Bryan Cranston Recalls When He Was “Within The Grasp” Of Charles Manson

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has spoke publicly about the time he came across deceased former cult leader Charles Manson and was “within his grasp.”

Yesterday, following the news of Manson’s death, the actor tweeted, “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 (sic.) Ranch, and saw the little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie.”

During an interview posted to YouTube last year, Cranston elaborated on the encounter, revealing:

“Where I grew up in the San Fernando Valley was an area called Santa Susana Pass that goes from one valley to another. And in the middle of this pass was the Spahn Ranch where they rented horses, you could go horseback riding.” He clarified he was alongside his cousin when someone yelled, “Charlie’s on the hill!”


“In the middle of the pack was a guy holding the reins of the horse behind him. On the horse behind him was this little bearded guy with big, dark eyes and wild hair and his eyes were wide.”

“I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. We’re deducing it must be Charlie. Flash-forward to a year later and we hear the murders, they go to Spahn Ranch, they found it’s Charlie Manson.”

Following the Tate Murders, Cranston saw Manson’s photo in the news and realized that was the exact same man with “crazy eyes” he had passed.

You can watch the full interview here 



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