Name: Gary Allen Hinman
Date of Birth: 12/24/1934
Date of Death: 07/27/1969
Place of Birth: Grand Junction, Colorado
Place of Death: Malibu, California
Place of Burial: Rosebud Cemetery, Colorado
Documents: Hinman Autopsy Report
Gary Hinman was the first murder victim in a series of killings by the Manson Family. Gary’s house was a regular crash pad for anyone needing a place to stay. He befriended the Manson Family and several Family members lived at Gary’s home for short periods of time, including Brunner and Beausoleil.
On July 25, 1969, Robert Beausoleil, Susan Atkins, and Mary Brunner paid Gary a visit. According to Beausoleil’s jailhouse interview for Oui Magazine, 1981, they went to Gary because he had sold Beausoleil a 1000 tabs of bad mescaline. Beausoleil wanted his money back.
Gary told Beausoleil that he didn’t have the money. Gary was held captive for 3 days. Beausoleil, Atkins and Brunner took turns sleeping. According to Danny Decarlo Beausoleil had knocked Gary around for 3 or 4 hours. Later on Manson and Bruce Davis stopped by. Manson had a sword on him and struck Gary in the head, slicing of a piece of his ear. Atkins and Brunner tried to stitch up Gary’s face with a needle and dental floss.
The ordeal finally ended when Beausoleil stabbed Gary twice in the chest. Gary didn’t die immediately and made loud gurgling sounds so Atkins and Brunner took turns smothering Gary with a pillow.
After Gary died Beausoleil wrote the words “Political Piggy” and drew a paw print on the wall in Gary’s blood, in an attempt to make authorities think the Black Panthers committed the murder.
Before the trio left they covered Gary’s body with a blanket, took his bagpipes and two pink slips for his cars and took the cars to Spahn Ranch.
A couple of days later, the California Highway Patrol found Robert Beausoleil sleeping in Gary’s Fiat station wagon. It was not long before Beausoleil was booked for the murder of Gary Hinman. Brunner and Atkins were subsequently charged for the murder.
Atkins was arrested in October 1969 for her involvement in the murder. At that point, the police did not know who was responsible for the Tate-LaBianca murders. But Atkins implicated herself in jail, when she is said to have admitted to cellmates that she stabbed Ms. Tate, tasted her blood and used it to write “Pig” on the front door of the house.
Brunner received immunity from prosecution to testify against both Beausoleil and Atkins.