Colonel Paul Tate trial testimony July 24/70. Sept 5, 2014 23:13:37 GMT -5
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Colonel Paul Tate
July 24, 1970.
The Court: All parties, counsel and jurors are present. The People may call their first witness.
Mr. Stovitz: Mr. Tate, would you kindly take the witness stand.
The Clerk: Sir, would you please raise your right hand and repeat after me.
(The oath was taken and repeated by the witness.)
Mr. Kanarek: I make a motion to exclude witnesses, Your Honor.
The Court: The motion is denied.
The Clerk: Would you please state and spell your name, sir.
A: Paul J. Tate, T-A-T-E.
Paul J. Tate, a witness called by and on behalf of the People, was examined and testified as follows:
Direct Examination by Mr. Stovitz:
Q: What is your business or occupation, sir?
A: I just recently retired from the United States Army.
Q: And what was your business or occupation with the United States Army, sir?
A: I was an Intelligence Officer for the past 23 years.
Q: And what rank did you retire with, sir?
A: As Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Stovitz: Your Honor, I have three photographs that were formerly introduced at the Grand Jury hearing. Is it necessary to show these to counsel?
Mr. Fitzgerald: It is not.
Mr. Stovitz: I have a photograph of a young lady in life. May this be marked People’s Exhibit 1 for identification?
Mr. Stovitz: I have a photograph of a young man in life, may this be marked Exhibit 2 for identification?
The Court: It will so be marked.
Mr. Stovitz: And I have a photograph of a man and woman, may this be marked Exhibit 3 for identification?
The Court: It will so be marked.
Q: I show you Exhibit 1 for identification, sir. Do you recognize the person depicted in that photograph?
A: Yes, I do, that is my daughter, Sharon Tate.
Q: And was her real or legal name, so to speak?
A: Sharon Marie Polanski.
Q: And her stage name was as you indicated Sharon Tate?
A: Sharon Tate, yes.
Q: And how old was Sharon Tate when you last saw her?
A: She would have been 26.
Q: And when was it that you last saw her in life, sir?
A: It was in July, actually the day of the moon landing in 1969.
Q: And if the moon landing was somewhere between July 20th and July 21st, would it be on that date?
A: Yes, I believe so.
Q: And how did you know it was the day of the moon landing?
A: Well, all of us watched the landing on television as everyone else was doing.
Q: And when you say “everyone else,” who else was there, sir?
A: Well, at the time there was Abby Folger, Wojiciech Frykowski. Later Jay Sebring came in from San Francisco, and came in directly from the airport and joined us to watch the moon shot.
Q: And where was this taking place?
A: At Sharon’s house.
Mr. Stovitz: Your Honor, I have a photograph of what appears to be a house. May this photograph be marked Exhibit 4 for identification?
The Court: It will be so marked.
Q: I show you Exhibit 4 for identification. Is this a fair representation of Sharon’s house?
A: Yes, it is.
Q: Do you of your own knowledge know when Sharon Tate – we will use her stage name quite commonly, moved into that house shown in Exhibit 4?
A: I cannot recall the exact date. It must have been at the beginning of the year as I recall, as I believe.
A: Yes, I think so.
Q: And at the time that she moved into the home depicted in Exhibit 4, did she move in there with Roman Polanski?
A: Yes, she did.
Q: Now directing your attention to Exhibit 2 for identification, you mentioned a person by the name of Jay Sebring. Is that the person shown in Exhibit 2 for identification?
A: Yes, it is, that is Jay Sebring.
Q: And what other names, if any, did you know him by?
A: First name was, I think, Thomas. I knew his father and mother well but I cannot recall the last name. He does have another name.
Q: Besides Sebring?
A: Yes, he does.
Q: He is commonly known as John Sebring?
A: No. Jay Sebring.
Q: Jay Sebring, and for how many months or years had you known Jay Sebring?
A: I had known Jay since about 1964.
Q: Do you know what his approximate age was?
A: No, I don;t, I do not.
Q: And the persons depicted in Exhibit 3 for identification, the man first, do you know who he was, sir?
A: Yes, Wojiciech Frykowski.
Q: And how long had you known him, sir?
A: Of course I just met him – when he came from New York. I had not known him; I had seen him just a few times. I would say I had seen him 10 to 15 times. I had probably known him 3 or 4 months.
Q: And the young lady depicted in Exhibit 3?
A: Miss Abigail Folger.
Q: How long had you known Miss Abigail Folger?
A: I had known her approximately the same length of time.
Q: Now, on this day in July did you stay over at the house or did you just visit for a few hours or what?
A: No, my wife and my two other daughters and myself spent the entire day and stayed for dinner, and during the day there were several people in and out, of course, with us watching the shots, other people, and we spent the entire day, and left there at 11:00 or 12:00 at night.
Q: When was the next time you either spoke to your daughter or saw her again after that?
A: Of course I never did see her again after that.
Q: Did you attend her funeral?
A: Wait a minute, let me go back. We did, we met the next day and went downtown for a few minutes, and then of course the next time I saw her was of course when she was dead.
Q: I believe counsel – will there be –
Mr. Fitzgerald: There will.
Mr. Stovitz: - a stipulation as to the photographs?
Mr. Fitzgerald: So stipulated.
Mr. Stovitz: We will take that up then at an appropriate time, not now, is that agreeable, Counsel?
Mr. Fitzgerald: That is agreeable.
Mr. Stovitz: Thank you, Counsel.
Mr. Kanarek: Your Honor, there is no problem on this, that Mr. Stovitz wants to make out of it, we are not objecting to these pictures. We stipulate.
Mr. Stovitz: Thank you, Counsel. You may inquire, Counsel.
Mr. Kanarek: I have no questions.
The Court: Mr. Fitzgerald?
Mr. Fitzgerald: I have no questions.
The Court: Mr. Hughes?
Mr. Hughes: I have no questions.
The Court: Mr. Shinn?
Mr. Shinn: I have a few questions, Your Honor.
The Court: Very well.
Cross - Examination by Mr. Shinn:
Q: Mr. Tate, you stated that you knew Mr. Sebring since 1964?
A: Yes, I did, approximately 1964.
Q: Did you know him socially?
A: Socially? I had been to the opening of his shop, I suppose you could call that socially.
Q: And did you have any business contacts with Mr. Sebring?
A: No, I don’t know exactly what you mean by business contacts, in what respect?
Q: Well, in your association –
A: I was in the military during this period.
Q: You did see him from time to time?
A: Yes, from time to time I did.
Q: Since 1964?
Q: And you did visit his house?
A: Yes, yes, I have been to his house.
Q: And you met him at your daughter’s house too, at times?
Q: And did you attend any parties at your daughter’s house or Mr. Sebring’s house?
A: No, I did not.
Q: Did you have dinner with him?
A: With Jay Sebring?
A: Oh, several times we had dinner and had him at our house for dinner.
Q: As to Mr. Frykowski –
Q: - how long have you known him?
A: I would say roughly about 4 months, 3 or 4 months. I had not known Mr. Frykowski very long.
Q: Did you meet him socially or business?
A: No, never business. I met him at Sharon and Roman’s house.
Q: And how about Miss Folger?
A: The same, the same.
Q: You have known her since what, 1964?
A: No, no, no, not over 5 or 6 months had I known her.
Mr. Stovitz: May I inquire, are the jurors having any difficult in hearing?
*****(The jurors indicate in the negative.)
Mr. Shinn: If they have any difficulty in hearing, I would appreciate if they would raise their hands up.
The Court: Yes, raise your hands if at any time during the course of the trial you have any difficulty hearing.
Q: Now, during all your associations with these various people I just mentioned...
Q: - did you at any time observe them under the influence of either drugs or alcohol?
Mr. Stovitz: Objection, Your Honor, immaterial.
The Court: Sustained. The answer will be stricken. The jury is admonished to disregard it.
Mr. Kanarek: Your Honor, may the record reflect I join in that question with Mr. Shinn?
The Court: You are not cross-examining, Mr. Kanarek. Let’s proceed.
Mr. Shinn: At this time I have no further questions.
The Court: All right.
Mr. Stovitz: May Mr. Tate be excused?
Mr. Kanarek: No, Your Honor. I have no objection to Mr. Tate being excused as long as he is put on call and he will represent that he will return at a time – I don’t want to inconvenience the man.
Mr. Stovitz: We will represent he will be available.
The Court: You are excused, Mr. Tate, subject to being recalled.
Mr. Kanarek: Thank you, Your Honor.