Bryan Cranston Reveals He Was Almost Murdered By Manson
On Monday we heard the news that notorious murder and cult leader Charles Manson had died aged 83.
Since then, new information has been revealed into the creepy life of the man responsible for a total of nine murders in 1969, including this bombshell from The Breaking Bad Star Bryan Cranston.
In a chilling tweet after new broke of Manson's passing, Cranston told the world that he had met Manson once before when he was younger, just before the brutal killings took place.
Hearing Charles Manson is dead, I shuddered. I was within his grasp just one year before he committed brutal murder in 1969. Luck was with me when a cousin and I went horseback riding at the Span Ranch, and saw the little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie.— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) November 20, 2017
Cranston would have been 12-years-old at the time and fortunately nothing sinister occurred at the time but it's always frightening to think about 'what if'.
However, Cranston also spoke about the moment that he met Manson in more detail during an interview with The Daily Beast and he recounted the "frantic nervous energy" that he could feel.
It's quite a long story, but compelling nonetheless. You can read Bryan Cranston's recount of the incident below:
"I was very young but old enough to be on my own. Me and my female cousin, who is a year-and-a-half older than I am, we were dropped off to go horseback riding while my mom and uncle went off and did something else," Cranston recalled.
"So we were checking out our horses at Spahn Ranch which is very close to where I was raised. We noticed that the people around there were all strange in their own kind of interesting way.
"There was an old guy [Spahn] checking us in and some guy in his twenties cam in yelling, 'Charlie's on the hill! Charlie's on the hill!' Everybody looked around and there was this frantic nervous energy going on , and they all jumped on horse and away they went.
"We asked the old guy what was going on, and he said, 'Oh, it's nothing. It's happened before.' We thought, well, Charlie must be someone important. So we get our horses and go along the trail, and about, oh, 20 minutes after we left the barn area where the horses were gathered, we see this trail of horses coming back.
"There were about eight or so people, and there was a man in the middle on a horse but he wasn't holding his own reins - there was someone on the horse in front holding the reins - and Charlie, I guessed, was this comatose, bearded, long-haired guy with big eyes riding as if he's just stuck to the back of a horse. Totally zoned out. You couldn't take your eyes off him.
"My cousin turned back to me and said, 'Wow, that guy's weird'. When we passed him and their whole group, she turned around again and said, 'That must be Charlie', and I said, 'Yeah...and Charlie's freaky!' We didn't think anything of it.
"It wasn't until a year later that the murders happened, and then it was six months or so after that when he was arrested. I saw his face on the news and my jaw dropped.
"My cousin called me first and said, 'Can you believe this?' The picture of Charlie Manson was the guy on the back of his horse. And we thought for a second, oh my god, what if? It was very freaky, to say the least."