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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE August 29.1974 Followers thought Manson was Christ LOS ANC Some ol the (N'KA) original members of Charles Marison's "family" are still operating, says Brooks Poston making the most of potential. Brooks Poston, one of very few Manson members who managed to escape Manson's clutches. "The girls are in control of the family Poston says. "I'm not sure if they are capable of any crimes now, simply because there is no one strong personality there any more nobody who can tell them what to do." For nine months, in 1969 and 1970. Brooks Poston was a member in good standing of Manson and his group of warped disciples. In February, 1970, he woke up to what was going on. "I was he says, "but I didn't know how to leave. I wasn't sure that he wasn't Christ if he really was. then I shouldn t go. But I didn't like it with him. I had to eat. sleep, do everything when he told me. And I didn't like it when he beat up the girls." For a while, when Manson was in Los Angeles and Poston and some others were left behind at the family's ranch, they were apart. That was when a man named Paul Crockett met Poston and con- vinced him he should do something constructive with his life. With Crockett's help, Poston and one or two others escaped. Today, Brooks Poston is a member of a musical group. Desert Sun. And. perhaps to do penance for what his former family members did. he also is active with the Foundation For the Advancement of Human Awareness, working with peo- ple to make the most of their potential. Poston is a lean, fair haired Texan, now 25, who left home as a teen ager because he was "disenchanted with my parents." He came to Cahtornia to finish high school but soon found himself entrapped by Manson. "I met this girl who took me to see he says. "The first thing I saw Charley do was kneel down and kiss a guy's teet. That impressed me. Also, he had five girls liv- ing with him. That was a natural trap for guys. Charley gave rne a shirt. He said anything that was his was mine Poston was impressionable and Manson was clever. It didn't take the ex convict long to have Poston as his newest disciple. "Charlie was very un- usual." Poston says. "He was very humble. He said the right words love, peace, freedom. All the phrases which appealed to me then. "He knew how to play on our weaknesses. One girl had body hair. She felt inadequate. Charley told her she was beautiful. "To us, he was a Christ figure. I believed 100 per cent he was Christ. I was on acid then, ol course, but I saw him do things, like he would grant eternal life to people. He was miraculous Through careful administra- tion of drugs, plus his native skill at psychology, Manson subjugated his family until they would do anything and everything he told them to. Fortunately for Poston, he retained enough of his inhibitions so that Manson did not completely trust him. Thus, he was. as he says, "the bottom man on the totem pole. "I wasn't included in a lot of things." he says. "I wasn't asked to take part in the orgies. I had to do the physical labor I worked as a cowboy, I shoveled a lot of horse manure. I chopped a lot of wood." Newsmen can't protect sources, say lawyers Still, for those many months, Poston followed Man- son. One ot Charley's ideas was that an inter racial war he called it "heller skelter" between blacks and whites was coming. They all believed him. "He re programmed everyone who came in to accept his ideas." Poston says. "He used drugs, singing he was a fabulous musician and talking He would say 'Everyone must submit to my love.' He'd repeat it on acid trips. You would feel it, registering like a shock wave on your body. TORONTO (CP) News- paper and broadcast reporters should have no special privilege before the courts to protect either their sources or material, a panel of the Cana- dian Bar Association conclud- ed Tuesday. However, the panel, con- sisting of media members and lawyers, was divided on whether the courts should be able to stop a program from being broadcast or a story from being published. Clark Davey. managing editor of the Globe and Mail, said he was "totally opposed" to any sort of privilege for a reporter. The press is no greater than the individual and should be treated as such, he said. That does not mean every subpoena to appear in court or submit information should be answered without question, he said. There are times when they have to be fought. The panel was one of many on Canadian and international law at the 56th annual Cana- dian Bar Association meeting, attended by about which ends Thursday. Mr. Davey and Eugene Hallman, vice presi- dent and general manager of the CBC, ex- pressed concern over the in- creasing frequency with which courts are requesting news material, making the media "unwitting vassals of the courts." As a result, "we are into an era where the major news gathering organizations in the country are being forced to spend a great deal of man- power and resources finding out what their rights are and protecting Mr. Davey said. The use of "ex parte" in- junction also was discussed. When an individual or com- pany feels a program or story may damage its reputation, an application may be made to the court to halt broadcast or publicity. An "ex parte" injunction means the publisher or broad- caster concerned need not be notified of the application. Mr Hallman said such an injunction "inhibited and im- paired the free exercise of the journalistic profession." With the increasing com- plexity of society, the reporter has more responsibility than ever to report and to disclose what is "in the public he said. Mr. Davey agreed, saying well-structured libel and slan- der laws exist to protect the individual who feels he may be damaged by the publication ot defamatory material. Ian Outerbridge, a Toronto lawyer, said an individual must have the right to protect his reputation. Under the law of defamation, a statement about a person's reputation is presumed false until proven otherwise, he said. The media has the opportun- ity to prevent an injunction simply by swearing under oath that what they say is true. "What you are suggesting is you should remove the press from the supervision of the law, making it above the Mr. Outerbridge said. He called television "in- sidious" because, through the selected re-arrangment of film and pictures and through the use of music, a certain im- age is created by the producer which can be "devastating." FBI clueless on Hearst case LOS ANGELES (AP) "I know what I have to Pat- ty Hearst said in her most re- cent statement from the un- derground. "My comrades didn't die in vain.... I still feel strong and determined to fight." With that promise of action, delivered in a tape recording June 7, the renegade new- spaper heiress vanished from centre stage. She has not been heard from since. Published claims have plac- ed her in such diverse possible hideouts as Canada, Guatemala and Panama. Miss Hearst, 20, was dragg- ed screaming from her Berkeley apartment Feb. 4. Two months later in tape recordings she denounced her newspaper-publisher father, jilted her fiance, adopted revolutionary rhetoric and said her name now was Tania. She is wanted on charges of kidnapping, assault and robbery along with captors- turned-comrades William and Emily Harris, thought to be the last members of the Sym- bionese Liberation Army. If captured and convicted, she could be imprisoned for life. "We do not know whether or not she is out of the FBI Director Clarence Kelley said at one point. "We do not know where she is." Reports of "sightings" ot the trio continue. "We've got new leads in this case and we still get new leads coming in almost every FBI special agent Charles Bates said Tuesday. Bates said: "I think our chances of catching any federal fugitive are good. We catch thousands of them every year. I think we will catch Miss Hearst and the other two, but I just can't tell you when." The San Francisco FBI 'alone has interviewed persons in connection with the case. Bates said. California police have stopped hundreds of persons for questioning because they were suspected of SLA connections or resembled the fugitives. Some were held at gunpoint and forced to lie face down un- til their identities were estab- lished. In one instance, a 100- car freight train was stopped and searched by sheriff's deputies who had a tip that SLA members were aboard. Authorities have been plagued with fake letters contending to be from the SLA. The three-month lull in ac- tual developments has not dis- sipated public interest in the Patty Hearst saga. Tips con- tinue. Although reports of "sightings" have diminished. U1AUI U our Baby Yessir, SPARKLING BABY DUCK ORES VINTNERS 1INE WINES Canada's largest sell ing wine ;