To one, he’s the man who saved her life. To another, he’s a vicious abuser who was only focused on his own preservation.
It has been 50 years since some of Charles Manson’s followers savagely murdered actress Sharon Tate and eight others during the summer of 1969—but many of the women who followed the charismatic cult leader now have vastly different views of just who Manson really was.
While some members say they feel “honored” to have met the notorious cult leader—who lived most his life behind bars before dying in prison in 2017—others now believe Manson “destroyed lives” of not only the murder victims and their families but also of many of his followers.
For many, life with Manson began as an idyllic refuge—full of free love, acceptance, drugs, and a greater purpose to care for the natural world.
“He was the most confident person I had ever run into,” former Manson family member Catherine
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Two-Hour Special Coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Manson Family Murders
New York, NY – July 22, 2019 – Oxygen, the destination for high-quality crime programming, debuts “Manson: The Women” on Saturday, August 10 at 7pm ET/PT. To understand exactly how one of the most daunting madmen in history charmed his way into the lives of the women who formed his family, this compelling two-hour special takes a deep dive into their psyche through the lens of the counterculture movement that swept the 1960s. Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Sandra “Blue” Good, Catherine “Gypsy” Share, and Dianne “Snake” Lake recount their experiences with Manson, life on Spahn Ranch and their leader’s eventual decent into madness. Their candid, in-depth interviews provide a
On July 1, 1981, four people were found murdered inside a Los Angeles home in a sensational case combining “dope, porn, sex and drugs and organized crime,” as a retired LAPD detective once told The New York Times. The home was located on Wonderland Avenue, in Los Angeles’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood.
According to The Los Angeles Times, it was a “drug den” belonging to a group of people dubbed the “Wonderland Gang.” Three members died of blunt force trauma: Ron Launius, Billy DeVerell, and Joy Miller. Friend Barbara Richardson was also brutally murdered in the home.
Launius’ wife, Susan Launius, survived the attack, which is shocking given the crime scene photos and video. Though, she didn’t survive unscathed. She even had to have part of her skull surgically removed as a result of her injuries.
Detectives on the Los Angeles Police Department said that the murder scene was more gruesome and
Quentin Tarantino has hinted at a possible biopic telling the story of Roman Polanski and his connection to the notorious Charles Manson family murders for years. Now, as the project slowly becomes a reality, a wave of criticism has befallen the film amidst growing concerns voiced about the ethics of the auteur behind it. Some recent casting decisions pertaining to the movie have been made, showing that despite criticism, the project is moving forward.
Tarantino has cast both Brad Pitt and Leondardo DiCaprio in leading roles. Pitt will play Cliff Booth, a stunt double for former Western TV star Rick Dalton, who will be played by DiCaprio, according to Deadline.
“Both [Booth and Dalton] are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate,” reads the official synopsis, according to Deadline.
The film’s title has officially been announced as “Once Upon A Time
At least four people from three different states have claimed the body rightfully belongs to them. The issue is expected to be settled in a California court next week.
Those who are attempting to gain possession of the body include: a man who claims to be his grandson, a man who claims to be friend of Manson’s, and another duo, one of whom claims to be his son (who also claims to have a will instructing the body be handed over to him).
Before his death, Manson claimed to have no will or instructions about what should be done with his corpse. He also said
At least five people are fighting over the ownership of Charles Manson’s human remains, and it’s reportedly stressing out authorities. It seems as if even from the grave, Manson is continuing his legacy of creating a deranged circus.
Last month, the murderous cult leader died at the age of 83. According to a California Department of Corrections statement, Manson died of natural causes at a hospital.
Kern County lawyers filed paperwork in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, looking for assistance in figuring out where Manson’s corpse should go. The coroner is afraid of releasing his body to the wrong person, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“We have the following problem we’re trying to cope with here: The Department of Corrections asked the Kern County Coroner to receive the body because we have refrigeration and they don’t,” Bryan Walters, a deputy attorney in the county counsel’s office told the Los
Charles Manson, the cult leader who orchestrated the infamous murders of seven people during the summer of 1969, died on Sunday at the age of 83. According to a California Department of Corrections statement, Manson died of natural causes at a hospital.
He was the leader of the “Manson Family,” a group of followers — mostly runaways and other outliers — that killed for him.
“He was the dictatorial ruler of the (Manson) family, the king, the Maharaja. And the members of the family were slavishly obedient to him,” former prosecutor and author of the best-selling true crime novel about the Manson murders “Helter Skelter,” Victor Bugliosi told CNN in 2015.
On August 9, 1969, “Manson Family” murdered actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months’ pregnant, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee fortune heiress Abigail Folger, writer Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the family’s caretaker, according to CNN. The next
Leslie Van Houten, former Manson Family member, was found suitable for parole by a two-person panel after a Wednesday hearing in California.
The 68-year-old woman was the youngest of Charles Manson’s followers, according to the Associated Press.
But, Van Houten is not a free woman yet. Her release must first be approved by the state Parole Board before being approved by Governor Jerry Brown. He blocked her release last year, NBC and the AP reports. In his 2016 decision, Brown wrote that Van Houten failed to explain her disturbing transformation from “upstanding teen” to cold-blooded killer.
She was just 19 when she participated in the gruesome murders of Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary, just one day after actress Sharon Tate and four others were killed
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On the night of August 9, 1969, Charles Manson ordered central Manson Family member Charles “Tex” Watson to take three other members, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to the home of Roman Polanski and his wife Sharon Tate’s house. Manson told the three women to do as Watson directed them. The three women were instructed to “totally destroy everyone in [the house], as gruesome as you can.”
The Family went to 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles and murdered Tate, who was eight months pregnant. They also killed three friends who were visiting Tate: her former lover and hairstylist Jay Sebring, Polanski’s friend and aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and Frykowski’s girlfriend Abigail Folger, heiress to the Folger coffee fortune. Stephen Parent, who was visiting the caretaker of the home, was also murdered.
Dateline’s latest Charles Manson episode explores the mind and myth of California’s most infamous inmate. DatelineNBC has brought you the story of Charles Manson many times over the years. The most recent episode aired last year, which focused on former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and his pursuit and obsession with Charles Manson. Tonight, in the Dateline episode titled “The Summer of Manson,” Datelinetalks to a Manson Family insider and confidant. The episode promises to reveal rarely-seen video and interviews.
According to Dateline’s preview, Charles Manson arrived in California in the fall of 1967, and he had music on his mind. Dateline’s television episode delves into the mind of Manson as he prepared and