‘This is crazy’: Former AP reporter remembers Manson trial

  • George Brich/AP file photo

    In this Dec. 21, 1970 file photo, Charles Manson reacts to photographers as he goes to lunch after an outbreak in court that resulted in his ejection, along with three female co-defendants, in the Sharon Tate murder trial.

LOS ANGELES — The first time I saw Charles Manson being led into a courtroom in 1969 at the old Los Angeles Hall of Justice, I was shocked — not because of the mythology that preceded him, but because of just how small he was.

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