The Charles Manson Family

Charles Manson Returning to Los Angeles Jail
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In 1969 Charlie Manson emerged from his prison cell onto the streets of Haight-Ashbury and soon became the leader of followers who became known as the Family. Here is a picture gallery of many of the Manson Family members with brief descriptions of their roles as Manson followers.

In 1969 Charlie Manson emerged from his prison cell onto the streets of Haight-Ashbury and soon became the leader of followers who became known as the Family. Manson wanted to get into the music business, but when that failed his criminal personality emerged and he and some of his followers became involved in torture and murder. Most notably were the murders of actress Sharon Tate who was eight months pregnant and four others at her home, along with the murders of Leon and Rosemary LaBianca.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson (2)
Charles Manson (2). Mugshot

On October 10, 1969,Barker Ranch was raided after investigators spotted stolen cars on the property and traced evidence of an arson back to Manson. Manson was not around during the first Family roundup, but returned on October 12 and was arrested with seven other family members. When police arrived Manson hid under a small bathroom cabinet, but was quickly discovered.

On August 16, 1969, Manson and the Family were rounded up by police and taken in on suspicion of auto theft (not an unfamiliar charge for Manson). The search warrant ended up being invalid because of a date error and the group was released.

Manson was originally sent to San Quentin State Prison, but was transferred to Vacaville then to Folsom and then back to San Quentin because of his constant conflicts with prison officials and other inmates. In 1989 he was sent to California's Corcoran State Prison where he currently resides. Because of various infractions in prison, Manson has spent a considerable amount of time under disciplinary custody (or as prisoners call it, "the hole"), where he was kept in isolation for 23 hours a day and kept handcuffed when moving within the general prison areas.

Manson was denied parole 10 times, and died in November 2017. 

Bobby Beausoleil

Bobby Beausoleil
Bobby Beausoleil. Mugshot

Bobby Beausoleil received the death sentence for the August 7, 1969 murder of Gary Hinman. His sentence was later commuted to life in prison in 1972, when California outlawed the death penalty. He is currently at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Bruce Davis

Bruce Davis
Bruce Davis. Mugshot

Davis was convicted of murder for his participation in the murder of Gary Hinman and Spahn's Ranch hand, Donald "Shorty" Shea. He is currently at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, California and has been a born-again Christian for several years.

Catherine Share aka Gypsy

Catherine Share aka Gypsy
Joined the Manson Family in 1968 Catherine Share aka Gypsy. Mugshot

Catherine Share was born in Paris, France on December 10, 1942. Her parents were part of an anti-Nazi underground movement during World War II. Catherine was sent to an orphanage after her natural parents killed themselves in act of defiance against the Nazi regime. She was adopted at the age of eight by an American couple.

For the following years Share's life was fairly normal until her mother, inflicted with cancer, killed herself, leaving Share to care for her blind father. She met her obligations until he remarried then left home, dropped out of college, married, divorced and began to wander around California.

Catherine Share aka Gypsy

Catherine Share aka Gypsy
Catherine Share aka Gypsy. Mugshot

Catherine "Gypsy" Share was an accomplished violinist who dropped out of college just short of earning a music degree. She met Manson through Bobby Beausoleil and joined the Family in the summer of 1968. Her devotion to Manson was immediate and her role was as a recruiter to others to join the Family.

During the Tate murder trial, Gypsy testified that Linda Kasabian was the mastermind to the murders and not Charles Manson. In 1994 she recounted her statements, saying she was forced into perjuring herself after Family members dragged her behind a truck, threatening her if she did not testify as they directed.

In 1971, eight months after giving birth to her and Steven Grogan's son, she and other Family members were arrested after participating in a shoot out with police during a botched robbery at a gun store. Share was convicted and spent five years at the California Institute for Women in Corona.

She is now living in Texas with her third husband and is said to be a born-again Christian.

Sherry Cooper

Sherry Cooper
Fled From the Family Sherry Cooper. Mugshot

Sherry Cooper and Barbara Hoyt fled from Manson and the family after Hoyt overheard Susan Atkins talking about the Tate murder to Ruth Ann Morehouse. When Manson found out the two girls had run away he was described as being furious and took off after them. He found them having breakfast in a diner and gave them $20 after the girls told Manson they wanted to leave. It is rumored that he later ordered select family members to go get them and bring them back or kill them.

On November 16, 1969 an unidentified body was found which was later identified as possibly being family member, Sherry Cooper.

Madaline Joan Cottage

Madaline Joan Cottage
aka Little Patty and Linda Baldwin Madaline Joan Cottage. Mugshot

Madaline Joan Cottage, aka Little Patty and Linda Baldwin, joined the Manson Family when she was 23 years old. Not much is written to indicate she was part of the closer Manson web like Kasabian, Fromme and others, however on November 5, 1969 she was with "Zero" when he supposedly shot himself in a game of Russian roulette. She gained some notoriety in the Family when others who entered the room after the gunshot, reported her response to Zero's death was, "Zero shot himself, just like in the movies!" Cottage left the family not long after the shooting incident.

Dianne Lake

Dianne Lake aka Snake
aka Snake Dianne Lake aka Snake. Mugshot

Dianne Lake was one of the tragedies of the early 1960s. She was born in the early 50s and lived much of her childhood at the Wavy Gravy Hog Farm commune with her hippie parents. Before turning 13, she had participated in group sex and drug use including LSD. At the age of 14, she met members of the Manson Family while visiting the house they were living in at Topanga Canyon. With her parent's approval, she left the Hog Farm and joined the Manson group.

Manson named her Snake and using the excuse that she sought a father figure, subjected her to several beatings in front of the other family members. Her experience with the Family included her regular participation in group sex, drug use and listening to Manson's constant pontifications about Helter Skelter and the "Revolution."

During the Spahn Ranch raid on August 16, 1969, Lake and Tex Watson avoided arrest having left days before to Olancha. While there, Watson told Lake he had killed Sharon Tate, under the orders of Manson, and described the killing as "fun."

Lake kept silent about Watson's confession even after being strongly interrogated after her arrest at the Barker Ranch raid in October 1969. She continued her silence until Jack Gardiner, an Inyo County police officer, and his wife entered her life and offered her friendship and parental guidance.

In late December, Lake disclosed to the DA what she knew about the Family's involvement in the Tate and LaBianca murders. The information proved to be invaluable to the prosecution because Watson, Krenwinkel and Van Houten had confided their participation in the murders to Lake.

At the age of 16, Lake suffered from LSD flashbacks and she was sent to Patton State Hospital to undergo treatment for behavioral enhanced schizophrenia. She was released after six months and went to live with Jack Gardiner and his wife, who had become her foster parents. With the professional help she received and the fostering of the Gardiners, Lake graduated from high school then college and is said to be living a normal happy life as a wife and mother.

Ella Jo Bailey

Ella Jo Bailey
aka Yellerstone Ella Jo Bailey aka Yellerstone. Mugshot

In 1967 Ella Jo Bailey and Susan Atkins were living in a commune in San Francisco. It was there that they met Manson and decided to leave the commune and join the Manson Family. During that year she travelled around the southwest with Manson, Mary Brunner, Patricia Krenwinkel and Lynne Fromme, until they moved to the Spahn Ranch in 1968.

Not much has been written about Bailey, other than it was Bailey along with Patricia Krenwinkel who were hitchhiking in Malibu, California when picked up by Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson. This meeting was the jumpstart in the Family's relationship with the famous musician.

Bailey stayed with the Family up until murder became part Manson's agenda. After the murder of Donald "Shorty" Shea Bailey left the group and later testified for the people during the Hinman murder trial.

Excerpts from her testimony:

  • "He (Charles Manson) stated that he had words with Mr. Hinman, and they had a heated argument, and then it became necessary for him to quiet Gary Hinman down, and he stated that he used a sword and cut Gary Hinman from his left ear down to his chin."He also said that he had quieted Gary down, and the girls put Gary in bed, and that Mr. Hinman asked for his prayer beads and after that he said that he had left Bobby to finish up.
    "He said that two or three shots had been fired at the house. He also said that Bobby was foolish to ever let Sadie hold the gun on Mr. Hinman.
    "He said that all they had gained from going to Gary's house were the two vehicles and around $27."

Her whereabouts today are unknown.

Steve Grogan

Steve Grogan aka Clem
aka Clem Steve Grogan aka Clem. Mugshot

Steve Grogan was convicted and sentenced to death in 1971 for his participation in the murder of Spahn ranch hand, Donald "Shorty" Shea. His death sentence was commuted to life when judge James Kolts decided Grogan was "too stupid and too hopped up on drugs to decide anything on his own."

Grogan, who joined the family at the age of 22, was a high school drop out and viewed by some family members as having been borderline retarded. He was a good musician however, and easy to manipulate, two characteristics which made him of value to Charles Manson.

In prison Grogan eventually renounced Manson and voiced his regret for his actions while in the Manson family. In 1977 he provided authorities with a map to the location to where Shea's body was buried. His remorse and his excellent prison record won him parole in November 1985 and he was released from prison. To this day, Grogan is the only Manson family member convicted of murder who has been released from prison.

Since his release he has kept away from media and it is rumored he is a law abiding house painter in the San Francisco area.

Catherine Gillies

Catherine Gillies aka Cappy
aka Cappy Catherine Gillies aka Cappy. Mugshot

Catherine Gillies, aka Cappy, was born August 1, 1950 and joined the Manson Family in 1968. It was not long after she joined the group that they all moved to her grandmother's ranch in Death Valley which sat next to the Barker Ranch. Eventually the family took over both ranches which became infamous after the Barker Ranch police raid in October 1969.

It is alleged that Manson sent Gillies and other family members to kill her grandmother in order for her to get an early inheritance, but the mission failed when they got flat tire.

During the sentencing phase of the Tate and LaBianca murders, Gillies testified that Manson had nothing to do with the murders. She said the real motivation behind the murders was to get Bobby Beausoleil out of jail by making it appear that the Hinman murders and the Tate and LaBianca murders were racially motivated by a group of Black revolutionists. She also said the murders did not upset her and that she had volunteered to go, but was told she was not needed. She also admitted that she would murder in order to get a "brother" out of prison.

On November 5, 1969, Gillies was in a Venice house when Manson follower John Haught "Zero" allegedly killed himself during a game of Russian roulette.

She is said to have never completely denounced Manson and after the Family broke up, she joined a motorcycle gang, married, divorced and had four children.

Juan Flynn

Juan Flynn
aka John Leo Flynn Juan Flynn. Mugshot

Juan Flynn was Panamanian, working as a ranch hand at Spahn Ranch during the time the Manson family lived there. Although not a family member, he spent a lot of time with the group and participated in turning stolen cars into dune buggies, which became a regular source of income for the family. In return, Manson would often allow Flynn to have sex with some of the female family members.

During the Tate and LaBianca murder trial, Flynn testified that Charles Manson had confided in him and admitted he was "doing all the killings."

Catherine Share aka Gypsy

Catherine Share aka Gypsy
The Oldest Female Manson Follower Catherine Share aka Gypsy. Mugshot

Share began doing small roles in low-budget movies, mostly porn movies. During the filming of the porn movie, Ramrodder, she met Bobby Beausoleil and Share moved in with Bobby and his wife. It was during this time that she met Manson and became an instant follower and family member.

Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Krenwinkel aka Katie
aka Katie Patricia Krenwinkel aka Katie. Mugshot

In the late 1960s, Patricia "Katie" Krenwinkel became a member of the infamous Manson family and participated in Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969. Krenwinkel and co-defendants, Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, and Leslie Van Houten were found guilty and sentenced to death on March 29, 1971 and later automatically commuted to life in prison.

Patricia Krenwinkel aka Katie

Patricia Krenwinkel aka Katie
The Murders Patricia Krenwinkel aka Katie. Mugshot

Manson selected specific family members to go to the Tate and the LaBianca homes to commit murder. According to testimony later given during the murder trial, his instinct about Krenwinkel (Katie) being able to handle murdering innocent people was correct.

When the butchering began at the Tate residence, Krenwinkel fought with houseguest, Abigail Folger, who managed to escape out onto the lawn, but was chased down and stabbed numerous times by Katie. Krenwinkel said Folger pleaded with her to stop by saying "I'm already dead."

During the murders of the LaBiancas, Krenwinkel attacked Mrs. LaBianca and stabbed her repeatedly. She then stuck a carving fork into the stomach of Mr. LaBianca and pinged it so she could watch it wobble back and forth.

Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Krenwinkel - A Hand Gesture?
A Hand Gesture? Patricia Krenwinkel - A Hand Gesture?. Personal Photo

This picture was taken after Krenwinkel spent several years in prison and had long denounced Manson. Some believe, however, that in this picture she is giving a subtle hand gesture similar to those Manson's followers outside the courtroom used to show solidarity and honor to their fallen leader, Charles Manson.

Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Krenwinkel
aka Katie Patricia Krenwinkel. Mugshot

Patricia Krenwinkel separated herself from Manson fairly quickly once in prison. Of the entire group, she seems the most remorseful about her participation in the murders. In an interview conducted by Diane Sawyer in 1994, Krenwinkel told her, "I wake up everyday knowing that I'm a destroyer of the most precious thing, which is life; and I do that because that's what I deserve, is to wake up every morning and know that." She has been denied parole 11 times and her next hearing is around July, 2007.

Larry Bailey

Larry Bailey
Larry Bailey. Mugshot

Larry Bailey (aka Larry Jones) hung around Spahn's Ranch but was never fully accepted by Manson because of his Black facial features. According to reports, he was the person who gave Linda Kasabian a knife on the evening of the Tate murders. He was also present when Manson told Kasabian to go with Tex Watson to the Tate home and do whatever he told her to do.

After the trails were over, Bailey stayed involved with some of the lingering family members and allegedly participated in conspiring ways to get family members out of prison.

Lynette Fromme

Lynette Fromme
aka Squeaky Lynette Fromme. Mugshot

In October 1969, the Manson family was arrested for auto theft and Squeaky was rounded up with the rest of the gang. By this time, some of the group members had participated in the infamous murders at the home of actress Sharon Tate and the murders of the LaBianca couple. Squeaky had no direct involement in the murders and was released from prison. With Manson in jail, Squeaky became the head of the family. She remained dedicated to Manson, branding her forehead with the infamous "X".

Mary Brunner

Mary Brunner
aka Mother Mary, Mary Manson Mary Brunner. Mugshot

Mary Brunner had a Bachelors degree in History from the University of Wisconsin and was working as a librarian at UC Berkeley when she met Manson in 1967. Brunner's life changed drastically once Manson became part of it. She accepted his desire to sleep with other women, started doing drugs and soon left her job and began traveling with him around California. She was instrumental in helping entice people they met to join the Manson Family.

On April 1, 1968, Brunner (age 24) gave birth to Manson's third son, Valentine Michael Manson who he named after a character in Robert Heinlein's book "Stranger in a Strange Land." Brunner, now mother to Manson's child, grew even more loyal to Manson's ideas and to the growing Manson Family.

On July 27, 1969, Brunner was present when Bobby Beausoleil stabbed and killed Gary Hinman. She was later arrested for her involvement in the murder, however received immunity after agreeing to testify for the prosecution.

Her dedication to Manson remained after his incarceration for the Tate-LaBianca murders. On August 21, 1971, not long after Manson was sentenced, Mary along with five other Manson family members, participated in a robbery at a Western Surplus store. The police apprehended them in the act after an exchange of gunfire. The plan for the robbery was to obtain weapons, which could be used to hijack a jet and kill passengers by the hour until authorities released Manson from prison. Bruner was convicted and sent to the California Institute for Women for a little over six years.

It is said that after her release she cut communication with Manson, changed her name, regained custody of her son and is living somewhere in the Midwest.

Susan Bartell

Susan Bartell
aka Country Sue Susan Bartell. Mugshot

Susan Bartrell joined the Manson family after the Tate-LaBianca murders, but before arrests in the case were made. She was arrested during the October 10, 1969 Barker Ranch raid and released. She was present when Family member John Philip Haught (aka Zero) supposedly committed suicide while playing Russian roulette with a fully loaded pistol. Bartrell stayed with the family until the early 1970s.

Charles Watson

Charles Watson
aka Tex Charles Watson. Mugshot

Watson went from being an "A" student in his Texas high school to being Charles Manson's right-hand man and a cold-blooded murderer. He led the killing spree at both the Tate and LaBianca residences and participated in killing each member of both households. Found guilty of killing seven people, Watson is now living his life out in prison, he is an ordained minister, married and father of three, and claims he feels remorse for those he murdered.

Leslie Van Houten

Leslie Van Houten
Leslie Van Houten. Mugshot

At age 22, self-proclaimed Manson family member, Leslie Van Houten, took part in the 1969 brutal murders of Leon and Rosemary LaBianca. She was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to death. Because of an error in her first trial she was granted a second which deadlocked. After spending six months free on bond, she returned to the courtroom a third time and was convicted and sentenced to life.

Linda Kasabian

Linda Kasabian
aka Linda Christian, Yana the Witch, Linda Chiochios Linda Kasabian. Mugshot

A one time Manson follower, Kasabian was present during the Tate and LaBianca murders and gave eye-witness testimony for the prosecution during the murder trials. Her testimony was instrumental in the conviction of Charles Manson, Charles "Tex" Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson
Charles Manson at Age 74 Charles Manson. Mug Shot 2009

Manson, 74, is currently at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, about 150 miles from Los Angeles. This is his most recent mug shot taken in March 2009.