For my birthday this year, my mother gave me her copy of the book Helter Skelter. A chilling true account of the Tate/LaBianca murders and the trial of Charles Manson and members of the Manson family, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten and Tex Watson. The four followers I mentioned committed these crimes under the influence of Manson, believing he was Jesus Christ. He brainwashed them with drugs and sex and persuaded them to kill mercilessly and fight the white establishment, or as Manson called them — Pigs.
The young group of killers entered the home of Sharon Tate-Polanski (wife of director Roman Polanski, and actress best known for her role in Valley Of The Dolls) on August 8th 1969 and brutally murdered the 8 month pregnant Sharon, her friend and famous hairdresser Jay Sebring, two friends that were staying at the house and a teenage boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They even went as far as to write “pig” in Sharon’s blood on the front door. The next night, they struck again… only with a slightly different cast of characters. Leslie had not been involved in the Tate murders, however she was present and active in the LaBianca murders. Again, penning in blood, things like “helter skelter,” “piggy,” and “rise” on the walls. It is a very dark and twisted story… I highly recommend reading this book.
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