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Police investigate the brutal murders of Sharon Tate and her friends in 1969 at the house on Cielo Drive
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The property on Cielo Drive before it was torn down
Roman Polanski sits on the porch after his wife and several others were murdered. 'PIG' was written on the door in blood.
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Sharon Tate was 9 months pregnant when she was murdered
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3 of the murderers - Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel
Manson Family leader Charles Manson after his arrest in 1970
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Killer(s): Tex Watson,Susan Atkins,Linda Kasabian,Patricia Krenwinkel,Charles Manson,
Victim(s): Sharon Tate,Jay Sebring,Abigail Folger,Wojtek Frykowski,Steven Parent,the unborn child of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski,
Written by: Jewls Krueger
The crime that ended the summer of love, the murder of pregnant Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and 4 others at her home in Beverly Hills rocked the nation. A little past midnight on August 9, 1969, four members of the now infamous Manson Family entered the Cielo Dr. residence and butchered everyone inside. This crime and the murders of the LaBiancas the following night were meant to entice “Helter Skelter”, which Mason believed to be an impending race war.
After the murders, William Garreston (who had previously been living in the guest house on the property) moved into the main home where the murders took place. He moved out in 1988, after which the home was sold several times. In 1992, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails rented the home and set up a recording studio nicknamed “Pig”, referencing Susan Atkins writing “PIG” in blood on the front door of the home during the 1969 murders. Several albums were recorded there, including NIN album “The Downward Spiral” and Marilyn Manson’s album “Portrait of an American Family”. The home can also be seen in NIN’s music video for “Gave Up”. Reznor moved out in December of 1993, and in 1994 the home was demolished and the address was changed to 10066 Cielo Dr.
The current owners of this property are extremely private and do not like people attempting to visit the site of the Tate murders. For those attempting the pilgrimage, the house is located in Benedict Canyon on a small, one lane road. There are several “Cielo Drives”, but the small road you’re looking for is at the intersection of Cielo Dr. and Bella Dr. There is a gate blocking the property and you will be unable to see the current home, but many visitors have reported feeling the energy of the evil that happened here. Remember, this is private property and trespassing is strictly illegal, so be respectful and quick with your visit and only stay on public roads.
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