Steve McQueen Avoids a Gruesome Death and Helter Skelter

Just as the murder of actress, Rebecca Schaeffer, scared the crap out of Hollywood celebs in the late 80s, so did the Tate/LaBianca Murders, committed twenty years earlier by the Manson Family. Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple states in his recent autobiography that David Bowie was almost too frightened to stay at his Beverly Hills mansion in the early 70s. While there, Bowie stayed locked in his room for much of the time. Even Frank Zappa snuffed his “open-door” laid back policy at his home in the Hollywood Hills. It’s been said that he did not even have door locks installed. Allegedly, Larry “Wild Man” Fischer met Zappa by simply walking up to his front door and asking if he could play Frank a song. In the end, Fischer would be banned from the house by Frank’s wife, Gail, after Larry went nuts and threw a glass bottle, narrowly missing their toddler daughter, Moon Unit. The Tate/LaBianca Murders however, got Frank to pick up and move. And so it goes… I guess when it’s all said and done…. the L.A. security and guard dog businesses must salivate anytime some evil shit goes down in SoCal.

Steve McQueen, my favorite actor of all time btw, narrowly avoided being at the Tate house that fateful night. He instead went on a date and took a night in at home with his latest female flavor of the week.

Below is an excerpt from “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Steve McQueen” by Ryan Murphy:

McQueen made a career out of getting under people’s collars. He went through friends the way some people go through tissues, successfully alienated all three of his wives, and once threatened a studio exec with a chainsaw. So it’s hardly surprising then that some people wanted him dead. On November 6, 1969, it was revealed that McQueen had joined fellow celebrities Richard Burton, Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra on Charles Manson’s so-called “death list.” The list was an informal compilation of everyone the hippie cult leader had a personal vendetta against. McQueen had incurred Manson’s wrath simply because he failed to commission a script that he had sent to his production studio in 1968.

McQueen was understandably upset about becoming one of Manson’s targets, and from that point forward he kept a handgun in his car’s glove compartment. It was luck, however, and not the gun that eventually saved his life. McQueen had been invited to a party by fellow actor Sharon Tate on August 8, 1969, at her house on Cielo Drive. At the last minute, he chose to go on a date instead, and in doing so narrowly missed being involved in one of the most high-profile homicide cases of the century. That night four members of Manson’s “Family” snuck into the house and brutally murdered Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Gibby Folger, Gibby’s boyfriend Voytek Frykowski, Steven Parent, and Tate and her unborn baby. Had McQueen been present, he may have suffered the same grim fate.

McQueen was also on Richard Nixon’s infamous Enemies List. Bandito had raised the President’s ire when he suggested he was planning to attend Martin Luther King’s 1963 Washington march. McQueen never ended up participating, but the FBI took an obsessive interest in his career from that point on.

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