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Los Angeles magazine published this fearful story in October 1969, just two months after the Tate and LaBianca murders shocked L.A.Writer Myron Roberts'search for the connection between drugs, madness, and freaky crimenot to mention a handy reasonable persons guide to self protectionreveals a city desperate for understanding and a return to orderBy Myron RobertsLos Angeles magazine, October 1969 Photograph courtesy Denise Philibert Some murders, like some men, are singled out for fame because they are peculiarly symbolic of their times.In the 20s it was the Leopold-Loeb case, with its trappings of flaming youth and the New Rich produced by a runaway stock market.In the 40s it was the Black Dahlia. The label, affixed to a then anonymous young woman found mutilated in Los Angeles, somehow suggested all those millions of young girls who had left home and family to seek wartime jobs and adventure in the big city, just like in the Betty Grable movies, only with a different ending.In the 50s it was the Finch-Tregoff case in West Covina, with its cast and setting of the wealthy dentist, an aging, expensive and unwanted wife, the country club, the suburban ranch home with a new station wagon parked in the driveway, and weekends in Las Vegas with a pretty young nurse.And now we have the Sharon Tate case, surrounded by a dazzling array of exquisite symbols of our time: drugs, strange sex games, a bizarre new culture, rich hippi

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