Keeping Charles Manson Behind Bars
STEPHEN KAY '64
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1992

Imagine being fresh out of law school and finding
yourself in a courtroom opposite Charles Manson.
That was the experience of CMC alum Stephen Kay.
Twenty years after helping Vincent Bugliosi convict
Manson and his family of psycho-killers, Kay is still
working to keep the murderers behind bars.

Originally, Mr. Kay was only an assistant on the case,
but now the Tate-LaBianca murders are his full responsibility. In an article appearing in the Los Angeles Times
magazine, Mr. Kay's commitment to keeping the
Manson family behind bars was described: "His role,
largely self-appointed and not without criticism, has
been to demand continuing punishment for those
gunshots in the canyon, for the pagan smearing of PIGS
and the illiterate HELTER SKELTER on the walls of the
wealthy in their own blood." This crime haunted the
country for years, essentially bringing an end to the '60s
for Los Angeles; it was everyone's worst nightmare.

Mr. Kay graduated eighth in his class from CMC and
continued on to Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley's law school. In
addition to the Manson case, he has worked to
prosecute many mass murderers. He dedicates his life
to putting criminals behind bars and keeping them
there; it is work that makes many Americans proud
of him.

Please join us for a look back at the past through the
eyes of the man that keeps the nightmare out of the
present. Dinner will begin at 6:00 followed by Mr. Kay's
presentation at 7:00. And don't miss the reception
at 5:30.