The ‘Helter Skelter’ life of Jozy Pollock

04/10/2012 23:05

She escaped the Manson cult killings and will now be sharing her incredible story at a Southern California church

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By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

LOS ANGELES, CA (ANS) -- Jozy Pollock shouldn’t be alive today. She should have been at Sharon Tate's home on that warm summer night of August 8th, 1969, when a terrible murder took place. It was a migraine headache delayed her plans and she consequently escaped a horrible nightmare inflicted on the national psyche by Charles Manson and his followers.

Jozy in her
Hula Hoop days

Jozy became the British “Hula-Hoop Queen” in her youth, then married American magician Channing Pollock and moved to the United States, where they performed on the Ed Sullivan Show. Then the two of them went on the road with the flamboyant pianist Liberace.

After divorcing her husband in 1968, she entered a fast-paced world of elite rock n’roll musicians and dated a number of famous men. She was engaged to Nigel Olsson, the drummer for Elton John as John's career began to enter the stratosphere.

She even met up with May Pang and John Lennon during the 18 months that May Pang lived with the ex-Beatle, from the summer of 1973 to early 1975, when Lennon reconciled with his second wife, Yoko Ono.

In an interview Jozy recounted the incredible event that changed her life.

“I knew Sharon Tate when she was a teenager,” said Jozy. “I met her in Italy where my husband was making films and she was an extra in one of them. When she came to Los Angeles we used to hang out. I was in a club one night in August 1969 and I hadn’t seen her for a long time and she asked me, ‘When are you coming over to the house?’ I said. ‘Well, I’m working day and night but she continued to press me and said, ‘Well try and come this weekend because Roman [Polanski, her husband] is still in London.”

Jozy said that this was on a Tuesday and she had to fly to Las Vegas two days later on business.

A clip of Jozy from the video of her life

“While I was there I developed a migraine. I finally got back to LA late afternoon-early evening on the Friday, I couldn’t find Sharon’s phone number and so I went out that night with Judy Carne, the ‘Laugh-In’ star, who called me saying she had an extra ticket to the theater,” she said.

“I had Sharon’s address so I thought I would drive over there to see her the next morning. Just before I left the house that morning, I suddenly heard on the news about some bodies being found at Sharon Tate’s house.”

As the shocking news unfolded, it was discovered that Tate was murdered, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson at her Benedict Canyon home. She was eight and a half months pregnant. It was an incredible shock for Jozy as she could have been there at the time.

“When I saw the film Helter Skelter, I realized that the maid had gone in on Saturday to Sharon’s home,” said Jozy. “Often maids don’t come in on a weekend in that area and if she hadn’t gone there, I could have been the one to find the bodies.”

Susan Atkins and Charles Manson appear in court on Oct. 13, 1970, in Santa Monica, California

In a previous interview with my ANS colleague, Mark Ellis, Jozy told more of her later conversion to Christ and the time she met one of the Manson gang. Here is what he wrote:

Sometime later, after a failed relationship with a man, Pollock found through a psychic's predictions, she was at the end of her rope. She called a friend named Mike whose life had been transformed by Jesus Christ.

“I told him, ‘I've had enough torment,’” she recalls.

“He said, ‘Jozy, what do you really want?’

“I said, ‘All I want is peace.’

“He said, ‘With Jesus you can have peace, but you have to pray the sinner’s prayer.’

“I said, ‘Wait a minute, I'm not a sinner, I'm a good person. I'm always helping people.’

“He said, ‘No Jozy, you're a sinner.’

“So I prayed the sinner’s prayer through gritted teeth. For six months I rebelled against everything. I said, ‘Lord, don't turn me into a ‘Jesus Freak.’ I just want to do a little bit of this.’”

But after six months Pollock sensed she was missing something. She went to her Bible study leader and they prayed together.

“Suddenly I had a huge hunger and thirst for God,” she said. “It was hard giving up my will. But after I gave up my will, I had peace.”

After Pollock's water baptism, she says she had a “feeling of falling in love with Jesus.” 

Nigel Olsson, May Pang, John Lennon,
Jozy and Neil Sedaka

Surprisingly, the life God spared her for involved prisons--she became the first Protestant female chaplain at the L.A. county jail.

“I never thought I would be in ministry,” Pollock says. “God gave me boldness to confront people in the jail.”

Pollock says that she ministered to convicted murderer Eric Menendez, who she described as outwardly a very “charming guy.” She also has confronted and won over Satanists in the prison, who were initially hostile, and was able to move easily among thieves, rapists, and other violent offenders.

Jozy said that she prayed the sinner's prayer with Tommy Lee, then married to Pamela Anderson. “He was a very broken man at the time,” she says. “He was very open to it, and wanted a copy of the prayer.”

Jozy added, “I have also ministered to Robert Downey Jr. who wasn’t very open when I first met him, but later I ran into him at a Hollywood Bible study so I guess I sowed some seeds.”

Several years after the Manson gang killings, Pollock spoke at the California Institute of Women, where she saw Susan Atkins, one of the cultists who took part in the crime. “I had all this rage and emotion and I wanted to hit in her face, but the Holy Spirit prevented me,” she says. “I recognized I had to forgive.”

Atkins has since died from brain cancer after being California's longest-serving female inmate.

As an update to her extraordinary story, Jozy just told me, “I had not been back to California Institute for Women since the Susan Atkins incident. That was until my ex supervising Chaplain asked me to be a speaker at an all-day concert he was organizing.

“I got sick a few days before the concert and crawled out of my sick bed to go telling the devil he was not going to win. I got lost on the way although I had been there many times in the past. It took me three hours of driving constantly telling the devil he could not stop me. I arrived late, but they had all been held up from going in the facility at the allotted time, so actually I was right on time, praise God.

“I had no voice in the morning, but I managed to croak out my message. I asked the women if anyone there was in prison because of a man and 95% of them raised their hands. I told them they needed to find a Boaz and ‘stop settling for Bozo.’ I also told them if they had Jesus in their hearts they were daughters of the King and therefore deserved a Prince like William (it was just after the royal wedding). Several came over later for prayer that they would not go back to their old ways of living. I felt that I had a victory that day!”

She added with a smile, “I wonder when my prince will come along?”
Jozy then said that she is at present mentoring women who are struggling with various life issues, especially those who have been rescued from the sex trafficking trade.

“I would like to have a big house where I could take them and where they can stay and heal. I have had a few stay at my apartment but it is too small.”

For Jozy Pollock, her ‘Helter Skelter’ life continues, but now it is for Jesus Christ.

You can see a video of Jozy’s extraordinary life called On Faith Alone: The Jozy Pollock Story at

Jozy will be sharing her story on Friday October 12, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. at Harvest Celebration Church, 19444 Business Center Dr, Northridge, CA 91324. Additional Info: Pastor Leslie Peters (Phone: (818) 782-2752 and website:

Note: I would like to acknowledge Mark Ellis’ invaluable contribution to this story and Robin Frost for transcribing the interview.

If you would like to contact Jozy Pollock, you can write to her by e-mail at:

Source: (ANS)


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