Charles Manson

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FILE - This Nov. 16, 2011, file photo shows Charles Tex Watson during a parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif.  A Texas judge is expected o decide Tuesday, May 29, 2012, whether eight hours of audio recordings of conversations between a the former Manson family member and his attorney should be given to Los Angeles police. Watson is serving a life sentence for his role in the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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Ex-convict Charles Manson attracted a group of runaways and outcasts amid the hippie culture of the 1960s. In the summer of 1969, he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war.

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