Exactly 50 years on and it’s still the stuff of dinner party conversations. The Manson murders, which took place on Cielo Drive near Beverly Hills on August 8 1969, captivated a generation — and have continued to intrigue people for decades.

It was the sheer madness and barbarism of the massacre, shattering the peace and love of the late 1960s, that got everyone’s attention, as well as the involvement of a Hollywood starlet and the beautiful company she kept. The perverse romance and macabre details of the Manson murders never lose their interest...

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