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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.