The son of a man killed by followers of Charles Manson said Geffen Records has agreed to turn over any royalties earned by a Manson song on the Guns N’ Roses album “The Spaghetti Incident?”
Bartek Frykowski’s father, Voytek Frykowski, was slain with actress Sharon Tate and six others by followers of cult leader Manson in 1969 during the so-called Tate/LaBianca murders.
Frykowski, an aspiring filmmaker and the father of two children — whom he described as “fans of the band”– added he is surprised and angered by the “strange fascination” the public has with “mass murderers.” He will receive the royalties to satisfy a 1971 judgment he won against Manson.
The label and the band came under fire when it was learned that “Look at Your Game, Girl,” a tune written by Manson, could earn the convicted killer $ 62,500 for every million albums sold.
At the time of the album’s release, Geffen president Ed Rosenblatt issued a statement saying it was the band’s decision to include or delete the song from the album. GNR frontman Axl Rose defended the song’s inclusion, noting its author is what made it interesting.
Frykowski’s attorney, Nathaniel Friedman, obtained a $ 500,000 judgment in 1971 against Manson and his followers that remains in effect. The attorney admitted he has had little success in collecting any money because Manson doesn’t have any assets. The judgment has grown to $ 1.2 million.
Friedman said he was using the press conference to advise other companies that may have deals to use Manson’s name or likeness on properties that they are on notice. Manson’s likeness currently appears on several apparel items, including T-shirts created by Rose’s brother, Stuart.
“If there are companies out there that are in possession of monies that they are holding for Manson, they run the risk of being included in future litigation ,” Friedman said.
The attorney said he was recently contacted by a New Jersey label that said it would forward approximately $ 2,000 to Friedman. The song was first released on Awareness Records, which is distributed by Performance Records of New Brunswick, N.J. The distrib had been contributing royalties to Victims of Violent Crime Fund, an org run by the state of California that collects funds for crime victims.
Ironically, if Manson royalties settle the judgment, the state could start charging him for board and care under a little-used law that allows the Dept. of Corrections to seize an inmate’s assets to satisfy the state’s expenses for housing and security.