Bill Kurtis takes a penetrating look at one of the strangest and most violent crimes in California history--the grisly 1969 murders of seven people by the deranged Charles Manson and his three female followers who believed he was Jesus Christ come again. Kurtis talks with prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi about the terror that swept through Los Angeles after the shocking killings and the bizarre "Helter Skelter" defense at the trial. Kurtis also examines the attempt to silence a key witness, the sudden disappearance of one defendant's attorney, and the Manson Family's obsession with drugs, sex, and violence. But most of all, Kurtis is haunted by one question: How could three young women from seemingly normal families turn into monsters?
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A look at the grisly 1969 murders of seven people by Charles Manson and his female followers who believed he was the messiah.