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

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)
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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)
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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)
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)
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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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Bruce Davis is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. California Governor Jerry Brown denied parole on March 1, 2013, for a member of the Manson Family cult who was sentenced to life in prison for two murders in the 1970s, saying that he remained a danger to the public. In rejecting parole for Davis, who is now 70, Brown reversed the decision of a state parole board that had found him eligible for release after his 27th parole hearing last October.

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Charles Manson is escorted to court for preliminary hearing on December 3, 1969 in Los Angeles, California.

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In this handout photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Charles Manson, 74, poses for a photo on March 18, 2009 at Corcoran State Prison, California. Manson is serving a life sentence for conspiring to murder seven people during the 'Manson family' killings in 1969. The picture was taken as a regular update of the prison's 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)

Charles Manson who led a cult that committed murders in Los Angeles in the sixties is clean shaven in closeup photo.

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Charles Manson talks during an interview August 25, 1989.

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The three female members of Charles Manson's 'family' ham it up for photographers through the window of the sheriff's van as they arrive at the courthouse to continue the murder trial in the Tate-LaBianca case. Patricia Krenwinkle (left) makes a face as Leslie Van Houten and Susan Atkins (right) smile. August 5, 1970.

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Charles Manson clowns around as he is led to his cell upon the conclusion of his exclusive interview with Reuters August 25, 1989.

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Steve Grogan (left) and Bruce Davis (right), defendants in the murder of movie stunt man, Donald (Shorty) Shea are taken into court December 23. Davis, along with Charles Manson (not present) was accused of both the Gary Hinman and Shea murders, while Grogan was a defendant in the Shea case only. Grogan was later paroled, the only member of the 'Manson Family' to be paroled from a murder conviction.

Pittsburg Coroner Dr. Cyril Wecht, MD, JD. is seen in this photo taken January 22, 1998. Dr. Wecht is a nationally-known forensic pathologist who is often consulted on high-profile murder cases such as the John F. Kennedy assassination, O.J. Simpson case, Jon Benet Ramsey and the Helter Skelter murders of Charles Manson. The first non-governmental forensic pathologist to be granted access to autopsy materials in the 1963 Kennedy assassination, he said there was not enough information to challenge the Warren Commission's conclusion that a lone gunman killed the president and that investigators failed to find all those responsible for the killing.

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Charles Manson is led to court on March 29, 1971.

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Leslie Louis Van Houghten, (yellow dress), is taken by policewomen to a jail cell in the Hall of Justice, after she and two other girls waive arraignment on murder charges in connection with the Tate-LaBianca slayings. The three allegedly were members of a hippie cult led by Charles Manson.

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Charles Manson on his way to court in 1970.

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Leslie Van Houten listens during her parole hearing in Corona, California, June 28, 2002. Los Angeles' top prosecutor on June 28, 2016, urged California Governor Jerry Brown to keep former Charles Manson follower Van Houten behind bars, despite the recommendation of a parole board that she be released.

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Charles Manson prior to his appearance in Dept. 106 on March 6, 1970 in Los Angeles, California.

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One of many historic photos that is part of L.A.'s longest mural, depicting 150 years of history in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building a.k.a. the Criminal Courts Building, Wednesday afternoon in downtown L.A. The mural covers 2,300 square feet, 18 walls, two floors and has 625 images. This is a photo of Charles Manson as he's escorted back to his cell after his arraignment.

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A trio of suspects in the Sharon Tate murder case sing as they march to court for a hearing. Left to right: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten march abreast along a corridor toward the courtroom where Judge William Keene set April 20th as the date for their trial with fellow suspect, Charles Manson.

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Charles 'Tex' Watson. Watson was convicted of murder for his part in the killings of Sharon Tate and others while a member of the 'Manson Family'

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Three days before he ran away from Boy's Town, Charles Manson poses in a suit and tie.

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(Original Caption) Bruce Davis, the Manson Family 'X' carved in his forehead, walks with his attorney Daye Shinn (right) after he surrendered himself to authorities outside the Hall of Justice. Davis is under indictment by the Grand Jury for the 1969 murder of Gary Hinman.

A TV picture of American musician, cult leader and murderer Charles Manson, September 1975. The image was broadcast around the time that Manson acolyte Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme was arrested after an attempt to kill US President Gerald Ford.

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Charles Manson as an adolescent. He would later become infamous for attempted to foment social chaos by murdering prominent celebrities.

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Accused murderer being led to and from court house in Inyo County, California. He is Charles Miller Manson, aged 34 years. 

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Accused murderer being led to and from court house in Inyo County, California. He is Charles Miller Manson, aged 34 years.

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Charles Manson sits in the courtroom during his murder trial in 1970 in Los Angeles, California.

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American actress Sharon Tate, on her wedding day to film director Roman Polanski. She was murdered by Charles Manson in California, 1969.

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Charles Manson, accused leader of a hippie cult charged with the Tate-LaBianca murders, is heavily guarded as he leaves the Hall of Justice following arraignment December 11th. He is shown being taken to a police van for removal to a jail cell and peering through the barred windows of the police van. Bearded, short of stature, he is wearing a fringed buckskin outfit.

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Polish film director Roman Polanski with his wife actress Sharon Tate in London. Sharon Tate was murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson and his followers.

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Charles Manson, convicted hippie leader, is sullen as he is led back into the courtroom to hear the penalty he and this three female followers must pay for the Tate-LaBianca murders of August 1969. Manson and his followers, Denise Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten were decreed the gas chamber by the jury following a nine month trial.

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A portrait of American criminal Charles Manson. 1970s

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Susan Atkins testified before the Los Angeles Grand Jury in December 1969, which indicted five individuals, including Atkins, and Charles Manson for the Tate-LaBianca killings.

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