Dianne Lake speaks out about relationship with Charles Manson

The youngest member of the Manson family has opened up about her “loving” relationship with Charles Manson, the convicted mass murderer with whom she said she had sex at age 14.

Dianne Lake, now 64, described her former lover as “attractive,” and “loving” in an interview with “Good Morning America” Tuesday.

She said they had sex within hours of meeting one another when Lake was a teenager.

She described falling in love with Manson.

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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.


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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“He made you feel like you were his one and only love, you know?” Lake said. “And yes, there were other girls, but we all shared him. He made you feel really special, and specially loved.”

Lake appeared on the show to discuss her new memoir, “Member of the Family,” about her dark years as a victim and member of the Manson cult.

She said Manson, who was 34-years-old when they first met, slept with the minor within hours.

“It seemed very natural and loving and kind of like a game,” she said. “He was cute, impish. You know, fun.”

Lake lived with Manson for two years, alongside cult members Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins and Tex Watson, all of whom were later convicted of murder.

Lake said she knew nothing of Manson’s plan to kill, and that she was protected by Tex Watson whom she described as “more of a big brother to me.”


Lake recalled a shift in Manson’s focus from talk of love and peace to “Helter Skelter,” or race war.

She said she suffered years of psychological control in addition to physical and sexual abuse.

Manson allegedly handed out knives to each family member, Lake said.

She said they would enter people’s homes and rearrange their furniture to “mess” with their minds at their leader’s behest.

In August, 1969, over the course of two days, seven people, including Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Stephen Parent, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring and actress Sharon Tate were all brutally murdered.

Lake said the cult described the gruesome murders to her without remorse.

“What I remember is that they gave me the gory details with a certain amount of glee or almost like bragging, which just made me feel even worse,” Lake recalled. “It was, like, ‘What? How could you do that?”

Lake was arrested two months after the murders.


“We were arrested in October and it wasn’t until December that I finally felt comfortable enough before the grand jury to tell them, “I’m Dianne Lake. I’m 16 and I want my mommy,” she said on Good Morning America.

Lake ultimately testified against Manson in court.

Manson, Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten were all convicted and given the death penalty, which was later commuted 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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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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Van Houten was granted parole in September and is set to be released from prison.

Lake said she doesn’t fear for own safety if Van Houten is released.

“I’m not afraid for myself if she is granted or approved for parole,” Lake said. “I feel they originally all had the death penalty, and it’s between them and God at this point.”

Lake said that sharing her story was cathartic.

“It’s taken me this long really to get to the point where I can admit or have been able to realize that I really was a victim,” she said.

“I feel very unburdened and I feel untethered from the shame of being associated with this person who has become the icon of evil.”

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