Just when we thought there could nothing new about Charles Manson and the trial of the 20th century comes a never before published manuscript written by the Jury Foreman on the case. This piece of history had been hidden away until being discovered by Herman Tubick’s daughter. Inside the Manson Jury, written in 1973 shows what it was like to be sequestered for 288 days and tasked to decide guilt or innocence, life or death. Jury foreman Tubick’s notes clearly show what he and others felt was important in the witness testimony and what led to their verdict.
Inside the Manson Jury includes additional excerpts and analysis taken from the original 20,000-page trial transcript including Manson s behind the scenes manipulations, as he tried to control the court, the lawyers, his co-defendants and the ultimate outcome. This book takes the reader into the courtroom from the perspective of the jurors and into the mind of a madman.
About the Authors
Mr. Herman Tubick, was juror number 12 during the 288 sequestered days of the infamous Manson case for the murders of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Steven Parent, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Leno and Rosemary La Bianca. Tubick was elected jury foreman and witnessed the testimony of all 83 witnesses in the prosecution case and the testimony of the defense witnesses during the penalty phase of the trial who tried to exonerate Charles Manson of all wrongdoing. Herman Tubick was 59 at the time of the trial and was employed as a Mortician at Rose Hills memorial Park. After the trial, in 1973, he and his wife Helen compiled a book based on his experiences and notes of what was important to him from each witnesses’ testimony. It also sheds light on the deliberation process. The Tubick’s put the book away for posterity until it was discovered by their daughter in 2017 and given to their nephew with permission to publish. Herman Tubick passed away on December 24, 1985. His wife and co-author Helen Tubick passed away March 4, 2002
Rick Ortenburger was born near Los Angeles and grew up there. He was drafted into the US Army in February 1969 and somehow wound up in Wertheim, Germany in August 1969 where he met his wife Elfi to whom he is still happily married. In February 1971 they returned to Los Angeles where he went back to a job that I had prior to his Service; working for Hughes Aircraft Company (Howard Hughes, the Aviator) until 2004 when he retired and moved to Utah. He is a family History Researcher which thankfully led him to the book written by his Uncle Herman Tubick. Ortenburger is a volunteer for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah where he fundraises and supports the Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s various events. He is a researcher, writer and author of 41 books, many of which are about his family history. He is an avid runner, a hobby he began in 1978 on his 30th birthday and continues to this day. Rick painstakingly and lovingly retyped his Aunt and Uncle’s book and edited it. He is grateful to see their contribution to history reach fruition.
Deborah Herman is the author of 13 nonfiction books including the memoir of the youngest member of the Manson family, Dianne Lake. The book is titled Member of the Family: my Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside his Cult and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties. (William Morrow, 2017) Herman is a lawyer and journalist with a special interest in true crime and true crime memoir. Herman is the CEO of Micro Publishing Media, Inc and was thrilled to have the opportunity to help edit this new book and to publish it. Herman believes it is an important piece of history that can serve to answer many questions about Charles Manson and how he and his co-defendants were brought to justice.