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DANIEL THOMAS DeCARLO
^ AKA: Donkey Dan, Daniel Romeo, Richard Allen Smith
DOB: 6.20.44


Danny DeCarlo was born in Toronto Canada, but was granted U.S. citizenship after serving four years in the Coast Guard. After his service, DeCarlo went into the firearms business with his father. Danny loved guns, so much so, that he once said he loved them more than his old lady. Danny was also club treasurer of the Straight Satans motorcycle gang. In 1966, he was convicted of smuggling Marijuana across the U.S./Mexican border. 

Through the Straight Satans, Danny met Charles Manson. Charlie wanted the motorcycle gang to hang around Spahn's Ranch to protect the family. DeCarlo enjoyed the girls, and the lifestyle at Spahn's, so he joined the family. However, Danny was the only Straight Satan to become a full time fixture at Spahn's. DeCarlo was given the duty of taking care of all the family's weapons. Danny was arrested with the Family on the August 16th raid, a week after the Tate-Labianca murders. And after hearing about the Shea murder later that month, Danny split the Family and moved to Venice. 

On Thursday, November 13, 1969, DeCarlo was interviewed by the LAPD at the Parker Center in downtown Los Angeles. Danny provided police with a lot of incriminating information on the family. He also handed over the sword that Manson had sliced off Gary Hinman's ear with. Six days later a handcuffed Danny DeCarlo gave Vincent Bugliosi and the LAPD a tour of Spahn's Movie Ranch. 

From September 11th to the 17th of 1970, Danny testified against Manson and the girls in the infamous Tate-Labianca murder trial. DeCarlo also gave testimony in the trials of Tex Watson and Bobby Beausoleil. Danny didn't stay around to collect his portion of the $25,000 reward; he skipped bail on a federal gun charge and fled to Canada 


^ LYNETTE ALICE FROMME
AKA: Squeaky, Red, Elizabeth Elaine Williamson
DOB: 10.22.48 
Order of the Rainbow Color: Red
Prisoner ID: 06075-180
Prison: Federal Medical Center Carswell

Born in Santa Monica, California, Lynette Alice Fromme grew up in Westchester, California where her father William worked as an aeronautical engineer. Lyn was the first of 3 children, was a talented, well-liked child that toured throughout the United States and Canada in a song and dance troop called the Lariats. In Junior High School Lynette was active with many after school activities. She was a member of the Athenian Honor Society as well as the Girls Athletic Club. In her drama class Lyn befriended a young Phil Hartman, who eventually gained fame on shows likeSaturday Night Live, The Simpsons, & Newsradio. When her class gave out superlatives, Lynette was voted "Personality Plus". 

As Lyn grew older, the relationship between her and her father grew apart. Neighbors remembered William Fromme as a tyrant-like figure, who seemed to punish Lyn for little or nothing at all. In High School, Lynette became more rebellious, using drugs and alcohol. She worked in a Canvas shop where coworkers would see Lyn burn herself with lit cigarettes, and shoot staples into her forearm with a staple gun. She briefly dated Bill Siddons, who went on to be the road manager of The Doors. However, Siddons' mother felt that Lyn was disturbed, and talked Bill into steering clear of her. 

After High School, Lynette bounced around, living with different people. She eventually moved back home and enrolled at El Camino Junior College. It wasn't long before Lyn and her father were fighting again. The two got into a fight over a definition of a word, and it was the last straw for Lynette; again, she hit the road. It was at this time, that Lyn met Charles Manson on Venice Beach. Impressed by Manson, she quickly decided to leave Los Angeles to travel with Charlie and Mary Brunner. 

Lynette had a special spot in the family; according to Paul Watkins, no one but Charlie was allowed to sleep with Lyn. At Spahn's Ranch, Fromme spent most of her time taking care of the 80 year-old blind owner, George Spahn. Lynette would make squeak-like noises when George ran his hands up her legs, so he dubbed her "Squeaky." Lynette was arrested with the family in both the Spahn and Barker Ranch raids. During the Tate-Labianca murder trial Lyn was frequently arrested. The charges ranged from contempt of court, loitering, trespassing on county property, to attempted murder, for a LSD lanced hamburger given to Barbara Hoyt in Hawaii. 

After Manson was convicted, Squeaky moved to San Francisco to be closer to San Quentin. She maintained contact with defense attorney Paul Fitzgerald, and family members in and out of jail. However, prison officials were uncomfortable about her and wouldn't permit her to see Charlie. When Lyn wasn't petitioning to see Manson, she began writing a book about the family. 

In September of 1972, Lynette was arrested in connection with the murders of James and Reni Willet. Authorities soon found she wasn't involved with the murders, however they were reluctant to let her go. Finally on January 2nd 1973, all charges against Lyn were dropped, and she was released the following day. On her release Lynette was immediately arrested by LAPD. She had been accused of robbing a 7-11 convenience store in October of 1972. At the trial Lyn's accuser, a 17 year-old 7-11 employee, admitted that the robber didn't have the "X" scar on her forehead. Once again the charges weren't dropped until another woman was arrested and confessed to the crime. Freedom was bittersweet for Lyn, the Family was falling apart. Mary, Gypsy, Katie, Leslie, and Sadie all wanted nothing to do with Manson. 

Later that year, Lynette moved to Sacramento with Sandra Good. The reason for the move was once again to be closer to Manson; Charlie had been moved from ^ San Quentin to Folsom Prison. While walking in a park Fromme befriended a 64 year-old man named Harold "Manny" Boro. According to Boro's daughter-in-law, the two were lovers. 

In Sacramento, Lyn and Sandy became more preoccupied with saving the environment. It was around this time that Charlie started to talk about the Order of the Rainbow, his own religion in which Lyn and Sandy would be nuns of. Each of the Manson girls was given a color; Lynette was dubbed "Red" and was given the duty of saving the Redwoods. Their Lifestyles would be very different compared to the Spahn's Ranch days. The girls weren't allowed to smoke, have sex, or watch "movies with violence that sets thoughts to death and confusion." 

From their P Street apartment, Lyn and Sandy started the International People's Court of Retribution; a fictitious terrorist group that would assassinate executives and CEO's of companies that polluted the earth. The two sent out hundreds of threatening letters that claimed that there were thousands of members of the terrorist group just waiting to kill. While trying to get the local news to report the damage being done to the Redwoods from logging, Lyn was informed that the President of the United States was coming to town. On September 5, 1975, Lynette headed down toCapital Park with a loaded Colt .45 automatic pistol (borrowed from Manny Boro) strapped to her leg. When President Gerald Ford came walking down the path, Lynette pulled out her gun. Immediately Secret Service Agents wrestled Lyn to the ground, and the President escaped untouched. 

At her trial, Lynette followed Charlie's example and chose to represent herself. However, her presence in the courtroom was short lived. When Lyn lectured about the Redwoods and her other environmental concerns, Judge Thomas McBride instructed Lyn to stick to things relevant to her case. As Lyn continued to talk about whales and pollution, McBride had her removed from the courtroom. Squeaky was returned to her jail cell, where she spent most of the trial, watching from closed circuit television. Later on in the case, and nearly costing a mistrial, it was discovered that U.S. Attorney Dwayne Keyes had failed to turn over some exculpatory evidence. In late November of 1975, a jury convicted Lynette of Attempted Assassination of the President of the United States of America. Upon sentencing, an angry Lynette threw an apple at Dwayne Keyes' head, afterwhich Squeaky was sentenced to Life. 

Squeaky was sent away to the Alderson Federal Corrections Institute in West Virginia. She was eventually reconnected with fellow family member Sandy Good, after she was transferred to a new prison in Pleasanton, California, where Good was serving time for sending threatening letters. In March of 1979, Lynette attacked a Croatian Nationalist named Julienne Busic, imprisoned from her connection in a 1976 airline hijacking. Squeaky hit Busic in the head with the claw end of a hammer, got 15 months added to her sentence, and was sent back to Alderson. On December 23, 1987, Lyn got word that Charlie was dying of cancer, and escaped from Alderson. She was picked up 2 days later having traveled only a few miles. Squeaky then bounced around the prison system: from Lexington, Kentucky, to Marianna, Florida, and finally to the Federal Medical Center Carswell, near Fort Worth, Texas where she remains today. Her scheduled release date is September 5, 2005. 


^ SANDRA COLLINS GOOD
AKA: Sandy, Blue, Sandra Collins Pugh
DOB: 2.20.44
Order of the Rainbow Color: Blue

The youngest of three girls, Sandra Good was born on February 20, 1944. Her father - a San Diego stockbroker - and her mother divorced when Sandy was only 4 years old. She attended both the University of Oregon and San Francisco State College. Good joined the family in April of 1968, and a month later she found a new home for them at Spahn's Movie Ranch. Sandra was in jail with Mary Brunner on the night of the Tate murders, but was back at the ranch in time to get arrested on the August 16th raid. On September 16, 1969, Sandra gave birth to her son Ivan. Almost a month later, she was arrested with the family during the October 10th Barker Ranch raid. On December 1, 1969 a man named Joel Pugh was found murdered in England. Many people believe that Pugh was Good's husband, but she has always denied it. In October of 1971, Good was arrested while aiding family associate Kenneth Como in a botched escape from the Hall of Justice. 

After Manson's conviction, Good moved to Oregon with an ex-con and Aryan Brotherhood member named Steve Bekins. In July of 1972, Sandra was arrested for trying to hide Bekins after he had robbed a supermarket. After Bekins was caught and sent back to prison, Sandy skipped town. She was picked up in San Francisco in December, and was brought back to Oregon, where the charges against her were eventually dropped. Good then moved to Sacramento with Lynette Fromme, where the two women became nuns in Manson's newfound religion, the Order of the Rainbow. Sandy led a drug free life of abstinence and took on the new name of Blue. Both Blue and Red (Lyn) became obsessed with the environment and started the International People's Court of Retribution; a fictitious terrorist group that would assassinate executives and CEO's of companies that polluted the earth. The two sent-out hundreds of threatening letters that claimed there were thousands of terrorists in the IPCR just waiting to kill. Good enrolled inSacramento State University, and majored in Ethno botany; she was noted as a good student. 

In December of 1975, Sandra was arrested along with Susan Murphy for conspiracy to send threatening letters in the mail. She was later convicted on all five counts, and served 10 years in prison. She began her sentence at Terminal Island Prison, then moved to Pleasanton, California, and was finally moved to Alderson in West Virginia, where she met up with Lynette again. She was released in 1985, and for a period of time lived in Vermont. Little is known about Good's son Ivan, however, it has been reported that he went to College on a football scholarship. In the mid '90's, Good and a man named George Stimpson started the website Access Manson (www.atwa.com, no longer online) on which, they claimed to have the true source of Manson thought. Throughout the years, Sandy has stood by Manson's side. Although she isn't allowed to visit him herself, she continues to claim that Charlie had 


After dropping out of high school, Steve Grogan roamed the communes of California, eventually ending up at Spahn's Movie Ranch in the spring of 1967. Grogan was a talented musician and had a criminal record; which included small time crimes such as Disturbing the Peace, and Possession of Marijuana. He joined the Manson family when they moved to Spahn's Ranch in the spring of 1968. 

During the days the family hung around with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, Steve crashed Wilson's uninsured Ferrari while racing through the roads outside of Spahn's Ranch. While many at the Ranch viewed Clem Tufts (an alias used by Grogan) as nearly retarded, others felt that he was just playing dumb. 

In June of 1969, Steve was arrested for exposing his penis to a group of school children. He was sentenced to a 90-day observation period at Camarillo State Mental Hospital, but walked out and returned to Spahn's Ranch 2 days later. Grogan was along for the ride on the night of the Labianca murders. After Tex, Pat, and Leslie were dropped off at the Labianca home, Manson, Sadie, Linda, & Grogan drove down to Venice Beach. The latter three were dropped off with orders to kill an actor that once gave Linda Kasabian a ride. After Linda brought the would-be killers to the wrong apartment, the three decided to abort the mission and head back to Spahn's. Weeks later, Grogan helped Manson, Bruce Davis, & Tex Watson kill ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea. It was rumored that Shea was cut up into 9 pieces, and buried behind Spahn's Ranch. 

Clem was arrested in the October 10, 1969 Barker Ranch raid. When police realized the family's involvement in the Tate murders, Grogan became an early suspect. In 1971, Steve went on trial for the Shea murder, was convicted, and sentenced to death by the jury. However, on December 23, 1971, judge James Kolts changed the sentence to Life imprisonment, stating "Grogan was too stupid and too hopped up on drugs to deicide anything on his own." 

In prison, Clem transformed from a drugged-out zombie to a mature, remorseful young man. In 1977, Clem drew a map to help authorities finally locate the body of Donald Shea. When Shea's remains were found, they were in one piece. On November 18, 1985, Grogan was released from prison. To date, he is the only Manson family member convicted of murder to be released from prison. 

CATHERINE IRENE GILLIES
AKA: Cappy, Capistrano, Cathy Myers, Patricia Anne Burke, Patti Sue Jardin
DOB: 8.1.50 

A native of Southern California, Catherine Gillies was born on August 1, 1950. She was reportedly a Buffalo Springfield groupie before she joined the family sometime in 1968. As Charlie and the family looked for a new home, they learned that Catherine's grandmother, Arlene Barker, owned a ranch in Death Valley. In Charlie's eyes, Myers Ranch and the neighboring Barker Ranch, seemed to be the perfect home. In November of 1968, Manson gave Mrs. Barker a Beach Boys gold record, in exchange for permission for the family to stay at the ranches. The family lived at Barker and Myers Ranch on-and-off throughout 1968 and 1969. Manson wanted to own the Barker Ranch, but didn't have the money. At one point, there was an attempt to kill Arlene Barker for the ranch. As the story goes, a bunch of family members were on route to kill Mrs. Barker, but the mission was aborted due to a flat tire. 

Cathy, or Capistrano as George Spahn called her, was arrested in both the Spahn and Barker Ranch raids. Venice Police also listed Gillies present when family member "Zero" supposedly killed himself. At the Tate/Labianca murder trial Catherine was a regular on the corner of Temple and Broadway. During the sentencing phase, Gillies testified that the murders were copycat killings committed in an attempt to get Bobby Beausoleil out of jail. She went on to say Charlie had nothing to do with the murders, and stated that she wanted to go with the killers on both nights, but was told that she wasn't needed. Cathy testified that the murders didn't upset her, and she would willingly commit murder to get a "brother" out of jail. After the family broke apart, Gillies reportedly joined a motorcycle gang. She married, divorced, and currently lives near Death Valley with her four children. 

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John Philip Haught began living with the Manson family after he, and his friend Kenneth Richard Brown, moved to California from Ohio. Haught went by the aliases Christopher Jesus and Zero. He was arrested with the family in the October 12, 1969 Barker Ranch raid. After getting out of jail, Zero moved with other family members to a Venice Beach house, rented by a man named Mark Ross. 

On November 5, 1969, Haught allegedly killed himself playing Russian roulette. When police arrived, family members Catherine Gillies, Bruce Davis, Sue Bartell, and Little Patty were present. According to Little Patty (who's true name was Madaline Joan Cottage), she and Zero were in bed, when he picked up a .22 Caliber Iver & Johnsonrevolver. After Patty told Zero that there was only one bullet in the gun, he spun the cylinder, placed the muzzle against his head, and shot himself. The police ruled the death a suicide, however there are certain facts indicting that Haught might have been murdered. Not only had the revolver and the holster been wiped clean of fingerprints, but also the gun had been fully loaded. 

Later, an anonymous man told a ^ Los Angeles Times writer that he was present when Zero died. According to the man, Zero didn't kill himself; one of the girls shot him. However, the man disappeared before authorities could talk to him. 


Barbara Hoyt was born in December of 1951. She began living with the family at Spahn's Ranch in April of 1969. On the night of the Tate murders, Susan Atkins instructed Hoyt to retrieve 3 sets of dark clothing from the family's garment pile. Upon her return, Barbara was greeted by Manson, whom told her that Atkins and crew had already left. The following day, Barbara became suspicious when some family members watched television reports of the Tate murders with delight. Hoyt was arrested with the family in the August 16th Spahn's Ranch raid. A week later, she was awoken by the screams of Donald "Shorty" Shea, as other family members were killing him behind Spahn's Ranch. 

In Death Valley, Barbara overheard Susan Atkins tell Ruth Ann Morehouse that she had killed Sharon Tate. Afterwhich, Hoyt, along with a girl named Sherry Cooper, fled the family. Manson eventually caught up with the pair, at a diner in the town of Ballarat. After a short conversation, Manson gave the girls enough money to get back to Los Angeles. It was rumored that Manson later sent three family members to L.A., to retrieve or kill the two girls. 

In the fall of 1970, Hoyt was unsure if she wanted to testify in the Tate/Labianca murder trial. The family offered her an all expense paid trip to Hawaii in return for not testifying. Barbara accepted the deal, and flew to Hawaii with Ruth Ann Morehouse. On September 9th, Morehouse flew back to Los Angeles after feeding Hoyt a hamburger laced with 10 tabs of acid. When the drug kicked in Barbara freaked out, ran for several blocks, collapsed, and was brought to the emergency room. Hoyt's mother flew to Hawaii the following day and brought Barbara back to California. Barbara was now eager to testify against the family. After providing loads of incriminating testimony at the murder trials, Hoyt returned to high school, graduated, and then pursued a nursing degree in college. She has since married and divorced, and currently lives in Washington State with her daughter. 


Linda Drouin was born on June 21, 1949 in Biddeford, Maine. Her parents divorced and remarried when Linda was still young. At the age of 16, Drouin dropped out of high school and got married, and soon after, divorced. Linda married again, this time to a hippie named Robert Kasabian. The two traveled the country, enjoying the hippie lifestyle from commune to commune. In March of 1968, Linda and Bob had their first child, Tanya. However, problems between the young couple led Linda and Tanya back to New Hampshire. In an effort to reconcile their marriage, Bob talked Linda into coming out to California. Bob was living in Topanga Canyon with a man named Charles Melton. It was through Melton that Linda first met Manson family member Catherine Share (Gypsy). When things didn't work out with Bob, Linda decided to go with Gypsy back to Spahn's Ranch. After a day at the ranch, Linda returned to Topanga Canyon, retrieved her belongings, stole $5,000 from Melton, came back to Spahn's and joined the family. 

On August 8, 1969, Linda was selected to drive the killers to the Tate residence because she had the only valid driver's license. She witnessed Tex shoot and kill Steven Parent as he was trying to exit the property. Linda was instructed to go back to the front gate and stand guard, while the others went into the residence. As Linda heard people screaming for their lives, she ran to the main house. At the front door, she ran into a stabbed and beaten Wojciech Frykowski. Horrified, Linda looked him in the eye and said "sorry", just before he collapsed. 

On the following day, Linda Kasabian once again drove a carload of killers around Los Angeles, finally dropping off Tex, Katie, and Leslie at the Labianca residence. Afterwhich, Manson dropped Linda, Sadie, and Clem off at a Venice Beach apartment complex. The three were instructed to kill an actor that once picked Kasabian up hitchhiking. Linda purposely brought Sadie and Clem to the wrong door, and the mission was aborted. 

On August 11, 1969, Manson instructed Linda to bring a message to the jailed Sandy Good, Mary Brunner, and Bobby Beausoleil. Kasabian saw it as an opportunity to flee the ranch (without Tanya). She droved straight to New Mexico, where her husband was living with another woman. Linda explained what had happened, and said that she couldn't have brought Tanya because it would've looked too suspicious. Bob Kasabian wanted to go back to Spahn's Ranch to get his daughter, but Linda was too afraid. After making a call to Spahn's Ranch, Linda learned that Tanya had been placed in foster care after the raid on August 16th. After talking to a social worker, Linda returned to Los Angeles and eventually got her daughter back. From there, Linda and Tanya flew back to New Mexico, only to hitchhike all the way to her father's home in Florida, and finally back to her mother in New Hampshire. 

On December 2, 1969, Linda was indicted for the Tate-Labianca murders. She turned State's Evidence and received immunity in exchange for her testimony, which was without a doubt, the most damaging to the family. In March of 1970, Kasabian gave birth to a baby boy, which she named Angel. Linda took the witness stand in a series of trials and retrials. One defense attorney after the next, tried unsuccessfully to punch holes through her testimony. And more than any other witness, Linda Kasabian's testimony helped convict Charles "Tex" Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, and Charles Manson. 

After the trials, Linda escaped the public eye by going back to New Hampshire. She was last reported to be living with Tanya in Washington State. A car accident left Linda mildly disabled, and unable to work. In late 1996 Linda and one of her daughters were arrested in a police raid which uncovered some drugs and a gun. Linda's daughter, aka "Lady Dangerous" was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (both rock and powder cocaine), and was sentenced to a year in state prison. Linda, who was found, possessing methamphetamine, avoided a jail sentence by attending drug-counseling classes. 




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