Dennis Wilson’s House

Location: 14400 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, California

14400 Sunset Boulevard was Dennis Wilson’s home in the late 1960s. Described as a large log-cabin-style home, Wilson hosted the Manson Family here for a summer to great expense.

Formerly the hunting lodge of Will Rogers, the three-acred estate at 14400 Sunset Boulevard was surrounded with manicure lawns and a swimming pool in the shape of the state of California.

In 1968 Dennis Wilson picked up two hitchhikers, Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey and took them to his home at 14400 Sunset Boulevard. Dennis later went to a recording session. When he returned around 3 a.m. he was met in his driveway by Charles Manson. Wilson asked “are you going to hurt me?” Manson replied, “Do I look like I’m going to hurt you, brother?” Manson then dropped to his knees and kissed Wilsons’s feet.

Dennis became fascinated by Manson and his followers. The Manson Family lived with Dennis for a period of time. The Manson girls cleaned the house, shopped and cooked. At night they provided Wilson with sexual entertainment but Wilson soon put a stop to this. A lot of the Manson girls had a number of venereal diseases and Wilson took all the girls to his doctor for penicillin shots. Susan Atkins teeth needed to be fixed and Wilson paid the dentist bill.

The Family ended up costing Dennis up to $100,000, today that would be around $700,000, in money, cars, clothes, food and penicillin shots. When Wilson finally had enough of Manson’s freeloading Wilson simply moved out of his own house.

After the murders in the summer of 1969, Wilson commented, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world, because i got off only losing my money.”

Beach Boy Mike Love:

“Dennis lived in a luxurious house, on three acres, with a swimming pool and plenty of guest rooms. Guileless about others, indifferent about his own possessions, Dennis was all too happy to allow Manson and his girls to move in, use his charge cards, take his clothes, eat his food, and even drive his Mercedes. Beyond what was spent on his credit card, Dennis paid the medical costs for the women who were treated for sexually transmitted diseases. His house was ransacked. Furniture, clothes, guitars, stereo equipment, and gold records – they took most everything of Dennis’s that wasn’t nailed down. They also totaled his Mercedes and crashed his ferrari. By summer’s end, Dennis figured he had lost about $100,000 to his roommates.”

Further reading: A Beach Boy 17 Girls and Charles Manson

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Recipe For Murder

In the spring of 1968 Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson picked up two young female hitchhikers. This was the first of several seemingly unimportant encounters which would ultimately lead to a recipe for murder.

The Hitchhikers
On their way to the Santa Monica Mountains Dennis Wilson and a friend picked up two hitchhikers, Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey. A month later Wilson saw the same two girls again. This time he took the girls to his Hollywood mansion at Sunset Boulevard. The girls stayed a couple of hours. Wilson told them about his involvement with the Maharishi and they told him they too had a guru, a guy named Charlie.

The Wizard
Wilson had a recording session that night and returned home around 3 a.m. When he pulled up in the driveway a strange man, Manson, walked out of his backdoor. Wilson asked “are you going to hurt me?” Manson replied, “Do I look like I’m going to hurt you, brother?” Manson then dropped to his knees and kissed Wilsons’s feet.

The Jackpot
Wilson became fascinated by Manson and his followers. To Manson it was like hitting the jackpot. Here was a famous, rich and generous rock star who gave Manson and the girls everything they needed, for free. And even more important to Manson, Wilson represented the opportunity for Manson to get a record deal and to become a rock star himself.

The Texan
One day Wilson himself was hitchhiking and he was picked up by a young guy from Texas named Charles Watson. Wilson invited Watson back to his mansion to hang out. Watson became a regular at Wilson’s mansion and soon became friends with Manson. Charles Watson’s nickname was Tex Watson.

The Producer: Part 1
Dennis Wilson was so impressed by Manson’s charisma and musical talent that he introduced Manson to producer Terry Melcher and pressed Melcher to land Manson a record deal. Manson auditioned for Melcher but Melcher was not impressed and declined to sign Manson. After witnessing Manson getting in a fight with a drunk at Spahn Ranch both Wilson and Melcher ended their friendship with Manson.

The House
At that time Terry Melcher lived in a house in Benedict Canyon with his girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen. The address of the house was 10050 Cielo Drive. Not long after ending his friendship with Manson, Melcher moved out of Cielo Drive. On February 12, 1969, Roman Polanski and his pregnant wife Sharon Tate signed a lease for the house on 10050 Cielo Drive. They moved in three days later.

The Tate Murders
On the night of August 8, 1969, Manson sent Tex Watson , Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian to “that house where Melcher used to live” and told them to totally destroy everyone inside, as gruesome as you can. That night, Sharon Tate, her unborn child, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger and Steven Parent were brutally murdered.

The Producer: Part 2
1966. While incarcerated at Terminal Island Prison Manson met flamboyant producer Phil Kaufman. After Kaufman’s release from prison he hooked up with Manson. Kaufman spent most of his time crashing at the house of his friend, Harold True. Manson regularly visited Kaufman there, Manson even stayed a week at Harold’s house. Harold lived at 3267 Waverly Drive. The next door neighbors at 3301 Waverly Drive were Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

The LaBianca Murders
On the night of August 9, 1969, Manson and six Family members rode out with murder on their minds. After driving around for a couple of hours Manson directed the group to 3301 Waverly Drive.
Manson and Watson entered the house and tied up Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. At that point Manson left and ordered Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten to join Watson and to kill Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

The Motive
Whatever Manson’s higher plan was, whether it was to start a race war or to ignite the apocalypse the main motive for the murders seemed to be residential related. Manson knew the houses, he knew the neighborhoods. He knew Melcher moved out of Cielo Drive. He just wanted people to die. The wrong people meeting at the wrong time led to a recipe for murder. And it all started with two hitchhikers.

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A Beach Boy 17 Girls and Charles Manson

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Wilson talks about Manson in a 1968 interview. Click image to enlarge

Charles Manson made the news even before the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders. Here’s Beach Boy Dennis Wilson talking about Charles Manson and the family girls in an interview in 1968, a year before the murders.

“I told them about our involvement with the Maharishi and they told me they too had a guru, a guy named Charlie who’d recently come out of jail after 12 years. His mother was a hooker, his father was a gangster, he’d drifted into crime when I met him I found he had great musical ideas. We’re writing together now. He’s dumb, in some ways, but I accept his approach and have learnt from him. He taught me a dance. The Inhibition. You have to imagine you’re a frozen man and the ice is thawing out. Start with your fingertips, then all the rest of you, then you extend it to a feeling that the whole universe is thawing out.”

The Hitchhikers
In 1968 Dennis Wilson picked up two hitchhikers, Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey. Later Dennis noticed the same two girls hitchhiking again. This time he took them to his home at Sunset Boulevard. Dennis then went to a recording session. When he returned he was met in his driveway by Charles Manson. Dennis became fascinated by Manson and his followers. The Manson Family lived with Dennis for a period of time at his expense, costing Dennis up to $100,000 in money, cars, clothes, food and penicillin shots for the Family’s persistent gonorrhea.

A Recipe For Murder; Short Version
1. Patricia Krenwinkel and Ella Jo Bailey meet Dennis Wilson.
2. Charles Manson is introduced to Dennis Wilson.
3. Dennis Wilson meets Charles “Tex” Watson.
4. Dennis Wilson introduces Tex Watson to Charles Manson.
5. Dennis Wilson introduces Terry Melcher to Charles Manson.
6. Terry Melcher and girlfriend Candice Bergen live at 10050 Cielo Drive.
7. Manson tried to set up a record contract with Terry Melcher.
8. Dennis Wilson and Terry Melcher cut ties with Manson.
9. Terry Melcher and Candice Bergen move out of Cielo Drive.
10. Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate move in to 10050 Cielo Drive.

A Recipe For Murder Longer Version

Fun Fact
This wasn’t the first time Manson made the newspaper before the murders: Nine Nude Hippies Arrested.