A Good Day For Serial Killers: Wake-Up Video

What is it about August 10 and psychopaths? There are two notable events that occurred on this day, and both of them involve serial killers — a dark way to star the week for sure, but interesting nonetheless.

On August 10, 1969, six of Charles Manson's followers entered the Los Angeles home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. It had only been 24 hours since the rampage that killed Sharon Tate, and the LaBiancas represented the latest step in Manson's "war." The LaBiancas were tortured and killed by the Family and found the next day. Though the Los Angeles Police Department initially found no connection between the LaBiancas and the Tate murders, but Manson Family member Susan Atkins copped to the crimes (and their connection) in exchange for immunity from the death penalty (which ended up being useless, as the state of California repealed capital punishment in 1972, which is why Manson himself has never been executed).

What's eerie is that on the same day a mere eight years later, another famous killer made the news, though this time he was brought to justice. On August 10, 1977, David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz was finally captured after terrorizing the city of New York for most of the summer. Berkowitz was connected to over a half-dozen shootings, which he claimed he did because a demon who possessed his neighbor's dog told him to. After a lengthy police hunt, Berkowitz was finally apprehended at his home. His first words to the police were, "What took you so long?"

Both Manson and Berkowitz lived on in Marilyn Manson, the band started by Brian Warner in the early 1990s. The band's initial gimmick was that each of the members gave themselves aliases, with one name attached to a famous model and the other as a tribute to a killer. Frontman Marilyn Manson brought together Mariliyn Monroe and Charles Manson, while guitarist Daisy Berkowitz combined David Berkowitz with "Dukes of Hazzard" character Daisy Duke. The group's first album Portrait of an American Family was a primitive outing, but it certainly set the tone for what the band would become. The video for "Lunchbox" is also pretty primitive, but again, it gets right to the heart of what Marilyn Manson was all about: Rage, rebellion, vengeance and violence.

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