Helter Skelter Revisited: Inside The Manson Family Murders | TODAY

Helter Skelter Revisited: Inside The Manson Family Murders | TODAY


>>>NOW TO “CULTS & CRIME.”
THIS MORNING, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE INFAMOUS MANSON
MURDERS. >>JOE FRYER TALKED TO SOME OF
THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS TRYING TO MOVE PAST THAT GRUESOME
CRIME, NEARLY HALF A CENTURY LATER.
♪♪ >>Reporter: IT HAS BEEN SAID
THE DECADE OF LOVE CAME TO A SUDDEN, VIOLENT END IN AUGUST
1969, SHATTERED BY THE MANSON FAMILY MURDERS.
>>IT’S SOMETHING THAT STUCK WITH ME, EVER SINCE THAT DAY.
>>Reporter: NOW, EVEN AFTER HALF A CENTURY, FAMILIES ARE
FIGHTING TO TELL THE VICTIMS’ STORIES.
>>SPEAK FOR THE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
>>Reporter: AND KEEP THE KILLERS BEHIND BARS.
>>GO RIDE A HORSE. >>I DON’T WANT ONE FAMILY, NOT
ONE FAMILY TO GO THROUGH WHAT MY FAMILY DID.
>>Reporter: IT ALL BEGAN WHEN L.A. POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE
HOME OF ACTRESS SHARON TATE, WIFE OF FILMMAKER ROMAN
POLANSKI. JERRY DEROSA WAS FIRST ON THE
SCENE AND STARTED TALKING ABOUT IT.
>>IT AFFECTED MY WIFE. SHE WAS AFRAID.
>>Reporter: TATE HAD BEEN MURDER AID LONG WITH JAY
SEBRING, VOLE TECH WACHOWSKI AND STEVEN PARENT.
WHEN YOU SAW THIS SCENE, WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND?
>>A LOT OF THINGS GO THROUGH YOUR MIND.
YOU THINK WHAT HAPPENED? WAS THIS A PARTY THAT WENT BAD?
A DRUG DEAL THAT WENT BAD? >>Reporter: THE NEXT NIGHT,
LENO AND ROSEMARY aBIANCA WERE KILLED.
THE WORDS RISE AND DEATH TO PIGS ON THEIR WALLS.
THE DEATHS WERE PINNED ON A CULT, LED BY CHARLES MANSON.
>>HE’S NOT AN EDUCATED MAN. BUT HE’S A BORN MANIPULAOR OF
PEOPLE. >>Reporter: HE DID THE KILLING
SPREE HOPING TO INCITE A RACE WAR.
IN 1987, HE SHOWED NO REMORSE. >>THERE’S NO NEED TO FEEL
GUILTY. IF I WANTED TO KILL SOMEBODY,
I’D TAKE THIS BOOK AND BEAT YOU TO DEATH WITH IT AND I WOULDN’T
FEEL A THING. >>Reporter: MANSON AND HIS
FOLLOWERS WERE CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO DIE.
BUT WHEN CALIFORNIA’S DEATH PENALTY WAS RULED
UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN 1972, THE PUNISHMENTS WERE CHANGED TO LIFE
IN PRISON. DO YOU FEEL LIKE THERE HAS BEEN
TRUE JUSTICE IN THIS CASE? >>ABSOLUTELY NOT.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE WORD JUSTICE IS SO INAPPROPRIATE IN
THIS CASE. >>Reporter: TODAY, RELATIVES OF
THE VICTIMS REGULARLY TESTIFY AT PAROLE HEARINGS, AND SPEARHEAD
ONLINE PETITIONS TO KEEP THE MANSON FAMILY BEHIND BARS.
>>OUR FAMILY’S INVOLVEMENT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANGER OR
REVENGE OR HATRED. THEY CAM OUT OF LOVE.
>>IT IS COUNTLESS HOW MANY LIVES WERE SHATTERED BY THE PATH
OF DESTRUCTION THAT I WAS A PART OF.
>>Reporter: ONE OF THE KILLERS, PATRICIA KRENWINKEL, IS 65 YEARS
OLD. >>THE THING I TRY TO REMEMBER
SOMETIMES, THE WHAT I AM TODAY, IS NOT WHAT I WAS AT 19.
>>Reporter: SHE WAS THE SUBJECT OF A RECENT DOCUMENTARY CALLED
“LIFE AFTER MANSON.” >>THESE ARE MY CHOICES.
I LEARNED CHOICE. I LEARNED CHOICE AT THE MOST
HORRIFIC COST. >>Reporter: KRENWINKEL’S PAROLE
HEARING WAS DELAYED UNTIL JUNE. VICTIMS’ RELATIVES WANT THE
PANEL TO SEE IF SHE MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR BATTERED WOMEN
SYNDROME. >>JUST WAKE UP.
JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE OVER THE AGE OF 60 DOES NOT MAKE THEM
NONDANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS. >>Reporter: AS FOR THE OTHERS,
LESLIE VAN HOUTEN WAS RECOMMENDED FOR RELEASE LAST
YEAR. BUT THE GOVERNOR REVERSED IT.
TEX WATSON HAS BEEN DENIED PAROLE 17 TIMES.
SUSAN ATKINS DIED IN 1979. AND THERE’S MANSON.
>>EVER SINCE HE’S BEEN INCARCERATED, EVERY TWO YEARS,
MANSON WILL DO SOMETHING THAT GETS MEDIA ATTENTION.
>>Reporter: AT AGE 82, MANSON WAS REPORTEDLY RUSHED TO THE
HOSPITAL WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS. BUT IS NOW BACK IN PRISON.
>>WE HOLD NO DELIGHT IN HIS DEMISE OR HIS SUFFERING OR HIS
DEATH OR ANY OF THOSE PEOPLE. WE WANT HEM TO LIVE THE REST OF
THEIR LIVES BEHIND BARS. >>Reporter: ANTHONY DEMARIA,
NEPHEW OF JAY SEBRING. >>I’M 35 YEARS OLD.
>>Reporter: HE SPENT YEARS PUTTING TOGETHER A DOCUMENTARY
ABOUT THE GROUNDBREAKING HAIR STYLIST.
>>I FEEL COMPELLED TO RESTORE HIS FACE, TO RESTORE HIS STORY.
>>Reporter: FOR THE FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND NEARLY 50 YEARS
LATER, THEIR WORK IS NOT OVER. FOR “TODAY” JOE FRYER, NBC NEWS,
LOS ANGELES. >>IT’S HARD TO LOO

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