Manson Murders (Story Background)

Charles Manson… The Infamous Manson Murders; “Helter Skelter”

Charles Manson, born November 12, 1934, died on November 19, 2017 (aged 83) in Bakersfield, California. He was said to be one of the “Most Notorious Convicted Murderers in American History”, “America’s Most Notorious Killer”, “America’s True Icon of Evil”.

Charles Manson (pictured right) was born on November 12, 1934 and died of natural causes on November 19, 2017 at age 83. Manson was one of the “Most Notorious Convicted Murderers in American History”. He was said to be “America’s Most Notorious Killer” and “America’s True Icon of Evil”

In the 1960s, Charles Manson often spoke to the members of his “Family” about Helter Skelter, an apocalyptic war arising from racial tensions between blacks and whites. This vision involved reference to music of The Beatles and to the New Testament’s Book of Revelation. Manson and his followers were convicted of the murders based on the prosecution’s theory that they were part of a plan to trigger the Helter Skelter scenario.

The first five murders, later to be called the “Tate” murders, occurred in a house high above the city of Los Angeles at 10050 Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills on August 9th, 1969. One victim (Steven Parent) was found in his car outside the house and he had been shot four times and stabbed once.

The Manson family’s victims; those of which are known. The Tate/LaBianca murders consisted of seven victims, five at 10050 Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills, (Parent, Frykowski, Folger, Sebring, Tate) and 2 at 3301 Waverly Drive, Los Angeles (Leno and Rosemary LaBianca).

Another two victims (Abigail Folger) and (Voytek Frykowski) were found on the back lawn of the Tate estate. Coroner’s reports would later indicate that Abigail had been stabbed twenty-eight times and Voytek was shot twice, struck over the head thirteen times and stabbed fifty-one times.

The remaining two bodies (Sharon Tate) and (Jay Sebring) were found inside the house tied together by a rope around their necks, which was hung over a rafter in the ceiling. Sharon, who was eight months pregnant at the time, had died from multiple stab wounds to the chest and back, totaling sixteen. Jay, who was found with Sharon, had been stabbed seven times and shot once. He died of Exsanguination, which is bleeding to death and neither of the victims had actually died from hanging.

The next two victims, in what would become known as the “LaBianca” murders, were found in a home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles on August 10th, 1969.

(Leno and Rosemary LaBianca) were found stabbed to death in their home at 3301 Waverly Drive. Leno, a grocery store owner, had been stabbed multiple times and a knife and fork were found protruding from his body. Rosemary, his wife, had been stabbed forty-one times.

As to Helter Skelter having been a murder conspiracy, of which he was alleged to have been a part of, Manson said:

“Is it a conspiracy that the music is telling the youth to rise up against the establishment because the establishment is rapidly destroying things? Is that a conspiracy? The music speaks to you every day, but you’re too deaf, dumb, and blind to even listen. It is not my conspiracy. It is not my music. I hear what it relates. It says ‘Rise,’ it says ‘Kill.’ Why blame it on me? I didn’t write the music.” – Charles Manson

Until the day he died, Manson professed his innocence. What most people know and believe about Manson, is near-entirely derived from Vincent Bugliosi’s 600-page account of the crimes, investigation and trial, the book “Helter Skelter”, which sold more than 7 million copies since 1974, more than any other true-crime book in history.

Upon his death, Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, issued a statement saying that Vincent Bugliosi, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted Manson, provided the most accurate summation of him: “Manson was an evil, sophisticated con-man with twisted and warped moral values.”

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