The Manson family, as the cult leader’s followers were called, killed five of its victims Aug. 9, 1969, at Tate’s home: Tate, who was 8-months pregnant, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish movie director Wojciech Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate’s caretaker. The 19-year-old caretaker was arrested in the case but soon released after being cleared of any involvement.
The next night, Manson followers killed a wealthy grocer, Leno LaBianca, and his wife, Rosemary, in the couple’s home across town.
Here is a timeline of the two-night killing rampage, the investigation and murder trial that followed, and the recollections of prosecutors and reporters:
“Once Upon a Time In Hollywood,” a newly released movie directed by Quentin Tarantino, was loosely inspired by events leading up to the 1969 murders.
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