Abigail Anne Folger

Abigail Anne Folger

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 9 Aug 1969 (aged 25)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Main Mausoleum, Hallway N, Grave 205
Memorial ID 1249 · View Source
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Coffee Heiress, Manson Family Murder Victim. Abigail Anne Folger was born to Peter Folger, then chairman of the Folger Coffee Company, and Inez Mejia in San Francisco, California. Her parents divorced in the early-1950s and her father married again and had two sons. She attended the Catalina School for Girls in Carmel, California, graduated from Radcliffe College with honors, and received a graduate degree in Art History from Harvard (writing her senior thesis on the politics in the plays of Christopher Marlowe). She worked a series of jobs in art galleries, book stores, and magazine publishers in New York City. It was at a bookstore party that she met Polish author Jerzy Kosinski who eventually introduced her to newly arrived immigrant, Wojciech "Voytek" Frykowski. Frykowski had poor command of English so he and Abigail communicated with each other in French (Frykowski becoming fluent in the language during his time in Paris). Abigail showed him around New York, helping him with his English and teaching him American customs (which he dutifully jotted down in his notebook). In 1968, they moved from New York to Woodstock Road, renting a home from "Mama" Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas. During this time, Abigail became a volunteer social worker and gave freely of her time to the Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic in her native San Francisco, the Los Angeles County Welfare Department, among other organizations. She felt the plight of the poor people so deeply that she eventually had to quit because she felt she wasn't doing enough to help them. By mid-1969, they moved into the house rented by the Polanski's to house sit for them. Roman and Sharon Tate went to Europe to begin working on separate film projects when the tension between the two intensified. Abigail told close friends and her psychiatrist that she was intent on leaving Voytek for good. Drugs were reportedly at the center of the tension. In the summer of 1969, Abigail helped finance hairstylist Jay Sebring's new salon in San Francisco. On the night of August 8, 1969, Jay Sebring took Sharon, Abigail and Wojciech to dinner at a Mexican restaurant, El Coyote. When the four returned to Cielo Drive, Voytek sat on the living room couch, Abigail went to her bedroom to read a book and Sharon and Jay went to the master bedroom to talk. Abigail thought one of the killers was a friend and, looking up from her book, smiled and waved to her. She would fight hard for her life before finally pleading to them, "I'm already dead."

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abigail Anne Folger (11 Aug 1943–9 Aug 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 1249, citing Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .