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Sharon Tate's Sister: Is Manson Fiancee 'Deranged'?

Debra Tate calls marriage 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - Why a 26-year-old woman would want to marry 80-year-old Charles Manson is beyond anyone, but especially Debra Tate, the sister of slain actress Sharon Tate. She calls the engagement between Afton Elaine Burton, aka "Star," and the convicted murderer "ludicrous," the AP reports. Burton apparently thinks... More »

Tapes Could Link Manson Family to More Murders

LAPD wants audio tapes that could yield new evidence

(Newser) - The horrific history of Charles Manson and his followers could soon be rewritten. The Los Angeles Police Department has asked for eight hours of decades-old audio recordings that could link the Manson family to more murders, reports NBC Los Angeles . The tapes feature conversations between Manson's former right-hand man,... More »

Sharon Tate's 'Engagement Ring' Up for Auction

She was wearing it the night she was murdered, auctioneers claim

(Newser) - An engagement ring that an auction house says was worn by Sharon Tate the night she was murdered by Charles Manson's crazed followers is up for sale next week, reports the New York Daily News . Director Roman Polanski gave the Valley of the Dolls star the 4-karat opal stone... More »

Charles Manson's Right-Hand Man Seeks Parole

Tex Watson trying for parole a 14th time

(Newser) - Relatives of some of the Manson Family's victims will gather at a California prison today to explain why they think Charles Manson's former right-hand man should not be freed. Seeking parole is Tex Watson—who has been in prison for 42 years for his role in seven horrific... More »

Manson Disciple Loses Bid for Freedom

Slasher Leslie Van Houten blows 19th try

(Newser) - Charles Manson disciple Leslie Van Houten lost another bid for freedom yesterday after decades behind bars for her role in the notorious 1969 Manson "family" cult killings. Van Houten, 60, didn't take part in the murders of Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and 4 others in the film... More »

Polanski-Tate Nude Pic Goes to Auction

Recently jailed Roman's notoriety could boost sale

(Newser) - A nude photo of Roman Polanski and his late wife Sharon Tate, taken just months before her murder, is going up for auction. The photo “certainly is provocative because of who the characters are,” a Christie’s VP tells Reuters . “But it's also a touching naked shot... More »

Dying Ex-Manson Disciple Atkins Denied Release

Parole board refuses Susan Atkins' request for mercy

(Newser) - California yesterday rejected Susan Atkins' plea for compassionate release, the Los Angeles Times reports. The former Charles Manson family member—California's longest-serving female inmate—has brain cancer and likely has just months to live. Atkins was busted in 1969 for participating in the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and... More »

Dying Manson Killer Pleads Today for 'Sympathy' Parole

Susan Atkins suffers from brain cancer 40 years after slashing Sharon Tate

(Newser) - The Charles Manson cult member who held down pregnant actress Sharon Tate and stabbed her 16 times will plead for sympathy today at her 13th parole hearing, reports CNN. Susan Atkins, 61, is suffering from brain cancer and is 85% paralyzed, according to her husband. The hearing may be held... More »

Manson 'Harem' Angles for Freedom

Atkins up for parole; filmmaker makes case for van Houten

(Newser) - With Squeaky Fromme, who aimed a gun at President Ford, set for parole next Sunday, other members of the murderous “Manson Family” are pushing for release, the Telegraph reports. Susan Atkins, who at first said she’d stabbed actress Sharon Tate 16 times, plans to plead for freedom at... More »

Manson Lookout: 'Tate Cried Out for Her Mom'

Linda Kasabian speaks out for first time since Mason cult convictions

(Newser) - A witness has ended years of silence about the savage 1969 Charles Manson cult attacks with new details of the night pregnant actress Sharon Tate pleaded for her baby and cried out for her mom as she was fatally stabbed 16 times, reports the Guardian. Linda Kasabian served as a... More »

Charles Manson Reaches Out to Spector in Prison

(Newser) - Charles Mason has reached out to former music producer Phil Spector, sending the actress-killer fan mail in the California prison they now share, reports the New York Post. Manson, a mediocre musician before he turned cult leader, sent Spector a note via a guard that he wanted to meet and... More »

Manson Follower Won't Go Free

Board won't release ailing Susan Atkins, who admitted murdering Sharon Tate

(Newser) - A California parole board today refused to grant a compassionate release for Susan Atkins, a follower of Charles Manson who admitted murdering Sharon Tate 40 years ago, the AP reports. Atkins, 60, is dying of brain cancer, and the parole board listened to impassioned pleas from both sides in a... More »

DA to Prison Board: Don't Free Ailing Manson Killer

Terminally ill Atkins is seeking release

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County district attorney has asked the California parole board to deny Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins' request for compassionate release from prison. Atkins, who was convicted of seven 1969 murders, is terminally ill with brain cancer. The DA noted that Atkins stabbed pregnant actress Sharon Tate, tasted... More »

Manson Family Member Pleads for Release

Dying killer seeks mercy after almost 40 years behind bars

(Newser) - A member of Charles Manson's "family" of killers is asking for compassionate release after 37 years in jail, the Los Angeles Times reports. Susan Atkins, who stabbed Sharon Tate to death while the 8-months-pregnant actress begged for mercy—and then used her blood to write "PIG" on the... More »

Manson Body Hunt a Bust

Diggers come up empty at Death Valley ranch

(Newser) - Investigators yesterday packed up and left the the Death Valley ranch used as a hideout by the murderous Manson Family after finding no trace of bodies a member of the group once suggested might be buried there. The search was triggered by a cadaver-sniffing dog and initial findings of scientific... More »

More Manson Victims?

Amateur sleuths and a corpse-sniffing dog search Manson ranch in the Calif. Desert

(Newser) - A rag-tag group of forensic investigators, a gold miner, and a corpse-sniffing dog say they have turned up evidence of long suspected killings by the Manson family in the California desert, AP reports. Using the tools and techniques of chemistry and archeology, the group has concluded that there may be... More »

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