The Manson Family Murders Fast Facts


Here is Charles Manson and the 1969 “Manson Family” murders.

Birthday date: November 12, 1934

Date of Death: November 19, 2017

Birth place: Cincinnati, Ohio

Birth name: Charles Mills Maddox

Father: The father’s name is not publicly available

Mother: Kathleen Maddox

Weddings: Rosalie Jean (Willis) Manson (1955-divorce date unknown); He also married a woman named Leona in the early 1960s, whose last name is not publicly known.

Kids: At least two: Rosalie Jean (Willis) Manson with: Charles M. Manson Jr. (1956-1993); With a woman whose name is not publicly available: Charles Luther Manson

It is reported that during his childhood, Manson’s mother sold him for a jug of beer to a woman who wanted to have children. The uncle had to find the woman so he could get his nephew back.

He later adopted the surname of his stepfather, William Manson.

According to the California Parole Board, Manson had a history of manipulation, behavior control and mental illness, including schizophrenia and paranoid delusional behavior.

1947 – At the age of 12, Manson is sent to Gibault Boys School in Terre Haute, Indiana for stealing. Over the next twenty years, he was in and out of reform schools and prison for various crimes.

March 21, 1967 – Manson is out of prison. He told prison officials that he does not want to be released: “Oh no, I can’t get out of there… I knew I couldn’t fit into that world, not after being locked up all my life. and where my mind was free.’ After his release, he will go to San Francisco.

1967-1968 – Manson meets Gary Hinman, the music teacher who introduced him to Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys.

– Manson attracts a group of followers. The group will travel to the Spahn Ranch, outside of Chatsworth, California.

– Wilson introduces record producer Manson Terry Melcher, son of actress Doris Day. After initially showing interest in Manson’s music, Melcher refuses to work with him any further.

– Melcher will later move out of his house on Cielo Drive, and will rent the house to film director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate.

July 1969 – Hinman is killed by Manson follower Bobby Beausoleil, assisted by Manson Family members Mary Brunner and Susan Atkins. The murder was done on Manson’s orders.

August 8-9, 1969 – On Manson’s orders, a small group of his followers brutally kill five people at Benedict Canyon Polanski’s home near Hollywood. The victims are Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Tate, writer Wojciech Frykowski, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring. Steven Parent, who was a friend of the family’s gardener, has also been killed. The murders were committed by followers of Atkins, Tex Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel. Linda Kasabian goes with them as an observer.

August 9-10, 1969 – Manson, distraught over the recklessness of the previous night’s murders, goes out with a group of followers to find the victims. In the car are: Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, Kasabian, Leslie van Houten and Steve “Clem” Grogan. After several hours, the group stumbles upon the home of supermarket manager Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. The pair are brutally murdered by Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten.

October 1969 – Manson and his followers are arrested in another remote location, called Barker Ranch, on suspicion of carjacking.

November 6, 1969 – Manson Family member Atkins, already indicted for Hinman’s murder, tells inmate Virginia Castro that he killed Tate: “Because we wanted to commit a crime that would shock the world, the world would have to stand up.”

November 12, 1969 – LA Sheriff’s detectives have interviewed Al Springer, a biker gang member who had some sort of relationship with Manson. Springer tells them that Manson told him about killing people in the days after Tate’s murders.

November 18, 1969 – The case is assigned to Deputy District Attorney Vincent T. Bugliosi.

November 30, 1969 – Watson has been apprehended in Texas.

December 8, 1969 – Manson, Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Kasabian are charged with the murders of Tate and his friends. The grand jury indicts all five, plus Van Houten, for the LaBianca murders.

June 16, 1970 – The trial begins for Manson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten.

– Manson appears in court with an “X” cut into his forehead.

– He defends himself in court with the help of attorney Irving Kanare.

August 1970 – Kasabian is granted immunity in exchange for testifying against Manson and others.

January 15, 1971 – The jury’s deliberations begin. On January 25, the jury found all the defendants guilty.

March 29, 1971 – Manson, Krenwinkel, Atkins and Van Houten receive the death penalty.

1971 – Watson will be found guilty of the murders of seven people and sentenced to death.

1972 – The death penalty has been abolished in California. The sentences of all members of the Manson Family are commuted to life in prison.

April 11, 2012 – Manson is denied parole for the 12th time. According to the California parole board, he has racked up 108 serious disciplinary violations in prison since 1971 and has shown no remorse for the murders. Manson’s next parole hearing is set for 2027, when he will be 92.

June 6, 2015 – Bugliosi, Manson’s prosecutor and best-selling author of “Helter Skelter: Manson Murders,” has died in California.

November 19, 2017 – Two days after being taken to the hospital, Manson, 83, died of natural causes.

March 13, 2018 – After a four-month battle over Manson’s remains, a Kern County judge rules in favor of Jason Freeman, who claims to be Manson’s grandson.

Susan “Sadie” Denise Atkins:
September 24, 2009 – He dies in prison.

Bobby Beausoleil:
1969 – Convicted of Gary Hinman’s murder. He is serving a life sentence.

January 3, 2019 – Beausoleil is recommended for parole at his 19th general hearing, according to a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

April 26, 2019 – California governor Gavin Newsom has denied parole for Beausoleil.

Bruce Davis:
April 21, 1972 – Convicted of the murders of Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. He is serving a life sentence.

June 22, 2019 – The council grants him parole, after which the governor will make a final decision on his release.

November 15, 2019 – Davis’ parole has been blocked by Newsom. This is the sixth time a California governor has blocked parole.

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme:
1975 – Attempts to shoot President Gerald Ford.

August 14, 2009 – He has been paroled after serving 34 years.

Steven “Clem” Grogan:
1985Grogan has been released on parole after discovering the whereabouts of the body of ranch worker Donald “Shorty” Shea, who was killed in 1969.

Patricia “Katie” Krenwinkel:
May 26, 2022 – Krenwinkel is being recommended for release by the California Parole Court after 14 previous parole denials.

October 14, 2022 – Newsom has blocked Krenwinkel’s firing.

Leslie Van Houten:
November 9, 2021 – Van Houten has been recommended for release by the California Board of Parole Hearings for the fifth time in as many years.

March 29, 2022 – Newsom has blocked Van Houten’s release.

Charles D. “Tex” Watson:
October 15, 2021 – For the 18th time, Watson has been denied parole. He will have the right to reconsider in five years.