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Doris Day May Have Saved Her Son Terry Melcher from Charles Manson

Bettina Dizon
May 17, 2019
03:50 P.M.

Doris Day’s “mother’s intuition” may have saved her son, Terry Melcher, from the killings of Charles Manson at Cielo Drive.


In Mike Love’s book, “Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy,” he revealed that Doris Day might have saved her son, Terry Melcher, from Manson’s “family” murders in the late ‘60s, by asking him to move out of his house.

Terry Melcher back in the day. | Source: Getty Images

Terry Melcher back in the day. | Source: Getty Images


According to Love, Manson and Melcher met through Dennis Wilson, a bandmate of the latter, who also introduced him to other Beach Boys’ comrades. Manson started hanging out with the boys to different clubs.

“Manson was also in the car one day when Dennis dropped Terry off at his rented home at 10050 Cielo Drive, at the top of a steep hill in the Benedict Canyon area,” Love wrote.


Melcher visited Manson, who dreamed of being a rock star, at his home and was not impressed with his singing after hearing it on his second visit.

“Manson wouldn’t stand for it,” Love wrote. “Consumed by rage and seeking revenge against a corrupt society, he convinced his followers that the apocalypse was coming in a bloody race war, at the end of which he and his disciples would take over.”



Manson went to victimize the people in 10050 Cielo Drive first, but luckily, Melcher had already left his home to transfer to another house owned by his mother.

Melcher was a musician and record producer who pioneered the California Sound and folk-rock movements in the ‘60s, producing “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

In August 1969, Manson’s followers murdered Sharon Tate, an actress who was then pregnant, and four others at 10050 Cielo Drive. The night after, they killed Rosemary and Leno LaBianca who lived miles away.


“The move was no accident. Terry, Doris’ only child, was extremely close to his mom. He had told her about Mason -- and about some of his scary antics, his brandishing of knives, his zombie followers -- and that Manson had been to the house on Cielo and she insisted he move out,” Love continued.


Melcher was a musician and record producer who pioneered the California Sound and folk-rock movements in the ‘60s, producing “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

He was also the only son of Doris Day, actress and singer who recently passed away, with Al Jorden, who wanted Day to get an abortion after finding out about her pregnancy.

Day died on Monday after she suffered from bronchitis and started declining from then on. According to Bob Bashara, her manager and close friend, Day “died peacefully” surrounded by her loved ones.

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