On November 21, 1969, the bodies of James Sharp, fifteen, and Doreen Gaul, nineteen, were found in an alley in downtown Los Angeles. The two teen-agers had been killed elsewhere with a long-bladed kniife or bayonet, then dumped there. Each had been stabbed over fifty times.
Ramparts division Lieutenant Earl Deemer investigated the Sharp-Gaul murders, as did Los Angeles Times reporter Cohen. Although the two men felt there was a good possibility that a Familty member was involved in the slayings, the murders remain unsolved.
Both James Sharp and Doreen Gaul were Scientologists, the latter a Scientology "clear" who had been residing in a Church of Scientology house. According to unconfirmed reports, Doreen Gaul was a former girl friend of Manson Family member Bruce Davis, himself an ex-Scientologist.
According to The New York Post, Sharp and Gaul were brutally beaten, ritualistically stabbed, had their right eyes cut out, and were dumped 100 yards from a Scientology Org. Miss Doreen Gaul, nineteen, who came from New York to study Scientology, was naked except for a necklace. The boy, James Sharpe was fifteen years old. A third corpse, female, was at the scene as well, but never identified.
Doreen Gaul's father allegedly told a New York Post reporter that she had lately become disenchanted with Scientology.
There is documented evidence regarding the teachings of Scientology to Manson even while he was incarcerated during the 1950's. It is reported Charles Manson reached the level "Clear" and was rather astute in his adaptation of control and manipulation techniques when dealing with other people.