“They didn’t even look like people. I didn’t relate to Sharon Tate as being anything but a store mannequin. She sounded just like an IBM machine. She kept begging and pleading and begging and pleading and I got sick of listening to her so I stabbed her” -Susan Atkins on the murder of Sharon Tate
“We’re told, everybody, that all things are bad. Bad is not good and good is not bad. Bad and good go together. You have to accept one to understand the other. You’ve got to accept yourself as God. You’ve got to realize you’re just the devil just as much as you’re God, that you’re everything and you’re nothing at all” -Charles Manson
On January 11th, 2013, Kendrick Johnson’s body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gymnasium of Lowndes High School, Georgia. He was found in an inverted position, head-first, upside down.
Investigators ruled Johnson’s death as an accident, theorizing that he became trapped in the mat while reaching for a pair of sneakers and died from asphyxiation. However, his parents are convinced that he was killed, and they even named suspects in a civil lawsuit.
At the request of the family, Kendrick’s body was exhumed and another autopsy performed, which found that the teen died of “unexplained, apparent non-accidental blunt force trauma,” not from asphyxiation. It was also revealed that his body had been stuffed with newspaper where his organs should have been.
Johnson’s parents filed a $100 million dollar lawsuit against local and state officials in January 2015. The suit named Johnson’s former schoolmates Branden Bell, Brian Bell and their father, FBI Special Agent Rick Bell, as defendants of a wrongful death claim. However, the lawsuit has since been dismissed by a federal judge.