Sharon Tate - Hollywood Murder

Sharon TateSharon Tate was born in Dallas, Texas, the eldest of three in her blood to write "PIG" on the front door. daughters, to Colonel Paul James Tate (1922–2005) a United States Army officer, and his wife, Doris Gwendolyn (née Willett; January 16th, 1924 – July 10th, 1992). At six months of age, Sharon won the "Miss Tiny Tot of Dallas Pageant", but her parents had no show business ambitions for their daughter. However her talent was soon spotted and she became a television and film actress during the 1960′s. Sharon also worked as a fashion model and a cover girl for different magazines. She was also one of the youngest nominees for the Golden Globe Awards for her performance in the movie ‘Valley of the Dolls’.

However all of this came to an end on 8th of August 1969, Sharon was murdered in her residence along with four others – she was eight and a half months pregnant at the time.

Sharon Tate’s murder came as a massive shock, she was two weeks away from giving birth when it happened and was awaiting the return of her husband, director Roman Polanzki, from London.

On the eve of Tate’s murder, she and friends Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, and Abigail Folger went out for dinner at her favorite restaurant, El Coyote, they returned to Tate’s residence at around 10:30 PM. The following morning they were discovered by housekeeper, Winifred Chapman, she immediately called the police. When they arrived on the scene they first discovered the body of a young man, Steven Parent, shot to death in his car outside Tate’s residence. Inside the house they found Tate and Sebring’s bodies tied together by a rope, and then on the front lawn were Frykowski and Folger’s bodies. Tate was stabbed sixteen times, and a towel was dipped in her blood to write "PIG" on the front door.

Police at first couldn’t find a motive for Tate’s murder, and therefore questioned relatives and friends. Polanzki even went as far as suspecting a few friends and associates. Then on November 1969 while in prison in connection with a car theft, an inmate by the name of Susan Atkins admitted to her involvement in Tate’s murder. She also named her accomplices namely Charles Manson, Tex Watson, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel. She also admitted their involvement in the LaBianca murder the night after Tate’s murder. The Los Angeles County District Attorney offered Susan Atkins a deal that guaranteed they would not seek the death penalty against her for any of the current charges in exchange for her grand jury and trial testimony. Linda Kasabian testified against the Manson Family too as an offer of immunity against prosecution was made in exchange for her agreement to provide complete testimony at any trial, against any of the defendants.

Apparently, the murders were by a ‘hippie group’ called The Manson Family (lead by Charles Manson) who considered themselves as a crime family. The ‘family’ believed that a race war was coming, and that only the few chosen ‘families’ would survive. They believed that they should bring about the war itself by killing wealthy families; Tate’s murder was part of their ‘war’.

The trial took place on June 15th 1970. The defendants were found guilty and sentenced to death on March 29th, 1971. Tate’s murder was one of the most gruesome murders of the decade. She was only aged 26 at the time of her death. She was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California (Saint Ann's Section, lot 152, grave 6).