“I think he shared a demon with Hitler, ” she said, after surviving the Manson Murders at Sharon Tate’s home, and she now believes it was because God had a plan for the rest of her life
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service (World Exclusive)
HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS – November 26, 2017) — London-born Jozy Pollock shouldn’t be alive today. You see, she was to have been at Sharon Tate’s home on that warm summer night of August 8th, 1969, when a terrible murder took place.
It was a lost phone number and a migraine headache that delayed her plans, and she consequently escaped a horrible nightmare inflicted on the American national psyche by Charles Manson and his followers.
Jozy, who has detailed how she escaped death that night in her new book, “A Backstage Pass to Heaven,” agreed to talk exclusively to ANS about Manson and his vile acts, carried out by his naïve followers.
The Tate murders were a series of killings conducted by members of the Manson Family which claimed the lives of five people, one of them pregnant. Four members of the Family invaded the luxury home of married celebrity couple, actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski, at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles. They murdered Tate (who was eight and a half months pregnant), along with three friends who were visiting at the time, and an 18-year-old visitor, who was slain as he was departing the home. Polanski was not present on the night of the murders as he was working on a film in Europe.
The murders were carried out by Tex Watson under the direction of Charles Manson. Watson drove, with Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel, from Spahn Ranch to the Cielo Drive residence. Manson, an aspiring musician, had previously attempted to enter into a recording contract with record producer Terry Melcher, who was a previous renter of the house along with musician Mark Lindsay and Melcher’s then-girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen. Melcher had snubbed Manson, leaving him disgruntled.
“I knew Sharon Tate when she was a teenager,” said Jozy. “I met her in Italy where my then husband, Channing Pollock, was making films and she was an extra in one of them. She was really beautiful. When she came to Los Angeles, we used to hang out. I was in a club one night in August 1969 and I hadn’t seen her for a long time and she asked me, ‘When are you coming over to the house?’ I said. ‘Well, I’m working day-and-night booking the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, but she continued to press me and said, ‘Well try and come this weekend because Roman [Polanski, her husband] is still in London.’
“She gave me her new number, and I called my roommate from the club and gave her the number and asked her to ‘write it down.’ Shortly afterwards, I had to fly to Los Vegas to see Anthony Newley perform as I wanted to book him into the Greek, and there I developed a migraine, which delayed my return home. When I got back, my roommate was out of town, and I couldn’t find the number for Sharon. Also, and my friend Judy Carne [the English actress best remembered for the phrase ‘Sock it to me!’ on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In], had two tickets for a show, and so I went to that with her and I didn’t go to Sharon’s home.
“I had Sharon’s address, so I thought I would drive over there to see her the next morning. Just before I left, I suddenly heard on the news about some bodies being found at Sharon Tate’s house.”
As the news unfolded, it was discovered that Tate was murdered at her Benedict Canyon home, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson. It was an incredible shock for Jozy.
“When I later saw the film Helter Skelter, I realized that the maid had gone in on Saturday to Sharon’s home,” said Jozy. “Often maids don’t come in on a weekend in that area, and if she hadn’t gone there, I could have been the one to find the bodies.”
Jozy added, “My roommate confessed many years later that she was high at the time, and forgot to leave the number. So, God used a migraine and drugs to save my life.”
Manson was 83 and serving nine life sentences in California’s Corcoran State Prison at the time of his death on Sunday, November 19, 2017, which was confirmed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
“When I heard that Manson had died, my post on Facebook read, ‘Hell just got another inhabitant,’” said Jozy. “Then I thought of that old British saying, ‘Good riddance to bad rubbish.” I remember being at Sharon’s family home with her father and sister Debra and it came on the news that Manson had been attacked in prison. We all agreed it was a pity that he lived.
She went on to say, “As you know I could have been one of his victims. After the massacre, I thought that because I hadn’t done anything, I wouldn’t have been killed. However, I didn’t know at that time what a senseless killing it was in taking the lives of innocent people.
“I lost both Sharon and Jay Sebring. He was the first man I went out with after I split up from my husband Channing Pollock. I remember when Channing cut up all my clothes one day, and Jay said, ‘I don’t know what I would do if that happened to me.’”
I asked Jozy how she felt it was that Manson able to have people commit such heinous crimes for him, and she replied, “Probably, drugs had a lot to do with it, but I heard a story on the radio from a man who had written a book on him. He said that even at the age of six, he was manipulating little girls in his classroom to beat up kids he didn’t like. And when the teachers confronted him, Manson denied he was responsible and because he was only six they believed him. I think he shared a demon with Hitler.”
Jozy, who is now 83, then dealt with my question about why God saved her life on that fateful night, and also when her angry husband also threatened her? “My husband admitted on one occasion that he was at the point where he knew why men kill their family and themselves. When I found him with fingers bleeding after taking scissors to three closets of my clothes and boots, I grabbed the dogs, jumped into my car, and drove off. He jumped on the hood, but I kept going — thank God.
“The reason I believe God saved my life on these two occasions, is because He knew I would lead many souls to Him in my prison ministry, when I found Christ and worked as a chaplain in the LA prison system.”
Jozy went on to say, “As for forgiveness, the way I have handled it was to tell God that ‘I don’t feel forgiveness,’ but I know that, as a Christian, I know that I have to forgive, so I still have been obedient and say the words that ‘I forgive’ but I realize that you have to bring the feeling to those words.”
Several years after the Tate killings, Pollock spoke at the California Institute for Women (CIW), where she saw Susan Atkins, one of the Manson cultists, who took part in the horrific crime.
“I had all this rage and emotion and I wanted to get in her face, but the Holy Spirit prevented me,” she told me. “I recognized that I had to forgive.” But it was difficult, and Atkins died on September 24, 2009, after being diagnosed the previous year with brain cancer.
“I never went back to CIW after Susan Atkins walked out of our service talking about Jesus. I just wanted to throttle her. God talked to me about forgivingness at that time. I just don’t think I’m there yet, mainly because I was privy to the suffering her family went through, and how they have attended every parole hearing to keep the perpetrators locked up.
“It was difficult going back to that time while writing my book.”
Yes, Jozy Pollock has certainly lived a “Helter Skelter” of a life, and it’s all there in her new book, Backstage Pass to Heaven. My advice is for you to get your copy as soon as you can, because you won’t read many stories like this one. Just go to https://www.amazon.com/Backstage-Pass-Heaven-Jozy-Pollock/dp/1976538912 to purchase this inspiring book.
I also predict that some Hollywood producers will soon be rushing to Jozy to turn her book in to a full-fledged movie, and if you are one of them and would like to contact her, just e-mail her at email@example.com.
Photo captions: 1) A later picture of Charles Manson. 2) Actress, Sharon Tate, who was brutally murdered by members of the Manson gang. 3) Helter Skelter movie poster. 4) Magician, Channing Pollock, with Jozy and Liberace. 5) Susan Atkins looks back as Charles Manson arrives in court in 1970. She was convicted on seven counts of first-degree murder in the Tate-LaBianca killings, including the death of pregnant actress Sharon Tate. 6) Dan Wooding with super-guitarist, Caleb Quaye, and Jozy Pollock, on one of Dan’s TV programs. (Caleb is best known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with Elton John, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates and Ralph McTell).
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist, who was born in Nigeria, West Africa, of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding, who then worked with the Sudan Interior Mission, now known as SIM. Dan now lives in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for some 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder/president of the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of numerous books. He has a radio show and two television programs, all based in Southern California. Dan has received numerous awards for his journalistic work on behalf of Persecuted Christians, the most recent was in Beverly Hills, California, where at an international film festival, he was presented with a top humanitarian award by his son, Peter Wooding, before some 500 Hollywood luminaries. His last overseas assignment for ANS was to war-torn Kurdistan in Northern Iraq.
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