Chilling Photos From The Groovy Era

Culture | September 17, 2019

One of the final photos taken of Sharon Tate

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Taken days before she was murdered by the Manson family, this photo of Sharon Tate was taken by Terry O’Neill while the young actress hung around her house on Cielo Drive and even while she unwrapped baby clothes. O’Neill and Tate spent all day on August 4, 1969 taking photos. Three days later she was stabbed to death after having dinner at El Coyote. In 2019 O’Neill told the Daily Mail that it’s hard for him to think about the photos because of what could have been:

Sharon was a delight, as lovely as she was beautiful. And she was so excited about becoming a mum. I worked with her a year or so before she was expecting; some really beautiful studio portraits of her. It's hard for me to look at these photos, especially, because there's no way in the world anyone would have predicted what would happen next.

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Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.