Today marks the anniversary eve of the "Tate Murders" as the murders occurred shortly after midnight into Aug 9th 1969.
Charles Manson told his "family" to go kill whomever was in the house after being rejected by record producer Terry Melcher. Which he had thought was going to be him and his family. Terry had moved out though and was at this time the previous renter. It was now the home of Director Roman Polanski and his wife Starlet and actress Sharon Tate.
When Manson followers showed up all these people were strangers to them. Since Manson didn't participate they didn't know they were the wrong people and brutally killed all their guests including 8 and 1/2 months pregnant Sharon Tate. Polanski was out of town in Europe for another movie. her friend and former lover Jay Sebring, a noted hairstylist; Polanski's friend and aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski; and Frykowski's lover Abigail Folger, heiress to the Folger coffee fortune
On the night of August 8, 1969, Tex Watson took Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to "that house where Melcher used to live" and told them to "totally destroy everyone in it, as gruesome as you can."
Everyone in the house was slain brutally. Including Sharon Tate who was one of the last murders of that early morning. She actually begged to be kidnapped by them only long enough to have her baby but her killers would have none of it, as either Atkins, Watson, or both killed Tate, who was stabbed 16 times. They later revealed that she screamed "Mother... Mother..."
Earlier, as the four Family members were heading out from Spahn Ranch, Manson had told the women to "leave a sign ... something witchy." Using the towel that had bound Frykowski's hands, Atkins wrote "pig" on the house's front door in Tate's blood. En route home, the killers changed out of bloody clothes, which were ditched in the hills along with their weapons
The "I'm the devil, and I'm here to do the devil's business." was exclaimed to one of the victims when they asked who they were. It was later reused in the Film The Devils Rejects by Rob Zombie. Only he said it a bit differently. "I'm the devil, and I'm here to do the devil's work" is spoken by the character Otis (Bill Moseley).
Apparently a lot of the reason that this happened to begin with is that Manson and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys became friends through weird channels. Long before the murders. Charles Manson wanted to be a Rockstar. Dennis loved women and Manson had a lot of women around him. Dennis Wilson also saw that Manson had a little talent and actually stole a song from Manson. Didn't even give him credit for the song. He took Manson's song ("Cease to Exist") and turned it into the Beach Boys composition "Never Learn Not to Love," with Wilson giving himself full songwriting credit for the track.
Here is Charles Mansons song "Cease To Exist"
Beach Boys composition "Never Learn Not to Love,"
Manson wasn't a horrible musician singer songwriter either. That song was his one hit though and it got taken from him. He was promised a few things from record producer Terry Melcher and when that didn't happen after the song. It started his vengeful and murderous path. Known as the Tate Murders.
In recent news we have heard that Quentin Tarantino is going to be directing a movie around these events and "the Manson Family" in his Untitled Manson Family Project . I'm sure we will hear more about this in the future. It's planned for 2019. We also just talked about a petition to help Charles Manson get the Treatment he deserves in prison. As apparently he's been mistreated.
With the Anniversary today. It's a pretty Brutal story that we have lightly talked about. The events have easily disturbed and somehow inspired people. It to this day is one of the most famous murder events in American History.
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