ABC today announced plans for a prime-time broadcast of a two-hour documentary on Charles Manson and the 1969 murders by the Manson Family. “Truth and Lies: The Family Manson,” which will feature never-before-seen footage of Manson’s final network television interview, will air Friday, March 17, from 9-11 p.m. ET.
The program is the second installment in ABC’s “Truth and Lies” series, which launched earlier this year to strong ratings for a documentary on the Menendez brothers murder case. The special is produced by ABC News, with David Sloan as senior executive producer.
“It was one of the most gruesome crime sprees of the 20th century that shocked and haunted the nation and people all over the world,” ABC News says in its announcement.
The announcement adds: “Amidst a counterculture era of sex, drugs, rock and roll and not long after the Summer of Love, Americans had a rude awakening when, on two consecutive nights in 1969, Manson’s followers killed seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, who was more than eight months pregnant at the time, in the home she shared with her husband, Roman Polanski. The heinous acts instantaneously eliminated a sense of safety and security for many people across the country.”
The documentary will include crime-scene footage from 1969 along with new interviews with law enforcement personnel, first responders and production crew members who met Manson during his final TV interview. “The special has interviews with Sharon’s sister Debra Tate, family and friends of the victims, actors who worked with Sharon, Mike Love of the Beach Boys who met Manson before the killings, reporters who were in the courtroom during the trial, and more,” ABC notes.