June 22, 1968: The Witches of Mendocino

On this day, five women associated with Charles Manson were arrested in Philo, California for narcotics possession with intent to distribute, and solicitation (prostitution)

Charlie had sent the women north the month before, in hopes of recruiting more young men. At the time, the Family was staying with Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson and had grown to include at least 12 members of the…