On 45th anniversary of Sharon Tate's death, her sister speaks about Manson killers

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Sister of Sharon Tate Opens Up About Murders and Manson

It's been 45 years since the brutal slaying of starlet Sharon Tate and four others at the hand of notorious murderer Charles Manson and now, Tate's sister Debra is opening up to People Magazine.

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Pregnant film star Sharon Tate in the back of a taxi in London with baby's booties on her hands, 6th August 1969. This picture was taken three days before she was murdered.(Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) poses naked on a rug, circa 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Sharon Tate Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Actress Sharon Tate is shown in a publicity photo, date unknown. (AP Photo)
Photo datée de 1969 de l'actrice Sharon Tate, femme du réalisateur Roman Polanski, qui fut assassinée le 09 août 1969 avec quatre autres personnes à son domicile à Beverly Hills en Californie, alors qu'elle était enceinte de huit mois. Charles Manson et des membres de la communauté qu'il avait fondée furent accusés de ces meurtres et condamnés à mort mais leur peine fut commuée en emprisonnement. N/B Photo dated 1969 of American actress Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, who was murderered, eight months pregnant, with four others persons in the couple's mansion in Beverly Hills 09 August 1969. Charles Manson and members of his cult were sentenced to death for these murders, but were spared the death penalty due to a Supreme Court ruling against capital punishment. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Films, Hollywood, California, USA, A miscellaneous studio portrait of American actress Sharon Tate who was found murdered by members of the Manson Family on 9th August, 1969, The cult was headed by serial killer Charles Manson (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Sharon Tate Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) in a wicker swing-chair, circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. The wife of film director Roman Polanski, Tate was murdered by followers of Charles Manson on 8th August 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Headshot portrait of American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) as she smiles, England, 1968. (Photo by Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American film actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969) at her London wedding with Polish actor and director Roman Polanski. Sharon was murdered by followers of Charles Manson, when heavily pregnant with Roman's baby. Original Publication: People Disc - HP0302 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Film director Roman Polanski walking along sidewalk w. unident. man & blond woman, in resort town shortly after wife Sharon Tate's murder. (Photo by Settimio Garritano/Pix Inc./The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 15: Actress Sharon Tate visiting the set of Rosemary's Baby on August 15,1967 in New York, New York. (Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images)
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)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Sharon Tate's engangement ring from Roman Polanski on display at the GOTTA HAVE IT! Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction Press Preview at the Gotta Have It! store on November 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/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)
Pregnant American film actress Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), 1969. The wife of film director Roman Polanski, Tate was murdered by followers of Charles Manson on 8th August 1969. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Debra Tate, sister of Sharon Tate, 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Debra Tate, sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate, speaks at a news conference after she testified at a parole hearing for Charles Manson at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, Calif., Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The panel denied parole for mass murderer Manson, 77, in his 12th and possibly final bid for freedom. Tate testified that Mason has shown no remorse for his crimes and should not be granted parole. (AP Photo/Tracie Cone)
Debra Tate, sister of murder victim Sharon Tate, speaks against parole for former Manson family member and convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel, at a parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Debra Tate speaks about her sister, actress Sharon Tate who was killed by the Manson family, during the parole hearing for former Manson family member, Leslie Van Houten Wednesday June 5, 2013 at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif. Houten was denied parole, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Debra Tate, sister of Sharon Tate, and Louis Smalvino, nephew of Leno LaBianca, both speak in opposition to release at a parole hearing for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, convicted in the 1969 murders of Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, in a hearing room at the California Institution for Women at Frontera, in Corona, Calif., Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Debra Tate, sister of Sharon Tate, murdered wife of Roman Polanski, arrives at the High Court in central London where Roman Polanski is sueing Vanity Fair for libel over a 2002 story claiming he seduced a woman on his way to his wife's funeral, Wednesday, July 20, 2005. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Debra, who was 16 years old at the time, tells People that following the murders, her mother suffered from depression for nearly a decade. "We as a family had to take life day by day," Debra Tate said.

Even now Charles Manson remains a household name. Just last year news broke that Manson, still incarcerated, was set to marry a 25-year-old supporter. She is just one of many loyal Manson devotees
outside of prison. The cult leader's original followers are all serving life sentences.

"They're nothing special. They're just little creeps," Debra Tate told People about Manson's imprisoned followers. "They're nothing that should be regarded in any way, shape or form. What should be regarded are the people that were lost. They were truly magnificent people."

26-year-old Sharon Tate was found stabbed in her home along with 4 others on August 9, 1969. The murders were led by Manson and executed by his cult followers know as 'the family.' At the time, she was 8 months pregnant with her husband Roman Polanski's son.

Following the tragedy, Debra Tate has been active in ensuring that Manson and his followers never walk free, attending several parole hearings. He was denied parole at his last hearing in 2012. At the time the Parole Hearings Commissioner said Manson acquired over 100 serious disciplinary actions, was uncooperative and showed no remorse for the killings of nine people. He is eligible for parole again in 2027 and will be 92 years old at that time.

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It looks like Charles Manson’s marriage license is going to expire before his bride-to-be is able to walk down the aisle… or the prison hallway.
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**FILE** Charles Manson was denied parole Wednesday May 23, 2007, the 11th time since 1978 that the cult leader was ordered to continue serving life sentences for a murderous rampage in 1969. (AP-Photo)
In this photo taken June 16, 2011 and provided by the California Department of Corrections, Charles Manson is seen in Corcoran, Calif. Manson is scheduled to have a parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections)
Charles Manson is escorted on his way back to jail after court arraignment in Los Angeles, Ca., Dec. 22, 1969. (AP Photo)
FILE ** In a Dec. 17, 1970 file photo, right, Charles Manson is pictured en route to a Los Angeles courtroom. At left, a 74-year-old Manson is shown in a file photo from March 18, 2009 released by California corrections officials taken at Corcoran State Prison. (AP Photo/HO/Files)
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The three female defendants in the Tate/LaBianca murder trial leave the Los Angeles courtroom after being convicted of first degree murder, 25th January 1971. From left to right, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and Leslie Van Houten were found guilty of the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other people, in collaboration with Charles Manson. (Photo by Bride Lane Library/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
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Charles Manson, head of the cultic "Manson Family," is escorted by deputy sheriffs on his way to court, in Los Angeles, Calif., on August 20, 1970. He is charged with murder-conspiracy in the Tate-LaBianca slayings. (AP Photo)
Charles Manson, leader of a hippie cult linked to the Sharon Tate murders, strides from jail to courtroom at Independence, Calif., Dec. 3, 1969, for a preliminary hearing on charges of possessing stolen property. (AP Photo)
Debra Tate, sister of murder victim Sharon Tate, talks to reporters after former Manson family member and convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel was denied parole, at a hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Charles Manson is shown during the time of his arraignment and on his way to court in 1969. (AP Photo)
Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in conneciton with the Sharon Tate murder case, 1969, Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo)
Members of Charles Manson's "family" congregate in the Los Angeles Hall of Justice for arraignment of Patricia Krenwinkel, a defendant in the Sharon Tate murder case, Feb. 24, 1970. None of these is accused. Identifiable are, Lynette Fromme, far left, Sandra Good, obscured, Mark Ross, tall with dark beard, Paul Watkins, front center, and Catherine "Gypsy" Share, holding Sandra Good's son Ivan. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
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)
Patricia Krenwinkel, shown, Sept., 1985. (AP Photo)
Mary Brunner, a former University of Wisconsin librarian who became a member of the Charles Manson family, is taken to a hearing on her petition to represent herself in her trial on murder charges in the slaying of musician Gary Hinman Los Angeles court, June 22, 1970, Los Angeles, Calif. The judge rejected her plea. She was indicted after Robert Beausoleil, another member of the Manson clan, was convicted of murder in Hinmans death. (AP Photo/George Brich)
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)
Three women defendants return to their cells after they were sentenced to death for the Tate-LaBianca murders, April 19, 1971. Left to right, Leslie van Houten, Susan Denise Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
Patricia Krenwinkel, left, is escorted by deputy sheriff Elaine Slagle to court in Los Angeles, Ca., March 3, 1970. Krenwinkel, a member of the cult Manson Family, will plead innocent to murder charges involving the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and six others. Krenwinkel, who was denied permission to defend herself on grounds she is incompetent, is represented by an appointed deputy public defender. (AP Photo)
Holding hands and singing, three girl defendants in Sharon Tate murder case walk down a Los Angeles Hall of Justice corridor, March 19, 1970 for a pre-trial hearing. The girls, from left, are Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten. Deputy accompanying them is Aileen Stagle. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, 24, a member of the former Charles Manson "family," tells details of her arrest as she talks through a glass panel in the women's jail at Stockton, Calif., Nov. 18, 1972. She and several others were booked on investigation of murder following the finding of two bodies at Stockton. She maintains her innocence. (AP Photo)
Members of Charles Manson's "family" who showed up for the arraignment of cult member Patricia Krenwinkel are shown, Feb. 24, 1970. From left: Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Sandra Good, Mark Ross, Paul Watkins and Catherine "Gypsy" Share holding Catherine Good's son Ivan. (AP Photo/George Brich)
Patricia Krenwinkel, a defendant in the Tate murder case, enters the Los Angeles superior court for arraignment, which was postponed, Feb. 24, 1970. (AP Photo/George Brich)
Patricia Krenwinkel, 22, of Los Angeles, left, is shown in the courthouse with her attorney, M.A. Marsal before a hearing at which Marsal sought her release on bond, Thursday, Dec. 4, 1969, Mobile, Ala. She bad been arrested on a fugitives warrant based on murder charges in Los Angeles in the Sharon Tate murder case. A judge said he would rule on Friday. (AP Photo)
Charles Manson is pictured en route to a Los Angeles courtroom on Dec. 17, 1970. He is being arraigned on charges of murder in the disappearance of Donald J. "Shorty" Shea, who vanished about the time of the Sharon Tate murders, for which Manson is on trial. (AP Photo)
Charles Manson is escorted to court for formal sentencing in Los Angeles, Ca., on April 19, 1971. He is convicted with three women followers of murder-conspiracy in the slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others. (AP Photo)
Leslie Van Houten, a member of the Charles Manson cult family, hears the decision of the parole board in Frontera, Ca., Friday, July 11, 1986. The three-member panel refused to release Van Houten citing the "heinuos, atrocious" nature of the 1969 Sharon Tate-LaBianca murders. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
*** FILE **** Susan Atkins, a key witness in the Sharon Tate murder trial is seen, in this 1969 file photo. Atkins, the former Charles Manson follower who confessed to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate during a murderous rampage in 1969, has a terminal illness and has asked for compassionate release from prison in her final days, authorities said Thursday June 12, 2008. (AP Photo, File)
Alternatively relaxed and serious, Linda Kasabian answers questions during a press conference in Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1970, at the end of 18 days of testimony as the state's star witness in the Sharon Tate murder case. She said she would like to see Charles Manson and three girl defendants "fall down on their knees and seek forgiveness." (AP Photo/David F. Smith)
Convicted murderer Charles Manson stares at the parole board in San Quentin, Calif., on Feb. 4, 1986. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Former Manson family member and convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel appears at a parole hearing at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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)
FILE - This April 4, 2012 file photo shows an image provided by the California Department of Corrections of 77-year-old serial killer Charles Manson. Craig Carlisle Hammond has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader at Corcoran State Prison. (AP Photos/California Department of Corrections, file)
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