Sharon Tate, the then 26-year-old bride of director Roman Polanski, was eight and a half months pregnant at that time that Manson's followers killed her and four others in her home. Nearly 40 years later, Tate and others have returned to the Barker Ranch to look for other victims. In November 1969, "Family" member Susan Atkins told a cell mate that there were "three people out in the desert that they done in."
An abandoned miner's truck with "Helter Skelter" written on the back was found behind the house. "Helter Skelter" was Manson's term for the end of the world, which he was planning to hasten by starting a race war. Manson hoped that the murders his followers committed would be blamed on black people and spark a racial revolt, after which Manson and his "Family" were to emerge from the Barker Ranch House, to rule over the survivors.
Instead, Manson was arrested in October 1969, after being found hiding in a bathroom cabinet at the ranch. Manson was originally sentenced to death in 1971, but a decision by California's Supreme Court a year later abolished capital punishment. The Manson family members currently in prison are already serving life sentences -- the maximum penalty allowed at the time the crimes were committed. Manson is now an inmate at Corcoran State Prison and won't be eligible for parole until 2012. No parole board in existence will ever let this lunatic see the light of day.
The Barker Ranch, where Manson and the Family resided in the California desert has been dormant since the 1969 arrests. Considering the quantity and the types of markers of human decomposition found, the cadaver dog's response, and the probing exercise, enough evidence has been found to warrant further testing at a deeper level and a full scale excavation at Barker Ranch, according to the report issued to law enforcement.