Yesterday, Nov. 19, horrific serial killer, atrocious cult leader, and all-around terrible human being Charles Manson passed away. He was 83 years old. And while the death of someone whose crimes haunted a generation is a reason to celebrate for many people, for others, it’s a cause for concern. This past January, Debra Tate — sister of Sharon Tate, Manson’s most famous victim — exclusively told In Touch that she feared the worst would happen when this fateful day finally came.
“I think we could have a murder spree again,” she told the magazine, about what she predicted for the months after Manson’s death. “I’m very concerned that there could be significant backlash from his passing. He has thousands of followers now, and every one of them is evil.”
She has reasons to fear Manson’s followers; in the same interview, she told In Touch, “I get death threats every time we have parole hearings coming up,” adding, “I absolutely believe he’s murdered more people than what the public knows, he has a need to kill. I think he’s criminally crazy. The public should be afraid.”
Members of Manson’s “family” — Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Tex Watson — killed Sharon and her unborn child at the home she shared with her husband, Roman Polanski. Three of Sharon’s friends and a visitor also lost their lives that day.
News of Manson’s death was first confirmed by Debra, who has since broken her silence about his passing. “I said a prayer for his soul,” she told People, saying she did the same for Susan Atkins, who took her sister’s life. Since Sharon’s death 48 years ago, she said Manson and his followers have been a part of her life. “Each one of these people and myself now have our spirits or our wills slightly entangled.”