10050 Cielo Drive


It was  August, 1969.  Jason, Bernie, and Helen were on summer vacation from Walt Whitman High School. Slightly over a year ago was the second Kennedy assassination, and they were losing lots of friends in Southeast Asia.



Eagerly awaiting the imminent release of the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ album, they were listening to the white album, and hoping to go to Woodstock in a week.


As they were enjoying songs like ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Helter Skelter’, a sudden knock came on the door.   Pam and Larry, stunned, asked: “Have you heard what’s happened to Sharon Tate and her friends?”



This summer saw the fiftieth~milestone~anniversary of the R.F.K. assassination, and tomorrow is the forty ninth anniversary of the Manson family’s murder of Sharon Tate, Leno and Rosemary La Bianca, and their friends.  Please join us for our weekly jaunt through Rochelle’s  Friday Fictioneers.  This week, Ronda Del Boccio

supplies the photo prompt.

36 thoughts on “10050 Cielo Drive

  1. 4963andypop says:

    Sounds like we went a similar way. Someone (anonymous) advised me of the anniversary of the Sharon Tate murder after reading my own rather cultish post. Pure coincidence, though i do remember watching a tv movie Helter Skelter about the killing when i was much too young. What an era!

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    1. Mary Anne says:

      Those were the years I was having babies, of which there were five. I remember ‘Sputnik’ going over our house. Could see it.It was like a big star.
      Televisions were only black and white, and, the channels were free. You had to walk to the TV to turn it on or off. No ‘clickers’ There were no such thing as paper diapers. The ‘Diaper Man’ came in his truck which had a huge baby sitting on the top with a crown on his head. Well, you didn’t have to have ‘diaper service’ … you could wash your own but my husband didn’t want me to have that extra job so he gave me the Diaper King

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  2. jillyfunnell says:

    The sixties – a decade of contrasts for me: fun, excitement and horror. Amazing music. Northern English “ordinary” actors like Albert Finney who spoke straight to camera in “Tom Jones” and later halted his performance on stage to verbally attack a disruptive theatregoer saying “I’m working up here!” A book called “Bonjour Tristesse” by Francoise Sagan that I knew was about me. And I remember looking at Bobby Kennedy’s picture in the paper on the train into my work in London and thinking he would be a good president. By the end of the day he was dead. As for the murders in Cielo Drive, unspeakable horror. You are right to remind us.

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  3. Mary Anne says:

    Rispondi: Guessing it means respond. I’m writing because I don’t understand what your site is about. Do people write 100 word stories about a given picture? That is the idea that my ?brain has received. Ha Ha. I can’t find the picture , nor, can I find a place to write the story. Am I way off the track? Thank you. maryanne https:maryanne84.wordprress.com


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