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Manson Family Women Speak Out 50 Years Later

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By    |   Friday, 09 August 2019 11:48 AM

Fifty years have passed since members of Charles Manson's cult went on a killing spree in the summer of 1969. Now four women who were part of the following are speaking out about their experience.

In a new documentary titled "Manson: The Women," which airs Saturday, Dianne "Snake" Lake, Catherine "Gypsy" Share, Sandra "Blue" Good and Lynette "Squeaky" offer a glimpse into how Manson charmed people into joining the "Manson family," as his followers were called.

The notorious cult leader gathered runaways, many of them teenage girls with nowhere else to go, during the crest of the hippie movement in the 1960s. Among them was Share, Good, and Fromme who were at odds with their parents and without homes. It was just Diane Lake, the youngest member to join the cult, whose story differs. Her hippie parents willingly allowed her to follow Manson after she grew enamored with him.

"I remember thinking that I wanted Charlie to only love me and marry me," she said in the documentary, an advance copy of which was obtained by Fox News. "I was disenfranchised. I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere and they invited me to come live with them. So I stayed with them."

Share recalled how Manson appeared to be the most confident person she had ever met.

"He was fun-loving. Everybody seemed peaceful and happy," she said, according to Fox News. "Charlie . . . came onto me really, really strong. I felt accepted. I just felt like . . . it was kind of a dream come true. I was an orphan, so I was really looking for a family."

It was not long before Manson and his followers moved their "family" to Spahn Ranch outside of Los Angeles, where they established a commune. However, the free loving and all accepting nature soon soured.

Lake recalled the night Manson raped and sodomized her then left her "in tears and bleeding." She said, although she was afraid, she was still desperate to gain his approval. So she stayed.

As time wore on, Manson's paranoia grew. Share said he came to her one night and said the Black Panthers knew where they were and could attack at any time.

"I really, truly believed that my survival was staying with Charlie because he knew how to maneuver all this," she said.

When the murders took place, the four women did not know how to feel.

"I didn't feel bad that these people were dead," Fromme said. "I didn't even know they were alive. But as far as killing goes? I wasn't ready for killing."

Share remembered feeling sad for the victims.

"It's just horrible. I just can't imagine how horrible their families feel," she said. "I feel very sad for them. I also feel sad for the young people that were turned into murders."

Three months after the gruesome murders, Manson was arrested and, after a lengthy trial, was found guilty and sentenced to death with followers Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten. Other followers arrested remain behind bars but Share and Good feel their punishment is too severe.

"There's people that have done 50 times worse and they've gotten out," Good said. "They're being used politically . . . Gotta have a scapegoat."

Lake, who is now a born-again Christian, disagrees.

"If they really had remorse, they would waive their parole hearings so that the families of the victims don't have to relive this experience over and over," she said.

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