Fifty years ago, Charles Manson — a grifter with lengthy rap sheet and a band of devoted followers — ordered his disciples to carry out a killing spree unequaled for its mindless savagery.
The murders of actress Sharon Tate and her friends on Aug. 9, 1969, and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca on the following night, terrorized Los Angeles. As if in a rage, the killers had stabbed the victims repeatedly, some even after they were dead. They wrote “Pig” on walls with the spilled blood. A carving fork was left impaled in the stomach of grocer Leno LaBianca.
The man who directed the carnage was a frustrated musician with a creepy stare and an uncanny ability for getting people to do his bidding. Manson had planned the murders in hopes of triggering what he called “Helter Skelter,” a race war between blacks and whites.
Instead it ultimately got him and several of his followers life sentences in prison. Other “Manson Family” members would serve shorter sentences or avoid prison altogether.
Manson died behind bars in 2017 after battling colon cancer. He was 83.
The gallery shows where key Manson Family members are today.
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