4) Family Members were forced to adhere to Manson's bizarre rules while staying at Spahn's Ranch.
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Books, calendars, watches, and clocks were just some of the items banned from the ranch by Manson. Family members were also not allowed to wear eyeglasses.
Manson claimed this was because he wanted them to see the world in its natural state.
More obviously, Manson preferred his followers to be uneducated, unaware, and unable to see reality. Yet none of these red flags could penetrate the sick dedication taken on by many of his followers.
5) Sharon Tate begged for the life of her unborn baby.
According to fellow Family member Linda Kasabian, Susan Atkins told 8.5 month pregnant Sharon Tate, “Look, bitch, I have no mercy for you. You’re going to die, and you’d better get used to it.” before stabbing Tate in the stomach and using her blood to write the word “pig” on the front door.
Susan Atkins died in prison in 2009.
6) Although Sharon Tate and her guests were not Manson's intended targets.
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When one thinks of the notorious Manson murders, one inevitably thinks of blonde bombshell and actress Sharon Tate. Beautiful, young, talented, in love, and with child, the actress’ bright light was forever stifled the night of August 8th, 1969, along with four of her dearest friends.
While many reasonably assume that Tate and her husband, Director Roman Polanski (who was out of town the night his wife was murdered), were targeted due to their fame and celebrity status, the reality is that Sharon Tate and her houseguests were not Charles Manson’s intended targets the fateful night he sent his followers to the house on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, California.
Manson felt snubbed by famous record producer and son of Doris Day, Terry Melcher, when he declined to work with Manson musically. When Charles Manson eventually sought his revenge, it is assumed that he didn’t know Melcher had moved out of his home on Cielo Drive and subsequently rented it to Roman Polanski and his wife Sharon Tate.