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Quiet and secluded is just what the young movie star wanted The canyons above Beverly Hills were far enough away from the noisy glitz of Hollywood to afford some privacy and space Sharon Tate loved this place on Cielo Drive To her it meant romance romance with the man of her dreams and the father of her child director Roman Polanski It was cooler up there too which was especially refreshing on that hot muggy Saturday night the 9th of August 1969 The beautiful young woman kept herself company with her attractive and sophisticated friends Abigail Folger the coffee heiress and her boyfriend Voytek Frykowski and an internationally known hair stylist Jay Sebring Sharon was eight months pregnant and very lonely for her husband who was away in Europe working on a film Impromptu gatherings like this one on a weekend night were not at all unusual The house was deliberately secluded but not completely insecure Approximately 100 feet from the house was a locked gate and on the property was a guesthouse inhabited by an able-bodied young caretaker That night the Kotts Sharons nearest neighbors who lived about 100 yards away thought they heard a few gunshots coming from the direction of Sharons property sometime between 1230 and 1 AM But since they heard nothing else they went to bed Around the same time Tim Ireland who was supervising a camp-out less than a mile away heard a chilling scream Oh God no please dont Oh God no dont dont He drove around the area but found nothing unusual Nearby Emmett Steeles dogs went into a barking frenzy somewhere between 2 and 3 AM He got out of bed and looked around but found nothing amiss and went back to bed Robert Bullington a member of a private security patrol hired by some of the wealthy property owners thought he heard several gunshots a little after
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