09 August 2015

On This Day: Five killed by Mason cult

1969, for all intents and purposes, was a good year. Led Zeppelin released their first album. Joe Namath was named MVP in Super Bowl III. We went to the moon. Monty Python’s Flying Circus is first aired on BBC One. Most importantly, I was born!  

However, it was also the year of Charles Manson. It was On This Day in 1969 that Charles Manson’s cult murdered five people in a movie director’s home in Beverly Hills, California. Director Roman Polanski’s pregnant actress wife Sharon Tate was among the five killed. Polanski himself was not home at the time. 

Manson, despite not actually committing the murders himself, was convicted in 1971 and sentenced to death. The ruling was overturned the following year and Manson remains today in a California prison. 

Source:
Manson cult kills five. History.com. 1969.  
 
Photo:
Public Domain photo from the State of California. Wikipedia.
 
 

 

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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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