They were a bright couple. Roman Polanski is a successful director. Sharon Tate - one of the most beautiful actresses in the history of American cinema. Their marriage ended in a bloody drama.
And now, if they recall the two of them, it is mainly due to one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.
She was a real beauty from a good family. She looked at the world with joyful tender eyes.
Sharon Tate at 4 and 24
He was almost a monster - short, slouching, ugly, by the age of thirty-four he survived as many nightmares and losses as would be enough for several lives, embittered and accustomed to not trust anyone in the world.
American actress and model of the sixties. In 1968, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for the role of Jennifer North in the film “Valley of Dolls”. At the award ceremony was proclaimed one of the most promising young Hollywood actresses of the year. In the same year she married the filmmaker Roman Polansky.A year later, while she was eight and a half months pregnant, she was brutally murdered in her own house by members of the criminal commune of Charles Manson.
January 20, 1968. Wedding Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski.
They met at a banquet in London. “We shook hands, talked politely, exchanged phone numbers and left,” recalls Polanski. - I remember that she seemed very pretty to me, but there were plenty of pretty girls in London. Moreover, she was very much like a purely American beauty, and I imagined the “vampire” hero differently. Nevertheless, she made quite a great impression on me, and I called her. ”
Sharon, however, saw Romana better at the first joint dinner - still a business one: short, almost dwarf, besides angry and cynical, with a disgusting accent and sexist jokes. Polanski tried to shock her every now and then. She did not know then that he was just complexing in front of beautiful women, trying to look even more dour than in reality, subconsciously dreaming that the beautiful woman could see his real present behind this monstrous mask.
Once Sharon asked Roman to describe his ideal woman.Probably, in order to try to fit this description. And she was very surprised when Roman answered: “You” - and added that he did not want her to change at all. Sharon told her best friend Sandy Tennant about this. Later she recalled this with mystical horror. After all, Roman's wish was fulfilled: Sharon was not destined to change. The dead remain forever young. .. And loved ones.
"Sharon was struck not only by her pretty face and sexual figure. I was fascinated by her good nature, optimism, love for people, animals, life itself. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Besides, she was a born housewife. She was not only divinely preparing "but she cut me off. She liked to fold my suitcase when I was leaving somewhere. She always knew that she needed to put it there."
Polanski believed that Sharon was shy of his own beauty. He said that once in his youth, while still living in Poland, he received very beautiful French shoes as a gift, but he was embarrassed to wear them because they were more beautiful than the shoes of all those around him. So Sharon is shy of his dazzling face and chiseled body, because other women are not as beautiful as she.
Roman dreamed of his daughter. Sharon was sure that a son would be born.But even the delicate position of his wife did not prevent Polanski from seeking entertainment on the side. Many said that Polanski did not understand what kind of treasure he had got. Roman was sure that a man was a polygamous being and, in principle, was not capable of remaining faithful to one woman. Sharon suffered a lot because of his infidelity, he knew about it, but he hoped that in time she would understand everything. Of course, he could not know that just the time they were given very little.
The child was to be born at the end of August 1969. Sharon and Roman decided that if it was a boy, he would be called Paul Richard - in honor of both grandfathers. The end of spring, the couple spent in Europe. It was there that made the most beautiful and touching photos of pregnant Sharon, lying on the floor surrounded by children's little things or loudly waving her rounded belly.
But then she decided to return to give birth in America. And Roman stayed in London: he was preparing for the shooting of the film “Dolphin Day”.
When they were saying goodbye, Sharon pressed herself against her husband so that he could feel her belly, the child in her belly ... Polanski himself recalls that then he suddenly thought: "But you can never see her again." But he found this thought absurd and hurried to drive it away.He could not allow anything, even a bad foreboding, to darken his absolute happiness.
The absence of his wife unleashed his hands, and Roman with might and main broke off at parties with cocaine and accessible girls. The term of his return now and then endured. Sharon was miserable in separation, she was afraid that the child would be born ahead of time, that she would die in childbirth and never see her husband. She often called him overseas, and he was just annoyed by these calls, distracting from the fun.
On the night of August 8, 1969, Jay Sabring, Abigail Folger and Wojtek Frickowski spent the night in the house of Polanski. Roman promised to come in two days, although Sharon was sure that he would change his mind again. But he had to return even earlier, due to the fact that a robbery attack was committed on that night in the house on Cielo Drive. During the night, they were killed by members of the "family" of Charles Manson.
Murder scene in the living room of the Tate and Polanski mansion in Beverly Hills. Atkins inflicted 16 knife wounds to the actress, and then wrote the word "pig" in the blood of a murdered woman.
Their bodies were discovered the next morning by the housekeeper Winifred Chapman. Police arrived at the scene and found the body of an accidental victim, eighteen-year-old Stephen Parent.
"On the left, just behind one of the stains, there was a bedroom, the door of which was ajar. Sheets and pillows were crumpled, the bedspread was plucked off, as if someone - perhaps a woman in a nightgown, was on the lawn (note, Abigail Folger) - had already managed undress and lie down in bed when the killers came to the house. On the board at the head of the bed is a toy rabbit with paws and ears set down, as if glancing at the newcomers mockingly. There is no blood, and there are no signs of a struggle. " - excerpt from the book "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi.
The front door is wide open; on the bottom of something that looks like blood, three letters are displayed: “Pig”. Agent Polanski, William Tennant identified the body. After that he vomited. On the bodies of the victims, besides Parent, there were a lot of stab wounds.
photo of the murdered Sharon, made in the morgue.
The novel is at his home: the threshold is filled with blood, on the door with blood Sharon is written PIG
On August 13, Sharon Tate was buried in a closed coffin in the Holy Cross cemetery, Culver City, California, with her child in her arms.
Roman's adorable wife
Sharon Tate Polanski
Paul Richard Polanski
- dates of birth and death are absent, because he was never born, he immediately died, was murdered evilly, he did not live at all ... Although he had a name. There were loving parents.A huge house was bought for him. Such is the strange fate of Paul Richard Polanski, the son of a famous actress and brilliant director.
Now, next to Sharon, her mother Doris is buried.
The investigation has been going on for half a year, and it has repeatedly reached a dead end. It was discovered by chance when one of the murderers, Susan Atkins, was arrested in November 1969 for prostitution and theft. Caught in the same cell with addict Shelly Nadell, Susan imbued her with sympathy and told her about the sect to which she belongs - the so-called “family” of Charles Manson.
photo "Manson's family"
The ranch where the so-called family lived.
They called themselves "family" because everyone was in a "marital" relationship and at the same time loved each other by fraternal love, and Charles Manson was honored as a father and teacher. They lived on an abandoned ranch, fed on what they found at the dump or what they managed to steal.
Sharon Tate Killer Susan Atkins
Atkins boasted to a cellmate, not naming any names that had tried the blood of a pregnant woman. This led to the charges, along with the accomplices she named - Charles Manson, Charles "Tex" Watson, Patricia "Katie" Krenwinkle,Leslie Van Houten and Linda Casabian - in the commission of several murders.
Pictured: Susan Atkins, who killed Sharon Tate, with her lawyer Richard Caballero at a court hearing.
In July 1970, Manson, Atkins, Krenuinkel and Van Houten were brought to trial on charges of brutal murder of seven people. Charles Watson managed to flee to Texas, so his case was allocated in a separate proceeding.
In the “plans” Atkins also had such famous personalities as Elizabeth Taylor, whom she wanted to “stab at the face with a knife,” Richard Burton, whose sexual organ she wanted to “put in a bottle,” Frank Sinatra, from whom she wanted to “take off her skin and make wallets so everyone has their little bit of Sinatra, and Steve McQueen.
Virginia Graham, one of the girls Sadie confessed to in correctional facilities, told her, "You can't just go to the man and kill him, can you?" "Yes," followed the answer, "I will not go up, but quietly sneak up like Tate."
The process turned into a real show, as the girls completely followed all the instructions of Manson and copied his behavior: by nodding his head, they jumped up from their seats in the courtroom and started frantically screaming; when Charles shaved his head,the girls followed suit; when Manson decided to cut a cross on his forehead (then he added several lines to it - a swastika turned out), the accomplices did the same.
This is a photograph of Charles Manson taken in March 2009 at Corcoran Prison in California
By the end of the trial, the judges had no doubt that Charles Manson was the instigator and organizer of the monstrous crimes.
Verdict - death replaced by life imprisonment
Although Manson himself was not involved in the killings, the court sentenced him and his accomplices (including Watson) to death in a gas chamber. An exception was made only for Linda Casabian, who was sitting behind the wheel of a car. She was prosecuted in the case of the main witness and immunity was legally extended to her.
But the convicts were lucky: in February 1972, the US Supreme Court imposed a moratorium on the death penalty, so the death sentences were replaced with life imprisonment. In 1978, the death penalty was again introduced in California, but it was not applied to Manson and his accomplices. Until that time, they had repeatedly asked for pardon, but all of them were rejected.
The murderers are still in custody, with the exception of Susan Atkins, who died on September 24, 2009 in a prison of brain cancer (it was Atkins who inflicted Tate with 16 death blows with a knife).