Attorney Richard Pfeiffer discusses the retrials of his client, former Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten. Other former members Catherine "Gypsy" Share, Sandra "Blue" Good and Dianne "Snake" Lake reflect on Van Houten's sentencing and parole hearing. Share reveals that she called Van Houten in prison "a long time ago" and apologized to Van Houten for introducing her to Charles Manson.
Charles Manson died on November 19, 2017 from complications associated with colon cancer, after serving 46 years in prison. Former Manson Family members Catherine "Gypsy" Share, Dianne "Snake" Lake and Gray Wolf reflect on hearing the news that their leader had died. George Stimson, author and longtime friend of Manson, said one of the last things Manson said to him on the phone was "everything's perfect."
Richard Pfeiffer, the attorney for former Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten, talks through his client's trials. During Van Houten's initial trial, her attorney Ronald Hughes died. Hughes knew Charles Manson and the other Family members before the murders took place and had visited Spahn Ranch in the past. According to former LA County Prosecutor Stephen Kay, Manson became infuriated when Hughes did not go "along with the program," and after breaking for a recess, Hughes never returned to the courtroom. His body was found six months after he disappeared.
In January 2019, Leslie Van Houten and Bobby Beausoleil, who had both been convicted of Manson Family murders, were found suitable for parole. While the parole board recommended Beausoleil be released, California Governor Gavin Newsom reversed the decision and denied parole to Beausoleil in April 2019. Beausoleil's attorney, Jason Campbell, believes Beausoleil, who has served more than 50 years, should be released from prison.
In January 2019, Leslie Van Houten and Bobby Beausoleil, who had both been convicted of Manson Family murders, were found suitable for parole. California Governor Gavin Newsom had 30 days to approve or deny the parole board's decisions, and in June 2019, he vetoed the parole board's recommendation that Van Houten be released from prison.
Former Manson Family members Dianne "Snake" Lake, Catherine "Gypsy" Share, Gray Wolf and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme look back on what it was like living on Spahn Ranch, a movie ranch located in Topanga Canyon, California. Their leader, Charles Manson, founded the compound for his followers to live in while plotting the Manson Family Murders.
John Douglas, former profiler and unit chief, interviewed Charles Manson during his time with the FBI. Douglas sits down with Oxygen.com Correspondent Stephanie Gomulka and shares some of his insights on the late cult leader.
John Douglas, former FBI profiler and unit chief, describes the first time he met and interviewed Charles Manson. The late cult leader and some of his followers were found responsible for nine murders in 1969.
The real life inspiration behind the series “Mindhunter” and former FBI profiler John Douglas interviewed Charles Manson. Douglas also interviewed some of his followers and shares his opinion on if any should be granted parole.
In this first act of “Manson: The Women,” former Manson followers Dianne "Snake" Lake, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Sandra "Blue" Good, and Catherine "Gypsy" Share speak to Oxygen about what life was like in the Manson family and what life is like for them now, 50 years later. “Manson: The Women” airs August 10 at 7/6c on Oxygen.
Dianne Lake was known as the youngest family member. She met Charles Manson at 14-years-old and lived with members on Spahn ranch. Ahead of the new documentary “Manson: The Women,” Lake speaks to Oxygen.com Correspondent Stephanie Gomulka about life after the cult, how she felt when Manson died, and why her nickname was “Snake.” For more first-looks or exclusive content, subscribe to Oxygen’s Detective’s Den.
Oxygen’s Manson: The Women tells the individual stories of former followers of Charles Manson, including Dianne Lake, Lynette Fromme, Catherine Share, and Sandra Good. Each woman offers a unique account of what took place during the late 1960s.
In 1969, Charles Manson and some of his followers infamously killed nine people. The case has been plagued with fascination and numerous retellings. Here are the members of the cult who have been tied to the murders, explained.
Former Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme reflects on her time in prison for her 1975 attempt to assassinate U.S. president Gerald Ford. While Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for the crime, she was released in 2009 after serving almost 34 years. Fromme said she contemplated suicide while incarcerated, but she was able to survive her time behind bars.
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a former member of the Manson Family, opens up about her 1975 attempt to assassinate U.S. president Gerald Ford. According to Fromme, a section of redwoods in Northern California were in danger of collapsing, and she wanted to get Ford's attention so he could potentially save the beloved trees. In order to "get his attention," Fromme brought an unloaded gun to Sacramento's Capitol Park and confronted Ford.