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Untimely Ripped: Mediating Witchcraft in Polanski and Shakespeare

  • Bryan Reynolds

Abstract

Shortly after midnight on August 9, 1969, as instructed by cult leader Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Katie Krenwinkel, and Charles Watson unlawfully entered the Hollywood Hills estate of director Roman Polanski and his movie star wife, Sharon Tate. To promote “Helier Skelter,” a horrific dream scheme designed by Manson to effect ultimately a worldwide racial war ending in a white elite ruling over a black population, the four Manson family members set out to rob and brutally murder the inhabitants of the Polanski residence. Steven Parent, a friend of the estate’s caretaker, was the first to die. As Parent attempted to leave the property in his car, he was suddenly, and in short order, shot, stabbed, and killed by Watson. Then, while Kasabian kept a lookout for people coming at the end of the driveway, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Watson invaded the house, forced its occupants at knife-point into the living room, tied them together with nylon rope by their necks, and began stabbing and shooting them to death. One hundred and two stab wounds scattered the mangled corpses of Abigail Folger, Voityck Frykowski, Jay Sebring, and Sharon Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant with her and Roman’s first child. When the assassins completed their mission, they returned to Manson who was waiting for them at a bar.

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Subjective Territory Evil Spirit York Time Magazine Nylon Rope Ritual Murder 
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