Charles Manson‘s death caused Bryan Cranston to remember an unsettling run-in he had with the killer cult leader back in 1968.
The Breaking Bad star took to Twitter to detail the memory of when he and his cousin went horseback riding at the Spahn Ranch and stumbled upon the “little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie.”
Following the news of Manson’s death, the actor shared on Twitter:
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.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) November 20, 2017
Cranston has told this story before. While doing press for his movie The Infiltrator last year, he described the incident in greater detail to The Daily Beast.
After getting dropped off to go horseback riding by his mom and uncle, a then-12-year-old Cranston and his cousin were checking out their horses at Spahn Ranch when they noticed a strange scene before them.
“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 came in yelling, ├óΓé¼╦£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 horses and away they went. We asked the old guy what was going on, and he said, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, it’s nothing. It’s happened before.’ We thought, well, Charlie must be someone important.”
A year later, the Manson family — a quasi-commune Manson formed in the late ├óΓé¼╦£60s — would kill a total of nine people. Manson was found guilty in 1971 of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. He died on Sunday at age 83 of natural causes.
Cranson didn’t think much at the time, but remembered picking up an unnerving energy, continuing:
“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├óΓé¼┬ª 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, ├óΓé¼╦£Wow, that guy’s weird.’ When we passed him and their whole group, she turned around again and said, ├óΓé¼╦£That must be Charlie,’ and I said, ├óΓé¼╦£Yeah├óΓé¼┬ª and Charlie’s freaky!’ We didn’t think anything of it.”
Now that’s a image he’ll never forget.
[Image via California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Mario Mitsis/WENN.]