‘He’s programming us, telling us what to do’: Haunting footage of Charles Manson giving a coded message to his cult to break him out of jail is shown for the first time
- Charles Manson was an evil cult leader behind murder of actress Sharon Tate
- Chilling footage of Manson speaking from his jail cell will be aired on Thursday
- He tells his followers, in coded language, to help him escape Los Angeles jail
Chilling footage of Charles Manson speaking from his jail cell will be aired for the first time tomorrow.
It shows the notorious cult leader and murderer speaking to his followers from Los Angeles County jail and telling them, in coded language, to help him escape.
He says in the footage: ‘We are sneaking in the county jail looking under the door to see if the man is there.
‘Sneakin’ like little children out of town, sneakin’ all round the court house… sneakin’ everywhere.
Former cult member Catherine ‘Gypsy’ Share (pictured on the show), who served five years in jail for her involvement in the cult, said the group believed Manson was sending them messages to try to get him out of prison
‘Everything is sneaky up in Sneakyville,’ he goes on. ‘You gotta sneak to get to the truth, the truth is condemned, the truth is in the gas chambers.’
Former cult member Catherine ‘Gypsy’ Share, who served five years in jail for her involvement in the cult, said the group believed Manson was sending them messages to try to get him out of prison.
She said: ‘He’s programming us, telling us what to do. He’s telling us to break him out of jail, to learn where the vents are, how to get in and out of the building and how to set him free.’
The footage will air on Thursday night on ITV documentary Manson: The Lost Tapes which explores hours of footage compiled by US producer Robert Hendrickson.
The footage will air tonight on ITV documentary Manson: The Lost Tapes which explores hours of footage compiled by US producer Robert Hendrickson. Pictured: Charles Manson
Hendrickson had been given exclusive access to the Manson cult 50 years ago but his 1973 documentary was banned by a judge so much of the footage was never seen.
Also in the show a woman who was a member of the cult explains what Manson convinced them to do for him.
Sandra Good, known as Sandy, says in footage taken by Hendrickson: ‘Whatever’s necessary to do, you do it. When somebody needs to be killed, there’s no wrong, you do it. And you move on and you kill whoever gets in your way.
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‘This is us,’ she went on. ‘If we were unarmed we would chew their necks off, anything, claw their eyes out. And they know it… Whatever people have been asking for, we’ll give it to ’em.’
Charles Manson formed a murderous cult of 100 people in the 1960s in California.
The so-called Manson family gained national and international notoriety after the murder of actress Sharon Tate and four others on August 9, 1969 by Tex Watson and three other members of the Family.
Group members were also responsible for other murders, assaults, petty crimes and thefts. Manson died in jail aged 83 last year.
- Manson: The Lost Tapes airs on ITV at 9pm on Thursday.
Charles Manson formed a murderous cult of 100 people in the 1960s in California. He is pictured in jail in the footage
WHO WAS SHARON TATE?
Sharon Tate was an the American actress and model who rose to fame in the 60s, appearing in several small-screen productions and starring in a several fashion magazine campaigns before making her film debut in Barrabas in 1961.
Her most noteworthy role was as Jennifer North in the 1967 cult classic Valley Of The Dolls, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
After starring in The Fearless Vampire Killers in 1967, she married director and co-star Roman Polanski in August 1968.
Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski in 1968
She was just two weeks away from giving birth to the couple’s son when she was butchered by members of the Manson Family at Polanski’s Southern California home in 1969.
Four friends were slaughtered alongside her at Polanski’s home in Benedict Canyon: Hollywood hairstylist, Jay Sebring, an ex-lover of Tate’s, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, a Polish actor and writer, and Steven Parent, who had been visiting the caretaker.
On that fateful summer night, Polanski was in London scouting locations for the Day of the Dolphin when he got the call that his wife was stabbed to death 16 times in one of the most vicious and brutal murders in the history of Los Angeles.
Media frenzy directly followed the murders, with speculation that perhaps it had been part of a satanic ritual.
Polanski posed for photographs in the home, next to where the word ‘PIG’ was written in blood, saying he hoped the graphic images would help shock people into coming forward with information.
About a month later members of the Manson ‘Family’ were arrested on suspicion of involvement in an unrelated murder, which lead investigators to a breakthrough on the Tate case as well.
The suspects told police they had killed Tate and her friends not because of who they were, but because of the home they were in, which had belonged to a previous acquaintance of Manson.
Reporting by Megan Sheets
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