Frykowski - AKA -Voytek Frykowski - (December 22, 1936 - August 9, 1969) was a
Polish born writer who was murdered in the home of Roman Polanski by members of
the Charles Manson "Family".
He was a very close friend of movie
director Roman Polanski and appeared in one of Polanski's early Polish made short
films, Mammals in 1962 as a thief. He came from Poland to the United States in
the hope of furthering his writing career, but did not meet with success.
was involved in a common-law relationship with coffee heiress Abigail Folger who
was a close friend of Polanski's wife, actress Sharon Tate. Frykowski and Folger
agreed to stay with Tate, who was eight months pregnant, while Polanski was in
Europe working on a film project. The couple was murdered, along with Sharon Tate,
Jay Sebring and Steven Parent by members of Charles Manson's "Family"
at the Polanski residence in Beverly Hills, California.
Frykowski was cremated
and his ashes were buried in the St Josef Cemetery in Lodz, Poland.
Frykowski - Birth name - Wojciech Frykowski - Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) - Spouse
Tortured and murdered by the Manson family, along with
Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and Steven Parent.
Folger at the time of his death. Abigail was a good friend of Sharon Tate, thus,
both Voytek and Abigail were at Sharon's home the night the Manson family invaded
Had a son, Bartek.
His remains were buried at St. Josef Cemetery
in Lodz, Poland.
Murder Victim. Childhood friend of Roman Polanski. In English,
his name translates to Albert. Victim of the Manson Family Murders.
Frykowski death certificate
Cause of death:
wounds and gunshot wounds. Victim was shot twice, struck over the head thirteen
times with a blunt object, causing massive skull fractures and was stabbed fifty-one
times, with wounds penetrating chest, back, neck, scalp, both legs, and both arms.
brother and son of Voityck Frykowski, murdered by Manson followers
Wojciech Frykowski was born in Poland on December 22, 1936.
His father Jan Frykowski was a small textile printer who fought with authorities
to remain in control of his business after World War II. Wojciech graduated from
school with a degree in chemistry, but chose to spend his time hanging around
filmmakers. He met Roman Polanski at a school dance; Polanski was working the
door and refused to let him in because Frykowski was a known troublemaker. According
to Polanski, the altercation almost resulted in a fistfight. Some weeks later
they met again, this time at a local bar, Wojciech bought Roman a drink and the
two instantly became friends. Frykowski financed and produced an early short Roman
made titled Mammals, but wasn't credited because he wasn't an official member
of the film community. He was an exceptional swimmer and was hired to be the lifeguard
on the set of Polanski's first full-length motion picture, Knife In The Water.
In Roman's own memoirs he told stories of wild nights out at the bar with Wojciech,
one of which included a brawl where Frykowski struck a man twice with a chair.
"Beneath his tough exterior" Roman said, "Wojciech was good-natured,
softhearted to the point of sentimentality, and utterly loyal." Frykowski
married twice and had a son, Bartek. One of his marriages was to the famous polish
writer Agneski Osiecka.
He left Poland in 1967 and after spending some
time in Paris he moved to the United States. In New York, Polish author Jerzy
Kosinski introduced him to Abigail Folger. Wojciech couldn't really speak English
but both he and Folger were fluent in French. For months the two lived together
in New York but then decided to move out west. In August of 1968 the couple rented
a car and drove to California where they took residence at 2774 Woodstock Rd.,
across the street from Mama Cass, in the Hollywood hills. While Abigail tutored
him in English Wojciech kept a diary where he would take notes on American customs.
He seemed to want to become a writer like Jerzy Kosinski and began writing poetry.
He had a brief job with Paramount as a set constructor but was unhappy with the
work and quit. On April 1, 1969, Wojciech and Abigail moved into Roman and Sharon's
Beverly Hills home to housesit while Polanksi and Tate were abroad working on
different film projects. When Sharon came back from Italy Roman asked Wojciech
if he and Abigail would stick around until he came back from England in August.
By August, neither Wojciech nor Abigail seemed happy with one-another;
they fought constantly and both started using drugs more frequently. Nonetheless,
they stayed together and spent their summer hosting several parties at the Cielo
Drive house. Through a friend, Wojciech was introduced to a group of Canadian
drug dealers and allegedly agreed to traffic their drugs into Los Angeles. Frykowski's
actual involvement in the drug trade still remains a mystery and continues to
generate controversy among people who believe there was a connection between him
and the Manson family. Years later, Roman Polanski denied the rumors about Wojciech
selling drugs, stating that the stories were just media sensationalism.
August 8, 1969, Wojciech and Abigail joined Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring for dinner
at El Coyote, a Mexican restaurant on Beverly Blvd. Afterwhich, the four returned
back to the Cielo Drive estate, Wojciech fell asleep on the living room couch,
Abigail retired to her bedroom to read a book, while Jay sat and talked with Sharon
in her bedroom. Shortly after midnight Wojciech was awoken by the voice of Charles
"Tex" Watson. Frykowski, barely awake, asked him what time it was and
Watson replied by kicking him in the head. Even more confused, Wojciech inquired,
"Who are you?" Watson answered, "I'm the devil and I'm here to
do the devil's business." At knife and gunpoint, everyone in the house was
rounded up and brought into the living room. Watson ordered Susan Atkins to tie
Wojciech's hands with a towel. When it became clear that the intruders intended
on killing everyone in the house Wojciech freed his hands and began struggling
with Susan Atkins. Rolling around on the floor together Atkins managed to stab
him in the legs four times. Losing the battle, Susan called for help; Tex Watson
came over and tackled Frykowski, beating him over the head with the butt end of
the .22 Buntline revolver. Wojciech, determined to escape, managed to make his
way outside. He screamed for help as Tex shot him twice, but finally succumbed
to the killer when Watson continued to stab him on the front lawn.