Aug 9, Actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his disciples were later convicted of the crime. Charles Manson’s followers killed actress Sharon Tate and her three guests in her Beverly Hills home. The dead included Abigail Folger and Voyteck Freykowski.

Aug 9, South Africa’s Johannesburg Women’s Jail reopened its doors as a museum.

Aug 9, In San Francisco Bruce Sherman (66), accordionist and singer of sea chanteys, committed suicide.

Aug 9, Brazil formally offered asylum to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman sentenced to death in Iran on an adultery conviction. On July 31 Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva suggested he would be willing to provide the woman refuge.

Aug 9, Mexican officials said a girl was killed and a woman wounded by gunshots when a firefight broke out between soldiers and bandits on a toll road considered the safe route to the resort city of Acapulco. A tractor trailer loaded with cement crashed into a day-care center in Arramberi, Nuevo Leon state, killing three small girls and three adults.

Aug 9, In China Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, said she lured a British businessman Neil Heywood to a hotel in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, where she got him drunk and poisoned him.

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