Wojciech Frykowski

Wojciech was the son of entrepreneur Jan Frykowski. He had two brothers, Jerzy Kajetan and Maciej. Wojciech graduated from the Textile Technicum in Lodz, Poland, and then the Textile Department at the Lodz University of Technology.

In November 1958, Wojciech married model Ewa Maria Morelle, who in 1959 gave birth to their son Bartłomiej. Wojciech came to the United States in the hope of making a writing career. Wojciech was a native of Poland and had lived in England, France, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Extrovert

He was an extrovert and gave invitations to almost everyone he met to come visit him at his residence. Narcotic parties were the order of the day, and the parties continued on into the early morning hours.

According to Polanski’s 1984 autobiography, “Roman,” Polanski was working the door at a school dance and refused Wojciech entry due to his reputation as a troublemaker. The two almost came to blows but a few weeks later they met in a bar and Wojciech bought Roman a drink, talked, and became friends.

Abigail Folger

Wojciech was introduced to Abigail Folger by Polish author Jerzy Kosinski. Wojciech’s English wasn’t very good but he and Abigail both spoke fluent French and the two became friends and lovers. They moved from New York to Los Angeles and rented a home together. Wojciech didn’t have any money so Abigail supported him financially. She paid the rent and paid for their drug habit.

Cielo Drive

Wojciech and Abigail moved in to the Tate residence to house-sit while Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate went to Europe to work on different film projects.

Sharon Tate returned from Europe after she wrapped up her final movie. Polanski asked Wojciech if he and Abigail could stick around until Polanski came back from Europe. Wojciech and Abigail agreed to stay with Sharon, who was in the eighth month of her pregnancy.

Death

Wojciech was killed by members of The Manson Family on August 9, 1969. Wojciech was shot, beaten and stabbed 51 times.

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