Today In Non-Fiction

Charles Manson‘s family committed the Tate-LaBianca murders exactly thirty-seven years ago today.

When I think of American cult-based murder sprees, I think of the two that took place in L.A., both within a short time frame: the Manson Family murders, and the S.L.A shootout. I was fortunate enough to be on the 1947 project Crime Bus when they toured past the S.L.A. shootout house in March, but I haven’t sought out the house that the Tate murders (no relation) took place in.

By the way, Manson is up for parole in 2007. That’s only a year away. Whoever thought that day would come?

EDIT: Will pointed out that the murders took place on the 8th and 9th, not the 10th. I had thought the LaBianca murders took place on the 10th. Thanks, Will.

6 Replies to “Today In Non-Fiction”

  1. I believe Manson’s been up for parole several times. And in terms of dates, the Tate murders on Cielo Drive off of Benedict Canyon had their anniversary yesterday. The LaBianca’s were murdered 37 years ago tonight in a house on Waverly on the Los Feliz/Silver Lake border.

  2. To add to Will’s comment, and to keep in memory the souls of the victims:

    10050 Cielo Drive
    Evening, 8/8/1969 – Morning, 8/9/69
    Stephen Parent
    Jay Sebring
    Abigail Folger
    Wojciech Frykowski
    Sharon Tate

    3301 Waverly Drive
    Evening, 8/9/69
    Rosemary LaBianca
    Leno LaBianca

  3. Sorry if I was vague. My understanding coincides with Stu that the murders on Cielo Drive took place shortly after midnight on August 9, 1969. But I believe the murders on Waverly were committed the following evening on August 10.

    Trivia: the Tate party at El Coyote prior to returning to Cielo Drive that evening.

  4. Will’s right, Manson’s been up for parole on a regular basis since he was first convicted. When he was sentenced, there was no such thing as life without parole, so there’s a regular parole hearing (every 7 years, I believe), in which Manson’s parole request is rejected.

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