In his autobiography To Hell and Back, Meat Loaf tells the unbelievable story about giving a lift to one of America’s most infamous murderers, Charles Manson.
WARNING: Events of a disturbing nature ahead
The Bat Out of Hell singer had some extraordinary tales throughout his life. Many of which came to light following his death on January 20, 2022, at the age of 74. The singer passed away after falling “seriously ill” with Covid, writes Evening Standard.
As Meat Loaf would have turned 75 on September 27th, we pay tribute to the rock sensation with one of his unforgettable life stories that illustrate his larger-than-life existence.
Meat Loaf’s chilling encounter with serial killer Charles Manson
As Meat recalled in his 1999 memoir, he unknowingly picked up Charles Manson from near Sunset Boulevard whilst he was hitchhiking. Manson instructed him to drive to Dennis Wilson’s house, drummer of The Beach Boys, where he promised Meat Loaf that he could “meet a Beach Boy” for dropping him off.
Meat wrote, that “there was no Beach Boy there, although it actually was Dennis Wilson’s house. He added that a disappointed Manson then informed him the world would soon end. But he offered to tell a young Meat Loaf his fortune. Although, he insisted that none of it really mattered, as the world was soon ending.
Meat forgot about the bizarre happenings until Manson’s face popped up on his TV screen as he made headlines for the Tate-LaBianca murders, according to reports.
Charles Manson’s connection to The Beach Boys
During Manson’s time in Hollywood, he brushed elbows with A-listers and meticulously planned to bump into a variety of famous faces. One of whom was The Beach Boys co-founder Dennis Wilson. He met Manson after picking up two girls from his cult that were hitchhiking.
Wilson was unaware the girls had cunningly been sent out by Manson to meet up with musicians. However, it seemed to work. Manson along with members of his cult ended up moving into Wilson’s home and even tried to get signed with the band’s record label.
The Beach Boys co-founder and Wilson’s cousin, Mike Love, claimed Wilson later distanced himself from the cult “family”. It came after he allegedly saw Manson shoot someone and dump the body into a well, as per People. However, retired Los Angeles County prosecutor Stephen Kay, who helped convict Manson, wasn’t convinced. He later said he didn’t believe Wilson actually witnessed a murder, recalling “if it was true, I would have heard it before.”
Manson and his followers had a plan to kill famous people in the 1960s. This was unnerving for Wilson, as he was one of the celebrities Manson had sought out to befriend.
Charles Manson’s sentencing and death
In 1971, Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people. This included the film actress Sharon Tate. In January 1972, Manson was found guilty and on March 29 he was sentenced to death, as per History.
Later that year, the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in California. Manson’s death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.
Manson died in prison in November 2017 from cardiac arrest as a result of respiratory failure, brought on by colon cancer.