The narrow Cielo Drive winds steeply through the hills above the luxury area of Beverly Hills. The area of villas with palm trees and canyons and offers a magnificent view over Los Angeles. Cielo Drive is also one of the most infamous addresses in the film metropolis: In the night 9. In August 1969, on the day exactly 50 years ago, were murdered the pregnant actress Sharon Tate, three friends of the wife of Director Roman Polanski, as well as a Student by members of the hippie commune “Manson Family” brutally.

“Here, you put your 1959 Ford, ran up the steep road and cut the phone lines,” says the Tour operator Scott Michaels at the wheel of his minibus on the “Helter Skelter”Tour. Almost four hours, the ride will take you to the crime scenes one of the worst murder series in the USA, on the trail of the sect leader Charles Manson and his young followers, the widely used in the summer of 1969, fear and fright. In two nighttime attacks a total of seven people died at that time. The five victims at the Polanski mansion the Hippie killer had stabbed according to the autopsy report 102 changes.

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For 13 years, Michael directs the “Helter Skelter”Tour. His arms are littered with tattoos, bright colors, and the number 1969 is to be seen. With the round anniversary, the interest had increased, says the 56-Year-old with a love for the dark side of Los Angeles. “This case has everything: monsters and movie stars, it was pure Terror. The people were afraid to go to bed at night.”

“The idea that Manson manipulating young people in such a way and to Kill, incite was able to, is so tragic and sad,” says Deborah Stauder. You have once want to the places of horror with your own eyes, tells the 51-year-old American. Despite a great fear of flying, you had gone for the “Helter Skelter”Tour, specifically from the East coast to California, says the mother of two. “I have always wished that Sharon Tate and her friends would escape the killers.”


blood smeared on the Couch, blood soaked carpet: The living room of the house 10050 Cielo Drive above Los Angeles on the day after the fact. Jay Sebring and Sharon Tate died.

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The Tour is for adults only, no gruesome Details are spared. The killers speak for themselves. Michaels plays audio recordings of Interviews and process recordings. Tate had begged her desperately, that your Baby must stay alive, you can hear the convicted Susan Atkins, back then under the Alias “Sadie Mae Glutz” is known, with a quiet voice say. Atkins held Tate while accomplice Tex Watson on the Pregnant woman stabbed. In a fight to the death, Sharon Tate had called out to her mother, reported Atkins later on. You have also tasted her blood, warm and sticky. With the blood of the dead, she eventually wrote “Pig” on the wall.

The pretty Model Tate stood at the beginning of their career. The 26-Year-old with the long blonde hair had appeared in films such as “The black 13” and “The bare facts”, as Roman Polanski took you for the horror Comedy “dance of the vampires” in front of the camera. In January 1968, and married the film’s Director in London the young Star. A year later, they rented the Ranch house on Cielo Drive.

had Previously lived there, the music producer Terry Melcher, in the case of the Charles Manson in vain had tried, as a singer and composer to include a plate. Conveys the only 1,57 meters large Ex-prisoner with the special Charisma of Denis Wilson of the Beach Boys, the Manson and co. had taken root had been, after Wilson had accidentally taken two women from the “Family” as a guide on the inside. Manson’s music was, however, inspired little, and because the guy was supposed to be Intrusive and creepy, switched to Wilson and Melcher head over their homes. Today is, therefore, unclear whether or not actually Melcher should be the victim of the unleashed death squads of the “Family”.

wedding of Charles Manson

Yes, with prison guards and instant noodles

Manson-Disciples of Guru as “the brain was followed by lots of robots”

Polanski was invaded to shooting in London, as in the night of the murder of three women, in addition to Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian and Tex Watson with bayonets, pistols and knives in the Villa. In the eighth month pregnant Tate had this evening a visit from her Ex-boyfriend, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring. Cruelly mutilated, and with a cord around the neck of the actress was found the next Morning next to Sebrings body. Also, the coffee company heiress Abigail Folger and her Polish friend were brutally killed. With the phrase “I am the devil and I’m here to do the work of the devil”, had Watson done before all the Victims clearly that they would not survive this night.

the next night, the next attack followed the same. The Manson Gang slaughtered the businessmen of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca after Charles Manson had assured them a short time before, nothing would happen to them. Hardly the Guru had to leave the house, they stabbed Atkins, Watson, and Leslie van Houten, who was not at the Tate murders on the couple. Leno La Bianca carved you in the new blood rush the word “Was” (war) on the belly, stuck a carving knife in the belly and a fork in the throat. The perpetrators wrote with blood “Death to the Pigs” (death to the pigs) and “Rise” (rise) on the walls. On the fridge, the investigators found, in bloody letters, the words “Healter Skelter” – the title of the Beatles song (“Helter Skelter”), incorrectly written. Following the massacre, the killer ate, played with the dogs of the murdered couple and showered before they left the scene of the crime.

for Three months, the city of angels in fear lived until Manson and four young members of his Hippie cult were arrested. During the nine-month process, Manson claimed to have never killed. In fact, he was not in the blood did, however, Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi presented him as a Monster, and mastermind, which the young followers as “mindless robots” to be followed, from the drug-and its ideology-dependent.


Sharon Tate and her husband, the Polish Director Roman Polanski: at The time of her murder, Tate was 26 years old and in the eighth month of pregnancy.

Picture Alliance Charles Manson: cult from the Bible – and Beatles-quotes

Manson’s occult messages passed from the Bible and Beatles quotes. With the murders, he wanted a race war between Blacks and Whites, to incite, to at the end of self as the leader of a spirit. “Helter Skelter” (on German about: head over heels) served as the title of his ideology; the Song can be found on the which appeared in 1968, White Album of the Beatles. Manson was Satan, or Jesus, worship, and blood sent a young girl of his sect, which numbered at times more than 100 members, to Buy and, finally, to the murders.

in 1971, was sentenced Manson because of incitement of the bloody deeds to death which was later commuted to life imprisonment. Publicly, he never showed remorse. After nearly five decades behind bars, he died in 2017, with 83 years. Tex Watson, 73, Patricia Krenwinkel, 71, and Leslie van Houten, 69, regrets their actions repeatedly. You’re a life-long punishment. Susan Atkins turned 13 pleas for mercy, before she died in 2009 at 61 years in prison of cancer.

The Tate and Polanski’s rented home on Cielo Drive was demolished in 1994, and by a larger Villa replaced, the number of the house in 10066 amended. Today a TV producer lives there, as Michaels told on the “Helter Skelter”Tour.

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“He had to listen to so much Power over people”

The 28-year-old Lauren Kershner eagerly every word the Tour organizer. Already as a young girl she all about the Manson I want the cult to know, says the musician from the neighboring state of Oregon. She has dark painted eyes and wears a black Shirt with a Manson-in the Image and the words “Helter Skelter”. “He had so much Power over people,” says the young woman. “Would Sharon Tate still alive today, she would not have to become perhaps not so famous. That’s kind of sad,” muses the American.

Michaels, the murders turned a documentary about the Manson, worked most recently as a consultant to Quentin Tarantino’s Film “Once upon a time… in Hollywood.” Margot Robbie Sharon Tate, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a washed-up Western star, Brad Pitt, his stunt double and friend: “The case was always notorious, but now a young Generation of Tarantinos will see the factory that writes to film history.”

Tarantino at the same time that Charles Manson and the Tate murders will remain a dark part of the pop culture. Just a week after the brutal murders of the Manson Family, the Hippie movement, Woodstock festival, celebrated for three days, and to suspect without, of course, some of it also a kind of Farewell, because, better, more exciting it was then. The Festival on the meadows, not far from Bethel, New York, is now legendary; the murders on Cielo Drive above Los Angeles on their way as well – 50 years later.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.