Serial killer Charles Manson and his infamous “Family” continue to captivate America — 50 years after their bloody murder spree, said author Jeffrey Melnick.
His new book, Charles Manson’s Creepy Crawl, explores how Manson worked to connect his counter-culture freak scene with L.A.’s mainstream lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
The title reflects the “Family’s” practice of entering homes and leaving a trace of evidence behind — to prove their privacy had been violated.
Manson’s acts became steadily more unhinged over time, as his control over his followers increased, culminating in two nights of violence in August 1969 which left seven dead including actress Sharon Tate, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring and grocery store boss Leno and his wife Rosemary LaBianca.
Manson died in 2017 after more than 45 years in prison. Some of the members of his infamous ‘family’ are still alive including Bruce Davis, who was recently granted parole in California and Leslie Van Houten who was denied parole.
Another family member, Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme is free and still professes her love for Manson.