Manson’s Lost Girls (2016 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Starring Jeff Ward and Mackenzie Mauzy. Seduced by the Spahn Ranch hippie commune’s free-love lifestyle, Linda reluctantly becomes an accomplice in a drug-fueled murder spree led by Charles Manson.
August 1969, just after Sharon Tate’s murder. Linda rushes off the compound, leaving behind her daughter and family. She begs her baby daddy, Bob, to help her, but he says he won’t set foot on the ranch.
Flash to Linda’s origin story. She left her mother and stepfather after he abused her. Living the life of a runaway and 60’s free love, Linda met Bob and had a baby. He ran off to Mexico, leaving Linda a vulnerable/struggling single mother. This is when Carles Manson set his sights on her. Susan, Squeaky, and Leslie show Linda around the ranch. The men on the ranch are all interested in Linda, specifically Bobby and Hex.
Linda and Hex quickly sleep together, and he tells her about Charlie’s prison past and his visions for the future. Charlie meets Linda and caresses her legs creepily. The group goes to parties to dance and do drugs. Charlie is working on landing a record deal with a Beach Boy producer. Then they all have orgies together. Linda and Charlie have sex, and it is intense. They talk about dying for one another.
Since none of them have jobs, they steal money for food and dig through the trash from the things they need.
Later, for fun, the girls smoke weed and break into houses of the rich and famous. They continually do drugs, and a girl named Sarah OD’s. Then the record producer backs out of Charlie’s record deal, causing Charlie to pull a gun on him. Then he talks about Helter Skelter and spouts conspiracy theories and racist beliefs.
Linda seems terrified of Charlie and continues to validate Charlie, even when he uses her for knife throwing practice. The children are malnourished, and the ranch seems like a terrible place. Things get even worse when Charlie takes everyone to Death Valley. Where he combat trains the women. When they try to speak up, he assaults them.
The night of the murders, Linda doesn’t go in but witness the carnage. The plan to frame it on the black panthers doesn’t happen. So Charlie sends them out again for another night. Linda again is the getaway driver.
Cut back to after the murders, Linda turns herself into the police leaving her daughter with her mother. Linda explains what it is like to feel like a nobody and how Charlie made her. Linda receives full immunity for testifying against them in court as the sole witness to the crimes.
Lifetime’s version of Charles Manson, Jeff Ward, is still hot, which is not factually accurate.
🔪🔪🔪 (3 Knives, but it feels inappropriate)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required.)
*Photo Credit: © 2016 Lifetime