Manson Family Murders
Manson managed to orchestrate a brutal string of murders without
Hello, I'm Milo for About.com, and today we are talking about the Manson Family Murders. The Manson Family was a cult in California in the late 1960's led by Charles Manson. Manson, a criminal who believed himself to be Jesus Christ re-incarnate, was first caught perpetrating armed robbery at age 13. In 1954, at age 19, Manson married Rosalie Willis and they had a child. They later divorced and Manson married prostitute Candy Stevens with whom he had his second known child. They too soon got divorced. Throughout this time, Manson had continued his career as a criminal and served jail time for such serious crimes as auto theft and check fraud. In 1967, Manson was released from jail and moved to San Francisco. Armed with a guitar and drugs, Manson began to gather followers who later became known as The Family. The following year, Manson and his followers moved to Los Angeles, eventually moving into the Spahn Ranch. Manson was an individual with a strong personality and a gift for convincing and dominating others. Members of the Family would do anything for him – even murder. In 1969, the Manson Family did just that. In what remains one of the strangest set of serial killings in the 20th century, Manson managed to orchestrate a brutal string of murders without participating himself. The murders began with Gary Hinman, a Los Angeles musician who had been an acquaintance of Manson and the Family. When Manson mistakingly heard that Hinman had come into an inheritance, Manson sent three of the Family to get it. Instead of retrieving any money, they killed Hinman after holding him hostage for two days.Next came a brutal mass murder. Manson ordered four of his followers to attack the residence at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. At the time, the residence was being rented by director Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate, who was 8 ½ months pregnant. On August 9, 1969, the four Manson Family members brutally murdered Tate, her unborn baby, and four others who were at the house. Using Tate's blood, one of the Family members wrote the word “Pig” on the front door. The following night, the Manson Family killed two more people. This time, Manson Family members entered the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and brutally stabbed them. Less than three weeks after the LaBianca murders, Manson Family members killed Donald Shea, a sometime stuntman who worked as a ranch-hand at Spahn Ranch. The Family captured Shea and stabbed him to death in the back of a car. Shea's body was not discovered until ten years after his murder when a Manson Family member agreed to tell the police where the body could be found. Although Manson himself is not believed to have directly killed anyone, he was arrested and found guilty of first degree murder. Other Family members were also arrested and sentenced to long prison terms for their roles in these murders. For more excellent and helpful information on practically anything, check us out at About.com.