What's all this talk about Doris Day saving her son from Charles Manson?

Aug 31, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. ET
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Doris Day followed her motherly intuition back in the '60s and pretty much changed the course of history by doing so, according to a new tell-all book written by Mike Love of the Beach Boys.

In Good Vibrations — which hits stands on Sept. 2 — Love writes about how Day urged her son, the late record producer Terry Melcher, to move out of his Benedict Canyon home in Los Angeles and into a home owned by her after Melcher had angered Charles Manson by refusing to aid him in his music career, according to People magazine.

How dare he, right? From the way Love makes it sound, Manson — who also used to hang with the Beach Boys — might have actually been triggered by Melcher's denial to help him make music.

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"Manson wouldn't stand for it," Love writes in his book, via People. "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 had picked Melcher's home to be the first residence stormed by the Manson Family and planned to murder everyone living there in January of 1969, but because of Day's quick thinking, the family ended up killing the occupants of Sharon Tate's home in August of that same year, according to Love.

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"Terry, Doris' only child, was extremely close to his mom," Love says in the memoir. "He had told her about Manson — 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."


"A mother's intuition, perhaps, and it may have saved his life," continues Love.

So basically, if Melcher hadn't told his mom about Manson, he might have been murdered in early '69 — but Tate, her unborn child and the other victims that night in August might have lived, provided that Manson and his family had been arrested after Melcher's hypothetical killing. Trippy.

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What do you think of these new revelations in Love's book? Did Day change the course of history?

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