On the surface, the Manson Family appeared to be happy, peace-loving hippies, yet despite their harmless demeanor, they were responsible for the murders of nine innocent people. Their leader, Charles Manson has been called, “the most dangerous man alive.” The most famous of the Manson killings was starlet Sharon Tate. The slaying of the movie star shook Hollywood to its core and left the county in fear—marking the end of the 60’s love-and-peace era.
It would be nearly four months after her sister’s brutal murder that Debra Tate would hear the name Charles Manson for the first time. Now for nearly 48 years, Manson has been an entangled part of her life as she fought for justice and appealed the paroles of several of the Manson Family members, including Charles Manson himself. It was the Manson’s followers that bothered Debra the most. Sharon Tate begged for more time. The 26-year-old was due to give birth to a son in two weeks and pleaded, “Please don’t kill me. I just want to have my baby.” One of Charles Manson’s followers then stabbed the actress 16 times, and with a towel dipped in her blood, wrote “PIG” on her front door.
Today, Debra Tate, Sharon’s sister, is speaking out on the breaking news that those same members of the Manson family may be walking free. Tate also sits down to discuss the recent news of Charles Manson passing away Sunday night.
Debra Tate was one of the first to know the 83-year-old responsible for the death of her pregnant sister, Sharon Tate, had died Sunday night. She learned that unhinged cultist Charles Manson died of natural causes at a California hospital, in an 8:30 p.m. phone call from prison officials. Even though Manson had taken his last breath 15 minutes earlier, it had been several years since Debra had made what peace she could with Charles Manson, the man who as responsible for the diabolical killing spree that left her beloved sister Sharon Tate and four of her house guests murdered.
“I said a prayer, shed a tear, stuck a flower under my cross in my bedroom and emailed Roman (Polanski). I’ve processed through all of my hate for him. Hate isn’t healthy. It won’t bring my sister back. One could say I’ve forgiven him, but there’s a difference between forgiving and forgetting.” Debra Tate said over the phone.
Manson will be remembered for many things: his ability to manipulate, his failed musical aspirations, and his capacity for evil, but his notorious legacy will be overshadowed by one unintended positive consequence that has benefited countless people in the decades since Sharon Tate’s death. Because of the Tate family’s work, victims’ voices carry a weight in the national legal system and none of the Manson’s followers have seen freedom yet. However, all of this can change with the potential release of Leslie Van Houten. Just like her mother before, Debra Tate is also fighting against the release of Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, whose parole was granted by a panel of state commissioners in September but is now pending review.