(Los Angeles) - Steve Douglas, an aerospace engineer, widower, and patriarch of the Douglas family, is being sought by local police who suspect his involvement in the brutal murder of actress Sharon Tate. Mr. Douglas, who previously lived in an idyllic Midwestern suburb with his three sons before moving to California, has an extensive criminal record. Detective Joe Friday, who has been working the day shift out of homicide, said Mr. Douglas is a charismatic figure who exerts a powerful control over the members of his family.
“Steve Douglas is no stranger to violence” said Detective Friday. “We are awaiting final results from the lab, but it looks like he’s the guy who stabbed Bub eighty-four times and left him in a shallow grave behind his old house.” Bub O’Casey was Mr. Douglas’s father-in-law. Friday said informants have revealed that Douglas has spent the past several months listening to copies of The Beatles White Album in an effort to discern secret messages he believes were intended for him.
“Douglas is under the impression this pop group is telling him to start a race war,” said Friday. “We believe he dispatched [sons] Rob, Chip, and Ernie to do his bidding.”
Uncle Charlie, the cantankerous live-in housekeeper for the Douglas family, says the police are mistaken. “They should talk to the people who live next door, the Mansons,” he said. “They’ve been keeping me up all night with their racket!”