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The Tex Watson Tapes: Days of Future Passed

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Charles Man­son

COMMENT: 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 [2], 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?

In our next post, we will ana­lyze evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries between the Robert Kennedy assas­si­na­tion [3] and the Man­son killings.

 

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Mari­na Habe’s Mur­der

“12 Unsolved Mur­ders Have Pos­si­ble Ties to Man­son fam­i­ly, LAPD Says” by Saman­tha Tata and Robert Kovacik; NBC News; 10/18/2012. [5]

EXCERPT: 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.”

arli­er 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.

Mari­na Eliz­a­beth Habe; Wikipedia. [6]

EXCERPT: 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]

Hans Habe; Wikipedia. [7]

EXCERPT: . . . .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] . . . .