Bryan Cranston revealed he once encountered the infamous serial killer Charles Manson just one year before his murders. The star of Breaking Bad took to his Twitter account shortly after the announcement of Manson’s death and told a story of how he crossed paths with him once in 1968.
Bryan said that “hearing Charles Manson is dead” made him shudder because he was “within his grasp” just a year before he committed the murders in 1969.
Cranston stated that “luck was with him” and his cousin when they encountered Manson in 1968 while horseback riding at the Span Ranch. Cranston said he saw the “little man” with crazy eyes whom the other hippies identified as Charlie.
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.
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) November 20, 2017
This isn’t the first time the Malcolm in The Middle alum talked about the Manson encounter. He spoke about the incident in an interview in 2016 as well.
Bryan revealed that he didn’t “actually meet Charles Manson,” but he was as close to him as he was to the interviewer to whom which he spoke at the time.
The actor said he went to Span Ranch at the age of 12 where the police captured Manson after he committed the atrocities.
After Cranston and his cousin went on a horseback ride, they ran into a group of people who were going the other way, and Manson was in the middle of the procession.
When authorities sent Manson to jail, and the media widely publicized the case, Cranston immediately recognized him from that day. He said, “I couldn’t take my eyes off him.”
Charles Manson became something of a famous cultural icon representing the evils of tribalism and racism in recent years. His actions inspired countless books, documentaries, movies, and even the name of rock artists such as Marilyn Manson.