January 24, 1943 - August 9, 1969
Sharon Tate, a victim of the 1969 "Manson Family" murders was born in Dallas, Texas and was the first of three daughters born to Colonel Paul and Doris Tate. Even as a child Sharon was very beautiful. At six months of age Sharon won her first beauty contest; she was crowned Miss Tiny Tot of Dallas, Texas. Her very first jobs included modeling. An up and coming actress, she was described as very kind, and beautiful both inside and out.
--`Hollywood is a bitchy town. In interviewing acquaintances of the victims, LAPD would encounter an incredible amount of venom. Interestingly enough...no-one who actually knew Sharon Tate had anything bad to say about her.' - Vincent Bugliosi.
--Long time friend of Sharon and Roman Polanski
In Los Angeles, Jay's style of cutting hair started the male hair care revolution - he opened the first male hair salon in America and quickly became a celebrity. His clients were big names such as Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen. After Kirk Douglas' request, Jay did the hair styling for the movie Spartacus.
On the last day of his life, August 8th, 1969, Jay spent time with Sharon and her friends, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski. They went to El Coyote restaurant and had a meal together. After returning back at Cielo Drive, Jay and Sharon were having a pleasant conversation on Sharon's bed when Charles Manson followers Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins, Charles "Tex" Watson entered the home and killed all the occupants.
Jay Sebring was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan on Wednesday August 13, 1969.
Tex Watson ordered Jay, Sharon, Wojciech, and Abigail to lie on their stomachs in front of the fireplace. Sebring argued with Watson over Sharon having to be in such an uncomfortable position considering she was 8 ½ months pregnant. Now angered, Watson immediately shot Sebring, kicking him several times while he lay bleeding to death on the floor.
--House guest of Sharon and Roman. Abigail Folger was heiress to the famous Folger's coffee empire.
Abigail was interested in art - spending time painting when she was had the time to do so. Besides painting, Abigail was very talented in playing the piano. She attended the Catalina School for Girls in Carmel, California, moving on to Radcliffe College where she graduated with honors, finally ending up at Harvard University where she did graduate work and received a degree in Art History. In 1967 she took a job at the University of California art museum in Berkeley, California. In Los Angeles, she found "something real to live for" by working in the Watts ghetto as a social worker and a taste of show business glamour through acquaintances in the television and motion picture world.
According to her killers, Abigail lifelessly lay bleeding to death in the yard, and pled for them to stop stabbing saying, "I give up, you've got me", and "I'm already dead".
--Roman Polanski's Polish friend. His father had helped finance one of Roman's early films after World War II, and Wojciech played a thief in Polanski's short film, "Mammals." He married twice and fathered a son, Bartek. Later, he moved to Paris, France. In early 1968, author Jerzy Kosinski introduced Frykowski to Abigail Folger, heiress to the Folger Coffee fortune. In August, Frykowski and Folger left New York and moved to their new home at 2774 Woodstock Road, Hollywood, California. In March 1969, Frykowski and Folger temporarily moved to 10050 Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills. They were housesitting for Roman and Sharon while the pair were in Europe. Sharon had returned early due to her advanced pregnancy; Voytec and Abigail continued staying on Cielo Drive, even after Sharon returned so someone would be on hand should she go into early labor. Roman had been expected home --two days after the brutal murders.
Wojciech, determined to escape, managed to make his way outside. He screamed for help as Tex Watson shot him twice, but finally succumbed to the killer when Watson continued to stab him on the front lawn. When found, his hand was literally clutching a tuft of grass in a "death grip" in the yard.
The following night, Leno LaBianco, an upper middle-class California businessman, along with his wife Rosemary were also murdered in their home in the Los Feliz suburb of Los Angeles.
Leno Labianca was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, August 16, 1969.
Patricia Krenwinkel carved the word "WAR" into Leno's stomach. She then stabbed him a number of times and left a carving fork protruding from his stomach and a steak knife from his throat. The girls then wrote messages in Leno's blood; "death to pigs" and "rise" on the wall and "healter skelter" on the refrigerator.
--It was in a 1957 Ford that Rosemary entered the business world; converting an old Gateway Markets truck into a mobile dress shop under the name Boutique Carriage. It was a success, and the business grew; with a partner, Rosemary opened a dress shop/gift store within a Gateway shopping plaza on 2625 North Figueroa St. While her businesses flourished, Rosemary made smart investments in stocks and commodities, and suddenly she was a millionaire. --Court TV
Tex Watson lunged forward and stabbed her until she fell to the floor. By the time the stabbing ended, Watson, Krenwinkel, and Van Houten had stabbed Rosemary 41 times.
In June of 1969 Steven graduated from Arroyo High School. He had planned to attend Citrus Junior College in Azusa the following September. Most of his time was spent working and saving money for school. He had two jobs; by day he worked full time as a delivery boy for Valley City Plumbing Company in Rosemead. And in the evenings Parent worked as a salesman at Jonas Miller Stereo on Wilshire Boulevard.
--Friends and family buried Steven Parent at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Rowland Heights, California on Wednesday, August 13, 1969.
Parent told Watson, "Please don't hurt me. I won't say anything." Steven raised his arm to protect his face as Tex Watson swung the knife at him, slashing Parent's watch off his wrist. Charles Watson shot Parent 4 times in rapid succession.
Baby Paul Richard Polanski
In Loving Memory Of ALL The Victims Of The "Manson Family."
At Susan Atkins' last parole hearing, Debra Tate, sister of Sharon Tate, wiped away tears as she read a letter from her father, Paul Tate, who spoke of the anguish his family has endured and pleaded for Atkins' continued incarceration.
Mr. Tate's letter said in part:
"Thirty one years ago I sat in a courtroom with a jury and watched with others. I saw a young woman who giggled, snickered and shouted out insults," Tate's father wrote. "Even while testifying about my daughter's last breath, she laughed."
“I don't believe there is anyone at the hearing who saw Sharon's house, the crime scene, as I did — the way Miss Atkins left it. I saw everything that has been described today and personally what she did to my child. … "My family was ripped apart," the letter said. "If Susan Atkins is released to be rejoined with her family where will our justice be?”
For anyone wishing to make their voices heard about the parole possibilities of the "Manson Family" murderers, here is information for writing to the California Board of Prison Terms , The Honorable Gray Davis , Governor of the State of California and The Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau
SHARON TATE - In Loving Memory Of Sharon Tate-Polanski by CrimeShots©
JAY SEBRING - In Loving Memory Of Jay Sebring by CrimeShots©
STEVEN PARENT - In Loving Memory Of Steven Earl Parent by CrimeShots©
ABIGAIL FOLGER - In Loving Memory Of Abigail Anne Folger by CrimeShots©
WOJCIECH FRYKOWSKI - In Loving Memory Of Wojciech Frykowski by CrimeShots©
LENO LABIANCA - In Loving Memory Of Leno Labianca by CrimeShots©
ROSEMARY LABIANCA - In Loving Memory Of Rosemary Labianca by CrimeShots©
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