Sharon Tate was a upcoming young actress who had everything going for her until her and her unborn son’s life were cut short by members of the Manson Family. Sharon Tate and her unborn baby were buried at Holy Cross Cemetery beside Tate’s mother and sister.
Jay Sebring was the former boyfriend of Sharon Tate. Jay Sebring never stopped loving Sharon Tate even when Tate ended their relationship and got married to Roman Polanski. Jay Sebring died defending the woman he loved.
In the summer of 1969, a number of odd occurrences frightened the LaBiancas. The couple noticed items from their home were missing and their dogs were outside the house when they had been left inside. By the end of the summer the Labianca’s were found murdered in their home.
Wojciech, born in Lodz, Poland, came to the United States in the hope of making a writing career. In the summer of ’69 Wojciech was staying at Sharon Tate’s house. Wojciech was sleeping on the couch when Tex Watson kicked him in the head. When Wojciech asked him who he was and what he was doing there, Watson replied: “I’m the devil, and I’m here to do the devil’s business.”
Abigail Anne Folger was born to Peter Folger, chairman of the Folger Coffee Company, and Inez Mejia, the daughter of a prestigious California land grant family. Abigail was a close friend of Sharon Tate. Abigail was brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family.
Gary Hinman was the first murder victim in a series of killings by the Manson Family. Gary’s house was a regular crash pad for anyone needing a place to stay. He befriended the Manson Family and several Family members lived at Gary’s home for short periods of time, including Brunner and Beausoleil.
Donald “Shorty” Shea moved to California to pursue a career in acting, but mostly worked as a horse wrangler at Spahn Ranch and as a bouncer at a topless bar. “Shorty” actually stood about six feet 4 inches tall and weighed more than 200 pounds. According to Manson Family member Steve Grogan, Shorty Shea was so strong it took all of them to kill him.
On the night of August 8, 1969, Steve went to 10050 Cielo Drive to visit his friend William Garretson, the property’s caretaker, who was living in the guesthouse. The two met several weeks earlier, when Steve picked up Garretson hitchhiking. Steve wanted to sell Garretson a clock-radio he brought with him. Garretson wasn’t interested and Steve left the guesthouse shortly after midnight.