The world continues to react to the death of Charles Manson. Bryan Cranston took to social media to share his own personal story with the convicted cult leader.
"Hearing Charles Manson is dead, I shuddered. I was within his grasp just one year before he committed brutal murder in 1969," he shared.
The "Breaking Bad" star says that he and his cousin ran into Manson while horseback riding.
"Luck was with me when a cousin and I went horseback riding at the Span Ranch, and saw the little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie," he said.
According to People, Cranston previously talked about his encounter with Manson in a 2016 interview.
“I didn’t actually meet Charles Manson, but I was as close as I am to you,” he said to the interviewer sitting next to him.
Cranston continued, explaining, “We were renting the horses and this young guy, bearded guy, came in screaming, ‘Charlie’s on the hill!’ And about a dozen people galloped away. [...] On the horse was this little bearded guy with with big, dark eyes and wild hair. It was crazy. I couldn’t take my eyes off him."
Manson died on Sunday at the age of 83. The cult leader orchestrated the infamous murders of seven people during the summer of 1969. He was the leader of the so-called "Manson Family," a group of followers — mostly runaways and other outliers — who killed for him. Though Manson didn’t physically participate in the killings, he was the one who ordered them, hoping to inspire a race war.
According to a California Department of Corrections statement, Manson died of natural causes at a hospital.
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