Monday, April 24, 2023

Why does Mrs. Seymour Kott have her own Wikipedia page?


Mrs. Seymour Kott was an earwitness, her sole contribution being that she heard shots after midnight:
Helter Skelter. page 24:
At 10070 Cielo, Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Kott had already gone to bed, their dinner guests having left about midnight, when Mrs. Kott heard, in close sequence, what sounded like three or four gunshots. They seemed to have come from the direction of the gate of 10050. She did not check the time but later guessed it to be between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Hearing nothing further, Mrs. Kott went to sleep.
No where is Mrs. Seymour Kott identified as other than "Mrs. Seymour Kott" or simply "Mrs. Kott." It is surprising, then, that Mrs. Seymour Kott--professionally known as Ethel Fisher-- has her own Wikipedia page:
In 1961, Ethel Fisher left Miami and her family to concentrate on her painting. After traveling in Europe for a year, she resettled in Manhattan with her second husband, art historian Seymour Kott....
At the end of the decade, Fisher and Kott left New York and rented a property in the Hollywood Hills next door to the home of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski just weeks before the Manson murders took place. Their account of that night was published in several books about the murders. In 1971, they bought a 1926, multi-level Spanish Colonial home on a slope above the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Palisades...
She was a painter of some renown, at least in the art world. Her works have been exhibited at, among others:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY

The Museum of the City of New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

The Security Pacific Bank Collection (now Bank of America), CA
So here's the question: Was her name deliberately obscured to protect her professional reputation? It's a small thing, but it seems just another case of how the big names were being protected from any association with the Manson infamy.
Mrs. Seymour Kott (1923–2017)


Another unresolved question I have is who were the guests at the Kott house that night--the ones who left "about midnight," according to Bugs' book? You'd think the investigators would have wanted to contact them, to see if they saw anything on their drive away from the house, as the killers allegedly would have arrived on scene just minutes later. Maybe they were 'prominent' in some way too, and pressure was applied to leave their names out of it.
Tom O'Neill disclosed that an anonymous blogger-"Enty"-claimed that the actor Dean Stockwell had some kind of encounter with Tex Watson at the top of Cielo Drive the night of the murders:
Blind Item #9 - Reader Blind
This recently deceased Academy award nominated movie and TV actor had success early in his career and a second wind later in his career. In between, he was part of a wild generation and during that time became friends with an infamous figure who had his own family. The night of a famous crime, he was present having driven himself there but did not go inside the house of the actress. One of the perpetrators of this crime gave hours of recorded testimony to his attorney and mentioned this but no one believed him.
(referring to Stockwell, Manson, and Tex Watson, obviously)

Stockwell, of course, is best known as an actor, but he also took himself seriously as an artist:
Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles Art 1945-1980, by Rebecca Peabody, pg78
For many, sharing works of art was a private, intimate act, and a great number of art works made by this circle of artists were never exhibited publicly. This was the case with many of the works made by Stockwell, a former Hollywood child star, who began creating intricate collages of found pictures that mingled historical and contemporary imagery and sources.
Stockwell, known professionally as R. D. Stockwell in the art world, was doing collages in this period on a professional level (he designed one of Neil Young's album covers, for example). As was Mrs. Seymour Kott, Given this commonality, is it possible Stockwell was a guest at the Kott residence that night, and ran across Tex at the top of Cielo as Stockwell left the house at about midnight?  The timeline fits, certainly.