But if not, it’s in the Top Ten for sure.
Charles Manson and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. Prosecutors said Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war that he believed was prophesied in the Beatles’ song “Helter Skelter.”
Media coverage was a fraction back then of what it is today. Even so, the entire country was shocked by the carnage committed by Manson and his family.
To read about it in the papers was one thing. To see it dramatized in a TV movie series was another.
Steve Railsback was horrifying in his portrayal of Manson.
From left, Manson followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten head into a morning court session in 1970. When Manson carved an “X” into his forehead during the trial, his “family” members followed suit. Photo: LA Times
From left, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten enter court on Feb. 11, 1971, during the penalty phase of the Tate-LaBianca trial. Manson, Krenwinkel and Atkins were found guilty on seven counts of murder; Van Houten on two. Photo: LA Times
The Associated Press reported Wednesday:
She (Leslie Van Houten) was not with Manson followers the night before when they killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others during a similar bloody rampage.
On the night of the second attack she said she held Rosemary La Bianca down with a pillowcase over her head as others stabbed her dozens of times. Then, ordered by Manson disciple Tex Watson to “do something,” she picked up a butcher knife and stabbed the woman more than a dozen times.
The same Associated Press report gave us the following:
Leslie Van Houten reacts after hearing she is eligible for parole during a hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif. Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson’s murderous followers, was granted parole by a California board Wednesday. (Photo: Stan Lim/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool)
In California, the state of the wacky, goofy, crazy, weird, loopy…you get the point…the victims and their surviving family members be damned.
Outrage: the pardon decision.
But there’s another. During the Manson trial, California ruled the death penalty was unconstitutional. Manson and his followers were spared.
This death penalty proponent believes they should all be dead.
Flaky California Governor Jerry Brown Governor Brown now decides whether to accept or reject the parole panel’s decision on Van Houten.
It’s very plausible that one of Manson’s murderous followers could go free.