The biggest mystery of the Cecil Hotel is solved

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Elisa Lam was a Vancouver college student who died under mysterious circumstances in Los Angeles in 2013

This article is a departure from my normal series dedicated to the Manson Family such as this article, this one, this and also this most recent one. Don’t worry: I’ll be back to writing about the Family in no time, but I wanted to take a step away to write about the Elisa Lam case.


Understanding that cults have changed, but victims of cults look like you and me

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Members of the Manson Family in 1970

Mary was an assistant librarian. Ruth Ann was the daughter of a pastor. Lynette was kicked out of her father’s house. Patricia was a file clerk for an insurance agency. Bruce dropped out of college to search for himself. Susan was 14 when her mom died of cancer. Ella lived in a commune. Dianne was molested as a preteen. Bobby was a musician. Nancy was a surfer. Sandra dated an older college student. Paul liked to smoke marijuana. Charles worked as a baggage handler at the…


The relationship between Charles Manson and Susan ‘Sadie’ Atkins

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Charles Manson and Susan Atkins face off in court during their 1970 trial for murder

In November 1967, Charles Manson was just six months out of federal prison. The 32-year old was granted permission to be paroled in San Francisco and spent the next several months getting to know the Bay Area. By the following autumn, he was living a nomadic life, in an old school bus with three women (Mary Brunner, Lynette Fromme and Patricia Krenwinkel). But his primary goal that season was to get signed to a record deal, and requested permission to relocate his parole down to the Los Angeles area. …


But she missed, after Charlie broke her jaw

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Charles Manson and about a dozen of his so-called ‘followers’ moved to Spahn Ranch in Chatsworth, California in the summer of 1968. The property, once home to a number of Western film and television show shoots, had fallen on hard times. Owner George Spahn was 79-years old, blind and broke that season. He allowed the Manson Family to live there because they offered to help around the place, and he had no idea how dangerous they would prove to be.


The forgotten Manson Family victim

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Steven Parent’s 1968 high school senior photo

Warning: disturbing crime scene images are included in this article…


She paid the price for testifying against Manson

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Susan Denise Atkins aka Sadie Mae Glutz aka Sexy Sadie — convicted murderer

One of those arrested, 17-year old Kitty Lutesinger, had an APB out for her. She had run away from her mother’s home weeks before. Kitty, who was pregnant, was the girlfriend of another member of the Manson Family who had been picked up…


The story of feisty Ruby Pearl

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Ruby Pearl Molinaro

Charles Manson crossed paths with a lot of interesting people during the late 1960s. Most of those who found themselves in conflict with Manson wound up worse for the experience. Just ask Bernard Crowe, who Charlie shot in the aftermath of a botched robbery. Or those kids, who are spending their lives behind bars because, high on acid and speed, they committed a series of brutal murders at Manson’s command.

But one person that went head-to-head with Manson and survived, was a former rodeo queen named Ruby Pearl. …


end of times for the Manson Family

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Barker Ranch in Death Valley where the Manson Family lived for several months in 1968–1969

Charles Manson was a quasi-spiritual leader, a musician, sex trafficker and dangerous charlatan who convinced a sizeable group of young people to follow his teachings, during the late 1960s.


The First Responders at Sharon Tate’s home

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Winifred Chapman worked for Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski as a housekeeper for nearly a year. She was also the first to find Sharon’s body along with the other victims of the Manson Family.

Just before eight-thirty on the morning of Saturday, August 9th, Winifred Chapman arrived at Cielo Drive. Winifred lived in an apartment in the Central Alameda neighborhood of South Los Angeles. She had to ride at least two buses to get to her employer’s, followed by either a short car ride or taxi from the bus stop at Sunset Boulevard and Benedict Canyon Drive. That morning after the murders, she hailed a ride from an acquaintance.


The early life of the Manson Family’s Susan Atkins

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Susan Denise Atkins 1948–2009

In November 1967, Charles Manson was living in San Francisco with three women (Mary Brunner, Lynette Fromme and Patricia Krenwinkel). The foursome were preparing to leave the Bay Area that week, headed on the road in their old school bus (converted into a mobile love pad) and eventually down to Los Angeles, where Charlie had hopes of scoring a record deal.

H. Allegra Lansing

Author of the “More to the Story” true crime nonfiction series. https://www.mansonfamily.net/

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