Hatami said then that he spoke loudly to the man
and he demonstrated. He came off the witness stand and he demonstrated the manner
in which he spoke with him. And when he demonstrated he indicated that he pointed
with his finger when he said, "Take the back alley."
that near the end of this conversation with the man, Sharon Tate came out of the
front door of the residence and said, "Who is it, Hatami?" And Hatami
told Sharon that the man was looking for someone and he, Hatami, told the man
to go to the rear. Hatami testified that Sharon could see the man and the man
could see Sharon as they were relatively close to each other, and there were no
obstacles between them. Moreover, when the man later turned around and walked
away he walked in the dirt pathway, inasmuch as the dirt pathway was right in
front of the Tate residence, and Sharon was standing at the front door. At that
time she also would have the opportunity to look directly at him and him at her.
So, it appears, ladies and gentlemen, that Charles Manson saw Sharon Tate
and Sharon Tate saw Charles Manson on the date of March the twenty-third, 1969,
when Manson was on the Tate premises.
A very beautiful honey blonde, Sharon
Tate, looked into the eyes of the man who the evidence shows just four and a half
months later would order her tragic and violent death.
Now, the back alley
may be an alley to Hatami, a foreigner from Iran, but to Charles Manson, a back
alley is a place where they have garbage cans, it is the habitat of rats and cats
and dogs. So I am sure he wasn't too happy when Hatami says to take the back alley.
One doesn't have to stretch the imagination to realize that the Tate residence
was symbolic to Charles Manson, and particularly the establishment's rejection
of him. Now, with an overall motive for these murders, an overall motive of Helter
Skelter, the victims who Charles Manson ordered murdered really didn't make too
much difference to him. As long as they were white and members of the establishment
they were qualified, as it were. On the evening of August the eighth, 1969, when
Charles Manson sent his robots out on a mission of murder, since the only qualifications
the victims had to have was that they be white and members of the establishment,
obviously, it made immense sense to Charles Manson, so he may just as well select
a residence that he was familiar with, particularly one where he had been treated
rather shabbily and whose former occupant, Terry Melcher, had rejected him. If
the Tate premises, ladies and gentlemen, did not symbolize the establishment to
Charles Manson, no residence, no premises, ever would.
on the closing argument