Among the butchered were pregnant actress Sharon Tate, 26, wife of director Roman Polanski; celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, 35; screenwriter Voytek Frykowski, 32; and Folger's-coffee-fortune heiress Abigail Folger, 25.And then the next night, the killers did it again, again under Charlie's direction, with former high school homecoming queen Leslie Van Houten added to the group, tacking on 67 more stab wounds to the total and slaughtering a seemingly random couple, grocery-store-chain owner Leno La Bianca, 44, and his wife, Rosemary, 38, as they lounged at home."The popcorn's all gone.""I think we ate it all last time," Star says.
It wasn't Charlie's murderous reputation that drew her here but his pro-Earth environmental stance, known as ATWA, standing for air, trees, water and animals.
She has stuck around to become his most ardent defender, to run various give-Charlie-a-chance websites (mansondirect.com, atwaearth.com, a Facebook page, a Tumblr page) and to visit him every Saturday and Sunday, up to five hours a day, assuming he's not in solitary or otherwise being hassled by the Man. This is what I was born for."See Charles Manson's de-evolution in photos Visiting-room rules allow them a kiss at the beginning and end of each visit.
In 1971, the defendants were all found guilty and sentenced to death, which was commuted to life when the state briefly did away with the death penalty.
Atkins died of cancer four years ago, at the age of 61. It's inexplicable, and no one will ever really know, just as I will never know or understand why when Manson rested his hand on my arm it felt so good, not passively good, but actively, like leave it there, leave it there some more. And it's that presence, coupled with how he used it, that for the past 44 years has made him a face-of-evil superstar symbol second only to Hitler.
Ever drive by one of those places with a red neon sign that says "SPA" and wonder what goes on behind those blackened windows? I'll teach you what a "Happy Ending" is and all the little tricks I use to give one. I was never sure what to think about that situation. Dropped out of school one day last spring and started working for us the next day. Trying to get her to keep a schedule was like herding cats. Would show up when she felt like it, then disappear in the middle of her shift to go "have a cigarette" with a customer. I have no idea what happened to her, but I hope she's OK.
She lasted through the summer and even had a bunch of her own Regulars by the time she quit. I would have fired her a long time ago, but she was never around long enough for me to have a decent conversation with her. And her leftovers were just more business for the rest of us.
He's been called the devil for the way he influenced friends to murder on his behalf.
He's spent the past 44 years in prison and nearly 60 years incarcerated altogether, meaning he has spent less than two decades of his life as a free man. For her part, Star has been living in Corcoran for the past seven years, since she was 19.
In both cases, they also left words like "pig" and "death to pigs" scrawled in blood on walls, a door and a refrigerator.
Read 's full, epic 1970 interview with Charles Manson The way Bugliosi saw it, these things were meant to connect the crimes to blacks; the whites would go after the blacks; the blacks would rise up; and the revolution would be joined.
He said Manson termed it Helter Skelter, after the Beatles song.