Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

Highlights:

  • Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died. He was 83.
  • The gory slayings horrified the world and revealed a violent underbelly of a counterculture that preached peace and love.
  • The killings occurred on successive August nights and terrorized the city of Los Angeles.
  • Tate, who was nearly nine months pregnant, was found stabbed repeatedly in her Hollywood mansion, along with several of her friends.
  • Other victims included coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring.
  • Nobody has any right to take someone else''s life.
  • This demented man and his horrible followers should have been dished the most fitting punishments, insted of being allowed to die of natural causes.
  • The next night a wealthy couple was killed in a similar fashion.
  • Investigators learned Manson sent a group of disaffected young followers to commit murder as part of a twisted, quasi-religious belief that it would launch a race war.