This Boy Scout Was Smarter Than The Police

Steven Weiss found the gun used by the Manson Family for murder

Just after midnight on August 9, 1969, four members of the Manson Family scaled the fence at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. They had been sent there by Charles Manson, an ex-convict with a long rap sheet who had attracted several dozen young people with his anti-establishment propaganda. That evening, Charlie was desperate — a member of his so-called Family (really, a cult) had recently been arrested for murder and might implicate Manson, and two women he sent to…