By M.P. Pellicer | Stranger Than Fiction Stories
The summer of 1969, was plagued by a string of gruesome murders in the posh neighborhoods of Southern California, and when the Manson family was arrested much of the focus was on the murderers, propelled mostly by the fame of one of their victims named Sharon Tate.
Actress Sharon Tate, the wife of Rosemary's Baby's director Roman Polanski, three of her friends (Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, and Abigail Folger), and a friend of Tate’s housekeeper, Steven Parent, were killed that night. Tate was eight and a half months pregnant at the time, just two weeks from her due date. The sheer horror of the crimes makes them nearly unbelievable, and the discovery of the crime scene the next morning was horrific.
Excerpt from Greg King's Sharon Tate & The Manson Murders (2016) :
Early on the morning of Saturday, August 9, 1969, Los Angeles Times delivery boy Steve Shannen rode his bike up the steep cul-de-sac to the gate of 10050 Cielo Drive. He immediately noticed the cut communication wires hanging over the gate. As he looked further on, down the drive and past the white Ambassador which was parked at an odd angle, he saw that the yellow bug light on the side of the garage was still on; this in itself was hardly unusual, for it was just beginning to get light. Noticing nothing else out of the ordinary, he pedaled his bike back down the road. A few hours later, Seymour Kott, the neighbor at 10070 Cielo Drive, also noticed both the downed wires and the bug light shining in the distance.
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