On this day in history, August 9, 1969... Followers of Charles Manson (the "Manson Family") went on a killing spree when they invaded the home of director Roman Polanski (who wasn't home at the time). Polanski's wife, actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant and home at the time, was murdered by the "Manson Family," along with Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring and Steven Parent, who were all visiting at the home at the time. Manson and his followers committed a series of nine murders in total at four locations over a period of five weeks in the summer of 1969. All of these murders were carried out by members of the group at Manson's instruction, who, as one commentator described them, were "intelligent, middle class kids that Manson had converted into putty-like zombies." Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter," a term he took from the Beatles' song. Manson believed Helter Skelter was an impending apocalyptic race war, and he believed the murders would help precipitate that war.