Reporting the Manson Family Murders

On the 50th anniversary of the Tate-Labianca murders and the subsequent trials, one of the young reporters of the time recalls her experiences interviewing Charles Manson, Manson family members and covering the legal proceedings and the trials.


Jean Stapleton spent six years as a reporter with Radio News West/City News Service after earning her Master of Science in Journalism degree at Northwestern University. She taught part time at West Lost Angeles College for two years and has taught full time at East Los Angeles College since 1973.

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