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FTR #809 Days of Future Passed: All in the [Manson] Family?

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This pro­gram is one 60-minute seg­ment [5], with no break at the mid­point.

Intro­duc­tion: A sto­ry that broke dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign of 2012 calls to mind a num­ber of con­sid­er­a­tions. It has been dis­closed that phone taps on con­vict­ed Man­son Fam­i­ly killer Tex Wat­son have infor­ma­tion that may relate to 12 addi­tion­al mur­ders.

Por­trayed by the media as a bunch of way­ward hip­pies, the Man­son group, in fact, had par­tic­i­pa­tion by neo-Nazi ele­ments [6], as well as links to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty.

One won­ders who the oth­er vic­tims might have been?

Might one of them have been Mari­na Habe, daugh­ter of Hans Habe, an anti-fas­cist activist and jour­nal­ist who worked for U.S. intel­li­gence dur­ing World War II and after­ward. Habe had been involved in attempt­ing to fos­ter a non-Nazi press estab­lish­ment in post­war Ger­many, some­thing that would not have sat well with the Under­ground Reich.

Was Mari­na killed in retal­i­a­tion for her father’s activ­i­ties?

Might the oth­er vic­tims alleged­ly dis­cussed on the Wat­son tapes, or some of them, have been killed for polit­i­cal rea­sons?

Next, we  ana­lyze evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries between the Robert Kennedy assas­si­na­tion [7] and the Man­son killings.

One case that has more to it than reach­es the eye is the mur­der of Sharon Tate. Deeply involved with Robert F. Kennedy’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in the Los Ange­les area, Tate had been present at a din­ner short­ly before Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion at which he report­ed­ly said that he would re-open the inves­ti­ga­tion into his broth­er’s mur­der after get­ting into the White House.

Her mur­der by the Man­son cadre elim­i­nat­ed an impor­tant poten­tial wit­ness in the Robert Kennedy case.

Inter­est­ing­ly and sig­nif­i­cant­ly, an arti­cle appeared in a right-wing mag­a­zine out of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia called Aware penned by one Ed But­ler in which he claimed that the Tate/La Bian­ca killings were clear­ly the work of the Black Pan­thers or oth­er “Black Mil­i­tants.”

Recall that the Man­son killings were intend­ed to pro­voke the group’s vision of a race war called “Hel­ter Skel­ter” and ref­er­ences to which might be seen as lead­ing in the direc­tion of “black mil­i­tants” were scrawled in blood at the crime scene.

But­ler, it should be not­ed, is float­ing the cov­er sto­ry of the Man­son killings well before the arrests were made in the case! Fur­ther­more, But­ler is no stranger to the annals of polit­i­cal intrigue.

With long-stand­ing con­nec­tions to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty and the far right, But­ler’s name is one of a num­ber of evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries that link the assas­si­na­tions of both Kennedy broth­ers.

Pro­gram High­lights Include:

1. A sto­ry that broke dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign of 2012 calls to mind a num­ber of con­sid­er­a­tions. It has been dis­closed that phone taps on con­vict­ed Man­son Fam­i­ly killer Tex Wat­son have infor­ma­tion that may relate to 12 addi­tion­al mur­ders.

Por­trayed by the media as a bunch of way­ward hip­pies, the Man­son group, in fact, had par­tic­i­pa­tion by neo-Nazi ele­ments [6], as well as links to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty. One won­ders who the oth­er vic­tims might have been?

“12 Unsolved Mur­ders Have Pos­si­ble Ties to Man­son fam­i­ly, LAPD Says” by Saman­tha Tata and Robert Kovacik; NBC News; 10/18/2012. [20]

The LAPD on Thurs­day announced it has open inves­ti­ga­tions on a dozen unsolved homi­cides near known Man­son Fam­i­ly hang­outs around Los Ange­les.

The rev­e­la­tion came amid a legal bat­tle to obtain hours of audio tape record­ings between for­mer Charles Man­son fol­low­er and con­vict­ed mur­der­er Charles “Tex” Wat­son and his lawyer.

“We have an oblig­a­tion to the fam­i­lies of these vic­tims,” Cmdr. Andy Smith told NBC4. “Our detec­tives need to lis­ten to these tapes. The tapes might help with solv­ing these mur­ders.”

News of the open inves­ti­ga­tion was first report­ed by the Los Ange­les Times Thurs­day and con­firmed to NBC4 by LAPD offi­cials. Smith told the Times the 12 mur­ders they are inves­ti­gat­ing “are sim­i­lar to some of the Man­son killings.”

Man­son and his fol­low­ers shot to infamy in 1969 after the mur­ders of preg­nant actress Sharon Tate and four oth­ers at a Bene­dict Canyon home in the hills above Los Ange­les. That ram­page was fol­lowed the next night by the mur­ders of Leno and Rose­mary LaBi­an­ca in their Los Feliz home.

The unheard record­ings sought by the LAPD were made more than four decades ago, after Watson’s arrest for his role in the Tate-LaBi­an­ca slay­ings.

LAPD’s effort to obtain the tapes was not known pub­licly until it was report­ed by NBC4 News in May. And Wat­son has been fight­ing to keep those tapes under wraps. Police believe they may hold clues to “addi­tion­al unsolved mur­ders com­mit­ted by fol­low­ers of Charles Man­son.”

Ear­li­er this year, a court order autho­rized LAPD to take pos­ses­sion of the record­ings, but Watson’s lawyer obtained a “stay” order effec­tive­ly stop­ping the release of the tapes while his appeal is heard.

The LAPD tried to obtain the tapes using a search war­rant, accord­ing to the Times. But on Oct. 9, a fed­er­al judge in Texas grant­ed an emer­gency order bar­ring police from exe­cut­ing a search war­rant at an office where the tapes are kept.

2. Might one of the oth­er alleged Man­son vic­tims have been Mari­na Habe, daugh­ter of Hans Habe, an anti-fas­cist activist and jour­nal­ist who worked for U.S. intel­li­gence dur­ing World War II and after­ward?

Was Mari­na killed in retal­i­a­tion for her father’s activ­i­ties?

Might the oth­er vic­tims alleged­ly dis­cussed on the Wat­son tapes, or some of them, have been killed for polit­i­cal rea­sons?

Mari­na Eliz­a­beth Habe; Wikipedia. [21]

Eliz­a­beth Habe (1951 — Decem­ber 29, 1968) was the daugh­ter of Hans Habe and a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii. She was mur­dered while return­ing home from a date.[1] She may have been slain by mem­bers of the Man­son fam­i­ly. Her body was dis­cov­ered on New Years Day 1969 in dense under­brush off Mul­hol­land Dri­ve, 100 feet west of Bow­mont Dri­ve, in Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia. She was found with con­tu­sions in the eyes, slash­es in throat and heart, burns inflict­ed, raped and nude except for a shoe.[2]

Habe was abduct­ed out­side the home of her moth­er, actress Eloise Hardt, 8962 Cyn­thia Avenue, in West Hol­ly­wood while home for a vaca­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii. The res­i­dence was three blocks below Sun­set Boule­vard. The neigh­bor­hood was the loca­tion of a num­ber of rapes in the weeks pri­or to Habe’s demise. Habe dou­ble dat­ed with John Horn­burg, 22, a fam­i­ly friend. She left the Horn­burg res­i­dence at 3:15 a.m. in her sports car.[3]

A for­mer Man­son fam­i­ly asso­ciate said that mem­bers of the fam­i­ly knew her.[2]

3. Hans Habe had been involved in attempt­ing to fos­ter a non-Nazi press estab­lish­ment in post­war Ger­many, some­thing that would not have sat well with the Under­ground Reich.

Hans Habe; Wikipedia. [22]

. . . .In 1930 he began to work as a reporter for the Wiener Sonn- und Mon­tagspost (Vien­na Sun­day and Mon­day Post). In the fol­low­ing year he became Edi­tor of the Öster­re­ichis­che Abendzeitung (Aus­tri­an Evening News), one of the youngest news­pa­per edi­tors ever, at age 20. At this time he mar­ried his first wife, Mar­git Bloch. Ear­ly in 1934 he moved to the Wiener Mor­gen (Vien­na Morn­ing News). From 1935 to 1939 he was a For­eign Cor­re­spon­dent for the Prager Tag­blatt (Prague Dai­ly News), sta­tioned most­ly at Gene­va, cov­er­ing the League of Nations. In this capac­i­ty he was present at the Evian Con­fer­ence in 1938, where he met again oto­laryn­gol­o­gist Hein­rich Neu­mann von Héthárs who had per­formed an oper­a­tion upon Habe 13 years before, and was a friend of his fam­i­ly. Habe described the course of the Con­fer­ence in his nov­el The Mis­sion (1965). The focal point of the nov­el is the infa­mous offer made by the Ger­man gov­ern­ment, and trans­mit­ted to the Con­fer­ence by Neu­mann von Héthárs, to sell the Aus­tri­an Jews to for­eign coun­tries at a price of $250 per capi­ta, and the Con­fer­ence del­e­gates’ refusal to accept. At this time Habe was mar­ried to his sec­ond wife, Eri­ka Levy, the heiress of the Tungsram light bulb com­pa­ny.

World War II

After the Anschluss, Habe was expa­tri­at­ed and his books for­bid­den by the new Nazi gov­ern­ment. He went into exile in France and joined the French For­eign Legion. In 1940 he was cap­tured and interned in the Dieuze Dulag camp. From there he man­aged to escape with the help of French friends (to Lis­bon) and emi­grat­ed to the Unit­ed States. He became a US cit­i­zen in 1941. Here Habe mar­ried his third wife, Eleanor Post Hut­ton, heiress of Gen­er­al Foods, in 1942. They had a son, Antho­ny Niklas Habe. In 1942 he was draft­ed into the US Army and stud­ied Psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare at the Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence Train­ing Cen­ter at Camp Ritchie, Mary­land. Then he joined the 1st Mobile Radio Broad­cast­ing Com­pa­ny, and went in March 1943 to North Africa and par­tic­i­pat­ed in Oper­a­tion Avalanche, the land­ing in Italy. In 1944 he became an Instruc­tor of Psy­cho­log­i­cal War­fare at Camp Sharpe, near Get­tys­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia. In autumn 1944 he select­ed a group of Ger­man writ­ers and news­pa­per edi­tors to pre­pare for the pub­lish­ing of new news­pa­pers after the war in Ger­many.

News­pa­per­man in Ger­many

In 1945 Habe returned to Ger­many in the wake of the occu­py­ing US Army. By Novem­ber 1945 he had cre­at­ed 18 news­pa­pers in the Amer­i­can Occu­pa­tion Zone. Then he became Edi­tor of the Neue Zeitung in Munich. At this time he was mar­ried for a short time with actress Ali Ghi­to. In 1949 he moved to the Münch­n­er Illus­tri­erte (Munich Illus­trat­ed), and in 1951 of the Echo der Woche (Echo of the Week). In 1948 he mar­ried his fifth wife, actress Eloise Hardt. In 1951 they had a daugh­ter, Mari­na Eliz­a­beth, who was mur­dered on 30 Decem­ber 1968 in Los Ange­les.[1] . . . .

4. Most of the pro­gram con­sists of an excerpt [23] of Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M16 [11] (record­ed on 5/15/1988.) This excerpt high­lights evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries run­ning between the Man­son killings and the assas­si­na­tions of both Kennedy broth­ers.

The pro­gram excerpts the book Con­spir­a­cy [24] by Antho­ny Sum­mers, as well as The Assas­si­na­tion of Robert F. Kennedy [25] by William Turn­er and John Chris­t­ian.

The tape excerpt, in turn, fea­tures excerpts from The Guns of Novem­ber, Part 1 [9] (Record­ed on 11/1/1983) and AFA #12 [26] (Record­ed on 10/24/1985.)

One case that has more to it than reach­es the eye is the mur­der of Sharon Tate. Deeply involved with Robert F. Kennedy’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in the Los Ange­les area, Tate had been present at a din­ner short­ly before Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion at which he report­ed­ly said that he would re-open the inves­ti­ga­tion into his broth­er’s mur­der after get­ting into the White House.

Her mur­der by the Man­son cadre elim­i­nat­ed an impor­tant poten­tial wit­ness in the Robert Kennedy case.

Inter­est­ing­ly and sig­nif­i­cant­ly, an arti­cle appeared in a right-wing mag­a­zine out of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia called Aware penned by one Ed But­ler in which he claimed that the Tate/La Bian­ca killings were clear­ly the work of the Black Pan­thers or oth­er “Black Mil­i­tants.”

Recall that the Man­son killings were intend­ed to pro­voke the group’s vision of a race war called “Hel­ter Skel­ter” and ref­er­ences to which might be seen as lead­ing in the direc­tion of “black mil­i­tants” were scrawled in blood at the crime scene.

But­ler, it should be not­ed, is float­ing the cov­er sto­ry of the Man­son killings well before the arrests were made in the case! Fur­ther­more, But­ler is no stranger to the annals of polit­i­cal intrigue.

With long-stand­ing con­nec­tions to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty and the far right, But­ler’s name is one of a num­ber of evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries that link the assas­si­na­tions of both Kennedy broth­ers.

5. George Joan­nides was CIA liai­son to the anti-Cas­tro Cuban groups includ­ing the DRE [14] to which Car­los Bringuier belonged and also in charge of psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare for the CIA’s stateion JM Wave in Mia­mi. Joan­nides was appoint­ed as the liai­son between the Agency and the House Select Com­mit­tee on Assas­si­na­tions. (More about this in FTR #698 [15].)

“C.I.A. Is Still Cagey About Oswald Mys­tery” by Scott Shane; The New York Times; 10/17/2009. [14]

For six years, the agency has fought in fed­eral court to keep secret hun­dreds of doc­u­ments from 1963, when an anti-Cas­tro Cuban group it paid clashed pub­licly with the soon-to-be assas­sin, Lee Har­vey Oswald. The C.I.A. says it is only pro­tect­ing legit­i­mate secrets. But because of the agency’s his­tory of stonewalling assas­si­na­tion inquiries, even researchers with no use for con­spir­acy think­ing ques­tion its stance.

The files in ques­tion, some released under direc­tion of the court and hun­dreds more that are still secret, involve the curi­ous career of George E. Joan­nides, the case offi­cer who over­saw the dis­si­dent Cubans in 1963. In 1978, the agency made Mr. Joan­nides the liai­son to the House Select Com­mit­tee on Assas­si­na­tions — but nev­er told the com­mit­tee of his ear­lier role.

That con­ceal­ment has fueled sus­pi­cion that Mr. Joannides’s real assign­ment was to lim­it what the House com­mit­tee could learn about C.I.A. activ­i­ties. The agency’s decep­tion was first report­ed in 2001 by Jef­fer­son Mor­ley, who has dogged­ly pur­sued the files ever since, rep­re­sented by James H. Lesar, a Wash­ing­ton lawyer spe­cial­iz­ing in Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act law­suits. . . .

. . . . On the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion, the decep­tions began in 1964 with the War­ren Com­mis­sion. The C.I.A. hid its schemes to kill Fidel Cas­tro [27] and its ties to the anti-Cas­tro Direc­to­rio Rev­olu­cionario Estu­dan­til, or Cuban Stu­dent Direc­torate, which received $50,000 a month in C.I.A. sup­port dur­ing 1963. [This is the D.R.E., of which Car­los Bringuier was an official.–D.E.]

In August 1963, Oswald vis­ited a New Orleans shop owned by a direc­torate offi­cial, feign­ing sym­pa­thy with the group’s goal of oust­ing Mr. Cas­tro. A few days lat­er, direc­torate mem­bers found Oswald hand­ing out pro-Cas­tro pam­phlets and got into a brawl with him. Lat­er that month, he debat­ed the anti-Cas­tro Cubans on a local radio sta­tion.

In the years since Oswald was named as the assas­sin, spec­u­la­tion about who might have been behind him has nev­er end­ed, with var­i­ous the­o­ries focus­ing on Mr. Cas­tro, the mob, rogue gov­ern­ment agents or myr­iad com­bi­na­tions of the above. Mr. Mor­ley, one of many writ­ers to become entranced by the sto­ry, insists he has no the­ory and is seek­ing only the facts.

His law­suit has uncov­ered the cen­tral role in over­see­ing direc­torate activ­i­ties of Mr. Joan­nides, the deputy direc­tor for psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare at the C.I.A.’s Mia­mi sta­tion, code-named JM/WAVE. He worked close­ly with direc­torate lead­ers, doc­u­ments show, cor­re­spond­ing with them under pseu­do­nyms, pay­ing their trav­el expens­es and achiev­ing an “impor­tant degree of con­trol” over the group, as a July 1963 agency fit­ness report put it.

Fif­teen years lat­er, Mr. Joan­nides turned up again as the agency’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the House assas­si­na­tions com­mit­tee. Dan Hard­way, then a law stu­dent work­ing for the com­mit­tee, recalled Mr. Joan­nides as “a cold fish,” who firm­ly lim­ited access to doc­u­ments. Once, Mr. Hard­way remem­bered, “he hand­ed me a thin file and just stood there. I blew up, and he said, ‘This is all you’re going to get.’ ”

6. Joan­nides was also alleged by a doc­u­men­tary aired on BBC to have been present at the Ambas­sador Hotel [16] on the evening of Robert Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion! (More about this in FTR #582 [18].)

The inves­ti­ga­tion [19] into Robert Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion has been re-opened.

“CIA Role Claim in Kennedy Killing” by Shane O’Sullivan; BBC News­night; 11/21/2006. [16]

New video and pho­to­graphic evi­dence that puts three senior CIA oper­a­tives at the scene of Robert Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion has been brought to light. The evi­dence was shown in a report by Shane O’Sullivan, broad­cast on BBC News­night.

It reveals that the oper­a­tives and four uniden­ti­fied asso­ciates were at the Ambas­sador Hotel, Los Ange­les in the moments before and after the shoot­ing on 5 June, 1968. The CIA had no domes­tic juris­dic­tion and some of the offi­cers were based in South-East Asia at the time, with no rea­son to be in Los Ange­les.

Kennedy had just won the Cal­i­for­nia Demo­c­ra­tic pri­mary on an anti-War tick­et and was set to chal­lenge Nixon for the White House when he was shot in a kitchen pantry. A 24-year-old Pales­tin­ian, Sirhan Sirhan, was arrest­ed as the lone assas­sin and note­books at his house seemed to incrim­i­nate him. How­ever, even under hyp­no­sis, he has nev­er been able to remem­ber the shoot­ing and defense psy­chi­a­trists con­cluded he was in a trance at the time. Wit­nesses placed Sirhan’s gun sev­eral feet in front of Kennedy but the autop­sy showed the fatal shot came from one inch behind. Dr Her­bert Spiegel, a world author­ity on hyp­no­sis at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity, believes Sirhan may have been hyp­not­i­cally pro­grammed to act as a decoy for the real assas­sin.

The report is the result of a three-year inves­ti­ga­tion by film­maker Shane O’Sullivan. He reveals new video and pho­tographs show­ing three senior CIA oper­a­tives at the hotel. Three of these men have been pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied as senior offi­cers who worked togeth­er in 1963 at JMWAVE, the CIA’s Mia­mi base for its Secret War on Cas­tro. David Morales was Chief of Oper­a­tions and once told friends: ‘I was in Dal­las when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Ange­les when we got the lit­tle bas­tard.’ Gor­don Camp­bell was Chief of Mar­itime Oper­a­tions and George Joan­nides was Chief of Psy­cho­log­i­cal War­fare Oper­a­tions. Joan­nides was called out of retire­ment in 1978 to act as the CIA liai­son to the Con­gres­sional inves­ti­ga­tion into the JFK assas­si­na­tion. [Empha­sis added.] Now, we see him at the Ambas­sador Hotel the night a sec­ond Kennedy is assas­si­nated. . . .