Rumor: Charles Manson responsible for more murders than previously known

Decade-old audio tapes detail accusations of additional killings

UNCONFIRMED: Charles Manson is responsible for several additional murders

Infamous criminal Charles Manson was officially convicted of nine counts of murder. But are there other victims that met their demise at the hands of his “family”? According to audio tapes obtained by MyFoxLA, and reported by New York Daily News and the Huffington Post, the attorney for Manson co-defendant Charles “Tex” Watson, was told of several additional murders that Manson allegedly orchestrated.

‘A bunch of other people Manson had killed’

Attorney Bill Boyd represented Watson in the late 1960s, as he and other members of the “Manson Family” stood trial for a string of brutal murders that were intended by to incite a race war Manson referred to as “Helter Skelter.” Years later, Boyd, who died in 2009, recorded more than 20 hours of interviews with Watson and in one, Boyd says Watson “told me about a bunch of other people Manson had killed.”

Details on killings scarce

Who Manson killed, where and when it happened and whether he did it personally or had others carry out the supposed crimes are all left unsaid in the tapes released. Barbara Hoyt, a former Manson Family member who defected from the group and testified against them in court, tells the MyFoxLA  “it would not surprise me if there were more murders.”

Final parole hearing approaching

News on the supposed additional murders comes as one Manson Family member is heading toward a chance at freedom. Bruce Davis, having served more than 40 years in prison for two murders committed after the group’s most infamous killings, is being recommended as suitable for parole by California’s Board of Parole Hearings. Gov. Jerry Brown will have 30 days to approve, deny, modify or decline to review Davis’ release.

Manson, meanwhile, was denied parole for the 12th time last year and won’t be considered again for parole until 2027, when he will be 92-years-old.

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