The Tate Murders

10050 Cielo Drive at night, photo taken two months after the murders. Jack Garofalo/Paris Match.

The Night of August 8, 1969

On the night of August 8, 1969, Manson told Tex Watson to take some of the girls and go to “that house where Melcher used to live” and to “totally destroy everyone inside, as gruesome as you can”. Manson told Watson to “leave a sign, something witchy”.

Charles "Tex" Watson took Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel to Cielo Drive. When they arrived at the entrance of the Cielo Drive property, Watson climbed a telephone pole near the gate and cut the phone line to the house. At this point it was after midnight…