There have been a few documents in the current cache
I obtained that are a bit of a mystery to me. Two of those documents are
related to Wayne Robert Peterson. One is an arrest report and the other a rap
The arrest report states that Peterson's birthdate is
January 6, 1947 and he was born in Oakclair, Wisconsin. He was born in Eau
Claire, WI, actually. The arrest was for the sale of dangerous drugs and it appears
he was arrested on a warrant though there isn’t an arrest location. He lived at
338 Windward in Venice CA.
|338 Windward Venice CA|
Peterson had a previous arrest for drugs. I could
not find any newspaper articles about either of the arrests. The rap sheet is
dated June 23, 1969 so there are not any other crimes he was arrested for after
that date on the sheet.
Peterson passed away in Wisconsin on July 14, 2021.
His obituary page has a motorcycle at the top of the page and the text reveals
that he loved to ride motorcycles. I ran a background check on him, he had a
number of arrests between 1987 and 2013 for disorderly conduct, domestic abuse
and bail jumping in Wisconsin.
Given that information and realizing that I’m
stereotyping, I’m thinking that Peterson may have been with the Straight Satans
but after asking around to the few people I’m in contact with who might know
the names of the Straight Satans members, I struck out. He could have had a nickname
and not many were familiar with his true name.
I ran across an interesting detail in the article
below regarding the timeline of when law enforcement finally put everything
together and realized that the Hinman, Tate and LaBianca murders were all
committed by the same people.
On November 12, 1969 Venice police interviewed a
man who had been arrested for burglary who might have some info on the suspects
in the TLB cases. This informant gave them the name of Danny De Carlo as a
person who was known to frequent Spahn Ranch. Danny spilled his guts.
I am wondering if Peterson was the person who
gave Venice Police De Carlo’s name??? I don't think that the Peterson documents were with all the other documents by mistake, there's a reason why they were there.
If anyone knows Peterson's role in the Manson saga, please share it with the class.
December 11, 1969
Hollywood Citizen News
Manhunt Timetable Revealed
Police on Right Track Before Susan Talked
"Grinding day and night work" and
several informants have been credited with leading police to the six Hippies
accused of murdering actress Sharon Tate and six other persons.
The timetable for the lengthy investigation of
the bizarre killings was revealed for the first time by Los Angeles Police
Capt. Hugh Brown, commander of the Robbery-Homicide Division.
It was not the disclosures of Susan Denice
Atkins, 21, one of the accused, which put police on the right trail, Brown
It was, rather, "grinding" police work
which included probing 150 murders that occurred in southern California in the
At one time more than 40 investigators were
assigned to the Tate and LaBianca murders.
Chronologically the investigation went like this:
OCT. 15- Police became aware of the similarities
between the murders of 34-year-old musician Gary Hinman and the Tate and
In all three cases the word "pig" or
"piggy" was scrawled in blood at the scene.
Hinman was knifed to death July 25, the Tate killings
occurred Aug. 9 and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were slain the following day.
Miss Atkins is also charged with murdering Hinman
and is set for trial in that case Jan. 14 in Santa Monica.
OCT. 20- Police conferred with sheriff's
detectives handling the Hinman case and learned of a girl who might have some
information about a roving Hippie band.
OCT. 31- The girl was interviewed and the name of
Charles Miller Manson- leader of the hate- oriented cult- was first mentioned.
Manson, 35, who was also indicted by the County
Grand Jury Monday for the seven murders, was arrested in Independence, Calif.
on auto theft charges. He was returned to Los Angeles to face murder charges on
NOV. 1- Homicide detectives conferred with
Manson's parole officer and obtained additional information about his Hippie
NOV. 6- Nine "family" members also in
custody in Independence on auto theft charges were interviewed. No information
was obtained from these individuals.
NOV.12- A major break. Venice police officers
informed homicide detectives they had a man in jail on a burglary charge who
might have more information on the suspects.
The informant was interviewed the same day and he
provided the name of another man who knew the Hippies.
NOV.13- The informant was located and he told
investigators the day after the Tate murders he overheard conversations at
Spahn Ranch near Chatsworth which led him to believe that some members of the
Hippie band might be implicated in the slayings.
He supplied police with the names of several
persons- some of whom now face murder charges.
(Daniel Thomas deCarlo, 25, of Inglewood, who
once lived at the Spahn Ranch, testified at the Grand Jury inquest.)
It was at this point, Brown said that the man
under Lt. Paul Le Page working on the La Bianca murders joined forces with
investigators under Lt. Robert Helder who were probing the Tate case.
Capt. Brown said it was the conversation with the
Spahn Ranch informant which led police to conclude that the Tate and LaBianca
murders were definitely connected.
NOV.18- Beverly Hills officers informed the Los
Angeles teams that a woman suspect in another case had disclosed her
conversation with Miss Atkins in her jail cell at Sybil Brand Institute.
The Los Angeles officers interviewed the
Nov. 26- The final and major break in the case. A
former cellmate of Miss Atkins related conversations she had with Miss Atkins.
The informant was then residing at the Corona
Narcotic Rehabilitation Center in Riverside County.
Capt. Brown said his men, meantime, conducted
hundreds of interviews, traveled thousands of miles and constantly checked
He explained they had checked most of the
acquaintances and associates of Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger; Wojiciech
Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, hair stylist Jay Sebring and the LaBiancas, all
to no avail.
Police said they got their first clue they were
heading in the right direction when they examined the Hinman case, Brown added.
But it was not until Nov. 13 when they talked to
the former resident of the Spahn Ranch, that they knew their investigation
would soon hit pay dirt, he noted.