But while the story is full of things that could have happened on the street, it is Manson, a professional criminal who spent half his young life in jail for various crimes and who had an extra chip stuck on his shoulder that fell due for many was reasons that began in childhood actually outweighed a bevy of impressionable young people, mostly women, who were looking for something and found in it.
The cops were back and forth over various other crimes at Spahn Ranch, a dusty, abandoned western movie set where the Manson family was crouched when the murders were committed – a raid on August 16, 1969 revealed massive guns cache – but it was showing off that drove them all down.
Susan Atkins was arrested along with Manson and 22 others in early October 1969 when Inyo County authorities carried out a three-day raid on Manson’s most recent hangout, the Barker Ranch in the desert near Death Valley, on a number of charges carried out including: arson and grand theft. (Manson was also arrested during the Spahn raid.) During this time, two girls who were hiding in the bushes a few miles from the ranch came up to the officers and said they needed help and were trying to escape.
LA authorities were looking for one of the girls Kitty Lautesingerbecause she is the friend of. was Bobby Beausoleil, her prime suspect in the July 25, 1969 murder of a music teacher Gary Hinman. Beausoleil had disappeared from Spahn Ranch and Lutesinger, who was five months pregnant when she contacted the police, had no idea he was in jail on suspicion of murder.