Alan Springer

Alan Leroy Springer was born on October 16, 1943. He was a member of the Straight Satan’s outlaw motorcycle club and lived in Torrance California with his wife and kids. Springer did not meet Charles Manson until a few days after the Tate-Labianca murders when he visited the Spahn Ranch looking for his fellow Straight Satan member Danny Decarlo, whom he wanted to convince to leave the family. Both Al Springer and Danny DeCarlo gave evidence of the Family’s involvement with multiple murders attributed to the Family including information on the death of Gary Hinman and the supposed murder of Bernard “Lotsapoppa” Crowe. Both men also testified in front of a Los Angeles County Grand Jury which helped secure indictments.

On Wednesday, November 12, 1969 an officer from the Venice Police Department called Los Angeles homicide detectives and asked if they wanted to talk to an “Al Springer”, a known member of the Straight Satan’s motorcycle club and associate of the Manson family. During the interview Springer said Charles Manson told him personally on August 12, 1969, that the family was responsible for killing five people, whom Springer said Charlie identified as “pigs”, which was a description he often used for anyone in the establishment.

Springer wound up giving detectives a tremendous amount of insight into the Family and their life at the ranch. He returned to police again on November 19, 1969 and gave additional information related to a “Blue Camaro” driven by someone trying to get Danny Decarlo into a Beer commercial. He also told police that “Charlie and Tex are the brains out there” on the ranch. Springer described co-conspirator Charles “Tex” Watson as “just like a college student.” He said Watson “kept his mouth shut” and enjoyed working on dune buggies.

In 1982, then 38 year old Al Springer, was charged along with two other man with selling cocaine to federal undercover agents; the three men were all taken into custody by federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents at an airport motel in Milwaukee. He was living in Mancelona, Michigan at the time. Springer passed away at the age of 56, at Rideout Memorial Hospital on Sunday, May 21, 2000.