Monday, October 17, 2022

Barker Ranch 10-10-69 Arrests


We know most of the details about the Barker Ranch Raids but there haven’t been any documents on the specifics of the raids. The recently acquired documents will tell you who was taken into custody in which raid and what name they were arrested under. They also say what evidence was found on that day. It took weeks and even months to gather all of the evidence.

There were two raids on Barker Ranch in October 1969. The first one was October 10th. There were 13 people arrested at Barker. Another person, Kitty Lutesinger, was also arrested that day though not at Barker.

Kitty Lutesinger and Stephanie Schram left Barker Ranch, walking out, to get away from all the craziness that was taking place. The two made as far as Butte Valley before they finally happened upon two CHP officers who were on patrol. Lutesinger and Schram asked the officers for a ride. They were taken to Lone Pine where checks were run on them, they were both found to be runaways.

In addition to being a runaway Lutesinger was wanted for questioning in a 187 PC, the murder of Gary Hinman. The next day Lutesinger was released to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office.

Schram was released to her parents and suffered no charges. Documents

The raid that took place October 10th at Barker Ranch included five CHP arresting officers, four CHP witnesses, one Department of Fish and Game witness, the Inyo District Attorney's Office sent an investigator and a deputy district attorney as witnesses and not to be left out the Death Valley National Monument Park Service also sent two witnesses.

Yes, you added that up correctly, nine witnesses and five arresting officers. The Inyo County Sheriff's Office did not participate in the raid.

Some of the evidence included the Ruger .22revolver that had been stolen the previous week. It was found in a US Mail bag in the possession of Sandy Good, Ruth Ann Morehouse and Dianne VonAhn. The VW belonging to Corinne Broskett with a VIN number of 2912188 was recovered that day. In Broskett’s VW was a Bausch and Lomb spotting scope, a pricey item in those days.

A list of those arrested

Williamson is Lynette Fromme

Tufts was Steve Grogan

Schwarm was Dianne VonAhn

Reeves was Patricia Krenwinkel

Perell was Nancy Pitman

Powell was Susan Atkins

Pugh was Sandy Good


Lane was Scott Davis

Baldwin usually used the alias Madeline Cottage

Mourglea was Hugh Rocky Todd

Minette was Catherine Share

Morse was Ruth Ann Morehouse

Alexandria was Leslie Van Houten

All pictures are from Inyo County files and taken at or near the time of the raid.


TabOrFresca said...

Thanks DebS for sharing these documents. For myself they confirm my understanding of this day, but add a little more.

I am eagerly waiting in anticipation for the reports for October 12 and beyond. Of the limited writings I have seen for this date, there is one conflict. One mentions Plumlee and the others don’t.

At first glance there are 3 things that pop out as I browsed these documents.

1. In the list of 14, there are 11 females listed. Lutesinger is tagged “WFJ” with the “J” probably designating “juvenile” so maybe it can be inferred that “WFJ” describes “White Female Juvenile”. 9 of the other females are tagged “WFA” which might describe “White Female Adult”. But LVH is tagged “WMA”. For the 3 males, two are tagged “WMA” but “Robert Ivan Lane” is tagged “FMA”.
2. There is a coincidence in that while “Robert Lane” is one of the males suspects, Schram lists her street address as “1920 Robert Lane”.
3. The 3 males have reports that mention enumerated arrest numbers. Grogan has “AR3292”, Mourglea has “AR3291”, and Lane has “AR3293”. If you look at the LADA link that follows, you can see Grogan’s mug with the number held by twine around his neck on page 284 (of BOX-47). Mourglea’s mug and number held by twine is on page 287 ( of BOX-47). I suspected this was Mourglea but this confirms it for me.

Note: The “cielodrive” FB photos page has a clean picture of Grogan’s mug.

second, if anyone knows how to contact “”, please mention that under “The Family” that the “Read BIO” button for Sandra Good returns “File Not Found” because there is a spelling error to the “.php” file.

Should be

Buntline said...

Pitman borrowing the name of a Santa Monica High schoolmate. said...

Thanks Tab

Gorodish said...

So Robert Ivan Lane AKA "Soupspoon" used the alias Scotty Davis? Then Kenneth Brown, Zero Haught's buddy, who was arrested two days later with Manson et al., also has an alias of Scotty Davis? Man those aliases sure get confusing.
Also, the Bausch & Lomb spotter scope was most likely the "spyglass" Manson stole from Terry Melcher's beach house. I believe Charlie sent a taunting message to Melcher thru someone about stealing it.

Buntline said...

I think that it's more likely that Scott Bell Davis used the alias of Robert Ivan Lane, because Davis exists whereas Lane doesn't. That said, he would have been 16 so I don't know why he wasn't listed as a juvenile. Might be more to the story.

Bugliosi had Brown down as alias Scott Bell Davis, and Robert Ivan Lane as Soupspoon.

Deemer has Robert Ivan Lane as Scott Bell Davis and also Soupspoon.

orwhut said...

Blogger Buntline said...
Pitman borrowing the name of a Santa Monica High schoolmate.

That made me think of hearing one of my schoolmates tell his buddy about his misadventures in another town. The only part I remember was, "I told them I was you".

DebS said...

Lane was Scott Bell Davis. He was charged with 449a PC, stolen property, and 182 PC, conspiracy and overt act. He had his preliminary hearing 11-3-69, plead not guilty 11-12-69 and then was certified to juvenile court 12-9-69. He was placed on probation 3-13-70 and allowed to stay in his home.

It took LE quite a bit of time to unravel who was who and whether or not they were a juvenile.

D. said...

A good lawyer could have gotten him out of Inyo. They were holding him unlawfully because they had no evidence he personally stole or damaged anything.

Gorodish said...

So who is this guy then? Maybe Kenneth Brown using Scott Bell Davis as an alias?

Kenneth Brown

DebS said...

Gorodish, I found this Social Security record. It matches up with Kenneth Brown that is on Deemer's list.

Name: Kenneth R. Brown
Social Security Number: 530-42-5807
Birth Date: 12 Apr 1952
Issue Year: 1966
Issue State: Nevada
Last Residence: 14843, Hornell, Steuben, New York, USA
Death Date: 10 Mar 1999

Gorodish said...

Thanks for the research DebS !!
It's really a job sorting through all these interchangeable aliases.

DebS said...

D, I'm sure you're correct about holding Scott Davis unlawfully. He was a juvenile and shouldn't have been in an adult jail. But apparently, he was unwilling to tell LE his true name and birth date. He probably never asked for an attorney or if he was offered one, he refused representation. I'm sure he had a whole pack of "jailhouse lawyers" telling what he should or shouldn't do and it turned out to be to his detriment.

TabOrFresca said...

Lutesinger gave her true name and (juvenile) age. But what about place of birth?

Was Lutesinger born in Nuremberg, Germany; Manitou Springs, Colorado; or someplace else?

DebS said...

Kitty's father was in the Army when she was born. He was stationed in Germany. I found a record of the Lutesinger family returning to the US May 11, 1955. So, I think she was probably born in Nuremberg, Germany. Her father was Lt. Bertram Charles Lutesinger.

D. said...

I meant Charles Manson, is who the were keeping unlawfully.

cielodrivecom said...

There was a hold on Manson. DOJ issued a violator's warrant on 10/9/69 because at the time they thought Manson had purchased the Radom 9mm used at Hinman's

starviego said...

The gunstore owner identified Manson as the one who bought the gun, but that somehow got changed to Bruce Davis and/or Danny DeCarlo buying the gun. Don't know how that happened...