Born on February 28, 1953, Lake lived with her parents until the age of 14, when they opted to remove themselves from society. Leaving their daughter behind, they gave the teenager their blessing to lead her own life. From that point on, Lake was alone.
Drifting through San Francisco’s communes, Lake found herself at a party in Topanga on the outskirts of Los Angeles. There, she met Manson, and found herself immediately intrigued by the charismatic leader. Apparently, he had an uncanny ability to tap into people’s deepest insecurities.