The Details of Sharon Tate's Gruesome Murder Will Stick With You in the Worst Possible Way
Actress Sharon Tate was only 26 years old when her life and career were tragically cut short in one of the most brutal murders in Hollywood history. On Aug. 8, 1969, the stunning Valley of the Dolls star - who was married to film director Roman Polanski and eight and a half months pregnant with their son - was spending time with friends at 10050 Cielo Drive, the secluded home she and Roman shared in LA's Benedict Canyon. Roman was off in London filming The Day of the Dolphin, so he asked their close pals Wojciech Frykowski and Folger's Coffee heiress Abigail Folger to stay at the house with his pregnant wife until he flew back to LA on Aug. 12. The trio had dinner at Sharon's favorite restaurant, El Coyote, along with celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring. They returned to the house around 10:30 p.m.
Shortly after midnight on Aug. 9, the house was broken into by four members of Charles Manson's "family": Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Linda Kasabian, who were instructed by the cult leader to go to "that house where [record producer Terry Melcher] used to live" (Manson, a wannabe rock star, had tried unsuccessfully to get a record deal from Melcher, who used to rent the house on Cielo Drive) and "totally destroy everyone in [it], as gruesome as you can." The members followed direction, and what happened next would horrify the seasoned homicide detectives who worked the case.
Watson entered the home and encountered Frykowski, who was sleeping on the living room couch. He immediately kicked him in the head, and when Frykowski asked who he was and what he was doing there, Watson said, "I'm the devil, and I'm here to do the devil's business." He forced the others into the room and tied Tate and Sebring together by their necks with rope, slinging it over the ceiling beams. When Sebring protested the rough treatment of pregnant Tate, Watson shot him. As Folger and Frykowski were repeatedly stabbed - 28 and 51 times, respectively - Tate was inside, pleading with the deranged murderers to be allowed to live and give birth to her baby; she even offered herself as a hostage. While it isn't known whether Watson or Atkins killed Tate, she was stabbed 16 times while allegedly crying out, "Mother . . . mother . . . "
As they left for Cielo Drive that day, Manson told Atkins and Krenwinkle, both just 21 years old, to "leave a sign . . . something witchy" after the murders. Using a towel, Atkins wrote "pig" on the front door of the house in Tate's blood. The bodies were discovered by Tate's housekeeper, Winifred Chapman, as she arrived at the home for work. Tate was found on her left side in the fetal position, wearing a floral bra and matching underwear. The white nylon rope was around her neck, and still tied to Sebring, who lay about four feet away. One of her breasts was cut off as a result of the slashing, and there was an X cut onto her stomach. At the time of her horrific and infamous death, Tate was a wife, an expectant mother, and one of Hollywood's most promising rising stars.
*Georgetown is a city in Quitman County, Georgia, United States. It is at the Alabama-Georgia state line next to Walter F. George Lake. The population was 973 at the 2000 census. In 2006, Georgetown and Quitman County voted to consolidate their governments, becoming the smallest such consolidated entity in the Lower 48 states. Contents 1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Education 4.1 Quitman County School District 5 Gallery 6 References 7 External links History Settled in the early 1830s, Georgetown was first named Tobanana for the nearby creek. The Tobanana Post Office was established on January 10, 1833. On September 21, 1836, the name of the town was changed to "Georgetown" after the historic neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Georgetown was designated in 1859 as the county seat of Quitman County and was laid out as a town by order of the Inferior Court. The town was incorporated by an act of the legislature on December 9, 1859. A brigade of federal cavalry, commanded by General Benjamin H. Grierson, camped for a time near Georgetown on the banks of the Tobanana Creek at the close of the American Civil War. Georgetown was destroyed by fire in 1903; every building except for the post office and three houses were destroyed. Geography Georgetown is located at 31°53'02?N 85°06'05?WCoordinates: 31°53'02?N 85°06'05?W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it (30.46%) is water. Demographics Historical population Census Pop. %± 1870 263 — 1880 245 -6.8% 1890 348 42.0% 1900 348 0.0% 1910 313 -10.1% 1920 244 -22.0% 1930 345 41.4% 1940 367 6.4% 1950 550 49.9% 1960 554 0.7% 1970 860 55.2% 1980 935 8.7% 1990 913 -2.4% 2000 973 6.6% 2010 2,513 158.3% Est. 2014 2,315  -7.9% U.S. Decennial Census As of the census of 2000, there were 973 people, 367 households, and 274 families residing in the city. The population density was 355.0 people per square mile (137.1/km²). There were 554 housing units at an average density of 202.1 per square mile (78.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.02% African American, 39.77% White, 0.10% Asian, and 0.10% from two or more races. There were 367 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 26.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11. In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $22,941, and the median income for a family was $25,250. Males had a median income of $22,404 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,407. About 22.0% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 30.4% of those age 65 or over. Education Quitman County School District The Quitman County School District holds grades pre-school to grade eight, and consists of one elementary-middle school. The district has 22 full-time teachers and over 314 students. Gallery Quitman County Courthouse was built in 1939 by the Public Works Administration using federal relief funds. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The old Quitman County Jail. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Georgetown City Hall. Georgetown Post Office (ZIP code: 39854)
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