Ronnie <I>Hughes</I> Howard


Ronnie Hughes Howard

Original Name Veronica Lopez
Michigan, USA
Death 3 Oct 1979 (aged 43)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Garden of Faith, Row 7, Grave 17
Memorial ID 32243782 View Source
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Manson Case Figure. In November of 1969, she was a former call girl in prison at Sybil Brand for forging a prescription. She 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 her. 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 8th, 1969. She told the police what she knew and split the reward with the little boy who found the gun. On September 21, 1979, she was kidnapped from a bus terminal by a person claiming to be a taxi driver. This happened at 11:30pm. 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 where she was robbed and beaten. She lost consciousness and woke up in the gutter. 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. There was evidence that she had been beaten about the head and thighs with a blunt instrument. For several days after this incident, she 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. Ten 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 pm on the 3rd of October, 1979. She died from a brainstem compression, subdural hematoma, cerebral edema, and blunt force trauma. She was 43 years old. Police say that the murder was not related to her testimony at the Tate/Labianca trial.

Bio by: Scott Michaels

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