Robert Beausoleil

Beausoleil, aka Bobby, is a former member of the Manson Family who was given the death sentence for killing his friend, Gary Hinman.

At age 15, Beausoleil was sent to a Boys Camp for running away from home and several juvenile pranks. After his release, Beausoleil moved to the L.A. area. In 1968, Beausoleil was living with Gary Hinman when he met Charles Manson and became a member of “The Family”. Beausoleil moved to Spahn’s Movie Ranch with the Family.

Hinman Murder

In need of money, Manson sent Beausoleil to his old friend Gary in order to rob him. Beausoleil took Susan Atkins and Mary Brunner to the Hinman residence where they tortured Hinman for several days, trying to get him to talk and give up the money they believed he had.

Hinman told them off the bat that he didn’t have any money but the Family members didn’t believe him. They finally killed him when it became clear that he was telling the truth all along. He didn’t have any money.

A couple of days after the Hinman murder, the California Highway Patrol found Beausoleil sleeping in Hinman’s Fiat station wagon. Beausoleil told the police that the car had broken down while he was driving to San Francisco.

It was not long before Beausoleil was booked for the murder of Gary Hinman. He had two trials, and was eventually convicted and sentenced to death. His death sentence was commuted to life when California briefly outlawed the death penalty in 1972.

Beausoleil Trial Footage


Beausoleil has a daughter with former Family member Kitty Lutesinger. He has a son, Ivan Pugh, with Family member Sandra Good, and he has another daughter, who works for half-brother Ivan as a waitress.

Beausoleil is in contact with all his children, and his children support him. He was married for over 30 years to Barbara Beausoleil who died in 2012.

Fun Facts

Beausoleil and Manson Family murder victim Jay Sebring both have a role in the 1967 movie Mondo Hollywood. In 1967, Beausoleil met Kenneth Anger and had a part in Anger’s film Lucifer Rising. Beausoleil became friends with Frank Zappa, and can be heard as a backup singer on Zappa’s first record, Freak Out.

Beausoleil also featured in a soft porn movie titled The Ramrodder. The movie was filmed near Spahn’s Movie Ranch and also starred Manson Family member Catherine Share.

Related: The Hinman Murder