October 25, 2017
Dianne Lake claims in the late 1960s her parents became societal dropouts who gave up everything they owned to live in a bread van and, eventually, move to a Southern California commune known as The Hog Farm.
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“We were embarking on this counterculture experience and it seemed perfectly normal. I was looking forward to trying it,” says the now 64-year-old.
While she was in San Francisco as an emancipated minor, and her parents were living at The Hog Farm, Dianne says it was her mother who first met a “charming” 35-year-old man who would later become known to the world as one of the most notorious figures of the era: Charles Manson.
Dianne claims her mother gave Manson her photograph and her name. Six weeks later, she says she was introduced to him at a party.
“I walked in and the girls – a couple of the girls ran up to me and, ‘Charlie, Charlie, Dianne’s here, Dianne’s here. And I was totally in shock. How did they, I didn’t even know they knew me.”