A woman who was in Charles Manson's inner circle has admitted she is still in love with the notorious US cult leader, despite the series of brutal murders he orchestrated that shocked the world.
Almost 50 years on from the Manson Family killings, follower Lynette Fromme told ABC News America that she still felt deeply for him.
'I don't think you fall out of love,' she said. 'I feel very honoured to have met him, and I know how that sounds to people who think he's the epitome of evil.'
Fromme is one of two Manson devotees who spoke to the US broadcaster about how they came to join the Manson cult. Manson and his disciples - Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten. They were convicted over a two-day killing rampage in August 1969.
Actress and model Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was stabbed to death along with four friends at a rental property in LA.
The next day, grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, were also brutally murdered.
Although Manson didn't commit the murders himself, he ordered his young followers to carry out the killings.
Manson and his disciples were given the death penalty which was later commuted to life in prison. Manson died of natural causes in 2017 at a California hospital while serving his sentence.
Fromme, who lived with the Manson Family for years, was just a teenager when she met the cult leader.
After having an argument with her father, Fromme had nowhere to go.
'My father and I, we argued one night and he said, 'Get out and don't ever come back,'' she said.
Fromme was not charged in relation to the Manson murders, but was later sentenced to life in prison for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford in September 1975. She was released on parole in 2009.
Another former Manson follower Dianne Lake also spoke to the ABC about her time with the cult.
Lake, who is now a retired special education teacher and mother of three, lived with the Manson Family from the ages of 14 to 16.
Her parents had 'emancipated' her when she was 13 and she lived in a commune before being introduced to Manson by a couple she was living with.
'Charlie gets up out of the circle, he'd been in the circle playing the guitar, and gives me a big hug and [said], 'Oh we're so happy to see you.' I just felt, Ah! Someplace I belong, someplace somebody wants me.'
Lake said Manson came across as 'cute', 'playful' and 'funny.' That night, he made love to me and I felt very much like a woman, not just a little girl,' she said.
Lake said at first life with the Manson Family was 'fun'.
Then things turned sour. Lake said she remembered getting hit or slapped when she didn't focus on Manson.
She said Manson 'sodomised' her, and she could no longer trust him. Lake said she played no part in the murders but recalled the time when the followers involved came back to the home. Van Houten she said, had returned home and was burning a purse and some other things in a fireplace.
'We took some acid and Leslie [Van Houten] and Susan Atkins and Patty Krenwinkle were telling me their participation in the Tate-LaBianca murders.'
'They were like almost proud of what they had done,' Lake said.
Lake would later become a key witness for the prosecution. She said she felt she had been protected by God during her stay with Manson and wanted her story to be a 'cautionary tale'.
'I feel very strongly,' she added, 'that it's only by the grace of God that I was protected throughout this, and I was a victim. You know, I was abused, I was neglected, I was abandoned… I hope that my story will help tell a cautionary tale,' she said.