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Anonymous asked in HealthGeneral Health CareInjuries · 1 decade ago

Anyone of you guys an ER doc or trauma surgeon, need some help?

Was just reading an article about mass murderer Charles Manson and it described the number of wounds on each victim and the cause of death, you can read it for yourself at

It basically states the following:

Sharon Tate Polanski - Actress, wife of director Roman Polanski, 8 1/2 months pregnant at time of murders. Tate begged for the life of her child as Susan Atkins stabbed her. Atkins testified in court to telling Tate, "Look, *****, I have no mercy for you": Stabbed 16 times in the chest, back, and arms. 5 of these wounds alone were sufficient to cause death.

Cause of death: Stabs wounds to the heart, lungs, and liver, causing massive hemorrhage.

Jay Sebring - Professional hairstylist and owner of Sebring International, ex-fiance of Sharon Tate, friend of Tate and Polanski. It is believed Sebring and Frykowski struggled with their killers before being subdued: Stabbed 7 times, shot once. 3 of these stab wounds alone, as well as the gunshot wound, were sufficient to cause death. Cause of death: Exsanguination - Sebring literally bled to death.

Abigail Folger - Friend of Tate and Polanski, girlfriend of Voytek Frykowski, heiress to Folger coffee fortune. Folger was chased through the house and onto the lawn, where, according to her murderer, Patricia Krenwinkel, she screamed, "I'm already dead! I'm already dead!" while being stabbed: Stabbed 28 times in the arms, chest, and back, along with severe lacerations to face.

Cause of death: Stab wound to aorta - main artery to heart.

Voytek Frykowski - Unemployed writer, boyfriend of Abigail Folger, childhood friend of Roman Polanski. Frykowski also managed to escape the home, but put up a vicious struggle on the lawn with his assailants: Shot 2 times, struck in face and head with pistol 13 times, stabbed 51 times over entire body. Cause of death: Multiple stab wounds to body causing massive hemorrhage.

Steven Earl Parent - High school senior, visiting houseboy William Garretson, who lived in a guest house adjacent to the Tate/Polanski home. Parent was shot while leaving the property - he did not know Sharon Tate or any of her three houseguests, and was the first victim: Shot 4 times in the arm, chest, and head. One defensive, slashing wound to palm of hand.

Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds.

Leno LaBianca - Grocery-store owner, husband of Rosemary LaBianca. Leno and his wife Rosemary were bound with what was believed to be a leather thong by Charles Manson, who then left the scene, leaving Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Tex Watson to take over: Stabbed 12 times with a knife, stabbed 14 times with a two-tined fork. 6 of these wounds alone were sufficient to cause death.

Cause of death: Multiple stab wounds to the neck and abdomen, causing massive hemorrhage.

Rosemary LaBianca - Mother, wife of Leno LaBianca, and owner of an upscale botique in Los Angeles, Rosemary fought hard with her killers when she heard the sound of her husband being murdered in the next room. In the days before her murder, Rosemary told friends that 'someone' had been inside her home while she and Leno were away, and described household objects and furniture being moved. It was later learned that Manson and his accomplices had 'creepy-crawled' several houses in the area while the residents were away: Stabbed 41 times, some of the wounds post-mortem. 6 of theses wounds alone were sufficient to cause death.

Cause of death: Multiple stab wounds to the neck and trunk, causing massive hemorrhage.

Got two questions

1. For each victim it says that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds caussing massive hemorrhage, does this mean that the victims basically bled to death?

2. There bodies were found several hours after the murder, but if help was too have arrived, say right after the suspects were leaving the crime scene, could the lives of some of these victims have been saved with immediate medical attention?

2 Answers

  • Jim808
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    Answer 1 yes

    answer 2 always possible but given injuries and blood loss unlikly

  • 1 decade ago

    Massive hemorrhage means lots of blood loss, so yes, they bled to death. And if you hit an artery, you bleed out within minutes. So they probably could not have been saved.

    Source(s): RN
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