Los Angeles in the summer of 1969 was a hotbed of anxiety and fear. In just two short days, Charles Manson and the cult he referred to as his "Family" were able to commit acts so vicious and unhinged that they shocked the city. The timeline of Manson Family murders played out at a breakneck speed with many overlapping events. Over the ensuing decades, the story of the Tate-LaBianca murders has been pieced together from stories told by all involved, revealing the tale to be both incredibly detailed and intense.
Charles Manson’s alleged motivation behind the Cielo Drive and Waverly crimes was to strike out against those in Hollywood whom he believed cast him out of their society. He also hoped that his chaotic plot would jump-start “Helter Skelter,” a race-fuelled, apocalyptic scenario Manson believed was imminent. For several months following the Tate-LaBianca slayings, Manson and his followers ran wild through the greater Los Angeles area, though they were always looking over their collective shoulder for police. Here are the key moments from Manson’s last free months in 1969.