In the wake of the death of notorious mass killer Charles Manson, family members and friends of his seven victims including, pregnant actress Sharon Tate, are demanding that their lives be remembered instead of the "twisted" and "evil" mass murderer.
Manson, who orchestrated brutal killings in 1969 with his cult followers, died Sunday at the age of 83. On Monday, Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles, said that Manson’s victims should be remembered and mourned on the day of his death.
On August 9, 1969, four of Manson's followers went to the rented home that Tate shared with her husband, the then-rising star director Roman Polanski. The eight-and-a-half-month pregnant Tate was butchered along with four others that night.
The 26-year-old moved to Los Angeles earlier in the decade to launch her acting career, and starred in several movies including Eye of the Devil and The Wrecking Crew, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Valley of the Dolls. She married Polanski, a year after acting his in his movie, The Fearless Vampire Killer, in 1967.
The cult leader’s followers allegedly targeted the Cielo Drive home because Manson had tried and failed to get a recording deal from a producer who lived in the home before Tate and Polanski rented it. After breaking into the home, the followers tied up Tate and her friends, including Abigail Folger, heiress of the Folger coffee company, and Jay Sebring, a celebrity hair stylist, and then stabbed and shot them to death. Tate begged for the murderers to spare the life of her child before they stabbed her 16 times and used her name in blood to write “pig” on the door of her house. One of Manson's female followers reportedly told Tate as she begged, “Look bitch, I don't care about you. I don't care if you are having a baby. You are going to die and I don't feel a thing about it."
“I said a prayer for his soul,” Sharon Tate’s sister Debra told PEOPLE after she learned of Manson’s death Sunday.
The following night, Manson decided to join his followers on their killing spree. The group randomly targeted grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, at their home. Manson tied up the victims before his cult followers did the murders.
One of Manson’s followers Leslie Van Houten stabbed Rosemary 14 times while one of his followers Charles “Tex” Watson stabbed her husband and someone used a fork to cut the word’s “War” into Leno LaBianca’s belly.
Manson had hoped the murders would inspire a race war that would end with him somehow in power.
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