On This Day in History: January 25

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On this day in history, Charles Manson was convicted, along with all his cult members, for the murder of Sharon Tate and 8 other innocent victims. Charles Manson was one of the most prolific and sick serial killers in American history.

Manson started forming what is now known as the Manson Family which was based in California. Manson’s followers were very committed individuals willing to do whatever they could to please their leader, Charles Manson. There were a total of nine murders including famous actress, Sharon Tate. These murders took place at the end of the ‘happy times’ and good time period, the 60s.

At the time when the Manson Family started, Manson was an unemployed individual who spent half of his life as an aspiring singer-songwriter. He had connections with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. Tension started to rise as the group recorded one of Manson’s songs, renamed it and gave no credit to Manson “Never Learn Not to Love”. He then became infatuated with the Beatles, and he adopted the term “Helter Skelter” which meant a race war. He and his followers believed that the murders would help egg on a race war and cause a mark on society.

The Manson Family murdered Gary Hinman in July 1969, and then gained more attention after the murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others in her home and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the next day. Tex Watson and other members planned the Tate-LaBianca murders under Manson’s command. The group also tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford.

In all this mess, Manson never actually committed a crime on his own; it was all done by his ‘family’, but he did spend the most time in prison.