ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Charles Manson died at the age of 83 Sunday night in California.
The man responsible for one of the most horrific murder sprees of the 20th century died of natural causes.
In 1969, Manson was the mastermind of a two-night killing spree in Los Angeles that shocked the nation. They became known as the Tate Labianca murders.
Victims bodies were brutally shot and repeatedly stabbed by devoted members of Manson’s cult-like family. In his warped mind, Manson hoped the killings would start a race war. He called it “Helter Skelter.”
A former St. Louis TV reporter had one of the biggest scoops surrounding the Manson murders.
Al Wiman was working for Channel 7 in Los Angeles at the time. He says even Boy Scouts were asked to comb the hillsides for clothes that Manson’s followers were wearing when they killed seven people.
After most gave up, Wiman and his crew took a look themselves.
“We got out of the car and looked over the side, and sure enough, there were a whole lot of bloody-looking clothes over there on the hillside,” he told Hancock and Kelley on KMOX.
Wiman went on to be a health reporter at KMOV-TV in St. Louis.
Manson was found guilty and sentenced to death in 1971, later reduced to life in prison.
California officials are currently trying to determine what to do with Manson’s remains.