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Charles Manson Unleashed a Nightmare After Showbiz Crushed His Dream

The Manson Family appropriately laid roots, for much of its short existence, at the Spahn Movie Ranch, a fading, set popular in an older, black-and-white, cowboy-crazy Hollywood but used for horse rides and an occasional shoot (a Bonanza here, a softcore porn movie there) as Westerns waned in the public imagination.