November 18, 1969 - Deputy District Attorney Vincent T. Bugliosi is assigned the case.
November 30, 1969 - Watson is apprehended in Texas. His lawyers fight extradition to California for nine months.
December 8, 1969 - Manson, Watson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Kasabian are indicted for the murders of Sharon Tate and her friends. The grand jury also indicts the five, plus Van Houten, for the LaBianca murders.
June 16, 1970 - Trial begins for Manson, Atkins, Krenwinkel and Van Houten.
-- Manson appears in court with an "X" carved into his forehead.
-- He defends himself in court with the help from attorney Irving Kanarek.
August 1970 - Linda Kasabian is given immunity in exchange for her testimony against Manson and the others.
January 15, 1971 - After a seven month trial, jury deliberations begin. The jury finds all the defendants guilty on January 25.
March 29, 1971 - Manson, Krenwinkle, Atkins and Van Houten receive the death penalty.
1971 - Charles "Tex" Watson is found guilty of the murders of seven people and is sentenced to death.
1972 - The death penalty is abolished in California. The sentences for all Manson Family members are commuted to life in prison.
April 12, 2012 - Manson is denied parole for the 12th time. According to the California Parole Board, he has accrued 108 serious disciplinary violations in prison since 1971 and has shown no remorse for the murders.
Major Players ("Manson Family"): Susan "Sadie" Denise Atkins:
September 24, 2009 - Dies in prison.
1969 - Convicted of the murder of Gary Hinman. He is serving a life sentence.
April 21, 1972 - Convicted of the murders of Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea. He is serving a life sentence.
October 4, 2012 - The Parole board recommends that Davis be released due to his "positive adjustment, record of no recent disciplinary problems, and for successfully completing academic and vocational education and self-help programs."
March 4, 2013 - Governor Jerry Brown reverses the parole board's decision, that "he (Davis) currently poses a danger to society if released from prison."
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme:
1975 - Attempts to shoot President Gerald Ford.
August 14, 2009 - Is released on parole after serving 34 years.
Steven "Clem" Grogan:
1986 - Grogran is released on parole after revealing the location of the body of ranch-hand Donald "Shorty" Shea, killed in 1969.