A+E Networks-owned channel History is slated to uncover audio recordings with infamous cult leader and convicted killer Charles Manson that provide new evidence into the Manson Family murders.
Produced by Lucky 8 TV, Manson Speaks: Inside the Mind of a Madman will reveal never-before-broadcast audio recordings with Manson that suggest the turmoil caused by the Manson Family may have extended beyond their notorious Los Angeles murders.
The two-night, four-hour special lends insight into retired LAPD robbery-homicide detective Cliff Shepard’s investigation into two additional peculiar deaths – the murder of a 19-year-old girl and a mysterious suicide – that fit within the Manson Family timeframe.
In addition, the special will examine 26 hours of exclusive unheard phone conversations with Manson and confidant Marlin Marynick, who recorded the calls over roughly 10 years, revealing cryptic information about the murder of actress Sharon Tate, among others.
The two-part special also presents a new theory on Manson’s motives that does not align with the “Helter Skelter” theory he was prosecuted under; brings forth new eye witnesses; and makes contact with the only convicted Manson Family killer currently out of prison and living under a pseudonym.
“Charles Manson was one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, occupying a dark place in American culture,” said Eli Lehrer, executive VP of programming at History. “After four decades in prison, Manson’s death is an impactful part of our current history and our special offers an in- depth look at a cult leader who horrified and fascinated a nation. Through Manson’s own words in countless hours of exclusive audio conversations we uncover shocking information that may change how we perceive the history of his crimes.”
Manson’s followers committed a series of nine murders – seven occurring over a two-night killing spree in Los Angeles in 1969, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate – at four locations in July and August 1969.
Convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in 1971, Manson was sentenced to death for his involvement, and was later commuted to life with the possibility of parole after the death penalty was abolished in California. He died of natural causes at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, California on Nov. 19.
Manson Speaks: Inside the Mind of a Madman premieres Sunday (Dec. 3) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History.