James Willett murdered by Manson Family

James Willett murdered by Manson Family

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#1 Dec 7, 2011
I have been researching this and there is very little info out there . Does anyone remember any details about James or about the Willetts family's reaction to his murder ? Is it true what I heard that his sister's life was threatened and that the Willetts were tormented by the Manson Family ? I was very young when this happened but ,I have always been curious about it .
just because

Bardstown, KY

#2 Dec 7, 2011
My father does. I heard him talking about it.
book

Bardstown, KY

#3 Dec 7, 2011
My 2 cents is free wrote:
I have been researching this and there is very little info out there . Does anyone remember any details about James or about the Willetts family's reaction to his murder ? Is it true what I heard that his sister's life was threatened and that the Willetts were tormented by the Manson Family ? I was very young when this happened but ,I have always been curious about it .
I remember hearing about it and his name was mentioned in the book helter skelter. I believe he was buried and was found because he wasnt buried very well but i cant remember for sure. I have always been interested in it also. Believe he and a woman were found together.
somebody

Bardstown, KY

#4 Dec 7, 2011
This is one that just might need to left alone!
well

Coxs Creek, KY

#5 Dec 7, 2011
I always heard they have a sensor fence around the willett's house. They had received a letter saying they would get a box one xmas. heard it but not for sure how true
well

Bardstown, KY

#6 Dec 7, 2011
Most of the info is on the internet...you just haven't looked hard enough.

Two of the men that murdered Willett are now dead. The other man is still in prison I believe.

Nancy Pitman and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme is the link from the Manson Family to the Willett murders.

I rememeber hearing, back at that time, the murderers tried to extort ransom money from James' family.

James and Lauren Willett had a daughter, who went on to be raised by relatives.

What do you think the Willett's reaction was? How would you feel if your son, brother etc...was murdered? There's your answer.

Very tragic events that took place.
Francis Heaton

Frankfort, KY

#7 Dec 8, 2011
To follow through with Manson's deal with the Aryan Brotherhood, Fromme moved to Stockton, California, with Family member Nancy Pitman and a friend named Priscilla Cooper, and a pair of ex-convict Aryan Brotherhood members named Michael Monfort and James Craig. This group happened to meet up with a couple, James and Lauren Willett, at a cabin. The ex-convicts forced James Willett to dig his own grave and gunned him down because he was going to tell the authorities about a series of robberies that the ex-convicts had committed after they were released from prison.[4] After the body of James Willett was found, with his hand still sticking out of the ground,[4] the housemates were taken into custody on suspicion of murder. After their arrest, the body of Lauren Willett was discovered as well.[4] An infant girl believed to be the Willetts’ daughter was also found in the house in Stockton, and placed with Mary Graham Hall.[4] Fromme was released due to a lack of evidence.[3]

The Sonoma County coroner’s office concluded that James Willett was killed sometime in September 1972 although his body was not found until the beginning of November 1972. He had been buried near Guerneville in Sonoma County.[4] On the night of Saturday November 11, 1972 the Stockton Police responded to information that a station wagon owned by the Willetts was in the area. It was discovered parked in front of 720 W. Flora Street. "Police Sgt. Richard Whiteman went to the house and, when he was refused entry, forced his way in. All the persons subsequently arrested were in the house except for Miss Fromme. She telephoned the house while police were there, asking to be picked up, and officers obliged, taking her into custody nearby. Police found a quantity of guns and ammunition in the house along with amounts of marijuana, and noticed freshly dug earth beneath the building."[4]

The Stockton Police obtained a warrant and dug up the body of Lauren Willett around 5 a.m. the following day. Cooper told investigators that Lauren had been shot accidentally and had been buried when they realized she was dead.[4] Cooper contended that Monfort was "demonstrating the dangers of firearms, playing a form of Russian roulette with a .38 caliber pistol" and had first spun the gun cylinder and shot at his own head, and when the gun didn't fire, pointed it at the victim, whereupon it fired.[4] The Stockton Police indicated that Lauren Willett "was with the others of her own volition prior to the shooting, and was not being held prisoner."[4]
RIP

Birmingham, AL

#8 Dec 8, 2011
My heart goes out to the Willet family to have to go thru such an ordeal
Angel

Zephyrhills, FL

#11 Aug 3, 2016
Watching a Manson victims documentary saying James was decapitated and his wife was shot and buried in the basement

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