Part two of the tales of 1969 is all about that master manipulator, Charlie Manson. What truly made this stand out was the horrific murder of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn baby. Also murdered was celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring and three others. Was it a racially motivated act, as the evidence tried to make out? No, it was an act of a man spitting out his dummy, and five people being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The real target was record producer Terry Melcher. Why was Melcher the target? Simple. He had the audacity to reject the music of Charles Manson, and as Manson had a camp of followers who hung on his every word, and would do anything he told them to do, it was easy to send them out, kill everybody that was there and stage the crime scene. Melcher would pay the ultimate price for rejecting Manson and his music. However, they did not know that Melcher had rented his house out to film director Roman Polanski and his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate.
The next set of murders were the Lobiancos, prominent local business people whose home was simply selected as the target, by chance. Their brutal murders were part of an elaborate scheme by Manson to draw attention away from him and his followers, and to try and start a race war, in which Manson envisaged himself as emerging to a destroyed world and taking control with his clan. Delusional or what? However, they were all apprehended and Manson and four others received the Death Penalty, which was repealed in California, and they all received life sentences. What was remarkable about the trial was the antics of Mansons` followers. Shaving their heads, tattooing crosses on their foreheads, like their guru, and spouting the usual bullshit of how innocent he was. In a documentary on the case, they interviewed the three women who originally received the Death Penalty. Two expressed remorse for their crimes but as usual, there has to be one who still believes in the bollocks of Manson. No sympathy for them from me.