Wojciech Frykowski

Wojciech Frykowski

Łódź, Łódzkie, Poland
Death 9 Aug 1969 (aged 32)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Łódź, Miasto Łódź, Łódzkie, Poland
Memorial ID 6085 · View Source
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Murder Victim. He was a murder victim of the Manson Family. Wojciech (pronounced "Voytek" in English) was the son of Jan Frykowski, a textile printer who lost his business during the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II, and Teofila Stefanowska. He was a longtime friend of director Roman Polanski. In English, his name translates to Albert. According to Polanski's 1984 autobiography, "Roman," he (Roman) was working the door at a school dance and refused Frykowski entry due to his reputation as a troublemaker. The two almost came to blows but a few weeks later they met in a bar and Wojciech bought Roman a drink, talked, and became friends. Frykowski was a financier and actor in some of Roman's early films. Frykowski spent time in Paris, France before moving to the United States in 1967. The following year, in New York City, Polish author Jerzy Kosinski introduced him to Abigail Folger of the Folger coffee family. Voytek had little command of English so he and Abigail communicated with each other in French. Abigail constantly helped Voytek with his English, and he was known to take down notes of American customs and practice them constantly. Wojciech and Abigail moved from New York to Woodstock Road in Hollywood, where they rented a home owned by "Mama" Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas. By mid-1969, they moved in to the Cielo Drive home rented by the Polanski's to housesit while Roman and Sharon Tate went to Europe to work on different film projects. It was during this time that the tension between Voytek and Abigail increased. Abigail reportedly told close friends and her psychiatrist that she was intent on leaving Frykowski. Adding fuel to the fire was when Sharon returned from filming her final movie, "The 13 Chairs," that she found she did not like Frykowski in the house and verbalized her feelings to her husband, who told her that he was like a teddy bear and not to worry about him. On August 8, 1969, Jay Sebring took Sharon, Wojciech and Abigail for dinner at a Mexican restaurant, El Coyote. When the four returned to Cielo Drive, Voytek feel asleep on the living room couch, Abigail went to her bedroom to read a book, and Sharon and Jay went into the master bedroom to talk. Wojciech was woken up by gunpoint. For the next 15 minutes to half hour, Wojciech would fight so hard for his life that his killers commented on how tough he was. In the end, he was shot twice, struck over the head thirteen times with a blunt object, and stabbed fifty-one times. He was married twice and had one son, Bartek, who was stabbed to death in late-July 1999 in Warsaw, Poland. (He was the only family member of all the victims to continually renew his lawsuit seeking any money that the murderers may make from their infamy, most notably successfully suing Charles Manson in the 1980s for his "music" royalties as well as the group Guns 'N Roses in the mid-1990s for their use of one of Manson's "songs."

Bio by: Donna Di Giacomo

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wojciech Frykowski (22 Dec 1936–9 Aug 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6085, citing Saint Josef's Cemetery, Łódź, Miasto Łódź, Łódzkie, Poland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .