When talking about killers, a few names are very prevalent in America’s history. Some real monsters were born even as early as the last century, whose actions reshaped the world around them and left echoes of dread that reach to today.
Ed Gein and his human skin furniture, John Wayne Gacy the killer clown, but one arguably stand above the rest, mostly because he ended up killing.
Charles Manson was the patriarch of a cult dedicated to his off-kilter and drug-induced methodologies known as the Manson Family.
A gathering of broken stoners and mad-eyed hippies proved their danger to the world when they murdered Hollywood darling Sharon Tate in August of 1969.
Tate has been remembered as a victim of the highest order. She wasn’t any regular person killed by evil strangers.
She was among the most protected and admired class of people in America. Her death at the Golden Age of Hollywood’s peak turned the city of lights a few shades darker.
10 The Manson Family Murders
The Manson Family, Charles Manson’s drug cult, committed the murders on everyone present at the immediate property owned by Tate’s then-husband Roman Polanski, the film director.
They broke into the abode with guns and knives, tied Tate and her friend up, and stabbed them both 16 times.
Tate was eight and a half months pregnant at the time when she was murdered. The next evening, Manson drove the murderers in his care to another house where they killed two more people.
9 Wrong Place, Wrong Time
The target of the murders was not intentionally meant to be Sharon Tate. The instructions to the family by Charles Manson were to go to the estate at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles and “destroy” everyone inside “as gruesome as you can.”
The reason was because of the previous owner. The land was once owned by Terry Melcher, a music producer who once snubbed Charles’ attempts to break into the music industry many years prior.