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Manson Family Member: LAPD Shouldn’t Possess Tapes

DALLAS (AP) – A Manson family follower whose recorded conversations with his late attorney are part of a Texas bankruptcy proceeding says Los Angeles police should be allowed to listen to the tapes but not take possession of them.

Charles “Tex” Watson wrote in a motion that giving the tapes to the LAPD outright could result in media gaining access. He says that would create “a public dishonor” to those “emotionally attached” to the Manson murders.

Watson is serving a life sentence for his role in the 1969 killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

A judge ruled last month that the LAPD can obtain the taped conversations between Watson and attorney Bill Boyd after 14 days. An LAPD spokesman says officers still plan to go get the tapes after Thursday’s deadline.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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