Ruth Ann Moorehouse - The Story Of One Of Charlie Manson’s Youngest Followers
On January 6, 1951, Ruth Ann Moorehousewas born in Toronto, Canada. She first met Charlie Manson after her father, Dean Moorehouse, a former clergyman, picked up Manson while traveling in 1967.
Charlie had been touring the Pacific Coast with Mary Brunner and Lynette Fromme. The three were welcomed into Dean's home, and after dinner, Dean preached to them.
Charlie received a piano from him, which Manson later exchanged for a Volkswagen microbus. Young Ruth Ann caught Charlie's attention, and he took her to Mendocino in the meantime. As soon as Dean learned, he vowed to kill Manson.
Charlie, on the other hand, soothed him, gave him LSD, and remained at his place for a few weeks. Dean compared Charlie to Christ, but Mrs. Moorehouse disliked her husband's new house guests and moved in with her sister.
Before he and the girls made the decision to move down to Southern California, Charles Manson made a couple more trips to the Moorehouse house. Charlie informed Ruth Ann that she may travel with her if she is married before departing for Los Angeles.
She married a bus driver a short while later, dumped him, and moved in with the family in Los Angeles. She moved in with the family and started residing there and at other places like Spahn's Movie Ranch.
George Spahn, the ranch's proprietor, gave her the moniker Ouisch, which is pronounced üsh. She panhandled, went on garbage runs with the family, and helped look after the kids while other family members dug in store dumpsters in search of food.
Dean practically worshipped Manson and spent time with Charlie and the girls. Ruth Ann was detained alongside the family on August 16, 1969, Spahn's Ranch raid, one week after the Tate murders.
Susan Atkins informed Ruth Ann about the deaths of Abigail Folger and Sharon Tate months later at the Myers Ranch in Death Valley. Ouisch didn't care at the time; she later revealed to Barbara Hoyt that she was aware of 10 further deaths in addition to Sharon Tate's.
She was detained once more together with the family on October 10, 1969, during the Barker Ranch raid. "There were twelve of us apostles and Charlie just before we were discovered in the wilderness,"Ruth Ann recalled.
Ruth Ann spent a limited period of time with her mother following her release from prison. During the Tate/Labianca murder trial, she reconnected with the family, and she started to appear frequently at the intersection of Temple and Broadway.
Ruth Ann remained devoted to the family and insisted that she was unaware of the murders while being questioned by the police. She participated in a scheme to prevent Barbara Hoyt from testifying against the family in the fall of 1970.
In exchange for not testifying at the trial, the two girls took a flight to Hawaii on what was meant to be Hoyt's all-expenses-paid vacation. On September 9, 1970, when Moorehouse fed Hoyt a cheeseburger laced with 10 acid tabs, everything changed.
Moorehouse then took a flight back to Los Angeles. When the medicine started to work, Barbara freaked out, and ran for a few blocks before collapsing and being taken to the hospital.
The Hawaiian Hamburger episode's family members were targeted by District Attorney Loren Sutton, who sought to charge them with everything from conspiracy to prevent and dissuade a witness to conspiracy to murder.
When Ruth Ann was arrested in December 1970 while pregnant, a court had already dismissed the former. She left the state after being freed and moved in with her sister in Carson City, Nevada.
Despite the fact that a bench warrant had been issued, the D.A.'s office decided that extraditing her would be too difficult and dropped the case.
Ruth Ann Moorehouse's daughter Amber died in 1981.
Ruth Ann Moorehouse is now a grandmother and mother. She raises butterflies at home since she likes animals. She leads a peaceful life with her dog and kitties.
She married a bus driver on May 20, 1968.
Ruth Ann Moorehouse continued living her life with the aid of her mother and sister. She was last known to be residing someplace in the Midwest with her husband and three kids.