Manson Family Murder Trial Presentation ~ Tate LaBianca + Quiz + Flashcards ~ 77 Slides Total!
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This is a very thorough presentation in powerpoint of the legal proceedings regarding all 7 murders done by the Manson family in August of 1969. These are all 5 murders at Cielo Drive, commonly called the Tate Murders, and the 2 LaBianca murders. The presentation is replete with imagery throughout to facilitate learning.
There is also a 20 point multiple choice QUIZ with answer key plus a complete set of FLASHCARDS for reviewing the presentation.
The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook writer.
EXCERPT from main presentation:
All seven murders were solved and then successfully prosecuted by the oldest trick in the book: get them to turn on one another. First, Atkins gave information and then when she changed her mind about a deal with the prosecution. Kasabian got the deal instead and she provided the rest of the information.
They belonged to a hippie group led by Charles Manson. He wanted to be a musician but hadn’t made it. He believed that a race war was coming and that the Beatles’ music warned of this holocaust in their song called "Helter Skelter.” Manson felt only he and his “family" members would survive Helter Skelter. The irony is that in Britain Helter Skelter also refers to an amusement park ride and if you listen to the lyrics of the song, the British Beatles surely put that interpretation into the song. It is about a girl and an amusement ride to them and a race war to Charles Manson.
The reason Manson picked Cielo Drive is because Terry Melcher had lived there earlier. Melcher was in the music business and Manson had pinned all his musical hopes on him. Melcher did not come through as he didn’t think Manson had enough talent. (As Doris Day’s son, Melcher had tried a singing career himself and found out he didn’t have enough talent for that end of the business. So he was now in the business end of the music business and he thought Manson had even less talent than he did.) Melcher and Candice Bergen had lived on Cielo Drive together but they both had moved. Manson knew this but he figured the house would do anyway as a symbol of his rejection from show business.
By killing wealthy people in their homes, Manson planned on helping the big race war come about that only he and his “family” would survive. He would cast suspicion on militant black groups and when those groups won the race war and discovered they were inept, they would make him the leader of the new society. It was this plan that inspired him to tell his family members Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Kasabian to go to Cielo and kill everyone they found. Meanwhile, he stayed at home.
When one fully understand’s Manson’s thinking on “masterminding” these murders, one can finally understand just how crazy one has to be to qualify for using the insanity defense. Manson was still too sane to use the insanity defense.