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Other killers snuffed out far more lives than Charles Manson did in 1969 . Yet he has endured for nearly a half-century as the personification of evil, even in an age in which mass shootings leave dozens dead at a time. Manson was convicted of orchestrating the slaughter of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people over two successive August nights in Los Angeles.Manson's notoriety developed in part because he played an integral role ending the mood of wishfulness and illusion that marked that era, said Todd Gitlin, author of "The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage".Had Manson been executed, he might barely be remembered today, Guinn said. Instead, with a healthy assist from news coverage, he was able to capture the public's attention every few years when he got a parole hearing or in the occasional interviews he granted, in which he often put on his "crazy Charlie" act, crime experts said.
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