Today in History: Actress Sharon Tate found murdered

Sister of Sharon Tate Opens Up About Murders and Manson
46 years ago today, the Manson Murders rocked the Hollywood Hills. On August 9, 1969, actress Sharon Tate was found murdered in her California home, along with 4 others.

Tate, an up and coming film sensation and wife of Roman Polanski, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time of the murder.

Tate and her friends were brutally murdered at Tate and Polanski's rented home on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, California. Among the other victims were coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring.

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Charles Manson and his group of "followers" apparently chose the couple's rented home because of a delusional vendetta Manson had against the home's previous owner.

Tate's sister, Debra, spoke to People Magazine on the 45th anniversary of her sister's death, about her distain for Manson and his followers:



Manson and his accomplices were convicted of the murders and sentenced to life in prison.

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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)
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Headshot of Sharon Tate (1943-1969), US actress, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Sharon Tate (1943-1969), US actress, wearing metallic disc sleeveless top, with a scoop neckline, in an exterior portrait, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Sharon Tate (1943 - 1969), wearing a nightgown, faces herself in a mirror while pouring prescription pills into the palm of her hand in a still from the film, 'Valley of the Dolls,' directed by Mark Robson, 1967. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Courtesy Getty Images)
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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)
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