Prior to the Polanski rental it was rented by record producer Terry Melcher and his girlfriend Candice Bergen. Prior to the killings Manson had turned up at the house on several occasions “looking for Melcher” although he was told on at least one occasion that Melcher had moved.
Manson was furious at Melcher for what he said Terry had “given his word on a few things and never came through with them.” Some have speculated that the house was chosen, irregardless of who was in it, to scare Melcher, which it did. The incidenct terrified Melcher and he hired a bodyguard afterwards telling prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi he had been undergoing psychiatric treatment. Melcher died in 2004 convinced that he had been Charles Manson’s intended murder victim at Cielo Drive.
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