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The Tate Murders

Steering wheel of Steve Parent's car

Watson first lunged at Parent with a knife, giving him a defensive slash wound on the palm of his hand, slashing the strap of his wristwatch. Then Watson shot Parent four times. Parent died instantly. The sound of the gunshots ricocheted across the valley. It appeared that no one inside the house was alarmed by the four gunshots. Sounds are often distorted in the canyons above Hollywood. Sounds audible a mile away can be indistinguishable at a hundred feet.