"I should have kept my mouth shut in
the first place, and not said a word."
In November of 1969, former call girl Ronnie
Howard was in prison at Sybil Brand for forging a prescription.
Ronnie got a new roommate, Susan Atkins. Over the next couple of
weeks, Susan would brag and recount the entire two nights of the Tate Labianca murders, in vivid detail, to Ronnie.
After the murders, Roman Polanski and friends
offered up a reward for information leading to the conviction of the murderer or
murderers of Sharon Tate and the others at the Tate house on the night of August
Ronnie Howard split this reward with the little
boy who found the gun.
On September 21, 1979, Ronnie was kidnapped
from a bus terminal at this intersection, by a person claiming to be a taxi
This happened at 11:30 p.m. She had just arrived back to LA
from Vegas, with her husband Rudy and his brother. As Rudy and bro in law
returned to the bus station for the luggage, the cabbie took off with
Ronnie. She was then driven to 60th and
Western (don't even THINK I was going to get pictures there. I made it to
40th and bailed.) where she was
robbed and beaten. She lost consciousness and woke up in the gutter.
Findadeath pal Andre provided this Google
picture of where Ronnie was found. Thanks Andre.
She was able to contact her husband, and a police report was made. She
said she was robbed of $400 in cash and $800 in jewelry. Sure she
was evidence that she had been beaten about the head and thighs with a blunt
For several days after this incident, Ronnie
had suffered from nausea, dizziness, headaches and was becoming increasingly
lethargic. On September 25, she was taken to Queen
of Angels hospital, treated and released.
10 days later, on October 1st she was at home
and could not be roused from bed.
They found that she had been
incontinent. She was taken to Cedars Sinai.
When they checked her in, they reported she had, "doll's eyes" that
were "absent." She died at 12:30 p.m. on
the 3rd of October, 1979. Brainstem compression, subdural hematoma,
cerebral edema, blunt force trauma.
She was 43 years old.
Ronnie was cremated and is buried in Odd Fellows
Cemetery, Los Angeles.
Police say that the murder was not related to
her testimony at the Tate/Labianca trial.