Actress Candice Bergen and then boyfriend Terry Melcher lived at 10050 Cielo Drive. Sharon Tate and four others were murdered in the house on August 9, 1969, by Members of the Manson Family. Some speculated that Bergen and Melcher were the intended victims, but Melcher’s former roommate Mark Lindsay, and prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi have both indicated that Manson knew Bergen and Melcher had moved out of the Cielo Drive house at the time of the murders.
“Terry wanted to record an album with Charles Manson, then he got spooked and suddenly we were moving. I was like, in a few months? He said ‘No, tomorrow.’ We moved to his mother’s house and one morning the telescope was missing from the deck. Terry got a message from Manson saying he’d taken it and knew where he lived. We didn’t know what else he might be capable of.”
On the night of August 8, 1969, Manson told Tex Watson to take some of the girls and to go to “that house where Melcher used to live” and to “totally destroy everyone inside, as gruesome as you can” and Manson told Watson to “leave a sign, something witchy”. Tex Watson took Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to Cielo Drive.