September 24, 2014

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Jason Slater - TLB Radio
 After being on and off the road the last couple weeks, I was finally able to listen to the Tate-LaBianca Radio Program live this past Sunday night as well as catch up on recent TLB developments, specifically, the recent article written and published last week, The Tale Of The Manson Tapes by Tom O'Neill.

On a side note, it appears O'Neill uses the same propaganda to sell his TLB story as did Vince Bugliosi, The Rolling Stone magazine, Life magazine and countless others. The "Manson Tapes"? Really? That is the first I've seen or heard of the tapes being referred to as the Manson tapes. Silly us here at TLB Radio thought they were called the Tex Watson tapes.

O'Neill's article is certainly insightful and interesting for those of us following the story of the tapes but I think many are missing an important point and misplacing their ire over the tapes on the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

I thought Brian Davis did a good job Sunday night during his radio show outlining O'Neill's article and pointing out the crucial mistake O'Neill made that has prevented O'Neill and anyone else outside of a select few from listening to the tapes or knowing the contents.

As you read in O'Neill's article, O'Neill had already convinced the trustee, Linda Payne, that the tapes were no longer protected by attorney-client privilege.

However, as Brian pointed out, the costly mistake O'Neill made was also convincing Payne that there is a possibility of information about other murders on the tapes. It was that persuasion which triggered Payne's decision to turn the tapes over to law enforcement.

So it was actually O'Neill who shot himself in the foot in his attempt to gain access to the tapes and it's a double-barrel blast because the strange twist to all of this is there would probably be no "Watson tapes" for anyone to ever listen to had it not been for O'Neill bringing them up to begin with in his 2008 interview with Bill Boyd, the one who recorded the tapes with Watson.

                                                       Tom O'Neill - Bill Boyd (Source: NBC-Los Angeles)
In his expose' article, O'Neill attempts to garner public and media support in his continued quest for the tapes and make law enforcement look bad but O'Neill, himself, had been dancing in-step with the LAPD and the LADA the whole time.

Yes, in my opinion, law enforcement has been playing dirty pool with those tapes but O'Neill has known this for the whole two-plus years and never said anything publicly because he felt by playing the game along with LAPD and the LADA, he would be rewarded with access to the tapes but now feels betrayed by law enforcement.

However, bluntly, O'Neill screwed himself back at trustee Payne then got "pwn3d" by the LAPD and the LADA.

While O'Neill does expose the LAPD and the LADA office with some of their underhanded procedures in regards to the tapes, we the public should actually be thanking the LAPD and LADA.

We should be thankful to law enforcement because if not for their refusal to let O'Neill listen to the tapes, O'Neill probably would never have written that expose' and we the public would never have been the wiser to questionable tactics and secret meetings regarding those tapes.

Also, if then Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira or Detective Dan Jenks does let O'Neill listen to the tapes, does anyone think O'Neill would have shared such information with the public who O'Neill now claims has a right to know? I don't.

Thank you, LAPD and LADA.


maudes harold said...

I was gobsmacked by the label "Manson Tapes" too. I think O'Neill got in bed with the LAPD, then got kicked out when they were done with him......

Anonymous said...

That should be LADA.

Anonymous said...

I think after reading that arrival that I'm relieved that now everyone's questions can be laid out and put to rest.

Cielodrive.Com said...

It seems clear the point of O'Neill's article was to draw attention to the tapes, because as it points out, no media outlets had reported on the tapes since LAPD took possession of them. In that regard, it makes sense that you would go with the more recognizable name, Manson, to appeal to a broader audience. Few people even know who Tex Watson is. Who even knows if O’Neill himself titled the article? It could’ve been titled by the editor.

Currently the LAPD/LADA are claiming the tapes are part of an investigative file and therefore exempt from disclosure. If either agency chooses to waive that exemption for O’Neill, then the law would mandate them to let any requester listen to the tapes. They can’t pick and choose who can and cannot listen to the tapes, much in the same way Tex could not pick and choose who his attorney/client privilege applied to. Once the door is opened, it cannot be closed. So if you wanted to hear the tapes, you should’ve been in favor of them letting O’Neill hear them. Not the other way around.

LAPD and LADA deserve no praise for their actions regarding the tapes. O’Neill’s research and efforts to get the tapes are the only reason they even knew about them. If anyone should have a copy of the tapes at this point, it’s O’Neill.


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