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LAPD Might Not Get Manson Follower's Old Tapes After All

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Are there any more crimes that could be connected to Charles Manson and his followers? The Los Angeles Police Department may have to wait longer to find out. A Texas judge has blocked the release of old audio tapes of conversations between former Manson Family member Charles "Tex" Watson and his then-attorney, reports the Associated Press.In May, a bankruptcy judge granted the release of the eight hours of audio previously unheard by local law enforcement. The LAPD had requested access to the recordings because they wanted to learn if material discussed on the tapes could link Charles Manson and his family of followers to more unsolved murders.

The motion to block the tapes came from none other than Watson.

Watson, who once called himself Manson's "right-hand man," is serving a life sentence for his roles in various Manson family murders; he was denied parole for the 14th time in November 2011.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck made a request to review the audio in writing in mid-March because authorities "believe the interviews could contain information about unsolved murders." The audio material surfaced as part of the clearing out of Watson's former attorney Bill Boyd's Texas law firm during bankruptcy proceedings. Boyd died in 2009.