If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past week, you know that Charles Manson died on November 19, 2017, at 83-years-old. I thought now would be a good time to bring back some early gore. I remember seeing these pictures when I was in middle school and I’ve been interested in the case since as far back as I can remember. Although, 99% of us already know most of everything there is to know about the Manson Family murders.. I’m gonna help the 1% catch up. I am gonna try to make this as short and sweet as I can.
Charles Manson was a cult leader in the late 1960s in California. He formed a cult or what he referred to as the Family. Manson believed in what he dubbed “Helter Skelter”.. the title of a song by the Beatles. Helter Skelter was the term Manson used to refer to an impending apocalyptic race war that was going to happen, and he thought he would have to be the one who started it. He felt that if his Family murdered white people and somehow tried to frame blacks for it, that white people would be so outraged and it would start the beginning of the race war. The Manson Family went on to commit nine murders. The first victim of the Family’s crime spree was the shooting of Bernard Crowe, a black drug dealer who Manson shot on his own on July 1, 1969, Crowe barely survived. The first murder was on July 25, 1969, and the victim was Gary Hinman. He was held hostage for two days by Manson Family members Bobby Beausoleil, Mary Brunner and Susan Atkins. Beausoleil ended up stabbing Hinman to death, and then used his blood to write out the words “Political Piggy” and the Black Panther symbol on the wall of Hinman’s apartment. The next murders were on August 9, 1969 and they were committed by Family members Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel. They were directed by Manson to go to the Tate home and “destroy everyone in it as gruesome as you can”. Victims of those murders were 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate(eight months pregnant), 18-year-old Steven Earl Parent, 25-year-old coffee heiress Abigale Folger, 35-year-old Jay Sebring, and 32-year-old Voytek Frykowski. Atkins wrote the word “Pig” on the front door in Sharon Tate’s blood as they left the scene. The last two murders were committed on August 10, 1969, by the same four murderers from the night before plus Leslie Van Houten, Steve “Clem” Grogan, and the mastermind himself, Charles Manson. The victims were 44-year-old Leno Labianca and his wife, 40-year-old Rosemary Labianca. By December, Charles Manson and most of the Family had been arrested and charged with different counts relating to the murders.
I am not a writer. In fact, I actually hate writing. So I suggest that if you want to read up on these cases.. this is a good place to start.