Monday, July 8, 2024

Charles Manson Parole Documents

 These two pages are documents that Manson received when he was paroled March 21, 1967. The first document is a standard form made out for all paroled persons. It was signed by Manson.

The second document is a Permission to Travel form filled out by hand. Besides giving Manson permission to travel to San Francisco, Spokane and Seattle, Washington there is parole office contact information for each of the cities.

Next to the info for San Francisco there is a phone number and the name Roger Smith that looks like it was written by Manson. The telephone number is for the San Francisco office of the Federal Probation Officer.




So, Manson was given permission from the moment of his release to go to San Francisco, Spokane, and Seattle. He was also given Roger Smith's name as the person to contact in San Francisco.

 

7 comments:

Medium Patty said...

So Manson, a career criminal, was given permission to travel across three states for an unlimited amount of time? With the requirement of MONTHLY check-ins and providing a current address? And zero support in Oregon?

How did they expect him to manage that on his own?

brownrice said...

Wasn't the permission to travel interstate given so he could supposedly locate and visit his mother? I seem to remember that from somewhere....

SixtiesRockRules! said...

Nobody will ever convince me that Roger Smith was merely Manson's parole officer. Smith was the first of several subsequent "handlers". Also, so-called "official" documents are among the easiest things in the world to either alter or create.

SixtiesRockRules! said...

Addendum to my previous post: Not at all saying YOU faked these parole documents, Deb. Was meaning these kinds of things are easy to tamper with, and one can't always take them at face value.

TheWeedman said...

I was always amazed that Manson was allowed this much freedom while on parole. I took two criminology classes taught by Dr. George Reed who was invovled with the Federal Parole Commmission, including two stints as chairman of the commission. He was part of a hearing for Manson and told the class that he had concerns about Manson being out. He said that Manson's interaction with them was unsettling. So, I've always been curious how Manson's parole happened.

DebS said...

TheWeedman, Manson was released on Mandatory Parole. He had served his time coupled with time off for good behavior and gotten out earlier than the ten years he was originally sentenced. He was on parole only for the time it would take to equal those 10 years. As I'm sure you know mandatory parole is not as strict as parole granted by a parole hearing board.

TheWeedman said...

Thanks DebS. You're right, it was Mandatory Parole. My memory isn't what it use to be, the classes I took with Dr. Reed were in 1990 or so. I suspect that Dr. Reed may have been talking about an earlier hearing as well. I just recalled that he was not convinced that Manson was a good canidate for parole after they crossed paths. But either way, Manson was getting out due to it being Mandatory Parole.