With the passing of the notorious mad man, Charles Manson, I thought I’d repost this previous article from my blog.


I was just a child on August 9, 1969, when members of Charles Manson’s cult kill five people in movie director Roman Polanski’s Beverly Hills, California, home, including Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate.

Manson Family The Manson Family Cult

Growing up in the 1970s, I knew the Charles Manson story but I supposed just the highlights.  I hadn’t known who Sharon Tate was and I didn’t know that Roman Polanski had been her husband.  He of course had his own share of trouble with the law.

Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate's Rented Home Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate’s Rented Home

from left, Voytech Frykowski, Tate, Stephen Parent, Jay Sebring and Abigail Folger. Polanski was in London at the time of the murders. from left, Voytech, Frykowski, Tate, Stephen Parent, Jay Sebring and Abigail Folger. Polanski was in London at the time of the murders.

Less than two days later, the group killed again, murdering supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home. The savage crimes shocked the nation and, strangely, turned Charles Manson into a criminal icon.

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5 responses

  1. ksbeth says:

    reading about him and his horrible legacy always leaves me with a chill. great post –


  2. Birgit says:

    I always found Manson evil and I am just hearing the S.O.B. finally died. It I still a crime that he lived so long and my hope is that they cremated him and throw his ashes down a toilet. I had read quite a bit about this and my heart always goes to the people who died in such a gruesome way.


  3. Arlee Bird says:

    This happened the summer after I had just graduated from high school. I was working my first regular job that summer in order to save up for my first year of college starting later that fall. It seemed like a busy summer for news, but I didn’t pay a lot of attention to things going on. Still, it was difficult to miss the Manson murders as the crime, the investigation, and ensuing trial was in the news for the next couple of years. The story was so compelling that I followed it with interest. Seems so long ago in many ways and yet not all that long when I think how quickly the years have passed as I think back in retrospect.

    Tossing It Out