Debra Tate was one of the first to know the 83-year-old beast responsible for the death of her pregnant sister, Sharon Tate, had died Sunday night.
She learned that unhinged cultist Charles Manson died of natural causes at a California hospital, in an 8:30 p.m. phone call from prison officials. Manson had taken his last breath 15 minutes earlier, according to the state’s Department of Corrections.
“I said a prayer, shed a tear, stuck a flower under my cross in my bedroom and emailed Roman (Polanski),” Tate told the Daily News.
Tate has made what peace she can with Manson and the diabolical killing spree that left seven people dead in Los Angeles in August 1969, including her beloved sister. Sharon Tate, the actress wife of director Roman Polanski, was two weeks from giving birth when Manson’s crazed followers brutally stabbed her and four others to death in her Benedict Canyon home.
“I’ve processed through all of my hate for him. Hate isn’t health. It won’t bring my sister back,” Tate said. “One could say I’ve forgiven him, but there’s a difference between forgiving and forgetting.”
The news of Manson’s death comes as Tate, 65, battles a breast cancer diagnosis and a bout of laryngitis.
Tate always felt at ease with the cold-blooded mastermind spending four decades locked away at the Corcoran State Prison since his 1971 sentencing. He was repeatedly denied parole.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Nancy Dillon and Nicole Hensley