Catherine Gillies

44Name: Catherine Irene Gillies
AKA: Cappy, Cathy Myers, Capistrano
Date of Birth: 8/2/1949
Date of Death: 06/29/2018
Place of Birth: Santa Cruz, California
Place of Death: Cave Junction, Oregon
Cause of Death: Cancer

Catherine Gillies was a member of the Manson Family. Gillies joined the family sometime in 1968. In the summer of ’69 she volunteered to go with the Tate/LaBianca killers on both nights, but Manson ordered Gillies to stay at Spahn Ranch.

Catherine was one of Manson’s most devoted followers. Catherine was arrested in both the Spahn Ranch and Barker Ranch raids. Catherine was one of the family members present when John “Zero” Haught killed himself playing Russian roulette. The police ruled Haught’s death a suicide, however there are indications that Haught may have been murdered. No fingerprints were found on the gun, not even Haught’s own prints and the gun was fully loaded at the time of death.

An anonymous source told the L.A Times that he was there when Haught died. He claimed Haught didn’t kill himself but was shot by one of the girls.

It is reported that to this day Cathy is still upset she was not chosen to go with the killers and she still supports her brothers and sisters in prison.

Today Catherine is divorced, has 4 children and lives somewhere in Oregon.

Catherine Gillies died of cancer on June 29, 2018 in Cave Junction, Oregon.

Last known photo of Catherine Gillies.

4 thoughts on “Catherine Gillies

  1. How deep was her involvement in the murder of John Philip Haught aka “Zero?”
    Why weren’t the murders of Reet Juvahtsen, Doreen Gaul, James Sharp, Mark Walt’s, Marina Habe, Joel Pugh, and others investigated and followed though?! It’s maddenng that the Famly seems to have escaped justice.?? And who worked out the deal that allowed Paul Hogan to go free in the 80s? That wasn’t right.

  2. Hard to say. There was a young man who claimed to witness the murder of John Haught and he claimed one of the girls shot him. No way “Zero” killed himself. All chambers of the gun were loaded except for the one used to kill him. “Zero” was considered a weak link in the Family and I am sure he was murdered. I doubt we will ever know who killed him or all the other murder victims. I agree that it is a slap in the face to the victims and their families.

  3. Capi’s grandmother OWNED the Myers Ranch next to the Barker Ranch (the ranch compounds were very near each other, and squatters/tenants used both.) She knew the previous tenant, cult leader Marjorie Cameron Parsons, who moved out just before The Family moved in. It was apparently Capi who told Manson about her grandmother’s ranch, and whatever wild shit went down when Cameron lived there.

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