Debra Tate, sister of slain actress Sharon Tate, said she wasn't relieved on Sunday when she heard that Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader and convicted murderer responsible for her sister's death, had died in prison. "People are saying that this should be some kind of relief, but oddly enough, it really isn't," Debra Tate said in a phone interview. Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time, hairstylist Jay Sebring, heiress Abigail Folger, writer Wojciech Frykowski and teenager Steven Parent were fatally stabbed on Aug. 9, 1969, under the Manson's command.
His awful crimes, the lives he destroyed, and the sense we try to make of it all continue to reach out to us and won't allow us to forget him.
This week, "AHS: Cult" re-created another famous cult leader, Charles Manson, and the infamous murders of actress Sharon Tate and her friends.
Aquarius is back for a second season on Wednesday night—a two-hour, commercial-free season premiere on NBC, in fact—and it furthers this fact-based detective story about a real Charles Manson and a fictional police detective, Sam Hodiak, played by David Duchovny. The season begins with Manson and his creepy-crawly crew in the midst of killing actress Sharon Tate and others in 1969 Los Angeles. The show then jumps back 18 months earlier, to show us the trail the cops are following—not to Manson, but to other cases, some of which will connect to the Manson “family.” If you find that sort of tease annoying, you may not lock in to Aquarius, but if you do—and I do—it makes for a tantalizing start to the new season.
Insane murderer Charles Manson gets the Lifetime Original Movie treatment in Manson’s Lost Girls, a Saturday-night special that almost makes you feel sorry for Squeaky Fromme. The TV-movie, as befits Lifetime’s mission to its viewership, centers around the young women drawn to Manson (played by Jeff Ward) in the late 1960s. Thus the story is told from the point of view of Linda Kasabian (MacKenzie Mauzy), a single mom with an adorable little daughter.