In the hot summer of August 1969 a two night rampage of murder in Los Angeles by the followers of an aspiring rock star and cult leader named Charles Manson terrified the Hollywood community and made headlines across the world. In the last four decades, the savage murders of a beautiful actress named Sharon Tate and six others at the hands of a “family” of hippies have taken on mythical proportions. The story that shocked the world has it all: sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, movie stars and murder. And it proved to be the death knell to the hippie movement.
This Fox Files episode “Summer of Evil: The Manson Murders” will take an in-depth look at how Manson’s dream of rock stardom evolved into “Helter Skelter” and turned his peaceful young followers into cold-blooded killers. The Manson murders are so seared into the American public’s conscience that the book Helter Skelter, which chronicles the case, remains the #1 True Crime bestseller of all time.
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