Claudia Smith

(aka Collie Sinclair, Beth Tracy, Sherry Andrews, Claudia Andrews)

Claudia Leigh Smith was born on August 11, 1950 in Kansas and relocated to Los Angeles California.

Claudia Leigh Smith was born on August 11, 1950 in Kansas and relocated to Los Angeles California. According to arrest records she lived in the Simi Valley area.

Little is known about Claudia Leigh outside of the fact that she was arrested with other Family members at the Barker Ranch in Death Valley, California during October of 1969. It is believed that since there is a lack of information about her involvement with the family, she was likely with the group for a short period of time.

After Manson’s arrest, Claudia married William Cole (aka Bill Vance, David Lee Hamic), who was involved in the murder of Shorty Shea. Los Angeles Police Department records indicate that she attempted to bail out Nancy Pittman at some point. It is also believed that she may have been one of the Family members who witnessed the controversial suicide and suspected murder of John “Zero” Haught.

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