Lead: In the late summer of 1969, fanatical followers of Charles Manson went on a weekend spree, brutally killing seven wealthy and prominent members of Los Angeles society. Four months later they were charged.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At first the so-called Tate-LaBianca murders were not connected by police, but because of the similarities of the two crimes, finally the LAPD made the link. The big break for the prosecutors came when one of Manson’s “Family,” in prison on another charge, boasted to her cellmate that she had been in on the Tate murders. In December, Manson and four young female followers were charged.

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