HELTER SKELTER – In the late sixties, Playboy magazine published an article with photos predicting: “This is the year that Sharon Tate happens …” She had already appeared in The Fearless Vampire Killers. Also, she’d appeared in the film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s first novel–Valley of the Dolls–named after the book. She’d gone on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in this movie. Married to Roman Polanski, her director in Vampire Killers, Sharon was close to her son’s delivery date. Another one of her films had just wrapped, The Thirteen Chairs co-starring Orson Welles. Waiting for her husband’s return from filming, she spent an evening with friends after dining out at her favorite restaurant. Two weeks from giving birth, Sharon Tate was murdered by the Charles Manson family along with four other people. Including Steven Parent dead in his parked car, Wojciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger,  found deceased on the front lawn. Sharon Tate’s neck was tied with rope to Jay Sebring’s and they were found in the living room. She’d been stabbed sixteen times and died along with her unborn son. Recounting the events leading up to the murders, the true crime book entitled Helter Skelter detailed what happened that awful night. Charles Manson and his cult devotees, also known as The Family, committed the heinous crime as part of their vision of apocalypse, war, and violence. He drew his references from Beatles music and the Book of Revelations. Manson and his followers were successfully prosecuted and found guilty as part of their scheme to trigger Helter Skelter.



  1. I've watched a few Manson Family documentaries. It was a fascinating time in American history for many reasons, some of them, quite dark and violent. Sharon Tate was such a lovely young woman, it's so tragic that her life was cut short.

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