In 1969, Patricia Krenwinkel, former follower of Charles Manson, willingly participated in one of the most notorious murder rampages in history. When the horrifying and shocking murders swept across the Los Angeles area, they instilled fear in most residents in the L.A. County area –especially those in the film and entertainment industry.
Sharon Tate (above) was an actress and the wife of director, Roman Polanski. She was one of eight victims, including her eight month-old unborn child. Krenwinkel and several other young “hippies” took part in several brutal, sadistic, and satanic murders spanning two consecutive nights. The murders were orchestrated by Charles Manson, but he was not there when they were committed.
Krenwinkel is now 63 years-old. She was only twenty-two at the time of the murders, and was convicted on seven counts of first-degree murder. Krenwinkel has been up for parole thirteen times.
“Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, was at the hearing and said Krenwinkel has never written a letter of apology to her family and the only time she hears Krenwinkel express remorse about the killings is during her parole hearings. “I don’t buy it. I personally don’t buy it,” said Tate, as she stared at the gray-haired inmate. “I want to believe the human condition is capable of change. I believe in the possibility of reform. But I know what I am looking at, and I don’t see it here.”
Krenwinkel stated at the hearing, “I’m just haunted each and every day by the unending suffering my participation in murder has caused the family and friends of my victims. The enormity of the grief I caused fills me with intense sorrow.”~CNN
(Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten)
In August of 1969, eight people, including Sharon Tate’s baby were stabbed, shot, bludgeoned, hanged, mutilated, and terrorized during the two-day murder spree. An innocent bystander, Steven Parent, a hair stylist to the stars, Jay Sebring, coffee heiress, Abigail Folger, and Wojciech Frykowsk were the victims who died at Sharon Tate’s home the first night.
The murders were carried out at Manson’s instruction. Charles Manson told Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins, Charles “Tex” Watson, Leslie Van Houten, and Linda Kasabian to carry out massive killings on upper class suburban white Americans. The victims did nothing but happen to live in the right house at the wrong time. Manson had a grudge with the previous owner of Sharon Tate’s home, and Manson family members had once been to a party in the neighborhood of the home of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca near Pasadena Calif. The La Biancas were murdered the night after the mayhem took place at the home of Sharon Tate.
The murderers inflicted 169 stab wounds on their victims.
(Charles Manson, musician, poet, convicted murderer)
Some day I would love to write an article on the Manson followers because many of them came from middle to upper class seemingly “ordinary” families, and were fed up with the hypocrisy and lack of love in their biological families. Susan Atkins says she was sexually abused as a child. Krenwinkel had once taught in a Catholic School and wanted to become a nun.
The Manson followers were once ordinary kids , who ended up hating their families and found someone who made them feel loved. Evil sits at the dinner table. Those kids turned evil, and remember, their “normal” American parents sat at that same dinner table. Who was evil first?
Remember that true evil wears the face of goodness.