For decades, Charles Manson has intrigued and evoked interest in the general public since his grisly crimes in California in 1969 when pregnant Hollywood actress Sharon Tate and her unborn baby were slaughtered to death in their home, along with four other visitors. Then, in a home on the other side of town a beloved couple was brutally murdered. The killers, a bunch of sweet-faced youths who were all under the spell of the ringleader, Charles Manson, were all arrested and convicted of murder.
It’s a story that you’ve heard over and over for years, and perhaps, we believe there is nothing more to learn about Charles Manson or The Family. However, Dateline NBC promises to bring you a special one-hour closer look at Manson through rarely seen footage found in the NBC archives, such as interviews with Charles Manson and the prosecutor who relentlessly pursued him, Vincent Bugliosi.
Dateline will reveal that Charles Manson’s background is troubling. His mother was considered a loose woman who did not want Charles Manson in her life. She would often walk off and abandon him for days, leaving his family members with the task of trying to find him. His grandmother was considered a strict, religious fanatic, and it is believed that mental illness or emotional issues could have been inherited from family members.