Almost 48 years ago, Sharon Tate was brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home by cult members acting under the instructions of Charles Manson.
Convicted of murder for the death of Tate and six others, Manson died in prison of natural causes on Sunday.
Debra Tate, upon hearing the news of Manson’s death from a prison official, told People magazine, ““I said a prayer for his soul.”
Tate, whose sister Sharon was 8 ½ months pregnant when “Manson Family” commune members murdered her, her unborn baby, along with three of her friends, said in 2009 that she has prayed for the souls of all of the convicted killers.
“My cross in my bedroom still has the flowers that I slipped into Jesus’s feet when [convicted killer] Susan died,” she says. “I cried a tear and I asked for forgiveness on her soul. I’ll do the same thing when Charlie dies.”
While Tate prays for the souls of her sister’s killers, she does not believe that they should ever get out of prison.
“These are sociopaths,” told People. “They’re no less violent today then they were then.”
One of the convicted killers, Leslie Van Houten, was granted parole last year, but California’s Gov. Jerry Brown, rejected her release. Her case is again before the parole board and her release could be once again blocked.