahn Ranch out of sheer guilt when she found out about the murder the next day; she had suggested they potentially shake him up for some cash, but she did not realize it would lead to his death. On May 15, 1970, Ella Jo was interviewed by LA Sheriffs for her knowledge about the Hinman murder and agreed to testify.

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February 9, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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