Sandra Good, aka Blue, is a long-time member of the Manson Family and a close friend of Lynette Fromme. Unlike many of the Family members, Good professed total allegiance to Manson until the day he died.
Good was born in San Diego, California on February 20, 1944. Good grew up in a middle-class family, along with two older sisters. Her parents divorced when Good was four years old. Good went to several universities after high school, but never graduated. Good joined Manson and his family in April 1968. Good became one of Manson’s most ardent followers.
On August 8, 1969, the day of the Tate murders, Sandra Good and Mary Brunner were arrested and jailed for using stolen credit cards in a department store. According to some, this was one of the catalysts for the Tate murders.
Manson reportedly needed money to bail Good, who was eight months pregnant at the time, and Brunner, mother of Manson’s son, out of jail. That same night, not long after Manson learned that the two girls had been arrested, Manson sent Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian to 10050 Cielo Drive, the Tate residence.
Tate/LaBianca Murder Trial
Although not involved in the Manson family murders, she did applaud the murders and said she respected those who committed the murders. She carved an X on her forehead, shaved her head and showed her support for her brothers and sisters in jail by holding daily vigils at the Hall Of Justice. In 1971, Good was arrested while aiding Manson family associate Kenneth Como in a botched escape from jail.
After Manson’s conviction, Good left for Oregon with an ex-convict, Steve Bekins. In July 1972, Good was arrested for helping Bekins go into hiding after he robbed a supermarket. Bekins was arrested and detained and the charges against Good were, eventualy, dropped.
In 1972, Sandra Good and fellow Manson follower Lynette Fromme moved into an apartment in Sacramento to be closer to Manson who was serving his jail sentence in Folsom Prison. While the two lived in Sacramento, they began to concern themselves with the climate and joined Manson’s new religion called ‘The Order Of The Rainbow’.
Manson gave the two girls a new nickname, Good was nicknamed ‘Blue’, which stands for clean air and water, and Fromme was nicknamed ‘Red’. Later, Manson, Fromme and Good started a new movement called ATWA, an environmental movement to protect the earth from pollution. ATWA is an abbreviation and stands for air, trees, water and animals.
Prison and Parole
After her friend, and fellow Manson family member, Lynette Fromme was arrested for the assassination attempt on President Ford, Good took advantage of the chaos, and told in a number of interviews that there would be another series of murders, this time targeting business people, who Good held responsible for polluting the environment.
In 1975, Good was indicted for sending death threats to more than 170 corporate executives. Good was sentenced to 15 years in prison. During her incarceration, Good was transferred several times. At some point, Good was transferred to Alderson in West Virginia, where her friend Lynette Fromme was serving her prison sentence, and the two were briefly together again. Good was paroled in early December 1985 after having served 10 years.
A condition of her parole was that she could not return to California. Good moved to Vermont, where she lived a quiet life under the name Sandra Collins. In 1989, Good was recognized by someone as ‘the Manson girl’ during a demonstration, and her cover was blown. After her parole ended, Good moved to Hanford, California, near Corcoran State Prison, to be closer to Manson, although she was not allowed to visit him.
In 1996, the early days of the internet, Good launched a website called Access Manson. In 1997, The New York Times published a not so subtle article about Good’s website with the headline: History Rewritten by Losers.
Good has a son, Ivan S. Pugh, with Manson family member, and murderer, Robert Beausoleil. Ivan was raised in a foster family but is in contact with both of his biological parents. Ivan supports Beausoleil, and advocates for his release from prison. Today Ivan is a respected chef and entrepreneur.
There seems to be some confusion, on the internet that is, regarding Ivan’s biological father. This is mainly due to his last name, Pugh. Good dated a man named Joel Pugh (ext), who was found dead in a London hotel. Bruce Davis, a Manson Family member, happened to be in the London area at the time Joel Pugh died.
Sandra Good, Ivan Pugh and Bobby Beausoleil have all said that Beausoleil is his biological father. Beausoleil recently said this during one of his parole hearings. I have been in contact with Ivan a number of times, and in one of these conversations he also mentioned that Beausoleil is his biological father.
Excerpt from Beausoleil’s 2019 parole hearing:
ATTORNEY CAMPBELL: Uh, beyond that I have two letters of support that I received after, uh, the, um, after submitting them including one from Ivan Pugh, P-U- G-H, who is, uh, the biological son of Mr. Beausoleil.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ANDRES: Okay and then the other two documents you gave us are support letters. One from, um, Michael Monaghan (phonetic) who is a professional writer, publisher and gives contact information in Vermont and, uh, talks about among things your creative skills and, uh, gives us an idea of how long he has known you and then the other one from your biological son, Ivan Pugh?
INMATE BEAUSOLEIL: Yes.
Read the full parole hearing here.
Sandra Good Today
Today, Good is still proud of her ‘brothers and sisters’ in prison, and still stands behind the murders committed in the 1960s. She never denounced Manson and she professed total allegiance to him until his death in 2017.