Atkins (aka Sadie Mae Glutz) - As a young teen, Susan Atkins sang in her church
choir in San Jose, California and nursed her mother, who was dying of cancer.
After her mother's death, however, her life went seriously off course.
Van Houten - A psychiatrist, after evaluating Leslie Van Houten, described
her as "a psychologically loaded gun which went off as a consequence of the
complex intermeshing of highly unlikely and bizarre circumstances."
Krenwinkel (Katie) - In September 1967, twenty-year-old Patricia Krenwinkel
joined the Family, leaving behind her Manhattan
Beach apartment, her car, her job, and even her last paycheck.
Manson - Manson was born to a promiscuous sixteen-year-old girl named Kathleen
Maddox on November 12, 1934 in Cincinnati. His presumed father was a "Colonel
Scott" of Ashland Kentucky, whom Manson never met. When Manson was five,
his mother received a five-year sentence for armed robbery, and Manson moved in
with his aunt and uncle in West Virginia.
Watson (Tex) Tried Separately, ne of Charles Watson's former neighbors in
Collin County, Texas described him as "the boy next door." Watson was
an "A" student in a high school and a sports star. He held the state
record in the low hurdles. According to his uncle, Watson's problems started when
he began taking drugs in college.