An assassination attempt and carved foreheads: What happened to the women of the Manson Family.

On August 8, 1969, Charles Manson ordered Susan Atkins, Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Linda Kasabian to invade the rented home of actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski.

The house, located at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles, was previously home to Terry Melcher – a record producer who had snubbed would-be musician and cult leader Manson.

Manson’s intention was revenge – to kill whoever was home on that hot summer night.

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“Totally destroy everyone in it,” Manson instructed. “As gruesome as you can.”

Roman Polanski wasn’t home at the time, but actress and model Sharon Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant, was, along with her friends Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Abigail’s boyfriend, Wojceich Frykowski.

When they arrived at the home, headlights approached from within the property. When the car pulled up outside the property, Watson shot and killed the driver, Steven Parent – an 18-year-old student who had been visiting the property’s caretaker, William Garretson.

After pushing the car up the driveway, Kasabian remained outside and stood by Parent’s car as Watson, Atkins and Krenwinkel entered the house through a window and killed Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojceich Frykowski, and Sharon Tate. When they were done, they wrote ‘Pig’ on the door in blood.

Kasabian, who stood guard outside, later testified that she heard the “horrible screams” of the victims and attempted to stop them by claiming that someone was coming.

“I started to run toward the house, I wanted them to stop. I knew what they had done to that man [Parent], that they were killing these people. I wanted them to stop,” she later said.

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Charles Manson. Image: Getty.

However, the very next night, the same group of Manson Family members set out to kill again, with Kasabian in tow as a getaway driver.

This time, Charles Manson himself, as well as fellow Family member Leslie Van Houten joined the group.

That night, the group snuck into the home of Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary.

Although Manson participated in binding the couple, as he promised them they wouldn't be hurt or killed, he left the home and waited with Kasabian in a getaway vehicle as the other members of the group murdered the couple.

Once again, the Family members wrote messages on the walls in blood, including 'Helter Skelter'.

At the end of August, Manson's followers also murdered Donald 'Shorty' Shea, a ranch hand at Spahn Ranch, where the Family had lived.

But it wasn't until October 1969 that several members of the Family, including Manson, were arrested.

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Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel. Image: Getty.
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Members of the Manson Family, including Lynette Fromme and Ruth Ann Moorehouse, sitting outside the Los Angeles Hall of Justice during the trial. Image: Getty.

Although the group were just arrested for stealing RV equipment, by December, police had linked the cult to the Tate-LiaBanca murders and a warrant was issued for Manson, Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten.

In 1971, a highly-sensationalised trial began, as Manson's supporters gathered in and outside the courtroom.

In the end, Manson, Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten were all sentenced to death for their involvement in the Tate-LaBianca killings. Their penalties were later changed to life sentences as the death penalty was abolished in California the following year.

Although not based entirely on a true story, new Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, intertwines characters based on real people – including several members of the Family cult.

Here are the real life faces behind the Manson Family cult:

Susie Atkins – Mikey Madison

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Susie Atkins, aka 'Sexy Sadie', is played by American actress Mikey Madison in the film. Atkins was partly responsible for the murder of Sharon Tate, and it's believed she wrote on the walls in Tate's blood.

She was reportedly a model prisoner who married twice, taught other inmates and launched several parole requests.

At the time of her death from a brain tumour in 2009, she’d been in prison longer than any woman in California history.

Leslie Van Houten – Victoria Pedretti

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Leslie Van Houten is portrayed in the film by actress Victoria Pedretti.

According to The Associated Press, Van Houten joined Manson and his followers after falling into drugs in high school and running away from home at just 17 years old.


Van Houten, who was vocally remorseless during her trial, is currently serving out a life sentence.

Although she was recently recommended for parole by a parole board in January, the decision was overruled.

Patricia Krenwinkel – Madisen Beaty

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Patricia Krenwinkel worshipped Manson and later described her life with the Family as idyllic.

She boasted about murdering Abigail Folger and was sentenced to life in prison, where she remains to this day despite repeated attempts at securing parole.

Following Atkins' death, Krenwinkel had been in prison longer than any woman in California history.

Lynnette "Squeaky" Fromme – Dakota Fanning

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Dakota Fanning portrays Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme, who became a part of the Manson Family when she was kicked out of her father’s home.

Although she wasn't involved in the Manson murders, Fromme became one of the most well-known members of the Manson Family after leading a group of members, who'd shaved their heads and had Xs carved into their foreheads, to camp outside the courthouse everyday.

Many years later, in 1975, Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford. She was later released on parole on August 14, 2009, after serving nearly 34 years, and is reportedly now working as a real estate agent.

Linda Kasabian – Maya Hawke

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Maya Hawke, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, portrays Linda Kasabian, a twice-divorced young mum who joined the Manson Family just a few weeks before the Tate-LaBianca killings.

She was granted immunity by the prosecution and testified against the Manson Family.

She later changed her name and slipped from the public's view until she appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live in 2009 wearing a disguise.

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