Barbara Hoyt

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Barbara Hoyt
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Born(1951-12-27)December 27, 1951
DiedDecember 3, 2017(2017-12-03) (aged 65)
Known forFormer member of the Manson Family

Barbara Hoyt (December 27, 1951 – December 3, 2017)[1] was a member of the "Manson Family", led by Charles Manson.[2]

Hoyt was a witness in District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi's prosecution of Manson and his followers for the Tate-LaBianca murders, one of the highest-profile murder trials in history.[3]


She lived with the family at the Spahn ranch. In 1971, Catherine "Gipsy" Share, along with four other Manson followers: Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Dennis Rice, Steve "Clem" Grogan and Ruth Ann "Ouisch" Moorehouse were charged with attempted murder after they plotted to murder former fellow Manson Family member Barbara Hoyt to prevent her from testifying for the prosecution against Manson, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel during the Tate/LaBianca murder trial. Moorehouse was to lure Hoyt to Honolulu, Hawaii so that she would be unable to testify. If Hoyt could not be convinced in Hawaii to not testify, Moorehouse was to kill her. On September 9, 1971, as Hoyt was preparing to board her flight back to California, Moorehouse bought Hoyt a hamburger and laced it with a multi-dose of LSD, then left her and flew back to California. Hoyt survived the attempt on her life and Share and the others were initially charged with attempted murder. The charge was later reduced to conspiracy to dissuade a witness from testifying. Share, Fromme, Rice and Grogan served 90-day sentences at the Los Angeles County Jail. Moorehouse never served her sentence, as she failed to appear at the sentencing hearing.[4]


  1. ^ "Barbara Hoyt profile". Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ Oney, Steve (July 1, 2009). "Manson: An Oral History". Los Angeles.
  3. ^ Lief, Michael S.; Bycell, Ben; Caldwell, Mitchell (2012-12-11). Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Jury: Greatest Closing Arguments. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781471108549.
  4. ^ Guinn, Jeff (2014-08-05). Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781451645170.

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