What real life stories shook you up as a kid? I was 7 in 1969, but the whole Manson thing didn't register with me at the time... not until I watched "Helter Skelter" in the mid 70's. The first time a heinous crime truly hit home was in the fall of 1970 when a local gal was murdered. I remember going on a short trip with my grandparents and going through a police roadblock. The whole thing just bothered the heck out of me at the time. I think it was made worse because her murderer wasn't immediately caught (and hasn't been as of today). The second big crime that hit me hard was the Dean Corll "Candyman" killings in Houston that ended in 1973. It was just such a heinous thing. It was the first (of many) big time serial killing cases and it dealt with the killing of young boys which made it even more startling in my somewhat protected world. Coverage of this case was everywhere for a while.