Charles Manson and His Family: Where Are They Now?
Susan Atkins, one of the members of Charles Manson's Family died yesterday from a brain tumor, but where are the rest of the Manson Family members? Where are they now?
Charles Watson, Patricia Krenwinkle and Linda Kasabian all took part in the brutal murders of Sharon Tate and her friends on August 9th 1969.
Of the four members that carried out the Tate murders, only two are still in prison, with the exception of Atkins who has now died and Linda Kasabian who testified at the Manson trial.
The Family photos, their victims and the crime scene photos (be warned, some of the pictures are graphic and very disturbing).
The same four, including Leslie Van Houten and Steve 'Clem' Grogan also committed the LaBianca murders the next night after the Tate murders, when Leno LaBianca and Rosemary LaBianca were killed.
Charles Watson: He is currently serving life in Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. He was married to Kristin Joan Svelte since 1979 and had four children with her, but they divorced in 2003. He calls himself a 'born again Christian' and operates the web site Love Ministries. His next parole hearing is in 2011, but he has been denied parole 13 times.
Patricia Krenwinkel: She is currently serving life in the California State Institute for Women in Chino, California, where has earned a Bachelor's degree, trains service dogs, participates in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous and works in illiteracy programs. She has been denied parole multiple times and has now supposedly turned her life around.
Linda Kasabian: She was the major witness at Vincent Bugliosi's Manson / Atkins / Krenwinkel / Van Houten / Watson trials, and as a result did not serve any prison time for her role in the murders; this caused much controversy even though Kasabian has not entered the houses of either of the murders. However she had also done nothing to stop them at the time. She reportedly was the only person to show remorse for the crimes at the time. She now lives in Washington and is married but has had brushes with the law over the years due to drugs and traffic violations. She has not given an interview since 1988.
Charles Manson: Although not present at the Tate murders, Manson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the Tate / LaBianca murders through the joint-responsibility rule, and is currently serving life in prison at the Corcoran State Prison.
The rest of the Manson Family:
Leslie Van Houten and Steve 'Clem' Grogan also committed the LaBianca murders the night after the Tate murders with the same three above, minus Charles Manson, who did come the second night however.
Leslie Van Houten: She is serving life in prison in the California Institute for Women in Corona, where Susan Atkins was serving her sentence. She has earned two Bachelor's degrees and is considered by some to be a 'model prisoner'. Her next parole hearing is later this year.
Steve 'Clem' Grogan: Not much is known about him but he served 13 years in prison for the murder of Donald 'Shorty' Shea, who was a ranch-hand on the Manson Spahn Ranch where several members were arrested for auto theft charges before they were found to be responsible for the 'Manson murders'. Manson, Watson, Grogan, Bill Vance and Larry Bailey killed Donald Shea because they thought he was responsible for the raid. He now reportedly lives and works in the San Fernanco Valley as a housepainter and musician.
Bobby Beausoleil: Convicted for the murder of Gary Hinman on July 27, 1969, and is currently serving life in prison in the Northwest. He works from prison, composing music and creating art, and he also married Barbara in 1982 and had three children. He also works with at-risk youth from prison.
Mary Brunner: Present at the death of Gary Hinman, but convicted for stealing guns and attempting to hijack a plane with other family members to free Charles Manson, she served six years at the California Institute for Women. She lives in the Midwest with her son born during the Manson family time.
Lynette Fromme: She received a life sentence for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford, but was released on August 14, 2009. She was held at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia after she attacked another inmate with a hammer, but she escaped from there to meet with Manson. She was captured two days later however.
Paul Watkins: He also testified in the Manson trial and did not serve any prison time for his role in the family. He escaped from the family about a month before the Tate murders took place. He went on to found the Death Valley Chamber of Commerce and was the unofficial mayor before dying of leukemia in 1990. He left behind a wife and two children.