LAPD: Manson tapes needed for unsolved cases

Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman says investigators believe that decades-old taped conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney could help clear up more than a dozen unsolved homicides.

Andrew Smith told The Associated Press on Thursday that the LAPD sought to use a search warrant to obtain the tapes of conversations between Charles "Tex" Watson and his late attorney, Bill Boyd, because it urgently wants to solve any unsolved cases.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell in Texas this month blocked the LAPD from executing the search warrant for the office of a bankruptcy trustee who currently has the tapes.

He criticized the LAPD for trying to circumvent an order he issued keeping the tapes off limits while he considers Watson's appeal of a bankruptcy court case.