end of times for the Manson Family

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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.

Manson, an ex-con who had served time for auto theft, burglary, armed robbery, check fraud and pimping between the ages of 14 and 32, was released from prison in the spring of 1967 in California. By the summer of 1968, Manson and about two dozen of his followers (ages 14 to 26) had been living north of Los Angeles at Spahn Ranch, a 500-acre property which had previously served as a backdrop for Western films and television programs. …


The First Responders at Sharon Tate’s home

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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.

As she approached the gate at 10050 Cielo, she spied a downed telephone line. Concerned and distracted, she made her way onto the property. She walked past the ’66 Rambler where Steven Parent lay dead but did not register that anyone was inside. Steve was slumped over onto the passenger side of the seat and perhaps, in shadow. Plus, it was not uncommon for guests to stay over at the Tate/Polanski residence. Ms. Chapman paid the car no mind as she walked up the driveway toward the main house. From the driveway and side of the garage, she headed to the back service door. …


The early life of the Manson Family’s Susan Atkins

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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.

The first week of November, the four attended a party in the Haight. Charlie pulled out his guitar and began singing The Shadow of Your Smile, a jazz standard performed by greats like Tony Bennett. …


After Sharon Tate and her friends were murdered

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Just after midnight on Saturday, August 9, 1969, four members of the Manson Family scaled the fence at 10050 Cielo Drive, an upscale home in Benedict Canyon near Beverly Hills, and murdered five people there. The victims included pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

The killers — Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, Susan ‘Sadie’ Atkins, Patricia ‘Katie’ Krenwinkel along with bystander Linda Kasabian — had been sent to Cielo Drive by their cult leader, ex-convict/sex trafficker/white supremacist/sociopath Charles Manson. Manson was angry because he had been trying for two years to get a record deal and ultimately was rejected by the music and recording industry, and held a vengeful view of the establishment. …


the story of Dianne ‘Snake’ Lake

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In December of 1967, Charles Manson was traveling around the southwestern United States with five women (Mary Brunner, who was pregnant, Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and Ella Jo Bailey) in an old school bus, painted black. During their travels, the sextet visited Hog Farm, the most famous commune of its time. Founded by ‘Wavy Gravy’ (true name Hugh Romney), a peace activist from New York, Hog Farm sat on the grounds of a pig farm in Tujunga, north of Burbank. …


the prosecution’s rush to judgement created a false narrative

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Excerpted from The Manson Family: More to the Story

Vincent Bugliosi, appointed in charge by the Los Angeles Prosecutor’s Office of all proceedings against the Manson Family, including the Tate/LaBianca murders of August 1969, was searching for motive, trying to understand what led the Family to kill and what convincible case he could present. Bugliosi had a perfect prosecutorial record — he’d won every homicide case he’d tried and had no intention of letting this band of scruffy stabbers blemish his record. …


the life of Manson Family convicted killer Leslie Van Houten

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Leslie Van Houten joined the Manson Family in the summer of 1968.

She was introduced to Manson and his group by Catherine ‘Gypsy’ Share, a musician and actress. Share, Van Houten and another musician Bobby Beausoleil, were living in a polyamorous situation with another woman in San Francisco that season.

Beausoleil, Share and the other woman (Gayle Massman) met 18-year old Leslie Van Houten in San Francisco. Bobby aka Cupid quickly added the brunette to his harem.

The following (in italics) is excerpted from The Manson Family: More to the Story:

Leslie grew up in Altadena, with one older brother and two younger siblings, adopted from Korea. Leslie had a happy childhood by all accounts, but when she was fourteen, Mr. …


The 15-year old who married Charles Manson

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Charles Manson was married twice during his life. His first marriage occurred at the age of 20, to Rosalie Jean Willis who was days away from turning 16.

Manson met Rosalie in late 1954 through her father, Clarence. Charlie had recently been freed after seven years in jails and youth detention centers and found work at a racetrack, sweeping stalls and feeding the horses. Rosalie’s father was a frequent better at the racetrack in Wheeling, West Virginia where Manson lived with his mother Kathleen after his release from prison.

Charlie and Rosalie began courting and on January 13, 1955, they were married at the Nazarene Church in nearby McMechen, West Virginia. Charlie’s grandma Nancy held a reception for the happy couple at her home. Everyone in town assumed that Rosalie was ‘in the family way’ but she was not pregnant.


The Manson Family killers who were born again in prison

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In the mid-1970s, while incarcerated for the capital crime of murder, three members of the Manson Family cult became born-again Christians. Bruce Davis, Susan ‘Sadie’ Atkins and Charles ‘Tex’ Watson each dedicated their lives to Christ, accepting Jesus as their Lord and Personal Savior.

These three young people — two of whom are still alive today — who once blindly followed a dangerous cult leader and committed nine brutal murders, turned their lives over to God and became representatives of his divine power of forgiveness and redemption.

Two of the killers (Atkins and Watson) also established prison ministries devoted to saving other inmates and lost souls. And they made public statements via books, interviews and websites, about their newfound faith. All three of the killers also referenced their Christian conversions during parole hearings, which opens them up to inspection by the justice system and the public. …


Law enforcement could have prevented the Tate/LaBianca murders

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The following is excerpted from The Manson Family: More to the Story

In November 1968, the Beatles released their ninth studio album. The album title is actually The Beatles, but due to its stark white design has been known by its alternate title (The White Album) since its release. Charles Manson heard the album at the end of that month after he and his Family returned to Los Angeles from Death Valley, and he had a vision — an acid-fueled epiphany listening to it. …

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H. Allegra Lansing

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

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