These are the women who killed for Charles Manson, and this is where they are now

November 22, 2017

With Charles Manson dead, it may seem like the pain and anguish he caused can officially be put in the past. However, members of Manson’s cult — known as the Manson Family — are still alive. These cult members committed violent crimes on Manson’s orders, and four women in the Manson Family were responsible for murdering people. Now, who exactly were the Mason Family women who killed for their leader? And where are they now?

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With Charles Manson dead, it may seem like the pain and anguish he caused can officially be put in the past. However, members of Manson’s cult — known as the Manson Family — are still alive. These cult members committed violent crimes on Manson’s orders, and four women in the Manson Family were responsible for murdering people. Now, who exactly were the Mason Family women who killed for their leader? And where are they now?

The Manson Family’s most infamous murders took place over two days in August 1969. Cult members killed Sharon Tate (who was pregnant), Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Steven Parent at Tate and Roman Polanski’s home on August 9th. The following night, they killed husband and wife Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. Before this two-day massacre, another murder took place in July, which resulted in the death of Gary Hinman.

The three women who participated in the Tate and LaBianca murders were Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkel. At Hinman’s murder, Atkins and Mary Brunner were involved. But they weren’t the only women Charles Manson had under his thumb — they were just the ones who killed for him.

Linda Kasabian acted as the lookout during the August murder spree and became the prosecution’s key witness against the Manson Family, which allowed her to receive immunity. Another notable woman of Manson’s cult was Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who would have been a murderer if her assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford had been successful. Sandra Good and Susan Murphy were also a part of the Manson Family and ended up in jail, in 1976, for sending threatening letters.

While these are some of the more well-known women, even more women followed Manson. As The New York Times reported:

“Most of his followers were young women who had fled middle-class and upper-class homes to live with Mr. Manson at the Spahn Movie Ranch.”

Despite the hold that Manson had over the four women who murdered for him, they still need to be held accountable for their actions. So here are the female killers of the Manson Family.

Mary Brunner

Mary Brunner worked at the University of California Berkeley library before she became Manson’s first follower, according to Rolling Stone. She had a child with Manson, who they named Valentine Manson. She was in jail for credit card fraud during the August murders, but she killed for Manson just a month earlier in July. Manson follower Bobby Beausoleil stabbed Hinman for Manson and Brunner finished the job by smothering Hinman with a pillow. After the Tate murders, she testified against the Manson Family, but had a change of heart when she tried to help free Manson from jail later.

Brunner was in prison until 1977 and is still alive, but has changed her name. Her son with Manson was raised by her parents and goes by the name Michael Brunner. Her relationship with Manson was featured in the fictional NBC show Aquarius.

Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins, who was known as Sadie Mae Glutz by the Family, was not only involved in the murder of Gary Hinman, but she’s more notorious for her role in the Tate murders. She died of brain cancer in 2009 while she was still serving time in jail for the 1969 massacre. As CNN reported, she held down Tate while the actress was stabbed 16 times. And during a 1993 parole board hearing, Atkins said Tate “asked me to let her baby live…I told her I didn’t have any mercy on her.” At the age of 21, Atkins was also involved in the murders of the LaBiancas the night after the Tate murders.

As Rolling Stone reported, Atkins had a troubled past before she joined the Manson Family.

Leslie Van Houten

Although Leslie Van Houten wasn’t present for the Tate murders, she stabbed Rosemary LaBianca the next night more than 14 times. Van Houten was put in jail, but she is currently up for parole. However, as the Los Angeles Times reported, it’s up to California Governor Jerry Brown to approve her release from prison and he denied her parole last year.

Before meeting Manson in September 1968, Van Houten had been homecoming queen and filmmaker John Waters has been outspoken about his support for her release.

Patricia Krenwinkel

During the two-day murder spree, Patricia Krenwinkel chased and killed Folger (the heiress to the coffee company) after Tate’s house guest attempted to escape. CNN reported she stabbed Folger 28 times. She then helped to kill the LaBiancas the next night, and the AP reported that she stabbed Leno in the stomach with a fork and then wrote on the wall with his blood. In June 2017, Krenwinkel was denied parole for the 14th time and is the longest-serving female inmate in the state of California.

So even though Charles Manson is dead, many of his followers — including some of the women who killed for him — live on.

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