The Manson Murders, 45 Years Later (VIDEO)

Forty-five years ago this week, Charles Manson ordered his followers to carry out a gruesome mass murder, which took the lives of actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends in her Los Angeles home.
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Forty-five years ago this week, Charles Manson ordered his followers to carry out a gruesome mass murder, which took the lives of actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends in her Los Angeles home.

On August 9, 1969 a group of Charles Manson's followers broke into the home 0f actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski and brutally murdered the pregnant actress along with four of her house guests. At the time Polanski was out of the country working on a film project.  

Surrounding this macabre, tragic event were other heinous Manson murders. He believed that he and his followers were chosen to usher in "Helter Skelter," an apocalyptic race war between whites and blacks.

Watch the clip above to see how Manson's obsession with the Beatles' White Album and his twisted interpretation of its song lyrics influenced his determination to commit mass murder in the historic summer of '69.