Summary: criminal and cult leader of murderous Manson 'family' considered as one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century who was a semiliterate habitual criminal and failed musician before he came to attention in the late 1960's as the wild-eyed leader of the Manson family, a murderous band of young drifters in California, who was convicted of nine murders in all and was known in particular for the seven brutal killings collectively called the Tate-LaBianca murders committed by his followers on two consecutive August nights in 1969 (the most famous of the victims was Sharon Tate, an actress who was married to film director Roman Polanski while she was 8-1/2 months pregnant when she was killed with four other people at her Benedict Canyon home), in which the Tate-LaBianca killings and the seven-month trial that followed were the subjects of feverish news coverage after he and two of his followers were found guilty of seven counts of murder each and conspiracy to commit murder in 1971, whose death sentences were reduced to life in prison when California outlawed capital punishment.
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Born: November 12, 1934
Died: November 19, 2017
Location: Bakersfield, California