- Abigail Folger
Infobox_Person | name =Abigail Folger
birth_date =birth date|1943|8|11|mf=y
San Francisco, California
death_date =death date and age|1969|8|9|1943|8|11
Los Angeles, California
Heiress, Social worker
religion =Roman Catholic
Abigail Anne "Gibby" Folger (
August 11, 1943– August 9, 1969) was an American coffee heiress, debutante, socialite, volunteer social worker, civil rightsdevotee and member of the prominent United States Folger family. She was the great-great-granddaughter of J. A. Folger, the founder of FolgersCoffee. She is also known as one of the murder victims of the Manson Family.
Folger was born in San Francisco,
California. Her parents were Peter Folger( December 26, 1905- August 27, 1980), Chairmanand Presidentof the Folger Coffee Company, and Ines "Pui" Mejia ( June 25, 1907- July 15, 2007), the youngest child of Gertrude and Encarnacion Mejia, a consul general of El Salvador. Her Roman Catholicparents divorced in 1952 when she was still young, after her mother ended the marriage on the grounds of extreme cruelty. In 1960, her father married again, this time to his 24-year-old private secretary, Beverly Mater.
Growing up in
San Francisco, Folger was raised in the closed tradition of San Francisco society. As a young girl she was interested in art, books, poetryand playing the piano. Close friends and family called her 'Gibby'.
Folger attended the
Santa Catalina School for Girlsin Monterey, California, near Carmel. She graduated with honors in June 1961. She then matriculated at Radcliffe Collegein Cambridge, Massachusettsin the fall of 1961. During her stay at Radcliffe she became an active member of the college's Gilbert and SullivanPlayers, a musical theatre group. She starred in two of its productions, starting with " The Sorcerer" in April 1963 where she played the part of one of the town's villagers. In December 1963 she starred in " The Gondoliers" as the pretty Contadine. She graduated with honors from Radcliffe Collegein 1964.
While a freshman in college, she became a
debutanteon December 21, 1961at the St. Francis Hotelin San Francisco, where she made her official debut into San Francisco's high society. Her debutante ball was one of the highlights of the social season, with Folger wearing a bright yellow Christian Diorgown that she had purchased in Paristhe previous summer.
After graduating from Radcliffe, she enrolled in the fall of 1964 at
Harvard University, also in Cambridge, where she did graduate work and received a degree in Art History. After graduating in the spring of 1967, she took a job at the University of CaliforniaArt Museum in Berkeley, Californiaas a publicity director. While employed there, her main job was to organize the fine art museum council.
New York City
In September 1967, Folger decided to move away from
Californiain order to find herself and to probe the other side of life. She soon made the move to New York City, where she got a job working for a magazine publisher. She eventually left for a job at the Gotham Book Mart on 47th Street. While living in New York, she lived well beneath her means. As the daughter of an incredibly wealthy family, Folger's annual income from her inheritances, after taxes, was $130,000 a year.
It was at a bookstore party in December 1967 where she met Polish author
Jerzy Kosinski, who was married to American steel heiress Mary Hayward Weir. Hayward Weir ran in the same wealthy circle as Folger, and it was she who introduced Kosinski to Abigail. In early January 1968, Kosinski introduced Folger to his friend, aspiring writer Wojciech Frykowski, at a party the two hit it off. Frykowski had been living in the United States for one month at the time.
Folger and Frykowski
Frykowski was not then fluent in English, but, like Folger, he was fluent in French. She gave him a tour of
New York, began to teach him English, and a romance soon blossomed. He moved into her New York Cityapartment and she soon found herself supporting him financially.
In August 1968, both Folger and Frykowski decided to move to Los Angeles,
California. He wanted to pursue his writing career while Folger wanted to get involved with a new welfare project that was currently under way. She rented a car, and she and Frykowski drove across the country.
In Los Angeles, she found a two-story hilltop home to rent at 2774 Woodstock Road for her and Wojciech in
Laurel Canyon, and bought herself a 1968 yellow Firebird. Their neighbor across the road was singer Cass Elliotof the rock group The Mamas & the Papas, whom the couple quickly befriended. Through Frykowski, she met Roman Polanskiand his wife, Sharon Tate. Through the Polanskis, Folger and Frykowski were introduced to Jay Sebring. The five quickly began to hang out together and were known to be a part of 'the beautiful people crowd' in Hollywood. In a 2006 interview for the History Channelshow "Our Generation: Death of the Counterculture", Michelle Phillips, also of The Mamas & the Papas, said that she was very good friends with all of the Tate murder victims (presumably excluding Steven Parent) and that it was still hard to talk about the murders.
Like her mother, Ines, who was active doing charity work with the
Haight-AshburyFree Medical Clinic in San Francisco, Folger continued to be involved with volunteer work. She registered as a volunteer social workerfor the Los Angeles CountyWelfare Department in September 1968. Earlier, in the spring and summer of 1968, she attended fundraisers set up by her mother to aid the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic. It was around the same time many of the Manson familywomen were being treated there. Back in Los Angeles, Folger spent long days in the ghettos doing her job as a volunteer social workerwith children, waking up at dawn each day.
March 15, 1969, Folger, Sebring, and Frykowski attended the catered housewarming party of the Polanskis at 10050 Cielo Drive. Over one hundred guests, such as Jane Fonda, Roger Vadim, Peter Fonda, Tony Curtis, Warren Beatty, Nancy Sinatra, Michael Sarne, Michelle Phillips, John Phillips, and Cass Elliot, attended. The next day, Polanski left for Londonto begin work on a new film.
Meanwhile, Folger's work as a
social workersoon began to take a toll on her and she became depressed.
March 23, 1969, an odd incident occurred at 10050 Cielo Drive. That afternoon, Folger and Frykowski went over to the Polanskis' home for a going away dinner party for Tate, who was leaving for Romethe next day. Sebring was there, as well as Tate's friend Shahrokh Hatami, an Iranian photographer. Rudi Altobelli, the owner of the Cielo home, had attended the party briefly, but soon returned to his guest house to pack for his upcoming trip to Europe. The incident involved a strange-looking man who had appeared on the property as the occupants of the house sat in the dining room, which faced the front of the residence. Hatami felt uneasy about this stranger roaming the Polanski estate, so he left the house to confront the man. From the front porch, the party inside could be seen through the large dining room windows. Hatami asked the stranger if he could help him. The stranger said he was looking for someone by the name of Terry Melcher, a name Hatami did not recognize. Hatami made it clear to the stranger that this was the Polanski residence, and suggested that perhaps the person he was looking for lived in the guest house. Later, this stranger was identified as Charles Manson.
From April to May 1968, Folger became a political volunteer for the ill-fated presidential campaign of
New YorkSenator Robert F. Kennedy. She donated both time and money to the Kennedy campaign. The campaign soon came to an end when Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles in early June.
The next year during the month of April and continuing through most of May, she was a political volunteer for the campaign of Tom Bradley, a black councilman running for mayor of Los Angeles. She contributed both her time and a large amount of her own money to the Bradley campaign. Bradley lost to
Sam Yortyin late May, which left Folger feeling bitter and disillusioned. This led her to become very involved with the civil rightsmovement that summer.
10050 Cielo Drive
April 1, 1969, while Roman Polanskiwas away in Europefilming movies, Folger and Frykowski moved into the Polanskis' Cielo Drive home in Benedict Canyon, at Polanski's request. At the same time, their Woodstock Road home was being occupied by Wojciech's friend, Polish artist Witold-K, who had arrived in the United Statesthe previous December. A day earlier, Folger had quit her job as a social worker. Constantly fighting, the pair began to sink lower into their world of experimental drug use.
In May 1969, Folger and her mother attended the San Francisco opening of Jay Sebring's newest shop at 629 Commercial Street. Folger enjoyed the champagne reception and found herself mingling with such guests as
Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Doris Tate, and her husband Paul Tate (Sharon's parents).
In June 1969, she and her mother took a vacation together in New York.
July 8, 1969, Folger and Frykowski learned that Sharon Tatewould be returning to the U.S. later that month. The couple then began to move most of their clothing from Cielo Drive back to their own home on Woodstock Road. They informed Wojciech's friend, Witold-K, that they would be soon returning to live in their home after Tate's arrival.
July 20, 1969, Tate returned to Californiafrom Londonand asked Abigail and Wojciech to remain at 10050 Cielo Drivewith her until her husband Roman Polanskiarrived on August 12. Abigail, Wojciech, Sharon and Jay, along with Tate's parents and two younger sisters, all watched the moonlanding on television.
August 6, 1969film director Michael Sarneinvited Folger, Frykowski and Tate over for a dinner party at his rented Malibu beach house. After dessert had been served, Tate began to feel unwell, so it was decided that Folger and Frykowski would drive her home.
August 8, 1969, Folger and Wojciech Frykowskiran some errands together. Folger purchased a yellow, lightweight bicycle around 2 p.m. from a shop on Santa Monica Boulevardand arranged for it to be delivered to Cielo Drive later that afternoon. She and Wojciech then drove back to the Polanskis' home and had a late lunch with Tate and her friends, Joanna Pettetand Barbara Lewis, on the front lawn patio. The late lunch was served to the party of five by Winifred Chapman, the Polanskis' housekeeper. Shortly after, at around 3:45 p.m., Folger left Cielo Drive in her 1968 yellow Pontiac Firebirdin order to keep an appointment she had later that afternoon. Frykowski left minutes later, in Tate's rented 1969 red Camaro, to unload a box at the couple's Woodstock Road home.
That evening, just after 9 p.m., Folger, Frykowski,
Jay Sebring, and Sharon Tatewent out to a Mexican restaurant called El Coyote. Returning home, Frykowski fell asleep on the couch while Folger was in her room reading. Her mother called her at 10 p.m. that night to verify their weekend plans. She was scheduled to fly to San Franciscoat 10 a.m. Saturday morning on United Airlinesin order to celebrate her birthday. Her mother would join her later, as she was coming in from Connecticutafter spending time with friends.
Manson's followers broke into the house in the early morning hours of
August 9, 1969. When one of them ( Susan Atkins) passed Folger's bedroom door, Folger, believing the woman was a friend of the Polanskis, waved and smiled to the intruder. When the occupants of the house were assembled in the living room, their captors asked if any of them had any money. Folger responded that she did and was led to her bedroom to empty her purse. After being stabbed and struggling with the murderers, she escaped the house only to be overcome on the lawn outside by Patricia Krenwinkel. She was stabbed 28 times and died from a stab wound to the aorta. Allegedly, Folger's dying words were, "You can stop now; I'm already dead." Although coroners found a large amount of the drug MDA in her system, they reached the conclusion that she was fully aware of what was happening when the attack occurred.
Abigail Folger's body was returned to San Francisco and taken to
Crippen and Flynn Mortuaryin Redwood City. Her funeral was held on the morning of August 13, 1969, at Our Lady of the Wayside Churchin Portola Valley, a church that had been built by her grandparents, the Mejias, in 1912. Following a Catholic requiem mass, Abigail Folger was entombed inside the Main Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California.
After her death, investigators reported that Folger's estate was worth $530,000. She left no will.
* [http://www.folgers.com/ Official Web Site of Folgers Coffee]
* [http://www.cvactionalliance.org/ Formerly known as the Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau]
* [http://www.cielodrive.com/victims/folger/index.html Biographical page with photos]
* [http://www.charliemanson.com/news-archive/news-1969-08-17d.htm Biographical article]
* [http://indigo.ie/~floyd/family2.html Some info on her relationship and life]
* [http://www.maebrussell.com/1960s%20Terror/Actress,%20Bay%20Heiress,%203%20Others%20Slain.html Article Written August 10, 1969]
* [http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/notorious/manson/4.html Biographical information]
* [http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2006/12/29/columnists/offbeat/754bd9924135ff5386257252005f7680.txt Article on Famous Coffee People]
* [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/07/27/BAGI5R7UMM1.DTL&feed=rss.bayarea Ines Mejia Folger obituary]
NAME= Folger, Abigail
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Folger, Abigail Anne
Heiress, Social worker
DATE OF BIRTH=
August 11, 1943
PLACE OF BIRTH=
San Francisco, California
DATE OF DEATH=
August 9, 1969
PLACE OF DEATH=
Los Angeles, California
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