In the late 1960s, a charismatic social outcast in California became the leader of a group of hippies looking for something to believe in. They caught up in a world of drugs and music and the leadership of Charles Manson. His cult wanted the wealth belonging to others without working for it. They wanted the world but what they ended up with was prison and Hell.
In 1969, Manson led his followers to a home in the Los Angeles area where a party was being held. They brutally butchered six people including actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child. Tate was eight months pregnant at the time of the murder and she was the wife of famed film director Roman Polanski.
Manson was sentenced to death for the murders, but that was commuted to a life sentence in 1972.
(The Guardian) – Charles Manson, the murderer and cult leader, has died in a hospital in California. He was 83.
A statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said: “Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.”
Manson was convicted, along with four of his followers, of orchestrating the murders in 1969 of the pregnant actor Sharon Tate and six others in two attacks.
He was the leader of a cult known as the Manson Family, made up mostly of disaffected young women, some of whom became killers under his tutelage…
Manson later said that he hoped the murders would have been blamed on the Black Panthers and that it would ignite a race war, but it didn’t. He was inspired to commit the murders by the song Helter Skelter by the Beattles. In 2012 at his parole hearing, it was revealed that Manson said he was special and different from other inmates and that he was dangerous. His parole was denied.