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
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.
Gary Hinman was a musician who left his home state of Colorado to live and work as a musician in the Los Angeles area. Gary was a kind and outgoing, he was a good-hearted person who often gave others in need of a place to stay, or a few dollars to get by. Gary’s charity is what led him to befriend the wrong kind of people, the kind of people who tortured him for several days before killing him.
On July 25, 1969, Manson told Robert Beausoleil, Susan Atkins, and Mary Brunner to pay Gary Hinman a visit. According to Beausoleil they went to Hinman because Hinman had sold Beausoleil 1000 tabs of bad mescaline and Beausoleil wanted his money back.
However according to statements made to the police the motive to visit Hinman was because the Manson Family needed money for their move to the desert and Manson thought Hinman had money.
Someone in the group suggested going to Santa Monica and kidnap Terry Melcher and holding him for Ransom.
At this time, the name of Gary Hinman was brought up and Charles Manson stated, “Yeah, he’s single and owns that house and probably has stocks and lots of money.”
When Beausoleil asked Gary Hinman for money, Gary told Beausoleil that he didn’t have any money. Gary then was held captive for 3 days. According to Danny Decarlo Beausoleil had knocked Gary around for 3 or 4 hours. Later on Charles 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 while Davis pointed a gun at Hinman. 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.