The Tate Murders

Pregnant Tate Was The Last To Die

Back in the house, Tate pleaded to be allowed to live long enough to have her baby, and even offered herself as a hostage in an attempt to save the life of her unborn child.

Susan Atkins held Tate in a headlock, and told Tate as she begged, “Look, bitch, I don’t care about you. I don’t care if you are having a baby. You are going to die, and I don’t feel a thing about it.” Watson stabbed Tate while Atkins held her down. Tate was stabbed 16 times. Watson later wrote that as he stabbed Tate, she cried for her mother.

“She was pleading to me and pleading to me, but I didn’t even have a moment of hesitation. I took a knife and just slit a big slit across her face. And I just kept cutting her and carving on the body and started stabbing her in the chest— I’d say maybe 15 cuts and stabs. She was crying and saying, “Oh mother, oh mother.” She said, “Just let my baby live. You can kill me, but let my baby live.”

Atkins picked up the towel that had bound Frykowski’s hands and dipped the towel in Tate’s blood. She thought for a moment about cutting the baby out of Tate’s womb, but she couldn’t. Using the towel she had dipped in Tate’s blood, Atkins wrote “pig” on the front door of the building. On her way out, Atkins left a bloody footprint at the entrance of the house.

Sharon’s baby died in the womb. Sharon was buried with her unborn son cradled in her arms.