20/20 July 14 2023 “The Family Manson” Episode Preview

ABC 20/20 Family Manson

20/20 Tonight, Friday (July 14, 2023) Explores the Cult Mindset and Brutal Murders That Led to Her 53 Years Behind Bars Episode Features Footage of Manson’s Final Network TV Interview.

This episode of “20/20” airs July 14 at 9PM ET. An all-new “20/20” reports.

It was one of the most gruesome crime sprees of the 20th century that shocked and haunted the nation. As Leslie Van Houten is released from prison this week, “20/20” explores Charles Manson, his cult of devoted followers and the grisly murders in Los Angeles that he instructed his members to carry out. Amidst an era of sex, drugs and rock and roll in 1969, Manson’s followers killed seven people in two consecutive nights, 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 terrifying and violent acts instantaneously eliminated a sense of safety and security for many people across the country. After serving 53 years for her role in the murders, Leslie Van Houten, a former cult member, was released from prison this week. This episode includes ABC News’ interview with Van Houten from her time in prison and takes a look at the details surrounding her release.

The program includes footage from ABC News’ interviews with Manson, in his last network television interview from prison, and former cult member Patricia Krenwinkel, who is serving a life sentence for the murders masterminded by Manson. The documentary explores the crime scene footage and features interviews with law enforcement, first responders and the production crew who met Manson during his final TV interview. The special also features interviews with Debra Tate, Sharon Tate’s sister; 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. 

You can watch next day on Hulu. Also, check out the official podcast at ABCAudio.

ABC 20/20 main show image

For over four decades, “ABC 20/20” has offered viewers reports and stories that have changed lives.

Check out more ABC
Check out more 20/20

“ABC 20/20” is a popular American television news magazine show that has been on the air since 1978. It is known for its investigative journalism, human interest stories, and in-depth reporting on a wide range of topics

You can watch thousands of TV shows and movies with Hulu!

Start your FREE 30 day trial today!

Hulu is the leading premium streaming service offering live and on-demand TV and movies, with and without commercials, both in and outside the home. Launched in 2008, Hulu is the only service that gives viewers instant access to current shows from every major U.S. broadcast network; libraries of hit TV series and films; and acclaimed Hulu Originals.