Charles Manson and four of his followers were convicted in 1971 of murders committed in Los Angeles on Aug. 8 and 9, 1969.
• Manson, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Charles "Tex" Watson were convicted of all seven murders: five on Aug. 8 at the home of filmmaker Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate, and two on Aug. 9 at the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
• Susan Atkins was convicted of the five murders on Aug. 8. During the Aug. 9 murders, she remained in the car.
• Leslie Van Houten was convicted of the two murders on Aug. 9.
Manson, Krenwinkel, Atkins, Watson and Van Houten were initially sentenced to death. Those sentences were commuted to life by the California Supreme Court's 1972 ruling in People vs. Anderson.
Steve "Clem" Grogan also remained in the car during the two murders on Aug. 9. He was convicted of the murder later that month of ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea.
Linda Kasabian was charged in all seven murders but was granted immunity in exchange for testimony.
Where are they now
Charles Manson (born Nov. 12, 1934), Corcoran State Prison. Has been denied parole 12 times, most recently in April 2012. He could be eligible again in 2027.
Patricia Krenwinkel (born Dec. 3, 1947), women's prison in Chino. Has been denied parole 13 times, most recently in 2011.
Susan Atkins, died in September 2009, at age 61, at the prison in Chowchilla. She had been denied parole 18 times and also had been denied compassionate release after her cancer diagnosis. As a youngster, she had lived in San Jose's Cambrian Park area and attended Leigh High, then moved to Los Banos .
Charles "Tex" Watson (born Dec. 2, 1945), Mule Creek State Prison, Ione. Tried separately from the others, convicted in October 1971. Has been denied parole 14 times. Next scheduled hearing in 2016.
Leslie Van Houten (born Aug. 23, 1949), women's prison in Chino. After the commutation of her death sentence, she was retried twice. The first ended in a hung jury; the second ended in conviction, with a life sentence. Denied parole 19 times. Eligible again in 2018.
Steve "Clem" Grogan (born May 24, 1952). Convicted of the August 1969 murder of Shorty Shea. The jury recommended a death sentence, but a judge reduced it to life in prison, saying Grogan 'was too stupid and too hopped on drugs to decide anything on his own.' Paroled in 1985.
Bruce Davis (born Oct. 5, 1942), California Men's Colony near San Luis Obispo. Convicted of the murders of Gary Hinman in July 1969 and Shorty Shea in August 1969. In March 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown refused to sign off on a recommendation of parole. In March 2014, Davis was again recommended for parole; in August of that year, Brown again blocked his release.
Bobby Beausoleil (born Nov. 6, 1947), Oregon State Penitentiary. Convicted of the murder of Gary Hinman. A parole hearing scheduled for February 2015 was postponed.
Linda Kasabian (born June 21, 1949). Granted immunity in exchange for testimony. Stays out of spotlight; has sat for interviews, but in disguise or with image obscured.
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (born Oct. 22, 1948). Not involved in the 1969 murders, she was convicted of a 1975 assassination attempt on President Ford in Sacramento. Initially incarcerated in the federal prison in Dublin, Calif., she was later moved to facilities in West Virginia and in Fort Worth. She was paroled in 2009 and reportedly lives in New York.
From left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, 1970 (AP photograph)