The sister of Charles Manson’s most famous victim, Sharon Tate, is speaking out after Manson’s death. She’s taking a stance of forgiveness, but that doesn't mean she wants the living members of the Manson family paroled.
“I said a prayer for his soul,” Sharon Tate’s sister Debra told People.
She told the magazine that she received a call from a prison official, informing her of Manson’s death, on Sunday evening.
26-year-old actress Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, was due to give birth to a son in two weeks when Charles Manson’s followers showed up at there house. According to The Washington Post, she begged for more time.
“Please don’t kill me. I just want to have my baby,” she pleaded.
One of Charles Manson’s followers then stabbed the actress 16 times. They then dipped a towel dipped in her blood and wrote “PIG” on her front door.
Manson, who died Sunday of natural causes, was serving a life sentence for the deaths of seven people. The murders occurred during a two-day murder spree in August 1969. He is responsible for the deaths of: Tate; Jay Sebring; Wojciech Frykowski; Abigail Folger; Steven Parent; Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
Debra Tate says she’s never wished any of the convicted killers ill. When one of the murders, Susan Atkins, died from cancer in 2009, Debra prayed for her soul.
“My cross in my bedroom still has the flowers that I slipped into Jesus’s feet when Susan died,” she says. “I cried a tear and I asked for forgiveness on her soul. I’ll do the same thing when Charlie dies.”
She did pray for his soul, but that doesn’t mean that she believes any members of the Manson family should be paroled.
“These are sociopaths,” she says. “They’re no less violent today then they were then.”
In September, one of Tate’s murderers, Leslie Van Houten was found suitable for parole by a panel of the board of parole hearing commissioners in Corona, California, PEOPLE confirmed.
Van Houten was granted parole last year but Brown rejected her release, saying at the time that she posed “an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.”
In another interview, Debra said that Mason’s death hasn’t changed things for her.
“People are saying that this should be some kind of relief, but oddly enough it really isn’t,” Tate said in a phone interview. “While Charlie may be gone, it’s the ones that are still alive that perpetrate everything, and it was up to their imaginations for what brutal things were going to be done. In an odd way, I see them as much more dangerous individuals.”
She continued, “Right now we have one Manson family member on deck who has been granted a parole date … and it’s important for people to know that these are individuals that are still brutal monsters capable of committing heinous crimes,” Debra Tate said. “Although I’ve forgiven, I have not forgotten, and I feel it’s very important that they stay exactly where they are until they die.”
Vincent Bugliosi, the attorney who prosecuted Charles Manson, issued a statement empathizing that Manson’s death should be an occasion to mourn his victims.
“Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values,” the statement quoted Bugliosi. “Today, Manson’s victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death.”
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