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Transcript of Manson Murders
August 9th, 1969
August 10th, 1969
Sharon Tate's ex husband. Murdered August 9th, 1969.
Murdered along with her unborn child on August 9th, 1969.
Charles Manson believed this meant the end of the world, in terms of a racial battle between blacks and whites. It derived from the Beatles White album.
Charles Manson Fun Facts!
Manson is up for parole every year, but is turned down by the parole board. He has been denied parole 14 times, and his next set parole hearing is in April 2015.
Charles Manson Fun Facts!
Manson was so controlling, he banned the women who followed him from wearing eyeglasses. He explained that whatever the state of their vision, that was their "natural way" to see the world, and only "natural things were good". New members to Manson's family were relieved of their glasses immediately; some of them developed permanent squints.
Revolution 9 was a song by the Beatles that the Manson family associated with Revelation chapter 9, which was a biblical passage about the racial apocalypse.
During the summer of 1969, these killings changed the world. They associated the Beatles music with murders and made people rethink their personal security. During the end of the hippie movement, a group of kids followed Charles Manson and became known as the "Manson Family".
Charles Manson Fun Facts!
Manson was actually sentenced to death, but his sentence was automatically changed to life imprisonment when a 1972 decision by the Supreme Court of California temporarily eliminated the state's death penalty. California's eventual reinstatement of the death penalty did not affect Manson, who is currently incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison.
On the night of August 8th and the early morning of August 9th, the Manson family, consisting of Charles Manson, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel, parked their car down the street from their house at 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, and started their trek up to begin the disastrous event. They started by cutting the telephone pole, and after that, the madness began. Steven Parent (murdered 1st) was found by Tex Watson and was shot multiple times with a handgun. He was purely at the wrong place at the wrong time. Tex then went into the house through the dining room window and opened the front door for the girls. After tying Jay Sebring and Sharon Tate up, the family then shot Jay and stabbed him 7 times on the couch, followed by Sharon, who was stabbed 21 times, despite being pregnant at the time. Out back, Abigail Folger and Voytek Frykowski tried escaping. Voytek was shot on his way out, and then stabbed over 30 times. Abigail (who was under the influence of meth) ran out, confessing that she was "already dead", and was stabbed 21 times.
Friend of the Tate's. Dated and lived with Voytek Frykowski.
Friend of the Tate's. Dated Abigail Folger.
Friend and houseguest of the Tate's on the night of the murders.
Rosemary LaBianca worked at a dress shop next door to her husband Leno LaBianca, who was the manager at the Gateway supermarket. After the Manson family committed the Tate murders in L.A, they were looking for more victims. They randomly chose the house next to Harold True. They entered the home and tied up Rosemary and Leno LaBianca with leather laces. Charlie left and the girls did the dirty work. Mrs. LaBianca was stabbed 41 times, and Mr.LaBianca was fatally stabbed 13 times with a fork. The word "war" was spelled out on his stomach in blood (Helter Skelter sign.) The family wanted people to believe that black people did it, so they cleaned and disposed of the gun, and ate watermelon, leaving the rinds in the sink.
Rosemary LaBianca. Killed by the Manson Family on August 10th, 1969.
Married to Rosemary LaBianca. Murdered on August 10th, 1969.
What the Manson family performed when they snuck into houses without robbing or showing any signs of destruction.
Most famously Jack Jones house where they re-arranged pictures and furniture for weeks, just watching from the outside.
Orchestrated the Manson Family Murders.
Manson Family Picture
Charlie Manson took Rosemary's wallet and put it behind the toilet seat in a random gas station, hoping an african american would pick it up and trigger the start of the racial war
Charles Manson was a part of the hippie movement. As a "misunderstood" man, he drew other troubled people toward him. He had a charismatic personality, and his "family" was extremely loyal to him. He was an aspiring musician, but that dream never took off for him. The failure of his music career partially explains why he first targeted celebrities. In addition, Manson was a very pious man, but he manipulated the Bible to suit his needs. He became fixated on the Book of Revelations, and he predicted the end of the world by drawing parallels between The Beatles and The Bible. It is strange to think that Manson's vibrant personality and religious beliefs led others to commit such horrific acts of murder.
In October 1969, 2 months after the Tate/LaBianca murders, Barker ranch was raided. Manson and other family members had already fled from the state.
Charles Manson, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel were each convicted of seven counts of murder. Leslie Van Houten was convicted of two counts of murder. All five of them were sentenced to death. In 1972, the Supreme Court of California abolished the death penalty and the Manson sentences were reduced to life in prison. None of them were released, but Steven "Clem" Grogan was to be paroled.
The last hideout occupied by the Manson family after quickly retreating from Spahn Ranch after the murders. Located in Death Valley, California. When arrested, police found Manson hiding under the bathroom sink.
Leslie Van Houten
Lynette "squeaky" Fromme
Steve "Clem" Grogan
Famous movie ranch formally used in a collection of 1950's western films/ television programs such as Lone Ranger. The Manson family took over the residence in the beginning of spring '68 and kept it's popular horse rental business alive. This business was the main source of the ranch's income.
The Manson "Family"
Unlike the other "family" members, Clem was paroled.
Remains of a truck owned by the Manson family at Barker Ranch. The words "helter skelter" appear on the vehicle.
The bathroom where police found Charles Manson hiding. There was a cabinet in the corner where Manson was crouching. He could have gone unnoticed if it wasn't for his hair sticking out of the cabinet door.
The remains of a refrigerator at Barker Ranch.
The Tate Victims
The LaBianca Victims
On the day of the Tate murders, this photograph was taken.