Famed cult leader and messiah figure Charles Manson catapulted into the public eye during the Summer of Love in 1969 when he orchestrated the Tate and LaBianca murders. Of course, he was not alone; he accomplished the murders through his followers, known as the Manson Family.
While much has been learned about him and his role in the murders over the years, very few know what came of the people who comprised the Manson Family or where they ended up.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Manson Family members—and where they are now…
1. Leslie Van Houten: For her role in the murder of the LaBiancas, Van Houten became the youngest member of the Manson Family to ever be convicted. She’s also been denied parole on 19 separate occasions during her life sentence at the California Institution for Women.
2. Bruce Davis: After being found guilty in the murders of stuntman Dolad Shea and musician Gary Hinman, Davis was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. He has only been up for parole once, though, and was denied.
3. Charles “Tex” Watson: As a Manson Family member involved in both the Sharon Tate murder as well as the LaBiancas, Watson was sentenced to life on seven separate accounts of first-degree murder. He’s also been up for parole and denied a total of 17 times.
4. Patricia Krenwinkle: Currently serving a life sentence at the California Institution for Women, Krenwinkle was found guilty as a 21-year-old for her role in the Tate-LaBianca murders. Though she’s eligible for parole in another five years, she’s previously been denied 14 other times.
5. Bobby Beausoleil: Now serving a life sentence at the California medical facility, Manson Family member Beausoleil was convicted and thusly sentenced for his role in the murder of musician Gary Hinman.
6. Susan “Sadie” Atkins: Convicted for her involvement in both the Tate and LaBianca murders, Atkins was initially sentenced to death. She also admitted to stabbing Sharon Tate herself. She died in prison in 2009, however, of natural causes.
7. Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme: In 1975, Fromme was found guilty for her involvement in the attempted assassination of then-United States President Gerald Ford. For this crime, she was sentenced to life in prison, although she was paroled in 2009.
8. Sandra Good: Even though Good was said not to have participated in any of the murders, she was still given a hefty prison sentence. She was eventually paroled in 1985 and, at the time, professed she was still a devout Manson follower.
9. Linda Kasabian: Widely known for testifying against all of the other Manson Family members, Kasabian is said to be the reason many of them were convicted in the first place. For that reason, she received no prison sentence. She moved to New Hampshire and started a family of her own.
10. Mary Brunner: Though her involvement in the crime as been speculated, all that is known is that she was present during the murder of musician Gary Hinman. She was never convicted for any involvement in the crime, but she was later imprisoned for participating in the Hawthorn shootout in 1971.
It’s sad to see how so many young people were brainwashed into committing heinous crimes. Thankfully, they were mostly found guilty for their respective roles.
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