Mark Ross (Photo) a.k.a Aesop Aquarian (Website) (born 2/27/1945) was a Manson Family associate. In the late 60’s Mark lived in a beach house located at 28 Clubhouse Avenue, Venice, CA. On several occasions various Manson Family members stayed at his Venice Beach house.
Murder or Suicide
On Wednesday November 5th, 1969 the Venice Police Department responded to a call at 28 Clubhouse Avenue. At the scene police discovered the body of Manson associate John Haught. Haught was lying on a mattress in the bedroom. He had an entrance wound to the right temple. There was a leather gun case and a revolver lying beside the body.
According to Madaline Joan Cottage, she and Haught were in bed, when he picked up a .22 Caliber revolver. After Madaline told Haught that there was only one bullet in the gun, he spun the cylinder, placed the muzzle against his head, and shot himself.
Several Manson Family members were present when Haught died, including Bruce Davis, Madaline Joan Cottage, Sue Bartell and Catherine Gillies. They told the police that 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, the gun was wiped clean.
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 Manson girls.