August 10 - 1969 - The LaBianca Murders
When Charles Manson brought his followers to the house of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, he wanted to up the ante on murders that his "Family" had committed the previous night. The LaBiancas were not targeted for any reason other than Manson had seen the home before. The murders of the LaBiancas were not the most notorious murders in the Manson Family's killing spree, as the night before Family members killed actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant, and four other people visiting her. The murder of a low level drug dealer, Gary Hinman, had been committed two weeks before that. The main thing that tied the killings together was writing on the wall in blood, often including the word "pigs." After a refusal to tie the crimes together, investigators made the connection. They were assisted by the arrest of the Manson Family at one of their hideaways for an auto theft ring. Then Susan Atkins, the only person present at all three murders, began talking to her bunkmates in jail about the crimes. It was revealed that Manson was a cult leader preaching about triggering a race war. Manson would be put on trial and convicted of murder, while also becoming a cultural icon and a creepy symbol of the death of the 1960s.