This summer marks the 40th anniversary of some monumental events, both good and bad. In 1969, we saw the first moon landing followed by the hippie music festival, Woodstock, which helped define a generation. Senator Edward Kennedy saw scandal with the Chappaquiddick incident and the Stonewall riots in NYC marked the beginning of the gay rights movement.
But perhaps no other event shocked the nation as much as the two-night killing spree in Los Angeles August 9 and 10, 1969 orchestrated by notorious mass-murderer Charles Manson. The Tate and LaBianca killings, as they first came to be known, were gruesome ritualistic killings that claimed the lives of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, who was the wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski and was 8 1/2 months pregnant; Folgers Coffee heiress, Abigail Folger; and businessman Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.
The Tate murders occurred on the night of Aug. 9, followed by the LaBianca killings on Aug. 10, 1969. Los Angeles and the nation intently followed the case developments, which stirred unrest in the seemingly quiet hills of Los Angeles. It took the LAPD almost four months to link Manson and his followers, known as "The Family," and who were the ones to actually carry out the killings, to the murders.
Many news outlets, including CNN, marked the 40th anniversary with stories about Manson and his followers, which included Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Charles Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian. Those convicted include Manson, Atkins, Houten, Watson and Krenwinkel. Kasabian received immunity as the prosecution's star witness.
Because of the fascination behind Manson and the killings, we have included links to articles that appeared in the Post in 1969, such as the article that presented the first detailed account of the killings. Also here is a recent Newsweek interview about the case with Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted the case and wrote the best-selling book, "Helter Skelter," about the murders and the trial, as well as a You Tube video of an interview with Manson that appeared on the Today Show.
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