Remembering Charles Manson's 7 Victims as Infamous Cult Leader Dies at 83
With Charles Manson's death on Sunday, memories of his victims have been brought to the forefront — and away from the glare of their killer's notorious name.
While Sharon Tate remains the name most closely associated with the Manson cult, she was one of seven people murdered before the bloody summer of 1969 came to a close.
Among them were three close friends of Tate's husband, director Roman Polanski, as well as a teenage friend of the caretaker of the mansion where they were killed in L.A.'s Benedict Canyon.
It happened on August 8, 1969, when four Manson family members — Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel — drove to the rented home with the intent to "destroy" everyone in it.
Tate was just 26 when she and her unborn baby were killed and her body was hung from a rafter.
The word "Pig" was written in blood on the home's door.
Also slaughtered in the house were Voityck Frykowksi and his partner, Abigail Folger. Frykowski was a good friend of Polanski's and a fellow filmmaker.
Frykowski and Folger, an heir to the coffee fortune, were guests at the home and had just returned from dinner when the killers stormed in.
They were accompanied that night by acclaimed celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring. Sebring was shot and stabbed to death by the killers as he reportedly tried to protect Tate, who was more than eight months pregnant.
Still in his teens, the youngest victim of the Manson family was also the most unlikely. In no way connected to the Hollywood players Manson had grown to despise, Steven Parent happened to be visiting the property's caretaker and was shot dead while walking down the property's drive.
Days after the slayings, with Hollywood in shock and the rest of the country not far behind, the Manson family struck again.
This time, the victims were a married couple whose Los Feliz home was reportedly chosen at random.
Millionaire business owners and parents of four, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were reportedly tied up and stabbed to death on Aug. 10.
Despite the gruesome nature of the murders, Manson did not accomplish his purported goal of instigating a race war between blacks and whites.
Weeks went by before police arrested Manson and his followers at their remote holdup, called Barker Ranch, in October 1969.
On Dec. 13, 1971, Manson received a first-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County for the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August 1969 death of Donald Shea.
Manson was originally sentenced to death. However, a 1972 the Superior Court of California decision set aside the death penalty and caused all capital sentences in California to be commuted to life in prison.
Manson’s death sentence was modified to life on February 2, 1977.
Manson was been denied parole 12 times between November 16, 1978, and April 11, 2012; the last parole hearing he attended was March 27, 1997.
He was not eligible to have another parole hearing until 2027.
Inmate Manson had been housed in the protective housing unit at California State Prison, Corcoran since 1989.