Charles Manson, who led the bloodthirsty cult that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has died at the age of 83.
Tate’s husband, director Roman Polanski, was out of the country at the time of the murders. His wife was eight months pregnant.
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Manson was obsessed with Beatles music, especially Helter Skelter, which he believed forecast the end of the world.
He was serving nine life sentences for sending his ‘Family’ cult members into Los Angeles to butcher the rich and famous.
His aim was to trigger what he hoped would be a race war which would ultimately destroy the planet.
At his trial prosecutors claimed the concept was spawned by a perverted interpretation of Helter Skelter.
The name of the song was often scrawled across walls in the victims’ blood.
Manson was denied parole 12 times before finally giving up, saying prison was now his home.