TATE FIRST HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION PROGRESS REPORT
DR 69-059 593
DECEASED : FOLGER, Abigail Anne, CC N o . 69-8794
FRYKOWSKI, Wojiciech, CC N o . 69-8793
PARENT, Steven Earl , CC N o . 69-8792
POLANSKI, Sharon Marie, CC No. 69-8796
SEBRING, Thomas John CC N o , 69-8795
DATE AND TIME OCCURRED:
LOCATION OF OCCURRENCE :
DIVISION OF OCCURRENCE:
August 9 , 1969, 2400-0415 hours
10050 Cielo Drive
West Los Angeles Division
TO: Lt . R. J. Helder, Supervisor of Investigations, Robbery-Homicide
RESUME OF THE CRIME
On the evening of August 8, 1969, Sharon Polanski called friends she
had previously invited for the evening and stated that she was not
feeling well and was going to remain home with Abigail Folger and
Wojiciech Frykowski, two friends that had been living in her home
since March, 1969. She also stated that Jay Sebring, her one-time
fiance, would probably drop over later in the evening. She cancelled
the above invitation.
Sharon Polanski had been with her husband, film producer-director,
Roman Polanski, in London, England from March 1969, until
approximately July 21, 1969, when she returned home to the property
they leased at 10050 Cielo Drive. Her husband was to remain in
Europe and return to California on August 12, 1969. In addition to the
house that the Polanskis leased, which is located at the center of the
Cielo property (Addendum 1), the owner of the property, Rudy
Autabelli, had his home at the very southernmost portion of the
Autabelli had left his house and several dogs in the care of William
Garretson, his houseboy. Garretson's only duties were to care for the
dogs and keep Autabelli's home in good order. The main house leased
by the Polanskis was their own responsibility as to maintenance and
domestic help. Garretson was at home at the time of the murders and
was visited by Steven Parent from 2345 on 8-8-69, until 0015 hours,
Sometime after midnight, August 9, 1969, an unknown suspect or
suspects entered the Cielo property via the front gate which is
operated by an electronic push button that can be operated from
outside the gate. From this point there are three possible theories
which have been reached after analyzing the physical evidence.
The first theory is that the killers climbed a telephone pole (Addendum
1 and 1A) located just north of the above-described electronic button
which opens the gate to the Cielo property. The phone wire at the top
of this pole had been cut in such a manner that it stopped phone
service to the Cielo property; however, did not allow the phone wire
that runs from the pole to the house to fall to the ground. The killer(s)
also cut a small piece of two-strand wire which runs from the Cielo
home to the telephone pole near the top and then down to where the
button for the gate is located. At one time, this wire was connected to
two speakers which were used for communications between the house
and the gate opener. This had not been in use since the Polanskis
leased the property in February of 1969. This wire was cut and had
fallen across the ground in a north/south direction across Cielo Drive.
The killers then entered the gate at approximately 0030 hours and
were observed by the first victim, Steven Parent, as he was leaving
the guest house which was occupied by a houseboy, William
Garretson. The killers, having been hired to kill Sharon Polanski, Jay
Sebring, Wojiciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger, shot Parent three
times as he attempted to drive his vehicle from the Cielo property. The
killers continued to the main house, the Polanski residence, where
they proceeded to kill the four intended victims.
Second theory: The killers went to the Polanski home sometime after
midnight on 8-9-69, to either deliver or collect for various types and
amounts of narcotics; that an argument ensued either over the money
or the possibility of bad drugs, and the suspect, or suspects, armed
with a knife and gun, proceeded to kill Frykowski, Folger, Sebring and
Polanski. As they left the Polanski home, they were observed by the
fifth victim, Steven Parent, who was leaving William Garretson's
house. As the suspect(s) left, they climbed the power pole and cut
both the telephone wire and the communications wire hoping that their
crime would remain undetected for a long period of time in order to
make good their escape.
Third theory: That suspect or suspects went to the Polanski home to
commit a residential robbery. Once at the location, a fight ensued
between the suspects and victims. The occupants of the house were all
killed, and as the suspects were leaving they observed Parent, the fifth
victim, leaving the location. They caught Parent and shot him before
he could make good his exit. The possibility also exists that Parent
could have been involved in the setting up and participation of the
above-described attempt robbery, as he did have one knife wound in
the palm of his left hand, indicative of a defensive wound. His fatal
wounds were the result of gunshots. The killers then cut the phone
wire and communication wire to make good their escape and give
them more time before the discovery of the crime.
INVESTIGATORS AT THE SCENE
On 8-9-69, at approximately 0940, West Los Angeles Detectives were
notified that five persons had been killed a t 10050 Cielo Drive, the
home of Roman Polanski. The following West Los Angeles Detectives
responded to the scene over a period of approximately one hour:
Lieutenant R. C . Madlock, Commander
Lieutenant J. J. Gregoire
Sergeant F. Gravante, 5342
Sergeant T. L. Rogers, 4639.
Lieutenant Madlock phoned Inspector K. J. McCauley and requested
that the investigation be assigned to Homicide Division. Inspector
McCauley assigned the responsibility for the investigation to RobberyHomicide
Division. Lieutenant R. J. Helder, Supervisor of
Investigations, Robbery-Homicide Division, was contacted and notified
of the above crime and decision as to the responsibility for the
investigation. He assigned the case to Sergeants M. J. McGann, and J.
Buckles. He also called three additional investigators to assist in a
crime scene search and investigation. Sergeants E. Henderson, D.
Varney and D. Galindo were assigned this responsibility . Lieutenant
Helder and the assigned investigators responded to the scene, arriving
at various times between 1330 and 1430 hours.
When investigating officers from Robbery-Homicide Division arrived at
the scene, they found Steven Parent seated in the driver's position of
his Rambler vehicle, MPK 308. The center arm rest of the front seat
was down and Parent's right side was resting against the arm rest, his
head leaning back and to the right in the opening between the bucket
seats. His right arm was resting on the arm rest and his forearm and
right hand were resting on the right passenger seat.
An examination of the vehicle revealed that the lights were off; the
hood was cool and engine off. The ignition switch was in the vertical,
or off, position and the automatic gearshift lever indicated the car was
in second gear. The emergency brake was off and a later check
revealed that the battery was charged. A later check also revealed
slightly over one-half tank of gasoline.
Parent was wearing a red, white and blue plaid shirt, blue denim
pants, white socks and black shoes. Parent's left wrist was bare;
however, a wrist watch, later identified as his, was found in the left
rear passenger seat. The band was severed. Parent had a laceration,
indicative of a defense wound, on the palm of his left hand between
the little and ring fingers. The wound runs vertical with his arm and
the band on the wrist watch was undoubtedly severed when Parent
received this wound. This was the only laceration that was apparent on
Parent's body. It appeared that Parent had been shot in the face, left
arm and chest. At 1400 hours, Deputy Coroner Finken checked
Parent's liver temperature and found it to be 92 degrees. The
environment temperature was 94 degrees. At that time an extreme
degree of rigor mortis was evident throughout all parts of the body.
Post-mortem lividity was evident in the buttocks area of Parent's body,
the back of his neck and the calves of his legs, which is consistent with
the position that the body was discovered in .
The next body observed was that of Wojiciech Frykowski. He was lying
on his right side, his head resting on his right arm, his forearm and
right hand running parallel with his body. His left arm was at his side,
with the left forearm running perpendicular with the ground and his
left hand clutched the grass where he was lying. His body was in a
north/south direction, the head to the southwest and the lower body to
the northeast. (For the position of the body in relation to the Polanski
residence, see Addendum 1 and 1B.) Frykowski was attired in a purple
shirt, multi-colored pants and brown high-top shoes and socks. Both
his shirt and pants were drenched in blood. Numerous stab wounds
were noted about his body with most of them on his left side. He also
had stab wounds on his back and defense wounds to his right hand.
At 1410 hours, Deputy Coroner Finken found that Frykowski's liver
temperature was 90 degrees. Rigor mortis was evident in an extreme
degree throughout all parts of the body. Post-mortem lividity was
noted all along the right side of the victim, which is consistent with the
position that he was found in. Abigail Folger was the next victim
observed lying in the front yard in front of the Polanski home. She was
lying in an east/west direction in a supine position. Her head was to
the east and feet to the west. She was attired in a white, full-length
nightgown which was completely drenched in blood from the breast
area downward. Numerous stab wounds were noted in the upper
anterior torso of Folger. She also had several severe lacerations to the
left side of her face. Defense wounds were noted on both her right and
left hands. (For the exact location of the body, see Addendum 1 and
At 1400 hours, Deputy Coroner Finken found that her liver
temperature was 92 degrees. The environment temperature was 88
degrees. Rigor mortis in an extreme degree was noted throughout the
entire body. Post-mortem lividity was noted on the posterior of the
deceased consistent with the position in which she was found.
The next victim found was Sharon Polanski. She was inside the living
room of the Polanski home, lying on her left side directly in front of a
sofa which faces the fireplace. (For the exact location, see Addendum
1 and 1B.) Her head was to the south and her legs, which were tucked
up towards her body in a fetal position, were to the north. Numerous
stab wounds were noted about her breasts, a wound in the upper
abdominal region and one stab wound in the right leg. She was
obviously several months pregnant. There was dried blood smeared
over the entire body. It appeared to investigating officers that
someone had handled the victim, as in moving her from one location
to another and the blood from the stab wounds had been smeared
over other parts of the body.
A nylon rope, approximately 3/4 inches in diameter, was wrapped
around Polanski's neck two turns. The two ends of the rope then went
in a southerly direction, running parallel with Polanski's body. One end
of this rope was wrapped around Sebring's neck, the remainder of this
rope going underneath Sebring, parallel with the body. The remaining
end which came from Sharon Polanski's body went up and over a
ceiling beam, the loose end hanging on the other side of the beam,
touching the floor.
Polanski was attired in a bikini-type nightgown consisting of bra and
pants. They were multi-colored and blood drenched.
Deputy Coroner Finken checked the deceased's liver temperature and
found it to be 82 degrees. The environment temperature was 83
degrees at 1410 hours. There was an extreme degree of rigor mortis
evident in all parts of the body. Post-mortem lividity was noted in the
posterior portion of the body consistent with the position in which the
body was found .
The fifth victim, Jay Sebring, was also located in the living room area
of the Polanski home. Approximately 4 feet separated him from
Sharon Polanski. He was on his right side in an east/west direction. His
head was to the east and his lower upper torso was to the west. His
legs went out at an angle perpendicular to the body, the feet in a
northerly direction. A light colored towel, blood drenched, covered his
head and face in a manner similar to that of a hood. The abovedescribed
rope which was wound around Polanski's neck was also
wrapped around Sebring. The one end of the rope which came from
Polanski was wrapped around Sebring's neck 1 1/2 times. The loose
end went underneath the body, running parallel with the upper torso
and continuing toward the fire hearth in a westerly direction. Stab
wounds were noted on Sebring's body and a large abrasion appeared
on the left side of his face at the bridge of the nose. His left eye was
bruised and swollen. His clothing was blood drenched and consisted of
a blue shirt, white pants with black vertical stripes and black high-top
Deputy Coroner Finken checked the liver temperature at 1400 hours
and found it to be 83 degrees. The environment temperature was 83
degrees. An extreme degree of rigor mortis was evident in all parts of
the body. Post-mortem lividity was apparent on the right side of the
deceased, which is consistent with the position in which he was found.
The above-described rope, three strand (G28), was 43 feet 8 inches in
length. A complete description of the rope and manner in which it was
tied is found in the Evidence portion of this report.
A gun grip from a Longhorn model .22-caliber, Hi-standard revolver
was found in the living room of the Polanski home. At the time of this
report, investigating officers have been unable to pinpoint the exact
location where this grip was located. They were apparently kicked by
either the uniform officers or West Los Angeles detectives after they
arrived on the scene. (For a complete description of the grips and a
resume on efforts to check out this weapon, see the Evidence portion
of this report.)
The following is a brief list of the victims' blood type and sub types.
Also included is a list of blood which was taken from various locations
within the house and front porch area which has been typed. Officer
Granado, Scientific Investigation Division, is attempting to sub type
these additional blood samples. (For a complete list of the types of
blood and location and type of blood samples, see Addendum No. 2).
1. Steven Parent Blood type B-MN
2. Wojiciech Frykowski Blood type B-MN
3. Abigail Folger Blood type B-MN
4. Jay Sebring Blood Type O-MN
5. Sharon Polanski Blood Type O-M
The following blood samples were taken from various locations within
the Polanski house and front porch area:
Large blood spot north portion of front porch near entryway, type OMN
Blood spot approximately 3 feet southwest of the above-described
spot, type O-M
Blood spot on block wall which separates entry hall from living room,
Blood spot on trunks which blocked living room entrance from entry
hall, type O
Blood around area of Polanski's body and Sebring's body and rope
which they were tied with, type O
Blood spots near southern portion of living room which leads to
bedroom, type B.
Blood drops in hallway which leads to master bedroom exit, type B.
Blood smears on shutters of master bedroom door which leads to pool
area of residence, also blood drops on floor beneath the shutter, both
Blood spot on walkway which leads from master bedroom exit toward
area where Abigail Folger was found, type B Bloody footprints and one
shoe heel print found on walkway which leads onto front porch and
into the entry of Polanski residence, type 0.
These blood spots are also identified in Addendums 1 and 1B of this
report. Additional blood smears were found on the electric button and
housing inside the gate separating the Polanski property from Cielo
Drive, blood type O. (This button and housing is depicted in Addendum
1 and 1A.)
Entrance to the Polanski property by car can be gained from only one
entrance. This entrance is located at the northwestern edge of the
property and is protected by a wrought iron fence and gate. The gate
is 12 feet wide and is in the center portion of the fence. It is 6 ' high
and electrically controlled from both inside the property and outside.
The outside electric button and housing has a key slot which can be
locked, thus preventing the button when pushed from activating the
gate. At the time of investigating officers' arrival, this lock was in an
open position and the button activated the gate. The gate button and
housing inside the Polanski property operate in a similar manner to the
After entering the gate for an area of approximately 130 feet there is
paved parking area and a two-story, three-car garage. There is a
steep hill to the south of the entrance and a cliff to the north. (For a
detailed description of this area, see Addendum 1 and 1A.)
There are four entrances to the Polanski residence; No. 1 is the front
door which is entered from the east and opens into the entry hall
which leads to the dining room or to the living room on the south. The
second entry is from the service area porch which leads into the
service area and then into the kitchen. It is located on the west side of
the house, northern portion. The third entrance is located on the west
side of the house near the center and opens into the living room. The
fourth entrance is located at the south end of the house and opens into
the master bedroom. (The house and entrances are depicted in
Addendum 1 and 1B.)
There are four entrances into the guest house; No. 1 is located on the
east side of the house and is reached by walking through a screened
porch area and then into the living room. The second entry is located
on the north side of the house and leads into a pantry and kitchen.
The third entrance is located on the west side of the house and leads
into a large room where several dogs are kept. The fourth entrance is
located on the south end of the house and opens into an enclosed
patio area. (The house and entrances are depicted in Addendum 1 and
1C of this report.)
There were no indications of ransacking noted in either the Polanski
home or the guest house.
Suspect or suspects cut phone wire and additional communications
outlet outside of properties in order to cut off outside communications
with the house. Suspect(s) entered the house. One of the suspects
shot two of the persons in the house, while a probable second suspect
stabbed other victims. At the conclusion of the murders, the suspect(s)
used either a rag or towel, wiped blood from the front porch and wrote
"PIG" on the lower portion of the front door. They shot and killed a
fifth victim who had been visiting the houseboy, William Garretson, as
he attempted to leave the location.
Probable weapons used by the suspects were a .22-caliber revolver
and a bayonet. For additional description of weapons used, see
Weapons portion of this report.
On 2-2-69, Mr. and Mrs. Roman Polanski entered into a lease with a
Mr. Rudy Autabelli. The lease was for the main house, pool and garage
area of 10050 Cielo Drive, Los Angeles, California (Addendum 1 and
1B). The lease was to be for one year with a one-year option, and was
prepared by Mr. Autabelli's attorney, Berry L. Hirsch.
A small guest house which Autabelli used as his home when he was in
Los Angeles was not part of this lease and he left William Garretson in
charge of this residence. (This is referred to in Addendum 1 and 1C.)
Roman and Sharon Polanski moved into the house on 2-15-69. They
had been living approximately one mile from this location a t 1600
Summit Ridge Drive.
In mid March of this year, the Polanskis had a large catered party
which included over 100 invited guests. The persons invited included
actors, actresses, film directors and producers, business agents for the
above-described people, and the Polanskis' attorneys. Most of the
people invited came to the party along with several people who were
uninvited. The list of uninvited guests included William Doyle, Thomas
Harrigan and Harrison Pickens Dawson. They came to the party
accompanied by an invited guest, Ben Carruthers and an unidentified
During the party, a verbal altercation ensued involving William
Tennant, Roman Polanski's business agent, and William Doyle. Doyle
apparently stepped on Tennant's foot during this altercation. Dawson
and Harrigan joined in the verbal altercation, siding with Doyle. Roman
Polanski became very irritated and ordered Doyle, Harrigan and
Dawson ejected from the party. Ben Carruthers and the unidentified
male that had accompanied him to the party escorted the three men
from the property.
The above-described party was held as a bon voyage party for the
Polanskis who were leaving for a film festival in Rio de Janeiro and
then to Europe where Roman Polanski was to direct a film. The
Polanskis left Los Angeles at the end of March. Prior to leaving, they
invited Wojiciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger to live in their house. In
addition to Frykowski and Folger, the Polanski maid, Winifred
Chapman, stayed on at the Polanski residence. She did not live on the
premises, but commuted five days a week; her regular days off being
Saturday and Sunday.
Frykowski and Folger had shared a residence at 2774 Woodstock Road,
living at this location in a common-law relationship. They met in New
York during the early part of 1968, and had moved to the Woodstock
address in Los Angeles the latter part of 1968. Frykowski was a very
close friend of Roman Polanski, both of them growing up in a small
town in Poland. One apparent reason for their close relationship is the
fact that Frykowski's father, who was quite well-to-do in Poland,
financed Polanski's first film. Since that time, Roman Polanski, who has
become quite successful in the movie industry, has felt indebted to the
Frykowski family. Frykowski was a writer; however, up until the time
of his death, apparently none of his stories had been purchased. He
lived on the money which was provided by Folger through her
Frykowski and Folger accepted the Polanski invitation to stay at their
home until their estimated return sometime in early August of 1969.
They moved into the Polanski home on the 1st of April and used the
east bedroom located in the main part of the house (Addendum 1B).
When Frykowski and Folger moved into the Polanski home, they
invited Witold Kaczanowski to live at their house on Woodstock Road.
Kaczawkski accepted their invitation as he was an artist and at that
time was unemployed. Kaczanowski was a friend of Frykowski. They
had met in New York some years prior.
During April, May, June and the first part of July, Frykowski and Folger
had many impromptu parties. An open invitation policy existed at the
house. Drug use was prevalent. They used hashish, marijuana,
mescaline, cocaine and MDA. William Doyle, Tom Harrigan, Pic
Dawson, John Deturo, Charles Tacot, Ben Carruthers, Cass Elliot,
Witold Kaczanowski, along with several other narcotics users, were
frequent visitors and party qoers at the Polanski residence. William
Doyle and Tom Harrigan came to Los Angeles in January of 1969, from
Toronto, Canada. Doyle arrived first via commercial airline, arriving
with an estimated two pounds of cocaine. After his arrival, he took up
residence at Cass Elliot's, 7708 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Los Angeles.
Doyle and Elliot, had met while Elliot was making a film in Toronto,
Canada, Doyle's and Harrigan's hometown. When Doyle arrived, it was
obvious to Elliot that he was high on drugs and when he produced the
two pounds of cocaine, Elliot told him he would have to leave. It was
at this time that Harrigan arrived and the two of them took up
residence at 1459 North Rings Road, Los Angeles. From this location,
Doyle and Harrigan began to solicit and make friends among various
persons in the movie industry. They did this in order to make contacts
for the sale of the smuggled cocaine.
Harrigan and Doyle, after moving to Kings Road, sold a t least $6,000
worth of cocaine during their first month.
Terrance Cooksley, an 18-year-old houseboy at the Kings Road
address remained high for at least the month of February on cocaine
supplied by Harrigan and Doyle. Sometime in March, he stole the
$6,000 that Doyle and Harrigan had made. He frequented
miscellaneous discotheques in the Los Angeles area and spent the
money freely or gave it away in the form of large tips to various
waiters. Doyle and Harrigan followed him to Stockton, California where
they knocked him around and threatened him. They told him to keep
his mouth shut and left Cooksley returned to Los Angeles, and in mid
March, Doyle and Harrigan took Cooksley, bodily, from the Whiskey-AGo
Go. They rode around in the Hollywood hills, with Harrigan driving.
Doyle was in the back seat beating Cooksley with a hammer handle.
Harrigan stated it appeared that Cooksley liked the beating and,
therefore, they stopped. A crime report was taken; however, Cooksley
gave misleading statements and information and there was no
prosecution. He did describe Harrigan and Doyle to his father as
vicious persons and probably hired killers.
Doyle and Harrigan became quite friendly with Frykowski and Folger.
This was mainly due to the fact that Frykowski was interested in the
known drugs on the market, in addition to future synthetic drugs that
were being made in eastern Canada. Doyle and Harrigan told
Frykowski that they would obtain the new synthetic drug, MDA, from
Canada and allow him to be one of the first to try it. This conversation
or agreement apparently took place sometime in the early part of July,
1969, at the Polanski home.
In mid July, Doyle left for Jamaica with Charles Tacot to make an
underground film about the effects of marijuana. Harrigan made a trip
to Toronto, Canada and brought back a supply of MDA and possibly
other drugs via commercial airlines. It is known that he supplied at
least a portion of this MDA to Frykowski. It is possible that Frykowski
was given this drug by some other emissary two or.three.days prior to
Kaczanowski was present at the Polanski home in the early part of July
and overheard Doyle and Harrigan tell Frykowski they were going to
get him the drug known as MDA. Kaczanowski did not see Doyle and
Harrigan after this meeting. The first of June, 1969, Mark Fine, an
actor friend of Frykowski, came into the city from New York. He was
due to make a movie in Hollywood. The first part of July, Frykowski
offered Fine a room at his Woodstock house. Fine accepted and moved
in the first of July. Approximately one week later, Frykowski learned
that Sharon Polanski was coming home from Europe the 21st of July.
He and Folger intended to move back into their Woodstock house and
began moving clothing into the house.
Frykowski told Fine that he would have to find another place to live.
Fine agreed and moved from the house. Fine had agreed the latter
part of July to introduce Frykowski to a director friend of his in an
attempt for Frykowski to sell a story to this director. Fine arranged a
meeting for Frykowski on August 6, 1969. On August 4, Fine called
Frykowski and told him of the arranged meeting. Frykowski told Fine
that some friends were coming in from Canada on August 6 and that
he would have to pick them up at the airport in the afternoon. Fine
stated he would arrange a meeting for some other day and the
conversation was terminated. Fine did not see Frykowski again.
Investigating officers have been unable to establish if Frykowski did in
fact pick friends up from the airport as he had told Mark Fine. Abigail
Folger did keep her appointment with Doctor Marvin Flicker, her
psychiatrist, on 8-6-69, a t 1630 hours. She made no mention of an
expected arrival of friends from Canada. On July 21, 1969, Sharon
Polanski returned to Los Angeles. She arrived before her husband
Roman due to the fact she was 7 1/2 months pregnant and travel was
becoming difficult. Roman Polanski was due to arrive in Los Angeles on
August 12, 1969.
Sharon Polanski asked Folger and Frykowski to remain on at her home
until Roman returned from Europe. They agreed and remained in the
bedroom they had been occupying during her absence.
Thursday morning, August 7, 1969, Mrs. Winifred Chapman,
housekeeper, can recall no unusual occurrences in the household.
Investigating officers have established that Tom Harrigan visited the
Polanski residence a t about 1600 and that he had a bottle of wine
with Frykowski, a short conversation with Abigail Folger, and that his
visit was generally directed to Frykowski concerning a delivery of MDA
in the near future. Harrigan departed at approximately 1800 hours. It
is also established that Abigail Folger made her regular visit to Doctor
Flicker, her psychiatrist. From conversation with Harrigan, it is
believed that Jay Sebring had been at the Polanski house sometime
during the day.
Mrs. Chapman, the Polanski housekeeper, arrived at the house 8-8-69,
at about 0800. She has been employed as a housekeeper for the past
year and one-half, both at the Cielo address and a previous leased
house on Summit Ridge Drive. Mrs. Chapman went about her regular
At about 0830, a Mr. Frank Guerrero arrived at the house. He was
painting a room located at the far north end of the residence
(Addendum 1B) that was to be converted into a nursery. He was
employed for the job by a decorator, Mr. Peter Shore. Guerrero went
about his painting duties in the bedroom.
At 1100 hours, Chapman answered the phone and received a call from
Roman Polanski. The call originated in Europe. Polanski asked about
Chapman's well-being and the general condition of the household. He
asked to have his wife, Sharon, come to the phone. Sharon and
Polanski conversed for some time. The substance of the conversation
was not heard. One or two other telephone calls were received, but
were routine household calls and not noted.
At 1230 hours, two guests arrived at the Polanski home, Joanna Pettit
(Mrs. Alex Cord) and Barbara Lewis. They are established friends of
Sharon's and the general conversation was concerning Sharon's
pregnancy and the expected baby. They had lunch with Sharon, served
by Winifred, and departed about 1530 hours. While Mrs. Pettit and
Lewis were dining, Abigail Folger and Wojiciech Frykowski returned to
the house and conversed with Sharon and her guests (a general
Frank Guerrero (the painter) had spoken to Sharon Tate and observed
the two guests arrive as well as Frykowski and Folger. At this time
Frykowski, Folger, Pettit, Lewis and Polanski were at the house and he
had not noticed any signs of tension or worry expressed by any of the
concerned. He departed about1330 hours. A t 1400 hours, David
Martinez, a gardener, arrived at the Polanski home. He went about his
gardening work and observed Frykowski, Folger, Polanski, Pettit and
Lewis in general conversation about the house.
At 1500 hours, Joe Vargas (brother of Martinez) also arrived at the
address. As Vargas entered the premises, he observed Abigail Folger
driving out in a yellow Camarro. About five minutes later, Frykowski
departed in a Firebird. While attending to his gardening duties, Vargas
observed Sharon Polanski, dressed in a bikini, taking a nap in the back
bedroom. He saw William Garretson at the guest house and asked him
to do some watering over the weekend as the weather was extremely
hot and dry.
At 1545 hours, Martinez left the location and drove Chapman to the
corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon Drive. Vargas remained
at the scene and a t 1630 signed for two steamer trunks that were
delivered. Vargas signed for the trunks as he did not wish to awaken
At 1645, Vargas departed, and to his knowledge, Sharon Polanski was
the only person remaining in the large house, William Garretson was
still in the guest house.
Between 1730 and 1800, Mrs. Terry Kay was backing out of her
driveway a t 9845 Easton Drive. She observed Jay Sebring driving
down the road at that address. Her car blocked his progress and she
noted that Sebring appeared to be in a hurry and did not acknowledge
her in his normal genial way. Another unidentified sports car was
following Sebring and both cars drove away rapidly when she cleared
William Garretson states that he walked from the guest house to
Benedict Canyon Road at 1800 hours and hitchhiked down to a store
on Sunset Boulevard. He purchased a TV dinner and some cigarettes
and returned to the guest house about 2000, walking and hitchhiking
as rides were available. He said he walked from Benedict Canyon up to
the Cielo address. Garretson said that when he returned he did not see
anyone moving around in the Polanski house.
Between 1830 and 1900 hours, Dennis Herst delivered a lightweight
bicycle to the Cielo address. The bike was purchased at his father's
store earlier in the afternoon by Abigail Folger. When Herst delivered
the bicycle, Jay Sebring answered the door. He had a wine bottle in his
hand and it appeared that he had been eating dinner.
Between 2145 and 2200 hours, John DelGaudio, manager of the El
Coyote Restaurant at 7312 Beverly Boulevard, noted Jay Sebring's
name on the waiting list at his restaurant. The slip called for a party of
four. Kathy Palmer, waitress at the El Coyote, recalls the Sebring party
on the waiting list and states that the party waited in the bar for 15 or
20 minutes, then were served dinner and departed between 2145 and
2200 hours. Kathy is not acquainted with any of the party. She was
unable to positively identify persons in the party from photos of
Sebring, Frykowski, Folger and Polanski.
At 2200 hours, Abigail Folger's mother telephoned Abigail from San
Francisco. She called to verify the fact that Abigail was flying to San
Francisco to see her on the 1000 flight on 8-9-69. The visit was to
unite the two for Abigail's birthday. During the telephone conversation,
Abigail sounded a little "high" but did not express any alarm or anxiety
as to her personal safety or the situation at the Polanski house.
Investigation disclosed that when Frykowski departed from the
Polanski residence at approximately 1505 he drove directly to the Jay
Sebring residence. At that location he picked up a Miss Suzan
Peterson, who had been Jay Sebring's companion for the preceeding
night. Frykowski drove Suzan to the art gallery operated by
Kaczanowski a t 9406 Wilshire Boulevard. The purpose of this trip was
to obtain a key for the Woodstock house; Abigail Folger had
Frykowski's key at the time.
At the gallery there was a short conversation between Frylkowski and
Kaczanowski and Kaczanowski was invited by Frykowski to come up to
the Polanski residence that night. It was ascertained that Kaczanowski
did not have the key to the Woodstock house in his immediate
possession, but the key was at his girlfriend's, Christina Lerewska's,
While Frykowski and Kaczanowski were conversing at the gallery,
Suzan Peterson was browsing in a dress shop adjacent to and
connected with the gallery. During this time, she conversed with
Christina's mother, and during the conversation it was ascertained that
Suzan Peterson spoke French and that she intimated that she was
going to the Polanski house that night.
Kaczanowski and Suzan were driven to Christina's house by Frykowski.
The key to the Woodstock house was obtained from Christina and
Kaczanowski was returned to the gallery.
Peterson and Frykowski went to the Woodstock house. As they entered
the house, Frykowski obtained the mail, among which was a music
album. They played the album and looked around the house,
Frykowski explaining to Suzan that Kaczanowski was an artist but not
a businessman and there were some disparaging statements made by
Frykowski about Kaczanowski as to the key to the house not being
readily available. He then drove Suzan to her residence on Horn Street
in Hollywood and Frykowski departed.
Suzan had a tentative appointment to call Sebring at 1900 hours, but
after Frykowski deposited her at the Horn address, she became
lonesome or impatient, called a cab, was taken to the Versailles
apartments on Hollywood Boulevard and kept company with a Mr. Rick
Steven. Suzan engaged in some sort of a domestic scene and was
probably under the influence of one or more types of drugs and did not
awaken until 2300 hours. At this time she recalled her tentative date
with Jay Sebring and called his residence. She was informed by Amos,
the butler, that Sebring had gone out.
At a time (estimated about midnight) Friday night, Frykowski called,
presumably from the Polanski residence, to Kaczanowski's art gallery
and asked Kaczanowski why he was not up to the house. Frykowski in
the conversation admonished Kaczanowski that he was spending too
much time at the gallery, working too hard, etc. Kaczanowski declined
the second invitation and stayed on at the gallery. He returned to the
Woodstock house at approximately 0300 hours, 8-9-69. At that time,
the key to the house was secreted in its regular hiding place.
At 2345, as reported by William Garretson, Steve Parent arrived,
unsolicited and unannounced, at the guest house. Parent had a new
clock radio with him and demonstrated it to Garretson. At
approximately 2400 hours, Parent used Garretson's telephone to place
a call. Parent told Garretson that he had to meet a friend down on
Santa Monica Boulevard. Parent picked up his radio and departed from
the guest house at approximately 0015 hours, 8-9-69.
Between 0430 and 0500 hours, Steven B. Shannen, deliveryman for
the Times newspaper, delivered the paper to the gate of the Cielo
property. As he approached the gate he noticed that there was a wire
down and draped across the gate. He observed the yellow bug light on
the north side of the garage to be on. He also stated that on
Wednesday, August 6, at about the same time of day, he had noted a
white Dodge Dart or Rambler sedan parked on the west side of Cielo
just outside the gate. He was not sure of the make of the vehicle, but
stated that it did have black-wall tires.
The housekeeper, Winifred Chapman, arrived from her home to the
intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon Drive at
approximately 0800 on 8-9-69. She saw a male acquaintance, "Jerry",
last name unknown, and asked him to drive her to the Polanski
residence as she was a little late for work. She arrived at the front
gate of the Cielo address at approximately 0830. Upon her arrival she
noticed an electrical wire hanging loosely on the ground going from the
telephone pole near the push button for the gate onto the Cielo
property and hanging across the gate. She pressed the electric button
which operates the gate and entered the driveway. She picked up the
morning newspaper, walked to the garage (Addendum 1A) and turned
off the overhead lights.
She went to the west side of the Polanski home, service porch
entrance, (Addendum 1 B ) and obtained a back door key which was
secreted on a rafter above the door. After opening the door, she
placed the key back on the rafter in its original position. It is unknown
if this door was locked or unlocked, as she did not try the door without
the key. She was concerned over the fact that the wire was down and
was going to check the living room phone to make sure it was
operational. After entering the house, she walked in a southerly
direction through the kitchen and dining room to the entry hall. When
she reached the entry hall, she noted that the front door was wide
open. She also noted two trunks just inside the living room which were
not there when she left the residence on the evening of 8-8-69. She
looked in an easterly direction out the front door and noticed
Frykowski's blood-soaked body lying on the front lawn. She then
looked down at the front porch and entry hall and saw pools of blood
and a blood-spattered yellow towel. She ran from the house, using the
same route that she had taken when entering, toward the gate. As she
ran down the driveway, she noticed Parent's white Ambassador sedan
and his apparent lifeless body inside the car.
Mrs. Chapman ran to the first house west of the property and rang the
doorbell. She did not receive an instant reply and ran to the second
house west of the Cielo property. At this location she aroused the
owner, explained the situation and he called the police.
At 0914 hours, West Los Angeles Units 8L5 and 8L62, were given a
radio call, "Code 2, possible homicide, 10050 Cielo Drive." Officer W.
T. Whisenhunt was assigned to unit 8L62, and Officer J. J. D e Rosa
was assigned to Unit 8L5. Numerous other patrol officers who will be
listed in Personnel at the Scene portion of this report arrived and
assisted. Also arriving at various intervals in the early stages of the
preliminary investigation and crime scene protection were
investigators from West Los Angeles Detective Division. The following
information regarding the evidence found a t the scene is a condensed
opinion of the officers and detectives from West Los Angeles Patrol and
Detective Divisions. At the time of this report, Homicide Division
investigators are in the process of scheduling a meeting with all
personnel at the scene, including S.I.D. personnel, in an attempt to
place the exact sequence of the events at the time of their arrival and
to place the pertinent evidence in the location that it was in at the
conclusion of the crime. (For statements of first officers on scene, see
Addendum 3.) upon entering the gate to the Cielo property, officers
observed telephone wires down, crossing Cielo diagonally and hanging
over the gate separating Cielo Drive from the Polanski property.
The officers proceeded onto the Polanski property and found Steven
Parent in the front seat of his Ambassador sedan. The car lights were
off; the engine was cool and not running. The ignition switch was in a
vertical, or off position. The gearshift selector was in a horizontal
position in second gear; the doors were closed and the driver's window
was down. None of the officers noticed the wrist watch which was lying
on the back seat of the vehicle; however, this is probably just an
oversight as it was there when investigators from Homicide Division
The patrol officers continued toward the main house using various
methods and routes in gaining entry to the main house. The officers
found the remaining four victims in the positions as described in the
resume portion of this report. Two large trunks were in the living room
near the north wall (Addendum 1B). The trunks were just inside the
living room to the left, or south of the entry way. The trunks were
parallel with the north wall of the living room with the east end of the
west trunk sitting on top of the west edge of the east trunk. A blood
stain was found on each of the trunks. (This was blood type O.) The
stain runs from left to right from the upper trunk to the lower trunk
and appeared to be from the same drop. They continued from upper
trunk to lower trunk in a direct path. A pair of horn-rimmed eye
glasses were just east of the east edge of the lower trunk. The glasses
were on the floor, glass down, ear frames up, top portion of the frame
to the west. Two wooden pieces of gun grips were found near a dining
room chair which was located against the east wall of the living room,
just north of a living room desk (Addendum 1B).
These grips were first observed either on the flagstone entryway or on
the wooden portion of the floor at the north end of the living room
under the archway which separates the entryway from the living room.
They were just northeast of the trunks.
The grips were next observed under the chair in the living room. They
were apparently kicked under the chair by one of the original officers
on the scene; however, no one is copping out. When the two pieces
were placed together they formed the right portion of a gun grip with
the exception that one very small piece was broken and missing. This
small piece was found by Officer Granado, S.I.D., on the front porch
just north of the front door. Blood type O was found on the grips.
The lights inside the house were out with the exception of the desk
light in the living room which was on and the hall light which leads to
south bedrooms. There was no music or other sounds from the house.
Whisenhunt, DeRosa and Officer R. E. Burbridge, unit 8U5, heard
noises emanating at the rear of the property near the guest house
(Addendum 1C). The officers heard the sound of barking dogs and
heard a male voice state, "Be quiet." The officers entered the rear
house via the front entrance and observed William Garretson in the
living room of the house. He was placed under arrest and transported
to West Los Angeles Detective Division.
When Homicide investigating officers arrived, they noticed only one
wire down, which is not a telephone wire but the wire which has been
previously described as a communications wire from the Polanski home
to the electric gate-opening device.
Continuing through the gate, investigating officers discovered blood
smears on the housing for the electric button which opens the gate
from inside the Polanski property. This has been identified as blood
The officers continued onto the property and observed a white
Ambassador, two-door sedan, MPK 308, angle-parked in the center of
the driveway (Addendum 1A). The front wheels were turned at an
extreme angle to the left, as if the driver had intended to exit via the
above-described gate. Steven Parent was observed as described in the
resume portion of this report. The lights were off; the engine was cool;
the ignition switch was in the off, or vertical position, and the keys
were in the switch. The gearshift indicator was in second gear; the
doors were closed and the driver's window was down. A wrist watch
with a broken band was lying on the rear seat, left side, approximately
6 inches from the left arm rest.
Officers continued in a southeasterly direction toward the garage area
of the property. Two lights located on the north side of the garage
were not on. Officers noted that the split-rail fence which runs to the
north of the garage area was broken, and that scrape marks appeared,
on the curb directly in front of the split-rail fence. The scrape marks
and the break in the split-rail fence appeared fresh. A search of the
undercarriage of Parent's car revealed similar scrape marks and
concrete transfer. The rear bumper of the car also showed white paint
transfer similar to that as on the split-rail fence.
Officers continued onto the property and observed the four remaining
victims as previously described in the resume portion of this report.
The following pools of blood, blood spots, and blood splatters were
noted. Blood type and sub group will be noted when known. As the
officers approached the front porch, using the walk (Addendum 1B)
they noted the following stains: On the left side of the walk,
approximately 4 feet east of the porch, they noted the bloody print of
a shoe heel. Continuing toward the porch, three bloody footprints were
noted. All four of these print s are blood type O and indicated the
person was moving east from the porch. Continuing onto the porch in
a westerly direction, two bloody barefoot prints are noted. Both of
these prints are blood type O and are also pointing in an easterly
direction. At the time of this report, Scientific Investigation Division is
attempting to further identify these prints with persons at the scene.
The results of their progress will be noted in future reports.
Just after stepping onto the porch looking to the north, approximately
6 inches south of the north edge of the porch, a large pool of blood,
type O-MN, was found. Continuing in a westerly direction toward the
front door, officers noted another large pool of blood on the porch
approximately 6 inches east of the east wall of the house at the left
edge of the threshold. This blood is type O-M. Continuing into the
entry hall, various blood stains were noted in the hall and near the
base of a large block wall which separates the entry hall from the
living room. These blood spots were identified as O-M.
Two trunks were observed in the same position as described in an
earlier portion of this report by the first officers on the scene. No
glasses were observed, however, as described by original officers. The
broken gun grips were observed in the position described by first
officers on the scene and previously described in this report.
Continuing into the living room area of the house, the pools of blood
beneath the bodies of Sebring and Polanski have been typed as O.
Blood on the rope has also been typed as O. Investigating officers did
not observe blood on this rope other than that portion which was in
contact with the bodies. Officers observed a yellow towel with blood
splatters near the hearth in the living room. This has been typed as O
Continuing in a southerly direction inside the house, officers observed
blood spots in front of a chair which was located in the living room just
to the right of the hallway which leads to the bedroom area of the
house. These blood spots have been identified as blood type B.
Directly to the rear of this chair on the wall and door jamb are several
splatters of blood which appear to have come from someone shaking a
hand or arm quite rapidly in a downward motion while seated in the
chair. These have been identified as blood type B.
As you enter the hallway, a blood drop is noted in the center of the
hallway at the threshold. Continuing in a southerly direction in the
hallway, another blood drop is noted and has been identified as blood
type B. Continuing in a southerly direction through the master
bedroom to the rear exit of that room, another blood drop is found just
inside the door. This is also identified as blood type B. Blood smears
were found on the louvered shutters inside the door as if someone had
been trying to open the door. These smears were blood type B.
Continuing out the door towards the area of the pool, two additional
blood spots were noted, one on the sidewalk and one on a green
garden hose, which was on the lawn. Both of these spots were
identified as blood type B. Continuing in an easterly direction from
where the last two blood drops were noted, the body of Abigail Folger
was found (see Addendum 1B).
Going in a northwesterly direction from where Frykowski's body was
found (Addendum 1B ) two large blood spots were found. Scientific
Investigation Division has been unable to type this blood; however, it
is the opinion of the investigating officers that these two large pools of
blood are areas where Frykowski lay for moments in his attempt to
escape from his assailants. It is possible that a struggle with the
assailants occurred at these two locations. Just west of one of these
blood Spots, a purple scarf was found. This scarf was drenched with
blood, which has been identified as blood type O. This concludes the
blood spots that investigating officers observed when they arrived.
REPORT ON STRANGE SOUNDS, GUNSHOTS, INDICATIONS OF
VIOLENCE, RELATED BY PERSONS WHO WERE IN HEARING DISTANCE
OF THE POLANSKI RESIDENCE ON THE NIGHT OF 8-8-69, AND THE
MORNING OF 8-9-69:
(0030 hours to 0100 hours)
Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Kott, temporary residence at 10170 Cielo Drive,
a house located approximately 100 yards north of the Polanski house.
The Kotts entertained guests at their house until approximately 2400
hours (midnight). The guests departed and the Kotts retired. Between
0030 and 0100 hours, Mrs. Kott, while in her bedroom located at the
northeast corner of the house, heard what she described as four shots
fired in close sequence. In her opinion, the shots originated east of her
home. No action was taken regarding the shots at this time. A t 0730
hours, 8-9-69, Mr. Kott stepped out of his house and observed the
phone line draped over the fence and the Polanski gate. He also noted
that the outside lights were on.
(0100 hours t o 0130 hours)
Mr. Tim Ireland, one of five counselors supervising a sleepout for 70
male and female children a t the Westlake School for Girls, located at
700 North Faring Road which is down the hill and directly south of the
Polanski residence. Beteen 0100 and 0130 Mr. Ireland was awake,
alert and watching the sleeping children. He heard a male voice from
what seemed to him a long distance away to the north or northeast
shout, "Oh, God, no. Stop. Stop. Oh, God, no, don't." Ireland said that
the scream persisted for approximately 10 seconds. The male voice
was clear and he did not notice an accent. The screams so disturbed
Ireland that he checked the area of the sleeping children on foot, then
went inside the school and informed Mr. Rich Sparks of the occurrence
and requested permission to check the area himself in his own
personal vehicle. Permission was granted, and Ireland drove
southbound on Benedict Canyon Road to Sunset Boulevard, westbound
to Beverly Glenn, and northbound back to the Westlake school. He did
not observe anything unusual on his circuitus trip, but did hear
numerous dogs barking in the immediate vicinity of the school. Mr.
Ireland then checked the other counselors at the school but all had
been sleeping and were not aware of the incident. Mr. Ireland does not
recall hearing any sounds that he believes to be gunshots. (In
investigating officers' opinion, this is an accurate report of the incident,
made by a competent person, alert and in full command of his
(0200 hours to 0300 hours)
Mr. Emmett Steele, 9951 Beverly Grove Drive. Mr. Steele maintains
two trained hunting dogs at his residence. These dogs do not generally
respond to ordinary traffic or house noises in the vicinity, but become
highly excited and bark and howl when they hear gunshots. On 8-9-
69, between 0200 and 0300, both dogs became highly excited,
barking and howling. Mr. Steele went out and calmed the dogs,
checked the area but could see nothing. Mr. Steele did not hear any
gunshots himself, but w a s concerned about a lavender Volkswagentype
dunebuggy, XSP 193, and a black foreign-type motorcycle,
possibly a Triumph, that have been seen and reported driving about
the area for the past six weeks in the late night and early morning
hours. These two vehicles have not been connected with the incident
at this time.
(Approximately 0330 hours)
Mr. Marceau Mounton, an employee of the Bel Air Patrol, works 2130
to 0530. Mr. Mounton was on a fixed post assignment at 10231
Charing Cross on 8-8/9-69, from 2130 t o 0530. At approximately
0330, Mr. Mounton heard what he first believed to be three backfires,
but on reflection, felt the reports were too sharp and short to be
backfires. He said the reports were two close together, and then one
shortly thereafter. Mr. Mounton was positioned on the south side of
the residence and could not be sure from what direction the sound
came. This location is approximately 1/4 mile south of the location of
occurrence and below the mouth of the canyon. When Mr. Mounton
went off duty a t 0530 he mentioned this occurrence to Mr. Karlson (1-
3), the desk man at Bel Air Patrol.
At 0400, Mr . Bullington was stopped in front of 2175 Summit Ridge
Drive. He was parked facing northbound with the driver's window
down and heard what he believed to be three shots. They sounded as
if they came from some distance to the west. The sequence was one
shot, a 2/3-second pause, another shot, a 4/5-second pause, and a
final shot. Mr. Bullington contacted Bel Air Patrol by radio (Mr. Karlson,
1-3, states time was 0411) and reported this.
Mr. Karlson was on duty on 8-9-69, and at 0411 was contacted by
radio by patrolman Bullington of Bel Air Patrol who had stopped a t
2175 Summit Ridge. Officer Bullington reported to Karlton he had
heard three shots spaced several seconds apart. Karlton called West
Los Angeles desk a t 0412 and reported this to an unknown officer who
stated, "I hope we don't have a murder. We just had a womanscreaming
call in that area."
Carlos Gill, 9955 Beverly Grove Drive, Carlos is a Mexican national, 14
years of age. He had been asleep, awoke at 2300 hours and began
writing letters in his room. From his bedroom located on the opposite
side of Benedict Canyon, it is possible to look directly across the
canyon a t approximately the same elevation and view the front of the
Polanski residence. The distance is estimated as approximately 1/4 to
1/2 mile. At approximately 0400 hours he heard the sound of voices
arguing. He believed it was three or four persons. The argument
increased in volume and became more heated. It lasted approximately
one minute and then subsided abruptly. He indicated that in his
opinion the sounds originated from the direction of the Polanski
residence. At the time of the occurrence he stood by the window in his
lighted room and looked in that direction but could see nothing. He
said that the severity of the argument so frightened him that he went
immediately to bed after closing the window.
From the location of the victims, the physical evidence, which includes
the various blood stains, gun grips, and the rope tied around Sebring's
and Polanski's necks, several theories exist as to the reason for the
murder. Possible reasons for the murder are as follows:
1. A narcotics party in which one or two of the participants freaked out
and in their wild frenzy killed one of the victims and then killed the
remaining victims in order to protect himself against identification.
2. Another theory is that one or two persons delivering or collecting for
a delivery of various types and amounts of narcotics was turned away
empty handed, due to either bad narcotics, or the lack of cash funds.
3. There is also the possibility that the persons delivering the narcotics
decided to take both the money and the narcotics after killing the
4. An additional theory is that one or more suspects went to the
Polanski home to commit a residential robbery. Their attempt was met
with resistance, and after killing one person they decided to kill all of
the persons on the property in order to avoid detection.
5. An additional theory exists that the suspect or suspects were hired
killers sent there by an adversary of either one or all of the four logical
victims (Folger, Frykowski, Sebring, Polanski) and that Parent was
killed simply to avoid detection.
From the physical evidence and positions of the bodies, investigating
officers feel that regardless of the theory as to the motive of the
killing, the sequence of events occurred in the following manner.
Investigating officers feel that at least two suspects are involved due
to the fact that the weapons used to kill the victims were a .22-caliber
revolver and probably a bayonet. The suspects entered the property
via the front gate by pushing the electronic gate-opening device which
is kept unlocked. They proceeded in a southeasterly direction down the
driveway and to the front walk of the Polanski home. As they arrived
at the front porch, they were either met by or summoned by Sebring,
Polanski and Frykowski.
If we assume they went there to transact some type of business, the
possibility exists that they were invited into the house. Due to the
clothing that Folger was wearing (long nightgown) and the fact that
her bed appeared to have been slept in, investigating officers are
assuming that Folger was in her bedroom either asleep or reading. An
argument between the suspects and Polanski, Sebring and Frykowski
probably aroused Folger. Prior to her getting out of bed and walking
from her bedroom, up the hall into the living room, it is the
investigating officers' opinion that Frykowski, Polanski and Sebring
accompanied one of the suspects to the front door. Folger entered the
front room and was either struck or stabbed by one of the suspects.
The other suspect remained with the main group armed with the .22-
Folger was probably attacked near the entrance to the hall which leads
to the two bedrooms at the south end of the house. Folger is blood
type B, and this is consistent with the B blood that is located at this
position. Folger r a n south down the hall in an attempt to escape from
her assailant. She arrived at the rear door of the master bedroom, and
in her attempt to open the door her blood is smeared on the louvered
portion of the door. After getting the door open, she exited and ran
screaming in an easterly direction toward the split rail fence
(Addendum 1B). She was ultimately caught and killed by her assailant.
Frykowski, who was being held at the front door by the suspect armed
with the .22-caliber revolver, ran in a southeasterly direction from the
front porch in an effort to assist Folger as she is screaming for help
prior to being killed. The suspect fired one round, striking Frykowski in
the back. Frykowski fell and this would be the first large blood spot
southeast of the porch. Frykowski continued in his attempt to assist
Folger and fell again accounting for the second large blood spot. He
regained his feet and continued in a southeasterly direction where he
was met by the killer of Folger, who is wielding the knife in a frenzy.
He attacks and kills Frykowski, stabbing him numerous times in the
side as he lay mortally wounded.
At sometime prior to Frykowski being killed, possibly in one of the
above-described positions (large blood spots), one of the assailants
struck Frykowski with either the butt or the barrel of a weapon,
indicated by the numerous lacerations on the scalp.
The two suspects now turn their attention to Sebring and Polanski who
are still on the front porch. It is possible that the suspects rendered
Sebring and Polanski unconscious before going after Frykowski. This
would be consistent with the fact that Sebring had a large abrasion to
the bridge of his nose and when discovered had a large hematoma
swelling and bruising of the left eye. The large pool of blood which is
described as on the front porch, approximately 6.inches south of the
north edge of the porch is Sebring's type, O-MN. Directly north-east
and just off of the porch is a small hedge which was broken down as if
someone had lain there for some time. The large pool of blood
described as 6 inches east of the east wall of the house and even with
the door jamb to the front door is type O-M, the same as Sharon
Polanski's. From the amount of blood there it would appear that she
remained there for at least minutes prior to movement. This also holds
true for Sebring. Sebring and Polanski were then ordered or taken into
the living room. At this point, it is conjecture as to whether they were
tied with the rope before being murdered or after the murder. The
rope was undoubtedly brought there by the killers as no one can place
this rope at the Polanski home prior to the murder, nor has this type of
rope been seen at either Sebring's home or in his car. Although he has
been known to tie women up by the arms at his home and then whip
them prior to some type of sex act, he has always used small sash
The killers, after taking Polanski and Sebring into the living room,
stabbed them to death at this point. Sebring was shot in the
abdominal region sometime during the assault. Investigating officers
are unable to determine whether this occurred on the front porch or
after he was taken into the living room.
Before leaving the location, one of the killers took some type of cloth,
wiped it across the blood on the front porch, probably from that which
had been described as Sharon Polanski' s blood, type O-M, and printed
the letters, "PIG" on the lower portion of the front door.
The killers then left the location without ransacking the house. Paper
money was in plain view throughout the house and Sebring had a wrist
watch on his wrist, in plain view, valued at $1,500.
Two theories exist as to when Parent, the fifth victim, was killed. The
possibility exists that as the killers entered the property, Parent
observed them as he was leaving the Garretson residence. The killers,
in order to avoid detection, shot Parent before he could leave. Parent
also had one defense wound in his left hand. This was a long laceration
to the palm between the ring and the little finger, which severed the
tendons. It is investigating officers' opinion that Parent would not have
been killed simply because he saw someone enter the gate, unless the
assailants went there with the express purpose of killing everyone in
the Polanski home,
The second theory is that as Parent left the Garretson residence he
observed either part or all of the above-described crimes. He ran for
his car, which was parked somewhere in the paved parking area of the
property. He entered the car, backed it up at a high rate of speed,
struck the curb and knocked down the split-rail fence previously
described. He then turned the car in a westerly direction, and in an
attempt to evade his pursuers turned the car at an odd angle toward
the gate. At this point, he was caught and killed.
If we assume that the killers went there to kill all the persons at the
Polanski home, then we can also assume that they cut the phone wires
and all other means of communications before entering the property.
If we assume that they went there merely to conduct some type of
business, such as a narcotics sale, or to enjoy a narcotics party and
the killing occurred, then investigators are of the opinion that the
suspects cut the wires in an effort to gain as much time as possible
before the crimes were discovered.
Most of the polygraph keys which could have been used were released
to the press by patrol personnel prior to investigating officers' arrival
on the scene, or at least without their knowledge.
Four polygraph keys that have not been released are as follows:
1. The weapon used to inflict the stab wounds was probably a bayonet.
The blade portion of the bayonet was extremely sharp on both sides
for at least 3 inches with one side becoming flat at this point, having a
blade length of at least 6 inches. There was undoubtedly a guard on
the weapon; however, there were no signs on the bodies that the
blade ever went in far enough for the guard to come in contact with
2. The revolver used was a caliber 22, Hi-standard, "Double Nine"
"Longhorn". The weapon has a 9 1/2-inch barrel and is 15 inches in
overall length. It has a blue steel finish and a 9-shot capacity. It has
walnut grips. The right grip from this weapon was broken at the scene
and is in police custody. The weapon has a catalogue number of 9399.
3. A white, nylon type, three strand rope (G28) with an overall length
of 43 feet, 8 inches, was used to tie Sebring and Polanski. The rope
was double looped around Polanski's neck and draped over a beam in
the living room with two overhand knots on the standing end on either
side of the beam. The first knot was 5 feet from the end, and the
second knot was 16 feet, 4 inches from the end. A frayed area was
between the two knots, 11 feet, 8 inches from the end. The rope
around Sebring had a double loop, with the second loop going into an
overhand knot around the neck.
4. A pair of horn-rimmed prescription type reading glasses, found next
to the trunk between the living room and the entrance archway. To
date the owner has not been identified and it is presumed that the
glasses were lost by a suspect.
PERSONNEL AT THE SCENE
Lieutenant R. Madlock contacted Inspector K. J. McCauley and
requested that investigation be assigned to Homicide Division.
Inspector McCauley agreed that the homicide should be handled by
Homicide Division personnel and contacted Lieutenant R. J. Helder,
Supervisor of Investigations, Homicide Division, informing him of his
decision. Lieutenant Helder assigned the case t o Sergeants M. J.
McGann and J. Buckles, and assigned additional investigators to assist
in the crime scene search. Additional investigators called and
responding to the scene were Sergeants E. Henderson, D. Varney, D.
Galindo. Homicide Division personnel responded to the scene arriving
at various times between 1330 and 1430 hours.
West Los Angeles Division
*Sgt. S. Klorman, 10204
Sgt. G. C. Rivera, 11544
*First uniformed supervisor at the scene
D. L. Gossman, 13221
J. C. Murawski, 13022
R. L. Gingras, 7387
W . T. Whisenhunt, 12397
R. E, Burbridge, 12294
W. R. Szczucki, 13960
R. W, Ferguson, 13523
B. C. Laetszch, 14386
J. J. DeRosa, 12986
D. W. Graham, 13098
S. M. Osti, 14398
T. R. Blaire, 12720
J. J. Choquette, 14818
B. L. Levin, 15055
A. P. Cordova, 14197
D. B. Watstein, 13631
T. J. Mascot, 14229
G. E. Anderson, 13820
W. R. Walley, 13627
A. M. Watch
R. A. Muldrew;. 14569
R. L. Treutlein, 12389
W. T. Chamousis, 13904
R. G. Bishop, 12717
West Los Angeles Detectives
Lt. R. C. Madlock, Commander
Lt. J. J. Gregoire, 140
Sgt. F. Gravante, 5342
Sgt. T. L, Rogers, 4639
Ofcr. M. J. Granado, 7692, Comparative Analysis Section
D. H. Hale, J-8438
Ofcr. J. E. Boen, 7780, Latent Prints Section
Ofcr. D. L. Girt , 12530 " " "
Ofcr. D. E. Dorrnan, 10247 " " "
W. W. Clements, J-8054 " " "
S. Barrette, L-8631, Photo Section
Beverly Hills Police Department
Captain B. L. Cork
County Coroner's Office
Doctor T. Noguchi, Medical Examiner, Coroner, County of Los Angeles
Doctor R. C. Henry, Deputy Medical Examiner, County of Los Angeles
Doctor J. Finken, Deputy Coroner, County of Los Angeles
Sharon Marie Polanski, 10050 Cielo Drive, female Caucasian, 26 years,
5-3, 135, hazel eyes and blond hair. Victim's occupation is actress and
for the last two years had been married to Roman Polanski, directorproducer
for Paramount Studios. At the time of her death, she was
eight months pregnant with her first child. Prior to her marriage to
Roman Polanski, she was engaged to one of the other victims, Thomas
Thomas John Sebring, 9810 Easton Drive, Los Angeles, male
Caucasian, 35 years of age, 5-6 , 120 pounds, black hair, brown eyes.
The victim was a hair stylist and had a corporation known as Sebring
International with a state-wide distributorship featuring male
cosmetics, hair sprays, etc. He was unmarried and had been engaged
to the previous victim, Sharon (Tate) Polanski. He was considered a
lady's man and took numerous women to his residence in the
Hollywood Hills. He would tie the women up with a small sash cord and
if they agreed, would whip them, after which he would undress them
and have sexual relations. He was a well-known user of cocaine,
staying high on the drug most of the time.
Sebring put on a big front, living in a large house with a butler, an
expensive foreign car and at times hosting expensive parties. It is
believed that all of these actions were to impress potential backers of
his corporation in his financial worth, while in fact his capital resources
were very limited. Abigail Anne Folger, female Caucasian, 25, 5-5,
120, hazel eyes, brown hair, residence since the first of April, 10050
Cielo Drive. Prior to that she lived at 2774 Woodstock Road. She is an
heiress to the Folger coffee fortune and has a financial statement of
somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000. She has been living in a
common-law relationship with another of the victims, Wojiciech
Frykowski, for the past two years. Folger supported Frykowski, paying
for the rent at the Woodstock address and supplying him with money
for his drug habit which included marijuana, hashish, mescalene, MDA
and cocaine. Folger also used these drugs in large quantities.
Folger saw her psychiatrist, Marvin Flicker, M.D., for one hour a day,
five days a week. Her standing appointment was 1630 each day. She
discussed her use of drugs and her disappointment with Frykowski.
Doctor Flicker stated that he thought she was almost ready to leave
Frykowski. She was building up enough nerve in her own mind to go it
alone. This, of course, is Doctor Flicker's opinion. In the past year,
Abigail had been an active participant in Negro social work. She
sponsored and attended rallies in the Watts area and is reported to
have been an active participant in civil rights activities in the San
Francisco bay area. This contention is borne out by several civil rights
placards found at the Cielo address.
Wojiciech Frykowski, male Caucasian, 32, 5-0, 165, blond hair, blue
eyes. Frykowski was a writer; however, he has been unable to sell any
of his work in the past years. He has been living in a common-law
relationship with Abigail Folger at both 2774 Woodstock Road, prior to
April of 1969, and since April of 1969, at 10050 Cielo Drive. Frykowski
was a native of Poland and had lived in England, France, New York,
San Francisco and Los Angeles. He met Abigail Folger in New York and
accompanied her to San Francisco and then to Los Angeles. He had no
means of support and lived off of Folgers' fortune. He used cocaine,
mescaline, LSD, marijuana, hashish and MDA in large amounts. He
was an extrovert and gave invitations to almost everyone he met to
come visit him at his residence. Narcotic parties were the order of the
day, and the parties continued on into the early morning hours.
Frykowski was a boyhood friend of Roman Polanski. The two of them
growing up together in a small town in Poland. Frykowski's father
financed Polanski's first film and Roman felt indebted to him. This was
the reason Roman Polanski invited him to stay at his home during his
and Sharon's trip to England. Steven Earl Parent, male Caucasian, 18
years, 6-0, 175, red hair, brown eyes. He lived with his parents at
11214 East Bryant Road, El Monte. His main occupation was that of a
delivery boy for Valley City Plumbing Supply Company in Rosemead,
California. He also worked part time at night for Jonas Miller Stereo,
8719 Wilshire Boulevard. On Friday morning, 8-8-69, he told his
mother to have a clean change of clothes for him when he came home
for lunch from his job at the plumbing supply company. He told her he
was going to work at his second job and didn't want to come home
after work before going to Hollywood for his second job. Parent has an
arrest record as a juvenile for burglary. The chief object of attack
during the five burglaries he was caught at was electronic equipment.
He served two years in the California Youth Authority program. He was
described as having both sadistic and homosexual tendencies by a
For a complete list of the injuries, including diagrams and coroner's
protocols, see Addendum 4.
GARRETSON, William Etson, male Caucasian, 20, 5-7, 154, brown hair
and brown eyes, LA 974 580-G
Garretson was arrested in the guest house at 10050 Cielo Drive. He
gave vague, unrealistic answers to questions about his observations
and recollections of events occurring in the Polanski house between 8-
8-69, 0200 hours and 8-9-69, 0930 hours. He was questioned at West
Los Angeles jail at approximately 1600 hours, 8-9-69, by
investigators. He was advised of his rights and agreed to speak freely
without counsel but gave stuperous and non responsive answers to
pertinent questions. He retained the services of attorney Barry Tarlow,
shortly after the first unproductive interview. He was transported to
Parker Center where investigating officers, in the presence of attorney
Tarlow, had another fruitless but short interview with the suspect. At
this time, it was agreed that Garretson would submit to a polygraph
examination on Monday, August 10, 1969, with his attorney
representing him at the interview.
On 8-10-69, at 1600 hours, in the company of his attorney and upon
his attorney's advice, Garretson submitted to a lengthy polygraph
examination conducted by Lieutenant Burdick, S.I.D. Polygraph
Section. At the time of this examination, Garretson was more
responsive to questions, but gave vague and unsatisfactory responses
on questions pertinent to the crime that were asked him at the
polygraph interview, prior to the questions being presented to him on
In the opinion of Lieutenant Burdick, Garretson's answers were
generally considered truthful; however, there was an underlying belief
by Burdick and the investigating officers that due to some narcotics
sedation or other mental incapacity, the subject was not sensitive to
all of the monitoring devices employed on the machine.
Investigating officers went back to the crime scene and reviewed the
physical and acoustical aspects of the scene as related to what
Garretson, who claimed to have been awake all night in the guest
house writing letters, claimed he heard or saw.
In the opinion of the investigating officers and by scientific research by
S.I.D., it is highly unlikely that Garretson was not aware of the
screams, gunshots and other turmoil that would result from a multiple
homicide such as took place in his near proximity. These findings,
however, did not absolutely preclude the fact that Garretson did not
hear or see any of the events connected with the homicide.
Garretson related to the investigators that Parent had come to the
guest house at approximately 2345, 8-8-69; that he displayed a clock
radio to Garretson. They talked about it a short time and that
Garretson made a telephone call from the guest house at midnight and
then said to Garretson that he was going to meet a friend a t Santa
Monica Boulevard and Doheny; that Parent left the guest house
approximately 0015 hours, 8-9-69, and at that time was last seen
alive by Garretson. The telephone call was verified, There was a clock
radio in the passenger side of Parent's car when he was killed.
Winifred Chapman, the housekeeper at the Polanski house, stated that
Garretson made very infrequent contacts with any of the people or
their guests occupying the Polanski house, and that he was retained by
Mr. Autabelli, the owner of the property, to care for his dogs and that
he had complete use of the guest house while the owner was in
Europe. Garretson confirmed this statement.
It is the investigators' opinion that Garretson was under the residual
effects of some type of narcotic during the entire time he was in police
custody. It is possible, but not probable, that Garretson had no real
knowledge of the crime. Garretson was released from custody on 8-
11-69 at 1400 hours. His attorney was present, with television and
newspaper coverage in abundance. In all probability, this newspaper
coverage was prearranged by Mr. Tarlow.
Garretson's arrest record shows Sheriff's Office, Los Angeles,
California, 12-6-68, Possession of Marijuana, no dispo indicated;
however, Garretson said he had been arrested in Monterey Park and
was given three years probation upon conviction of the charge.
Garretson also admits a 1967 conviction of Contributing to the
Delinquency of a Minor in Lancaster, Ohio. He received a suspended
As Sebring, Frykowski and Folger were confirmed narcotics users on a
daily basis, the following mentioned suspects were checked and
interviewed by members of the Los Angeles Police Department as they
are either confirmed narcotics users and peddlers, or have the
reputation as suppliers of narcotics to the particular group of
entertainers and the like who have habitually associated with
Frykowski and Folger and to a lesser extent the Polanskis.
The following persons were suspect in this case; however, they have
been eliminated at the time of this report:
1. Thomas Michael Harrigan, Toronto, Canada, Police No. FPS 2958
82-A, male Caucasian, 27 years, 5-10, 163, brown hair and brown
eyes. This suspect has one arrest in Canada for Illegal Possession of
Narcotics. The disposition indicates that he was discharged with no
apparent filing. The suspect is a native of Toronto, Canada and a user
and smuggler of drugs to the United States.
2. William J. Doyle, Toronto, Canada, No. FPS 230 203-A, male
Caucasian, 27, 5-8, 180, brown hair and brown eyes. This suspect has
one arrest for Uttering Prescription for Narcotic Drug, two charges.
Disposition indicates that he was sentenced to 12 months, case
suspended, case appealed. The appeal was allowed, the conviction was
squashed and the verdict of acquittal entered. Doyle is a native of
Toronto, Canada and a user and smuggler of drugs to the United
3. Charles Tacot, male Caucasian, 38 years, 6-2, 160, blond hair,
balding, blue eyes. This suspect has no known police record, no
permanent address in Los Angeles. Returned from Jamaica in order to
talk with investigating officers. He is a producer, director of
underground films and is apparently not too successful at this. He is an
admitted narcotics user, using such drugs as cocaine and marijuana.
4. Harrison Pickens Dawson, male Caucasian, 27 years, 5-9, 150
brown hair, brown eyes. No permanent Los Angeles address, travels
between Los Angeles, New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. He is
known user of various narcotics including heroin, cocaine, methardine,
mescaline, hashish, marijuana, LSD, and MDA. The above four persons
traveled in the same circles and knew Wojiciech Frykowski and Abigail
Folger. Harrigan and Doyle supplied Frykowski and Folger with some
cocaine and mescaline and probably most all of the MDA they used.
MDA is a synthetic drug manufactured in Toronto, Canada.
Tacot and Harrigan have been interviewed at great length by
investigating, officers and voluntarily took a polygraph examination
administered by Lieutenant Earl Deemer, Rampart Detective Division.
Investigating officers and Deemer were satisfied that Tacot and
Harrigan had nothing to do with the homicides. At the time of this
report, Deemer is in the process of interviewing Dawson in Virginia and
Doyle in Toronto, Canada. Preliminary indications are that neither
Dawson or Doyle are involved in the homicides. Polygraph
examinations are being administered.
A complete report and polygraph examination results will be a part of
future progress reports.
After a close examination of the victim's wounds and conferring with
the medical examiners that performed the post mortums,
examinations on the bodies, Dr. Nuguchi, Dr. Henry, and Dr. Herrera,
investigating officers have come to the following conclusions, #1 the
knife that inflicted the stab wounds was probably a bayonet. The
bayonet being extremely sharp for at least a distance of three inches.
One edge becoming flat at that point. The blade length is at least six
inches long and there is probably a guard on the weapon. Although the
blade entered the most of the bodies six inches no imprint from the
guard was left on the bodies.
#2, Parent, Frywkoski and Sebring were shot with a caliber 22 long
rifle bullet. The probable weapon used was a high standard "Double
nine long horn" revolver. It has a 9-1/2" barrel and a 15" overall
length. It has a nine shot capacity and has a blue steel finish, the
catalogue number is 9399. The manufacturer has been contacted and
states this weapon has been in production since February of 1967. He
has contacted thirty-three west coast jobbers for sale numbers and
sales information on a l l 9399 models. A complete list of all 9399
models sold in Los Angeles since 1967 has been received and is
included as addendum number 5 in this report.
Special Investigations Unit, Administrative Detective Bur, is in the
process of checking all model 9399 sold within a driving radius of two
hours of Los Angeles. The results of this investigation will be included
in future progress reports.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Toronto, Canada were contacted
and a request was made for a similar check on all model 9399
weapons sold in Canada. Fifteen weapons have been sold throughout
all of Canada and are included in addendum 6 in this report. The
results of their investigation as to the actual whereabouts of these
weapons at this time will be listed in future progress reports.
#3, The white nylon type three strand rope (G28) wrapped around
victims Sebring's and Polanski's necks could have been used to control
or limit their activities. There is no evidence however, to indicate this
rope was used to choke or otherwise harm these victims. Efforts are
being made by SID to identify the manufacturer and distributor of this
rope. Progress on their attempts will be reported in future progress
The following items are considered of paramount importance to the
#1, the above described gun grips with the blood type O on them.
#2, The above described rope and it's origin.
#3, The horn rimmed glasses which were found just east of the trunks
which were located in the living room near the archway, which
separates the entry hall from the living room. Scientific Investigation
Division firearms section is attempting to locate the manufacturer of
these glasses, Their investigation will be included in future progress
#4, A "Buck", clasp type knife found under the seat cushion of an
overstuffed chair, which was located in the living room seven feet
south of the north wall of the living room and four feet east of the west
wall of the living room. This chair is marked "C" in addendum number
For a list of fingerprint lifts and eliminations see addendum number 8
of this report.
All witnesses are indexed and given interview numbers, starting with
one. Investigating officers have included as a part of this report
interview numbers 1 through 191 as addendum number 9.
Investigating officers are in the process of checking these statements
for inconsistencies. We are also plotting the exact locations of persons
hearing either screams or gunfire of the night or morning of either 8-
8/9-69. The time of this report this phase of the investigation is
incomplete and the results will be included in future progress reports.
Communications relevant to this incident are on file in Robbery-
The following items are listed as addendum:
Addendum #1, an overall diagram of the property located at 10050
Addendum #1A, a diagram of the northwest portion of the property
including entrance and garages.
Addendum #1B, a diagram of the main house 10050 Cielo Drive.
Addendum #1C , a diagram of the guest house located at 10050 Cielo
Addendum #2, a 15.7 written by M.J. Granada, #7692, SID,
describing the victim's blood types, blood types of blood found inside
the location information on the rope which was tied around victim's
Sebring and Polanski's neck and progress has been accomplished in an
attempt to identify the cutters used in cutting the telephone, wire and
additional communications wire.
Addendum #3, interviews of uniformed officers that first arrived at the
Addendum #4, coroner's protocols and diagrams of the five victims.
Addendum #5, a complete list of model 9399 revolvers sold in
California since 1967.
Addendum #6, a complete list of model 9399 revolvers sold in Canada
Addendum #7, evidence report which includes items one through
Addendum #8, a report prepared by the print section of SID listing
successful lifts of fingerprints and eliminations.
Addendum #9, witnesses, statements, numbered 1 through 191
Addendum #10, information sheets on Harrison Pickens Dawson (1).
(2) Billy Doyle
(3) Abigail Folger
(4) Wojciech Frykowski
(5) William Garretson
(6) Thomas Harrigan
(7) Witold Kaczanowski
(8) Steven Parent
(9) Thomas Sebring
(10) Sharon Polanski.
APPROVED: Lt. Robert J. Helder M. J. McGann, 10329
J. R. Buckles, 5829
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