LAPD: Manson tapes needed for unsolved cases

LAPD: Manson tapes needed for unsolved cases

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Photo dated 1978 of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. Released from prison in 1967, he set up a commune based on free love and devotion to himself. Members of his cult conducted a series of murders in California in 1969, including that of actress Sharon Tate. He and his accomplices were sentenced to death, but were spared the death penalty due to a Supreme Court ruling against capital punishment.Photo dat�e de 1978 du tueur en s�rie Charles Manson. Rel�ch� de prison en 1967, il fonda une communaut� bas� sur l'amour libre et la d�votion � lui. Les membres de son culte commirent plusieurs meurtres en 1969 en Californie dont celui notamment de l'actrice Sharon Tate, compagne du r�alisateur Roman Polanski. Ils furent condamn�s � mort mais leur peine commu�e en emprisonnement. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/GettyImages)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 2:29 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman says investigators believe that decades-old taped conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney could help clear up more than a dozen unsolved homicides.

Andrew Smith told The Associated Press on Thursday that the LAPD sought to use a search warrant to obtain the tapes of conversations between Charles "Tex" Watson and his late attorney, Bill Boyd, because it urgently wants to solve any unsolved cases.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell in Texas this month blocked the LAPD from executing the search warrant for the office of a bankruptcy trustee who currently has the tapes.

He criticized the LAPD for trying to circumvent an order he issued keeping the tapes off limits while he considers Watson's appeal of a bankruptcy court case.

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