Manson apparently lived at the residence from April to November of 1967, along with Mary Brunner, Lynette Squeaky Fromme, and other early Manson devotees. For most of that time, Manson circulated among the district's directionless youth, looking for young--and generally female--recruits to his growing family. Manson and his growing number of followers supported themselves by panhandling, working as street performers, and theft.
By the end of the year, Manson uprooted his family, bought a school bus that they painted black, and relocated to Topanga Canyon. From there, the number of Manson's followers often fluctuated, but he maintained a core group of loyal members, and their crimes became more violent. In 1969, Manson's followers committed the seven Tate-LaBianca murders, which not only brought notoriety to the Manson family, but permanently tarnished the image of the Summer of Love and the counterculture.