Former Cielo Drive Caretaker, Sole Survivor Of The TLB Murders Died In August
January 03, 2017
Brian Davis - TLB Radio
TLB Radio has sadly learned William Garretson, the sole survivor of the Tate-LaBianca
murders, has passed away. He was 66.
According to Garretson's high school alumni page at lhs60.net, Garretson passed away
of cancer on August 16, 2016, one week and day before his birthday.
There was no obituary notice which would explain why none of us in the TLB community
likely knew of this until now.
For those who might not know, then 19-year old Garretson lived in the guesthouse at 10050 Cielo Drive in 1969 and was the property caretaker for house owner Rudy Altobelli. One of the victims, 18-year old Steven Parent, had been visiting Garretson that night.
Garretson was arrested the next morning for the murders before being cleared and released the following day.
I was fortunate enough to talk with Bill on a few occasions in which a couple are posted on
the TLB Radio podcast page and each time Bill was nice, cordial and open about his
perspective of the murders.
In my opinion, Bill Garretson is one of the top 3 or 4 most intriguing characters in this story
and I don't think I'll ever truly understand how he was able to survive the carnage of
Cielo Drive that August 9th, 1969.
Eventually, it won't matter anymore. Maybe it already doesn't.
Rest In Peace, William Garretson