In 1969, pregnant actress Sharon Tate was found horrifically murdered along with four other people at her home in Los Angeles. Charles Manson and his followers were found guilty of the brutal crime that shook the nation. Look back at the shocking murder and what ensued.
CHARLES MANSON MUGSHOT, 2014
1) On Jan. 2, 2017, Charles Manson, notorious convicted serial killer, was reportedly taken to the hospital from his prison cell. It’s not known why Manson, 82, was transported to a hospital in Bakersfield. Here, Manson is pictured in his most recent mugshot in 2014
CHARLES MANSON MUGSHOT, 2009
2) In this handout photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Charles Manson, 74, poses for a photo on March 18, 2009 at Corcoran State Prison, California. Manson is serving a life sentence for conspiring to murder seven people during the “Manson family” killings in 1969.
3) In the early morning of August 9, 1969, blossoming actress Sharon Tate was brutally murdered, along with four others, in a horrific crime orchestrated by Charles Manson and executed by his followers. The 26-year-old actress was pregnant at the time of her murder and only two weeks away from giving birth.
4) Infamous convicted serial killer Charles Manson ironically never killed anyone himself. The icon of evil was a leader of a cult group called the “Manson Family,” who he manipulated into carrying out horrific crimes. In this photo, he is being escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in connection with the Sharon Tate murder case.
5) Sharon Tate married film director Roman Polanski in 1968. At the time of her murder, Polanski was away in London. During the afternoon before her death, Tate had two friends over for lunch and confided in them how she was disappointed in her husband’s delayed return since she was so close to giving birth.
6) The scene of the murder: Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski’s home, Benedict Canyon estate, was tucked away in the canyons of Beverly Hills in a very quiet and secluded area, making it the perfect target for the Manson Family’s brutal murder plot.
7) The horrific crime scene was discovered the morning after the murder by Tate’s housekeeper, Winifred Chapman. In this photo, the body of Sharon Tate is removed by detectives from her home on Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills, California on Aug. 9, 1969.
8) Bloodstains were left behind on the flagstone porch at the front door of the home of actress Sharon Tate in Los Angeles.
9) This photo shows the living room where Sharon Tate was horrifically murdered on Aug. 9, 1969.
10) Two members of the Charles Manson “family” known as Kitty Lutesinger (L) and Kathy Gillies (R), kneel on the sidewalk outside the Los Angeles Hall of Justice, on Dec. 30, 1970, during the Sharon Tate murder trial. Members of the Manson cult maintained almost a continuous vigil for weeks, saying they’ll wait “until Charlie is freed.”
11) Followers of Charles Manson sit on the ground and speak with reporters outside of the courtroom where the Sharon Tate murder trial was being held in Los Angeles, California in 1971. During the trial, Manson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten all shaved their heads, which sparked followers to do the same.
CHARLES MANSON ON THE DAILY NEWS
12) The Dec. 3, 1969 cover of the Daily News covered the story of Charles Manson being pinned to the Sharon Tate murders. Originally described as a “leader of a weird cult,” Manson was taken into custody and linked to 11 murders in California, including Tate. Susan Atkins is alleged to have been in the Tate house during the killings while under a “hypnotic spell” cast by Manson. Susan Atkins plead not guilty to one of the 11 murders. She was not charged in the Tate killing.
13) Linda Kasabian speaks at a press conference she held at the end of her 18 days on stand as a prosecution witness in the Sharon Tate murder trial on Aug. 19, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. Kasabian was present for the murder of Sharon Tate but remained in the car during the whole murder, testifying in court that she never wanted to go but feared Manson. Kasabian was given immunity for her testimony in court, which was the biggest key in finding Manson and his followers guilty.
14) Spahn Ranch was the primary residence of the “Manson Family” from 1968-1969. Charles Manson and his followers lived there rent-free in exchange for labor. While living at the ranch, Manson heard the Beatles’ White Album for the first time and believed that the song Helter Skelter was about an impending race war.
15) Charles Manson followers (L-R) Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk to court to appear for their roles in the cult killings of seven people, including Sharon Tate’s, in Los Angeles, California on Aug. 20, 1970. Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Linda Kasabian and Charles “Tex” Watson, were present during Tate’s horrific murder.
16) On Jan. 26, 1971, Charles Manson appeared on the cover of the New York Daily News after him and his killer girls were found guilty and faced deaht or life sentences.
17) Charles Manson was known to manipulate vulnerable young adults to join his “family.” Many of his followers were runaways with troubled backgrounds who were looking for a place to find a sense of belonging. In this photo, Manson is escorted by public defender Fred Schaefer as they attend preliminary hearings in the trial for the murder of Sharon Tate and others in Independence, California in Dec. 1969.
18) Charles “Tex” Watson (C) was a 24-year-old member of the Manson Family who played an instrumental role in the Tate murder. Watson cut the telephone lines to Tate’s home and committed the first murder of the night, eighteen-year-old Steven Parent, who had no connection to Tate and was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this photo, Watson is shown in a courtroom at an extradition hearing on Feb. 16, 1970, McKinney, Texas.
19) Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is led to the courtroom in Los Angeles in which the jury found her guilty again of first degree murder and conspiracy in the 1969 Tate killings on July 6, 1978. It was the third time Van Houten had been tried for the murders. Van Houten was sentenced to death, but was commuted to life in prison.
20) Charles Manson was sentenced to death for his long list of horrific crimes, yet due to a Supreme Court ruling against capital punishment, his sentence was commuted to life in prison. Today, Manson is 81 years old and is incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison in California. He has been denied parole 12 times.