Myers Ranch was built in 1932 by Bill and Barbara Myers, Catherine Gillies’ grandparents. The Myers lived on the ranch until 1960 when they relocated to Fresno so that their children could have a better education.
The ranch was built of wood ties from the Searles Lake monorail. The Myers ran a gas and food stop called Wild rose Station.
In 1968, Charles Manson learned about the isolated Myers Ranch from Gillies. Agreeing that the ranch would likely meet their needs, the Manson Family began a move to the ranch. The buildings at Barker Ranch being in better condition, the Family ended up at Barker Ranch, approximately half a mile down the road from Myers Ranch. At times, the Family members were using both Barker and Myers ranch.
Myers Ranch burned down in 1999. The property has been completely reconstructed. Today it remains a private, occupied residence, unavailable for public visitation.
Name: Catherine Irene Gillies
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
AKA: Cappy, Cathy Myers, Capistrano
Mother’s Name: Myers ( #1 | #2 )
Myers as in Myers Ranch. While many report that Arlene Barker was the grandmother of Gillies, this is not true. Gillies’s grandmother was Barbara Myers, the owner of Myers Ranch.
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Catherine 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 Cathy to stay.
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 (2 sons / 2 daughters) and
lives † somewhere in Oregon.
Catherine Gillies died of cancer on June 29, 2018 in Cave Junction, Oregon.
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