Rocker describes how Victoria Vetri shot him in the back

An LA rock musician has shared how his Playboy Playmate wife blasted him with a handgun when she became convinced he was her decades-long tormentor, the late serial killer and cult leader Charles Manson.

When 1960s Victoria Vetri, who appeared in horror classic Rosemary's Baby, shot husband Bruce Rathgeb he even heard her mutter: 'No more Charlie, no more Charlie.'

Bruce survived the murder attempt and revealed how Victoria had been best friends with Manson's most famous victim, actress Sharon Tate, and how she had even come to blame herself for Sharon's murder as well as living in fear of Manson for decades.

Former Playboy Playmate Victoria Vetri shot husband Bruce Rathgeb in 2010, allegedly thinking she had shot cult leader Charles Manson

Former Playboy Playmate Victoria Vetri shot husband Bruce Rathgeb in 2010, allegedly thinking she had shot cult leader Charles Manson

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Rathgeb, a Los Angeles rock musician,  even heard her mutter: 'No more Charlie, no more Charlie'

Rathgeb, a Los Angeles rock musician,  even heard her mutter: 'No more Charlie, no more Charlie'

Bruce says stunning Star Trek actress Victoria even had threesomes with Sharon and her film director hubby Roman Polanski and was meant to be at Sharon's home the night of the slaughter, only avoiding the horrific slaughter because she felt ill earlier in the day and had left

Bruce says stunning Star Trek actress Victoria even had threesomes with Sharon and her film director hubby Roman Polanski and was meant to be at Sharon's home the night of the slaughter, only avoiding the horrific slaughter because she felt ill earlier in the day and had left

Bruce says stunning Star Trek actress Victoria (left) even had threesomes with Sharon (right) and her film director hubby Roman Polanski and was meant to be at Sharon's home the night of the slaughter, only avoiding the horrific slaughter because she felt ill earlier in the day and had left

Speaking about his ex wife's mental deterioration because of Manson, Bruce said: 'There is no doubt about it. I took the bullet meant for Charles Manson.

'I wish that she really had had the opportunity to kill him. She would have done the world and herself a favour. She ended up being a victim of his just like those who were killed. Instead she shot me and I lost the woman I loved, thanks to Manson.'

Speaking about his ex wife's mental deterioration because of Manson, Bruce said: 'There is no doubt about it. I took the bullet meant for Charles Manson'

Bruce says stunning Star Trek actress Victoria even had threesomes with Sharon and her film director hubby Roman Polanski and was meant to be at Sharon's home the night of the slaughter, only avoiding the horrific slaughter because she felt ill earlier in the day and had left.

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The 1968 Playmate of the Year is even said to have met Manson two weeks earlier when the psychopath, infamous for having a Nazi swastika tattooed onto his forehead, visited pregnant Sharon's home.

She muttered, 'He looks like a weirdo!' to her pals then later became convinced Manson had overheard her, her comment fuelling his rage which prompted the bloodbath.

She was so distraught after pregnant Sharon was killed, her blood even used to write 'Pig' on the for to her home, that LA cops keep a discreet watch on her for two months because she was convinced Manson and his so-called 'Family' of brainwashed followers would make her their next target.

Four others alongside Sharon, then eight-and-a-half months pregnant, died in the bloodbath.

Roman Polanski, who was in England when the killings happened, even gave her the Glock 9mm handgun which she used decades later to shoot her hubby, to protect her from Manson and his goons.

But her fear of Manson never evaporated, even after he was arrested and sentenced to life in jail in 1971.

Vetri feared Manson, from the moment he ordered the murders, even after he was arrested and sentenced to life in jail in 1971. LA cops kept watch of her for two  months and Roman Polanski gave her a Glock 9mm which she would later use on her husband

Vetri feared Manson, from the moment he ordered the murders, even after he was arrested and sentenced to life in jail in 1971. LA cops kept watch of her for two  months and Roman Polanski gave her a Glock 9mm which she would later use on her husband

It caused her career to nosedive and according to Bruce she never got over Sharon's death and always feared Manson's followers would one day take their revenge on her.

Whenever Manson appeared on TV or in the news in America she is said to have turned white and shaken with dread.

Then, in 2010, her mind warped by the years of fear she used the gun to try to kill the man who she thought had targeted her for death.

Revealing the bullet's entry wound into his back and the scars on his left side where surgeons tried and failed to take it out, guitarist Bruce explained: 'Victoria was an 'It' girl of the 1960s. She was stunningly beautiful.

'She was friends with lots of big players and used to go to ballet classes with Jane Fonda.

'Sharon and Roman became friends after she appeared in his movie Rosemary's Baby which, ironically, was about a Manson-like antichrist being born.

'They all got on well and as it was the sixties, she told me they even ended up in bed together for threesomes.

Whenever Manson appeared on TV or in the news in America she is said to have turned white and shaken with dread. Then, in 2010, her mind warped by the years of fear she used the gun to try to kill the man who she thought had targeted her for death, ultimately shooting her husband

Whenever Manson appeared on TV or in the news in America she is said to have turned white and shaken with dread. Then, in 2010, her mind warped by the years of fear she used the gun to try to kill the man who she thought had targeted her for death, ultimately shooting her husband

The shot entered through his back and doctors tried to retrieve the bullet but ultimately failed

The shot entered through his back and doctors tried to retrieve the bullet but ultimately failed

'Sharon was very close to her, they were really good girl friends. Two weeks before the murders she told me she was at Sharon's house when a man she later realised was Manson paid a visit.

'She remembered this weird-looking guy turning up at the house by himself, unannounced.

'She couldn't remember what he said when Sharon or whoever it was answered the door but she remembers saying to everyone in the house, 'Oh this guy looks like a real creep.'

Bruce, then a chef and part-time musician, met Victoria in 1981 in an LA café where he was working. She used to drive in a classic AMC AMX two-seater sports car, originally painted 'Playboy Pink' and given to her by the magazine in 1968 when she became a playmate.

Bruce, then a chef and part-time musician, met

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