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47 Years Later, Youngest Manson Cult Member Finally Breaks Her Silence

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For the first thirteen years of her life, Dianne Lake was just another girl from Los Angeles.

Then one fateful night in 1967, at the tender age of 14, she met the notorious cult leader and murderer Charles Manson, at a party in Topanga, California. That encounter changed Lake's life forever.

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At that point in time, Lake's family life was dysfunctional and she looked anywhere for love that her parents, who "dropped out" of society, couldn't give her.

"I needed love and affection, and I needed a family. I needed to feel like I belonged somewhere,” Lake told People. “And he perceived that from the get-go."

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Lake, 64, explained that she was instantly drawn towards Manson because "he was extremely intelligent. He had the incredible ability to pick up on other people’s weaknesses and their needs and their desires, and he could fulfill those."

With a personality like that, it wasn't long before Lake fell under Manson's spell.

Now, for the first time in 47 years, she opened up about her time living with Manson in the new book Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties.

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