Ava Roosevelt: 'I was almost the Manson Family's sixth victim'

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'I Was Almost The Manson's Sixth Victim'

Every year on August 9th, family and friends mourn yet another anniversary of the brutal Manson Family murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others. But there's one woman who says "thank you."

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Ava Roosevelt: 'I was almost the Manson Family's sixth victim'
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Author Ava Roosevelt attends 'Pad Yatra' New York Screening at Asia Society on September 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Sharon Tate Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Photo dated 1978 of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. Released from prison in 1967, he set up a commune based on free love and devotion to himself. Members of his cult conducted a series of murders in California in 1969, including that of actress Sharon Tate. He and his accomplices were sentenced to death, but were spared the death penalty due to a Supreme Court ruling against capital punishment.Photo datée de 1978 du tueur en série Charles Manson. Relâché de prison en 1967, il fonda une communauté basé sur l'amour libre et la dévotion à lui. Les membres de son culte commirent plusieurs meurtres en 1969 en Californie dont celui notamment de l'actrice Sharon Tate, compagne du réalisateur Roman Polanski. Ils furent condamnés à mort mais leur peine commuée en emprisonnement. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/GettyImages)
Daily News front page August 10, 1969, Headline: ACTRESS AND 4 SLAIN IN RITUAL - Sharon Tate Among Victims - Acress Sharon Tate, whose husband, Roman Polanski, specializes in suspense and the macabre, played a grim role in death yesterday. Shazron and four others were found slain on the grounds of Polanski's estate near the fashionable Bel Air section of Los Angeles. 'It seemed kind of ritualistic.' said investigator. (Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) poses naked on a rug, circa 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Picture taken in the sixties in London, of American actress Sharon Tate in the arms of her husband Director Roman Polanski. Sharon Tate was murdered with four other persons on 08 september at her luxury H in Beverly Hills 09 August 1969. (FILM) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Charles Manson followers, from left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, shown walking to court to appear for their roles in the 1969 cult killings of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 20, 1970. (AP Photo/George Brich)
Combo image shows the five victims slain the night of Aug. 9, 1969 at the Benedict Canyon Estate of Roman Polanski. From left, Voityck Frykowski, Sharon Tate, Stephen Parent, Jay Sebring, and Abigail Folger. The next night, it happened again. Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, a wealthy couple who lived across town, were stabbed to death in their home. Thirty years later, the ghosts of the Tate-La Bianca murders will not rest. The Charles Manson cult that carried them out haunts the Internet and a new generation is oddly fixated on the nation's most bizarre and notorious killings. (AP Photo/File)
A 1992 photo of the Benedict Canyon estate, sheltered in the hills of Los Angeles, where actress Sharon Tate was murdered along with four others on the night of Aug. 9, 1969. Thirty years later, the ghosts of the Tate murders will not rest. The Charles Manson cult that carried them out haunts the Internet and a new generation is oddly fixated on the nation's most bizarre and notorious killings. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Leslie Van Houten walks handcuffed to the sheiff's van at the Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles, Aug. 11, 1978 after she had been sentenced to three concurrent life prison terms for the murders of Rosemary and Leno LaBianca. The one-time Charles Manson follower was also sentenced for conspiracy in the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and four others. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Dressed in jail denims, three women who are co-defendants with Charles M. Manson in the Sharon Tate murder trial, walk toward a Los Angeles courtroom, Aug. 6, 1979. The women are on their way to listen to further cross-examination of Linda Kasabian, the state's principal witness against them. Left to right are: Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Ava Roosevelt visits The Rubin Museum on September 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Author Ava Roosevelt attends the The Rubin Museum on September 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

Ava Roosevelt, a socialite, author, former countess, and friend of Sharon Tate, thanks fate for intervening and preventing her from being Manson's sixth victim.

In a recent interview with the New York Post, the 66-year-old says her broken down Rolls Royce is the only reason she's alive today. She told the Post's Julia Marsh, "I've always said to myself how incredibly lucky i am."

"Luck" may be the only word to describe it.

Roosevelt claims that on the night of August 9, 1969 she was invited to Tate's Beverly Hills home for dinner with friends, but just hours before the Manson Family attacked, the gas gauge on Roosevelt's Rolls Royce started acting up. She decided not to go, and that decision saved her life.

Three of cult leader Charles Manson's followers broke into the pregnant 26-year-old actress's home, killing her and four of her good friends. The next day they would kill again, this time a couple in their LA home. Manson and a number of his followers would eventually be sentenced to life in prison.

Roosevelt, who was just 19 at the time of the murders, and had already been married to a French count and Mia Farrow's brother, would go on to marry a steel magnate and President FDR's grandson.

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