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Born in Santa Barbara, California, USA
Birth NameRobert Kenneth Beausoleil
Nicknames Cupid
Robert Lee Hardy
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bobby Beausoleil was born Robert Kenneth Beausoleil on November 6, 1947, to a large working-class family from Santa Barbara, CA. He was an associate of Charles Manson. His involvement with Manson and his "Family" (he called those who had congregated with him the "Garbage People") led to his being convicted of the murder of music teacher Gary Hinman, a petty drug dealer who had incurred their wrath.

Beausoleil's father worked as a milkman for 20 years for a dairy company before being promoted to a managerial position. Young Bobby was a good-looking boy with a pronounced musical talent, but his curiosity and rebelliousness got him into minor scrapes with the law, and he was sent to reform school at age 15. Shortly thereafter he drifted down to Los Angeles, where he played music and became immersed in hippie culture. The wandering minstrel also was an actor, and eventually would appear in two Kenneth Anger films.

In 1966 Beausoleil joined a rock band called The Milky Way and befriended one of its guitarists, an aspiring songwriter and ex-convict named Charles Manson. When the band broke up, Bobby moved to San Francisco. A short time later he and Manson reunited and Beausoleil became a member in good standing of what became known as The Manson Family.

Manson and Family member Charles Watson (known as "Tex") also dabbled in drug dealing, Watson more seriously than Charlie. This likely led to the murder of Hinman, Bobby's friend, a crime for which Bobby was arrested and charged. His arrest helped doom the Manson Family. Beausoleil was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. He spent two years on Death Row until the death penalty was abolished in California.

Beausoleil spent his time in prison playing his guitar and composing songs. He has recorded two albums while imprisoned, both of which are on sale on his web page. In 1982 he married, and his wife Barbara is the operator of the "Beausoleil Island" web page.

Beausoleil is still behind bars, but with the release of Steve Grogan, another Manson follower, Beausoleil may one day be granted parole, as he did not play a role in the horrific murders of movie star Sharon Tate, her unborn baby by her husband, director Roman Polanski, and the other victims of what has become known as the "Tate-LaBianca Murders", which were committed by Watson and other members of the Manson Family.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood & theblackqueen@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Barbara Baston (1982 - 19 October 2012) (her death)

Trivia (4)

Beausoleil, a member of the infamous "family" headed by Charles Manson, was convicted of murdering Gary Hinman, a music teacher who had befriended Manson.
Is portrayed by Michael Weston in Helter Skelter (2004)
In Folsom Prison, California, serving a life sentence for the murder of Gary Hinman. [2005]
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, Pendleton, Oregon [August 2005]

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