Where Are Charles Manson's 'Family Members' Now? While Most Are Still in Prison, Some Live Normal Lives

Charles Manson created a "family" in the 1960s, made up of those who saw him as a powerful, charismatic leader. The Manson Family ultimately became one of America's most infamous cults, with tales of orgies and murder surrounding them.

Members of the Family were convicted of a deadly two-day killing spree that left seven people dead, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Though Manson ordered the killings, he didn't directly participate. Instead, his followers obeyed his commands—and most wound up in prison.

So where are they now? Here's everything you need to know about the central figures in the Manson Family members, and what life looks like for them in 2019.

Leslie Van Houten

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Leslie Van Houten, a former follower of Charles Manson, listens as former Deputy District Attorney Stephen Kay (not seen) describes the 1969 killing scene of the Smaldino couple during a parole hearing 28 June 2002 at the California Institution for Women in Corona, Califonia. Van Houten, 52, who has served over 30 years in prison for her involvement in the Tate-La Bianca killings, was denied parole. DAMIAN DOVARGANES/AFP/Getty Images

Charged with: Murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca

Van Houten was sentenced to life in prison when she was only 19 years old. Now 68, she's been denied parole 19 times but could have another chance at freedom.

Van Houten was recommended for parole in January. It's unclear if she will see release, as two previous parole recommendations were turned down by then–California governor Jerry Brown, according to NBC News. Part of the reason Van Houten has yet to be released is she blames Manson for the murders more than she blames herself, Brown explained at Van Houten's last parole hearing.

Susan Atkins

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Susan Atkins' California Department of Corrections mugshot, 2001. California Department of Corrections

Charged with: Murder of Sharon Tate

Atkins spent her life in prison for her role in murdering Tate—she's the one who stabbed the Hollywood star to death. She died of brain cancer in 2009.

Patricia Krenwinkle

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The three female members of Charles Manson's "family" ham it up for photographers through the window of the sheriff's van as they arrive at the courthouse to continue the murder trial in the Tate-LaBianca case. Patricia Krenwinkle (left) makes a face as Leslie Van Houten and Susan Atkins (right) smile. August 5, 1970. Bettmann / Contributor

Charged with: Tate murders and LaBianca murders

Krenwinkle is still in prison, currently the longest-serving prisoner in the state of California. She was last denied parole in 2017.

Charles "Tex" Watson

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Charles Watson, charged in California with murdering actress Sharon Tate and others, sits in Collin County courtroom during a hearing on whether or not to extradict Watson to California 2/16. Watson's head was covered with a coat as officers led him from his jail cell to the courtroom, but in a surprise move, the judge called photographers into the courtroom and allowed them less than a minute to make the first pictures of Watson since his arrest. Bettmann / Contributor

Charged with: Tate murders and LaBianca murders

Watson remains incarcerated at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego. He has been denied parole 17 times, most recently at a board hearing in October 2016.

He runs the born-again Christian outreach site Abounding Love from prison. The site contains essays and information about faith, forgiveness and the crimes he committed while a member of the Manson Family.

Bobby Beausoleil

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Robert 'Bobby' Beausoleil poses for a mugshot after being arrested for the murder of Gary Hinman at the request of Charles Manson on August 7, 1969. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Charged with: Murder of Gary Hinman

Already behind bars for Hinman's death Beausoleil had no role in the Tate murder or any after. Now 71, he is still serving a life sentence in the California Medical Facility, a state prison in Solano County, California.

Although a parole board recommended Beausoleil for parole in January 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom rejected its recommendation, claiming he could still pose a danger to society.

Steve "Clem" Grogan

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Manson family member Steve Grogan, 20, smiles slightly as he is led from the courtroom after he was convicted of first degree murder of movie stuntman Donald (Shorty) Shea whose body has never been found. The jury of eight men and four women deliberated just eight hours before returning the verdict. The panel apparently had no problem with the "no body" angle of the case. Bettmann / Contributor

Charged with: Murder of Donald Shea

Grogan was granted parole after serving 15 years in prison for Shea's murder. He was allowed his freedom after telling authorities where Shea's body had been disposed of after the murder.

Linda Kasabian

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Manson family member Linda Kasabian, star witness in the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murder trial, at a press conference in Los Angeles, after being granted immunity from prosecution in the Manson Family trial, US, 19th August 1970. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Charged with: Nothing

Kasabian was considered the star witness in the trial against Manson. After eavesdropping on the infamous murders, she broke with the Family and testified for the prosecution. Today Kasabian avoids the spotlight and is reportedly living in a trailer park.

Paul Watkins

Charged with: Nothing

Not involved with any of the murders, Watkins stayed out of prison despite his close relationship with Manson and the Family by providing information to police.

In 1979, Watkins co-wrote a memoir, My Life with Charles Manson. He died of leukemia in 1990.

Catherine Share

Charged with: Small crimes

Now: Share went to prison for a short time for her roles in Manson's lesser schemes. In August 1971, Share and several other Manson family members held up a surplus store and stole nearly 150 guns. The group planned to hijack a passenger jet and stage a hostage crisis to lobby for the release of Manson and other members of the Family. She did not have a part in any of the murders and was released in 1975, after which point she became a born-again Christian.

Known as one of "Manson's ex-lovers," Share recently spoke about how the cult leader was comparable to Jesus. She also advocated for the Family members still in prison. "They've just done the work on themselves for years and years and years," she told Australia's 60 Minutes on Sunday. "They're just not the same people they were when they were 20 and 18 at all."

Mary Brunner

Charged with: Small crimes

Now: Brunner went to prison for small crimes including indecent exposure and theft but was paroled in 1977. She was not involved in any of the murders. Brunner mothered one of the cult leader's children, Valentine Michael Manson, and was considered the "mother" of the entire Family. After her release from prison, Brunner moved to the Midwest with a new identity, according to Rolling Stone.

Squeaky Fromme

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Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, shown leaving courthouse after her first hearing on the charge of attempting assassination of President Gerald Ford, will be in court again 9/23 to hear results of psychiatric exam ordered by federal judge to determine if she is competent to stand trial and defend herself. Miss Fromme's attorney has filed an appeal requesting further bail reduction for the Manson cultist. Bail was originally set at $1 million. Bettmann / Contributor

Charged with: Assassination attempt of President Gerald Ford

After pointing a gun at the sitting president, Fromme went to prison for life. She briefly escaped in 1987 to see Manson, who had been diagnosed with cancer. She returned to prison and stayed there until 2009, when parole was granted. Fromme now lives in upstate New York.

Charles Manson

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Charlie Manson arriving at the Inyo County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing on charges of arson and receiving stolen goods, on December 3, 1969. Bettmann

Charged with: seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of Abigail Ann Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Earl Parent, Sharon Tate Polanski, Jay Sebring and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Manson was originally sentenced to death but, when California ruled capital punishment unconstitutional in 1972, he was given life with the possibility of parole.

On November 19, 2017, Manson died from cardiac arrest resulting from respiratory failure and colon cancer.

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