Motives for the Charles Manson Murders...
The Manson family and their
crimes raise many sociological questions? With the varying stories and the many
people involved, questions like why were these murders committed? don't always
yield clear answers. There are a number of motives, some believable and others
with little or no evidence to back them up. Was there one true motive? Or were
the murders the result of a combination of events? Everyone seems to have thier
Hinman:: There seems to be some confusion as to why
Gary Hinman was killed. One story goes; Manson was under the impression that Gary
had inherited a large some of money. He told Bobby Beausoleil, Mary Brunner, and
Susan Atkins to go over to Hinman's and get the money and Gary was subsequently
killed after he refused to give them anything.
The other story, which Beausoleil
himself never brought up in either of his two trials, was that Hinman had sold
him some mescaline, which Bobby sold to some bikers that hung around Spahn's Movie
Ranch. A day later the bikers returned claiming the mescaline was bogus and demanded
a refund. So Beausoleil went over to Hinman's to get his money back.
an OUI magazine interview Bobby recalled, "I didn't go there with the intention
of killing Gary. If I was going to kill him, I wouldn't have taken the girls.
I was going there for one purpose only, which was to collect $1000 that I had
already turned over to him, that didn't belong to me."
When Hinman refused
the group his money and car titles a three-day conflict began. During which time
Manson himself came over and took his sword to the side of Gary's face, slicing
up his ear.
On the third day, Susan remembered, "Mary and I were in
the kitchen. Bobby walked in and said quietly, "You two stay in here. I'm
going to have to kill him."
"I couldn't stop myself. I ran into the
room. Gary was standing, holding his stomach, and Bobby clutched a knife."
one of his trials, Beausoleil stated that he hadn't killed Hinman, Manson had.
But in the OUI interview he said Manson wasn't even there. "You see the Sheriff's
Homicide Department wanted to get Manson involved in my case, which was very difficult
because Manson was not involved." Beausoleil continued and said that Hinman
was killed because "he told me that he was going to the police (and tell
them) that I had come and assaulted him to get money from him. I had my back against