Rene Guzman and Leonardo Lopez are on trial for the murders of three sheriff’s deputies in 1971, and the death penalty is on the table. What were the arguments for and against capital punishment? What monumental flaw did the District Attorney make that led to a review of the case? And what was the shocking turn of events two decades later? The script for episode 2 follows.
Episode 1: “Beep, Beep”
Listen Here: “Manson said I want you to go out and kill these people, to go up to this place and kill everyone that is there…here I was, a naïve Texas boy without a conscience, of right and wrong, thinking the world is going to come to the end tomorrow.”1Charles Tex Watson, 700 Club Interview available here on YouTube. The Title of This Show comes Prosecutor Vince Bugliosi in his opening statements to jurors in Charles Tex Watson’s Trial on August 16th, 1971: “Charles Watson was Manson’s Chief Lieutenant and principal instrument by which Manson intended to carry out his bizarre motive.”
Episode 2: A Link Between Two Worlds
Listen Here: Manson Family Member Susan Atkins, while in custody for another murder, admitted to another inmate that she was involved in the Tate-LaBianca killings. Charles was there, too. After Investigators sorted out that the Charles she spoke of was not Charlie Manson but Charles Watson, they matched his fingerprints from a recent arrest to one recovered on the front door of Sharon Tate’s house at 10050 Cielo Drive. Their search for the man with the prints led them to Texas.1The Title for this episode comes from the testimony of Dean Moorehouse given in The People of California vs. Charles Tex Watson on August 23, 1971.
Episode 3 – Death Is Charlie’s Trip
Listen Here: In this episode, Prosecutor Vince Bugliosi shows jurors how the killings were committed not with “diminished capacity,” but with a “diminished heart, a diminished soul.” Defense Lawyer Sam Bubrick reveals Charlie Manson as “a man of a thousand faces,” and explained how “Charlie was God and Tex did not question God.”
Episode 4: Tex Watson vs. Vince Bugliosi
Listen Here: In this episode, we hear the story of the Tate-LaBianca killings from Charles Tex Watson himself. We’ll go through Vince Bugliosi’s cross examination, learn the verdicts, and uncover the Murderous Design of Tex and Charlie. Read More
March 3, 1964: Eve of Trial
Today is Tuesday, March 3, 1964, Jury selection in the Jack Ruby Trial finally concludes, a lawyer was held in contempt, and the eyes of the world descend upon Dallas – The trial of Jack Ruby – the original trial of the century begins tomorrow. Keep reading for this episode’s script.
March 4, 1964: The First Day of Trial
Today is Wednesday, March 4, 1964, Jack Ruby enters a plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of temporary insanity, Henry Wade and his team lay out the whereabouts of Jack Ruby on the weekend of the assassination, and an exclusive interview with the man handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald. Day 1 is in the history books. Continue reading for this episode’s script.
March 5, 1964: You Know Me, I’m Jack Ruby
Today is Thursday, March 5, 1964: Did Jack Ruby’s own words devastate his defense? Lines of hopeful spectators stretch around the courthouse, and the lawyer’s bitter fight wages on. Day 2 is in the history books: Keep reading for the script for this episode.
March 6, 1964: The State Rests, The Drama Begins
Today is Friday, March 6th, 1964: Jurors watch a historic Motion Picture Film, We Learn about Ruby’s”CHILDREN”, and, well…..Dallas Just Can’t Win. Day 3 is in the history books. Keep Reading for this episode’s script.
March 7, 1964: When Transfer Turns to Mayhem-Live
Today is Saturday, March 7, 1964 and the Jack Ruby Trial is in recess for the weekend. Jurors saw portions of Jack Ruby’s act. Today, you will hear all of it. Continue reading for this episode’s script.