Deadly Hotels

by Ralph Martin


As if terrifying Southern California in August 1969 with the gory Tate/LaBianca murders wasn't enough, the Manson Family allegedly extended its deadly influence across the ocean later that year. On December 2, Joel Dean Pugh was found with a slit throat in London's Talgarth Hotel in West Kensington. Suicide was not ruled out, as two bloody razors were found near the body; but what complicated the case was a series of notes written in backward script, reportedly spelling out "Jack and Jill" in multiple iterations, as well as backward scribbles on the room's mirror. Strangely, no evidence was recorded, including photographs of the crime scene or fingerprints. However, Pugh was the husband of Manson Family member Sandra Good, and had come to London to sell rare coins and raise money for the Family's continuing activities. His traveling companion, Bruce Davis (pictured, after giving himself up to the authorities), is still in prison for his complicity in multiple Manson murders; some conspiracy theories have Davis doing in Pugh for threatening to leave the Family.

The Talgarth
Tel: 44 207 602 6102

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