Investigations of the Manson Murders.
The departments working on the
two investigations were the Los Angeles Sheriffs Office and the Los Angeles Police
Department (LAPD). This would later play a very important role in the investigation
in the year and a half due to mass miscommunication between the two departments
concerning the two crime scenes.
Lack of communication between the two
law enforcement entities put both cases in jeopardy several times during the investigations.
For example, the word "PIG" was printed on the door at the Tate scene
and the detectives from the LASO approached LAPD detectives and told them of the
writing of the words "Death to Pigs" in the victim's own blood at the
LaBianca scene. When presented with possible evidence that the two crimes might
be linked, Los Angles Police Department (LAPD) inspector K.J. McCauley told reporters
"I don't see any connection between this murder (Tate) and the others. They're
too widely removed. I just don't see any connection". This was the official
stance taken by the LAPD and the detectives proceeded to work solely on their
In addition to the communication problems, the officers also
encountered emotional, political, and mental stress from the shear senselessness
of the crimes. One of Charles Manson's most faithful followers would later say
"We wanted to do a crime that the world would have to stand up and take notice".
As the first officers observed the horrific scene gradually unfold, they began
to lose focus of their procedural duties and there were also several mistakes
made in the preservation and collection of evidence.
on the police investigations