Charles Manson and the Manson Family
By Marilyn Bardsley
Quiet and secluded is just what
the young movie star wanted. The canyons above Beverly Hills were far enough away from the noisy glitz of Hollywood to afford
some privacy and space. Sharon Tate loved this place on Cielo Drive. To her it meant romance — romance with the man
of her dreams and the father of her child, director Roman Polanski.
It was cooler up there too, which
was especially refreshing on that hot muggy Saturday night, the 9th of August 1969. The beautiful young woman kept
herself company with her attractive and sophisticated friends: Abigail Folger, the coffee heiress and her boyfriend Voytek
Frykowski, and an internationally known hair stylist Jay Sebring.
Sharon was eight months pregnant
and very lonely for her husband who was away in Europe working on a film. Impromptu gatherings like this one on a weekend
night were not at all unusual.
The house was deliberately secluded
but not completely insecure. Approximately 100 feet from the house was a locked gate and on the property was a guesthouse
inhabited by an able-bodied young caretaker.
That night the Kotts, Sharon's
nearest neighbors who lived about 100 yards away, thought they heard a few gunshots coming from the direction of Sharon's
property sometime between 12:30 and 1 A.M. But since they heard nothing else, they went to bed.
Around the same time, a man supervising
a camp-out less than a mile away heard a chilling scream: "Oh, God, no, please don't! Oh, God, no, don't, don't..."
He drove around the area, but found
Nearby a neighbor's dogs went into
a barking frenzy somewhere between 2 and 3 A.M. He got out of bed and looked around, but found nothing amiss and went back
A private security guard hired
by some of the wealthy property owners thought he heard several gunshots a little after 4 A.M. and called his headquarters.
Headquarters, in turn, called Los Angeles Police Department to report the disturbance. The LAPD officer said: "I hope we don't
have a murder; we just had a woman-screaming call in that area."
Winifred Chapman, Sharon Tate's
housekeeper, got to the main gate of the house a little after 8 A.M. She noticed what looked like a fallen telephone wire
hanging over the gate. She pushed the gate control mechanism and it swung open. As she walked up to the house, she saw an
unfamiliar white Rambler parked in the driveway.
When she got to the house, she
took the housekey from its hiding place and unlocked the back door. Once inside the kitchen, she picked up the telephone and
confirmed that it was a telephone wire that had fallen, completely knocking out all phone service. As she made her way toward
the living room, she noticed that the front door was open and that there were splashes of red everywhere. Looking out the
front door, she saw a couple of pools of blood and what appeared to be a body on the lawn.
She shrieked and ran back through
the house and down the driveway, passing close enough to the Rambler to see that there was yet another body inside the car.
She ran over to the Kotts and banged on the door, but they were not home, so she ran to the next house and did the same thing,
The Crime Scene
The Slaughtered - Sharon Tate
Abigail & Her Lover
11. The Plan
12. More Confessions
14. Sold for a Pitcher of Beer
15. Institutional Politician
16. The Manipulator
17. Charlie's Followers
18. Helter Skelter
22. The Trial
25. Charlie in Prison
26. Leslie Van Houten
27. Where Are They Now?