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Bryan Cranston Recounts Being Within Charles Manson "Grasp" As A Kid

As soon as news of Charles Manson's death broke late Sunday night, people took to social media right away to express their feelings about the infamous leader of the murderous 1960s cult.

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Among them were some popular celebrities, including actress Mia Farrow and author Stephen King.

Farrow shared a photo of her friend and actress Sharon Tate, who was 81/2 months pregnant when she was murdered by the Manson "family," along with the caption, "Charlie Manson is dead - good riddance."

Just a few hours later, King also sent out a tweet addressing Manson's death, alluding to the fact that he was going to hell.

Other famous stars like Nia Vardalos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame, and comedian Arsenio Hall, also didn't hold back on their feelings towards Manson.

But it was actor Bryan Cranston's eerie recount of how he crossed paths with Manson that had everyone, including himself, shuddering.

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The Malcolm in the Middle star shared a story of the time he came across the dangerous criminal in 1968, just a year before he instructed his "family" to embark on a gruesome killing spree in his name, in Los Angeles.

Cranston wrote that as soon as he heard Manson was dead he "shuddered" because it reminded him of how close he got to the "man with crazy eyes whom the hippies called Charlie."  

He continued, "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...[SIC]"

Although this may have been the first time that some of Cranston's followers are hearing this story, it wasn't the only time he has shared it.

The award-winning actor previously talked about his chilling encounter during an interview in 2016.

"I didn't actually meet Charles Manson, but I was as close as I am to you," Cranston told the interviewer sitting next to him. The actor was just 12-years-old when he and his cousin visited Spahn Ranch, where Manson was arrested after the murders.

"We were renting the horses and this young guy, bearded guy, came in screaming, "˜Charlie's on the hill!' And about a dozen people galloped away," he recalled. "On the horse was this little bearded guy with with big, dark eyes and wild hair. It was crazy. I couldn't take my eyes off him."

You can watch Cranston tell the story in the video below:

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