More than four decades ago, the 1969 murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in Los Angeles by Charles Manson and "the family," as his followers were called, shocked the nation. The killings were part of a series of nine murders that took place over five weeks in California.
In 1971, Manson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people, including Tate. He was sentenced to be executed, but his sentence was changed to life in prison when the death penalty was abolished in California.
Here, Charles Manson sticks his tongue out at photographers as he appears in a Santa Monica courtroom in California, June 25, 1970.
Charles Manson is seen in a California Dept. of Corrections photo from 2011.
Manson sent members of his cult, referred to as "the family," to Sharon Tate's house in August 1969 with instructions to kill everyone there.
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This composite photograph shows the evolution of Charles Manson's looks over the years, from 1969 through 2011. Manson was last denied parole in 2012.
Charles Manson followers, from left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk to court in Aug. 1970 to appear for their roles in the 1969 cult killings of seven people.
Susan Atkins, 21, speaks at a news conference in Santa Monica, California, Dec. 3, 1969. Atkins died while in prison in September, 2009.
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Susan Atkins sleeps on a moveable bed during her parole hearing at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California, Sept. 2, 2009. Atkins was denied parole and died later that month.
Atkins told some people that she killed Sharon Tate, but told others that "Tex" Watkins actually committed the crime.
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Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel heads to court in Los Angeles, Mar. 3, 1970.
Krenwinkel is one of three followers of Charles Manson convicted of killing Sharon Tate who is still living. She confessed that she stabbed one of the victims, Abigail Folger, to death. She is the longest-incarcerated female in the California prison system along with Leslie Van Houten.
Patricia Krenwinkel appears at a parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, California, Jan. 20, 2011. Her parole request was denied.
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Charles 'Tex' Watson
Charles "Tex" Watson, 24, charged in the slaying of actress Sharon Tate and others, appears at an extradition hearing in McKinney, Texas, Feb. 16, 1970.
Susan Atkins testified that Watson walked into the victim's home saying, "I'm the devil, and I'm here to do the devil's business."
Charles "Tex" Watson
Charles "Tex" Watson appears at a parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, where he is serving a life sentence, Nov. 16, 2011.
His book, "Will You Die for Me?" describes the night of the Tate murders and says that he was the main killer in the massacre.
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Leslie Van Houten
Leslie Van Houten, 19, leaves a court hearing in Los Angeles, Dec. 19, 1969. Van Houten was sentenced to death, but the sentence was changed to life in prison. Van Houten was the youngest Manson follower to take part in the murders.
Although she did not participate in the murder of Sharon Tate, she aided in the slaying of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca on August 10, 1969, a day after the murder of a pregnant actress actress Sharon Tate and four others.
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Leslie Van Houten
Leslie Van Houten appears during her parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif, June 5, 2013.
She was denied parole at the hearing, her 20th. A panel recommended paroleApril 14, 2016, more than four decades after she went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife
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Linda Kasabian, center, speaks at a press conference after testifying for 18 days as a prosecution witness in the Sharon Tate Murder trial, Aug. 19, 1970.
In exchange for her key testimony, Kasabian was offered immunity from prosecution. She acted as a driver and lookout during the murders that took place August 9, 1969.
Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi told the Guardian newspaper in London in 2009, "She stood in the witness box for 17 or 18 days and never broke down, despite the incredible pressure she was under. I doubt we would have convicted Manson without her."
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Victims of the Manson Family
The five victims slain the night of Aug. 9, 1969 at the Benedict Canyon Estate of Roman Polanski are seen in a composite image. From left, Wojciech Frykowski, Sharon Tate, Stephen Parent, Jay Sebring, and Abigail Folger.
The living room where American actress Sharon Tate, wife of Director Roman Polanski, then eight months pregnant, was murdered with in the couple's Beverly Hills, mansion, Aug. 9, 1969.
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Actress Sharon Tate poses for this undated photo. Tate, who starred in television and film roles, was identified by police as one of five victims found slain in her Benedict Canyon estate, Aug. 9, 1969.
Sharon Tate & Roman Polanski
Sharon Tate makes a toast with her husband, Roman Polanski, at the London, England premiere of "Rosemary's Baby," Jan. 23, 1969.
On the night of the slaying, Polanksi was filming a movie in England.
Abigail Folger & Wojciech Frykowski
Coffee heiress Abigail Folger and director Wojciech Frykowski are seen in New York City in 1968. Both were among the victims of the multiple murder at the home of actress Sharon Tate, Aug. 9, 1969.
Wojciech Frykowski, 37, was one of the five victims of a cultist-style murder spree at the Los Angeles, home of actress Sharon Tate.