The Manson family, a loosely organized social group centered around a supposed guru or spiritual leader named Charles Manson, had multiple members who have been found guilty of a variety of crimes, from the murder of actress Sharon Tate to an assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford. The latter crime was committed by a Manson family member named Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who served 34 years in prison for her attempt on President Ford's life in 1975.
The Sharon Tate murder, which took place late on August 8 and early August 9, 1969 and involved five victims, including the eight-months-pregnant Tate, is perhaps the most high profile crime the Manson Family committed. Though Charles Manson personally ordered the Tate murders to take place, he did not actually participate in these killings.
By the late 1960s, Mason, who was born in 1934, had a long string of criminal convictions in his past, mostly for petty crimes such as theft that he committed when he was a juvenile. Members of the family, including Charles Manson, committed other acts of murder in addition to the five people killed on August 8-9, 1969. Official charges handed down to Manson family members in connection with these crimes include charges of murder and conspiracy. Charles Manson was also charged with murder and conspiracy.