BySam Warrington, writer at

A true definition of a 'troubled family' the Manson's murdered nine people, all under the spell of mastermind Charles Manson. They horrified 1960's with their cult like status, they're drug taking and crazy political views.

Their murders were barbaric, victims brutally murdered, their blood used to write messages to police and the American people.

So just what has happened since then? Whatever happened to the Manson family? It's a strange tale indeed

Charles "Tex" Watson

On October 12th 1971, Watson was originally sentenced to death for killing Sharon Tate Polanski, Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Thomas Jay Sebring and Steven Earl Parent but California suspended the death penalty in 1972. Instead he was given seven life sentences to run concurrently.

His minimum eligible parole date was November 26, 1976, but he has been denied parole 14 times. Watson remains incarcerated at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. His last hearing was in November 2011. He received a five-year denial, rather than a 7-10-15 year maximum.

His next scheduled parole hearing is in November 2016.

Catherine Share

Share started her association with the Manson family after she met fellow member Bobby Beausoleil on the set of a soft core porn film being shot at the Spahn Ranch, which would later serve as home base for the Manson family.

Catherine Share became so enamored with Manson and his message that she became a recruiter for the family, bringing both Linda Kasabian and Leslie Van Houten into the fold.

While not involved in the murders, Share and several others were charged with conspiracy to attempt to dissuade a witness from testifying when they tried to give Barbara Hoyt, a Manson family member, a lethal dose of LSD so that she couldn't testify against Manson.

In August 1971, Share and Manson Family member Mary Brunner, as well as several others, held up a surplus store and took nearly 150 guns. When the police showed up, Catherine opened fire , she and a few others were shot (none fatally) and taken into custody. It was revealed that the group planned to hijack a passenger jet and stage a hostage crisis, through which they hoped would lead to the release of Manson and other members of the Manson Family.

When Share was released in 1975, she disavowed allegiance to Manson and became a born-again Christian.

Bobby Beausoleil

Bobby Beausoleil was an aspiring actor and musician when he stabbed Gary Hinman to death in July 1969.

Conflicting reports, from Beausoleil himself, have emerged about the motive behind the killing. In version one, Manson sent him and two other Manson "Family" members to Hinman's house to collect money he owed them.

The second version Bobby said that he sold some bikers a bad batch of LSD and they wanted their money back. Hinman had allegedly made the drugs, so Beausoleil went to Hinman's house to get the money in question, and events took an ugly turn.

What is known that Beausoleil killed Hinman and then wrote "Political Piggy" on the wall in Hinman's blood afterward. He received the death penalty but later had it reduced to life in prison, where he remains as of 2012.

Paul Watkins

After meeting Charles Manson in Topanga Canyon in the late 1960's and instantly became fascinated by him. He moved in and out of the group due to the fact that he had a strong bond with Manson but was skeptical about his "Helter Skelter" prophecy.

After the group commited the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders, Watkins provided information to police about Manson and the murders, and in October 1970, Watkins testified and provided key evidence about Manson's motives.

During a TV interview with CNN
During a TV interview with CNN

He died of leukemia in 1990, in Los Angeles, California.

Sandra Good

Good joined the Manson Family in April 1968, she was given the nickname 'Blue' by Manson, to represent clean air and water.

She was in jail with Mary Brunner for attempting to use stolen credit cards when the Tate/La Bianca murders took place, but was back at the ranch in time to get arrested on the August 16th raid.

On December 22, 1975, Good and another Manson devotee, Susan Murphy, were indicted for "conspiracy to send threatening letters through the mail" by a Federal Grand Jury in Sacramento, in connection with death threats against more than 170 corporate executives.

during a 1989 interview
during a 1989 interview

Found guilty on March 16, 1976, she received 15 years in prison. She served ten years and was released in December 1985, still professing her allegiance to Manson.

Her parole stated that she couldn't visit California but after it ended she moved to Hanford, California, near Corcoran State Prison, to be closer to Manson, although she was not allowed to visit him.

Mary Brunner

The mother of Manson's son Valentine Michael who the family nicknamed "Pooh Bear" had met Manson when she moved to California when she was 21. The pair were drifters together until Manson began to recruit followers.

Never implicated in any murders, she was given immunity in return for her testimony against the family.

She was a member of the gang that held up the Surplus Store in August 1971. For her part in the crime she was imprisoned, but released in 1977.

She now lives anonymously somewhere in Midwest America.

Leslie Van Houten

In the summer of 1968, Van Houten met Bobby Beausoleil and Catherine Share, and began traveling with them. Her new friends told her all about Manson and his 'Christlike' persona.

After meeting him and joining the family she said that all they did was listen to the Beatles 'White Album' and read the book of Revelations. She said that Manson had visions of a race war, and he had a bizarre plan to instigate it, beginning with the murders of Sharon Tate and others in the Tate house.

The then 19 year old and youngest Manson family member, was not involved in those murders, but she was in the murder of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca the next night, stabbing Rosemary a reported 16 times of the total 42 stab wounds she received.

When the family were arrested in 1969, some of the girls behaved oddly, shaving their heads and behaving bizarrely to purposefully tease the press.

On March 29, 1971, Van Houten was found guilty and sentenced to death. California's subsequent ban on the death penalty changed her sentence to life in prison.

She remains in prison after countless attempts at parole.

Linda Kasabian

Linda Kasabian was a 20-year-old hippie with a young daughter when she met Charles Manson and moved to his desert ranch in July 1969.

On August 8, 1969, Kasabian and other Manson followers went to a house in the hills of Hollywood to murder the occupants, but Kasabian never went into the residence. Listening to the people being murdered inside she fled the family a few days later.

She testified against the Manson family, escaping jail herself.

After the media frenzy and being hounded by the media she moved to New Hampshire with her mother and daughter.

She wasn't found until a documentary crew found her in 2009. She was living in abject poverty in a trailer park.

Lynette Fromme

One of Charles's most devoted members, Lynette avoided prison due to the fact she wasn't present at any of the murders. She camped outside the courthouse when the Manson family were on trial to show her loyalty.

After his conviction Manson and followed him from town to town depending on which prison he was moved to.

In September 1975, she pulled a gun on President Ford; she was grabbed by the Secret Service and later sentenced to life in prison. Fromme escaped from prison in 1987, but was captured and jailed until her 2009 release.

Patricia Krenwinkel

She now proclaims that she only took part in the Manson killings because 'she wanted to be loved.'

Captivated instantly by Manson, she had sex with him the night they met. She was known to have low self esteem, which Manson used to recruit her. Telling her how beautiful she was, he lured her away from her life to join him and his other followers around America.

She, along with the others, took huge amounts of LSD, while under the influence of the drug Manson would convince them to worship him.

Sent to the Tate murders Patricia stabbed Abigail Folger (of the coffee empire) countless times, at first police believed Abigail had bought a red nightgown it was that saturated with her blood due to the severity of the attack.

The next night, Krenwinkel participated in another murder, this time stabbing Rosemary LaBianca to death and leaving a carving fork stuck in her husband's lifeless body. She then wrote "DEATH TO PIGS" on the wall in the victims' blood.

On March 29, 1971, Krenwinkel was found guilty and sentenced to death, along with the other Manson Family defendants. California's 1972 ban on the death penalty changed her sentence to life in prison, and as of 2012, she is the longest-serving female inmate in the state of California.

Susan Atkins

Leaving home at 15 after the death of her mother and the abandonment of her father Susan drifted around, meeting Manson in 1967.

She quickly became a pivotal member of the group, and was sent to carry out some of the more disturbing crimes.

She admitted that she held down pregnant actress Sharon Tate while she was stabbed to death, something she later denied.

On March 29, 1971, Atkins was found guilty and sentenced to death, along with all of the other defendants. California's 1972 ban on the death penalty changed her sentence to life in prison, however.

Atkins was the longest-serving female inmate in the state of California at the time of her death, on September 24, 2009, at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, California.

Charles Manson

A habitual criminal, Manson was always in and out of prison and in trouble with the law.

Charismatic he soon found many followers that became 'The Manson Family'. Gathering them together the group wuld take huge amounts of LSD and Manson would tell them his prophecies about the end of the world.

He masterminded all the groups crimes, and although he never committed any of the murders, but received life in prison without parole.

He remains one of the worlds most dangerous men to ever live, and still has notoriety all these years later.


Latest from our Creators