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Charles Manson & Family
Charles Manson a bizarre, well-known, and feared criminal with a powerful ability to control his followers was responsible for the deaths of nine people, during a murderous rampage from July 25, 1969 through August 28, 1969. The initial three crime scens had a common element -- large words smeared on the walls in the victim's blood. Words like "PIG" and "WAR" were left on doors and walls. These words were part of a grander plan stemming from Manson's apocolyptic delusion for taking over the United States, if not the world.
The evil bloody rampage started at Gary Hinman's home on July 25th; terminating with slow tortured death on July 27. Hinman was a gentle person and had been a good friend to Manson and his family. He was killed because he claimed he didn't have the money they were trying to steal from him. Manson, Robert "Bobby" Beausoleil, Atkins, Mary Brunner, and Bruce Davis.
On August 9, 1969, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian crept outside Tate’s Benedict Canyon home in the shortly after 12:30 AM.
Before they entered the house, Watson shot Steven Parent, who had been visiting a friend in the caretaker’s cottage, a young man with his life ahead of him, as he begged for his life.
Inside they massacred Sharon Tate who was eight and half months pregnant; her good friend, Jay Sebring who was visiting; coffee heiress Abigail "Gibby" Folger, and her lover Voytek Frykowski who were staying with Sharon until Roman returned.
On August 10th, Leno and Rosemary La Bianca, a wealthy, successful, retired couple, home in bed, became the next victims. Manson himself went to show the others how it's done. He went inside their house alone where he woke the couple out of a deep sleep with promises not to harm them if they cooperated. They did. He tied them to chairs. Then he returned to the car to send in Leslie Van Houten, Watson, and Krenwinkel to stab them to death. Manson hung out with Kasabian in the car while they carried out the rest of the carage. Kasabian cleaned and tossed out the wallet.
These first eight victims died as part of Manson's apocalyptic vision beginning with a race war between black and white Americans. August 28th, Manson stabbed Donald "Shortly" Shea to death out of vengeance. (There is strong evidence that he and his "family" were responsible for a number of other murders and crimes.) As in any cult, Manson and the members fed off each other's delusions. The psychotic Helter Skelter plan came about as Manson and family, listened to the Beatles White Album high on LSD, favoring "Helter Skelter," "Revolution 9," "Black Bird," "Piggies," "Sexy Sadie," and "Back in the USSR." They believed the lyrics were prophetic and the messengers, the Beatles, were the prophets. Manson was obsessed with Holy Bible Book of Revelations Chapters 9 and 10. He cleverly quoted the Bible frequently while twisting the meaning to suit his motives.
"I know more about the economy, more about money, more about the government than any ten presidents you got. you know, in other words, I've sit in solitary confinement and I've watched everything you guys do, and the truth is you're all lying to yourselves, you know. "
"I'm real with you. I don't pretend. I'm not bringing you a bunch of phony garbage. I'm not trying to tell you that I'm a good guy. I'm just myself, whatever that is. I believe in God and I do the best I can everyday by everybody I can, you know. When something bad comes up, I react bad to it, you know. I can fight. I can't read and write too good, but boy I can fight. You wouldn't believe how I could fight because I've been fighting ail my life to survive, and I live right on that edge of survival, you know. I just survive. I play a little music when I'm allowed to. I draw real good, but they took my pencils. Everything I do, if I can do it real good, they'll take it away from me. I used to do- make little dolls of strings, then he come took the string. So I'm not allowed to do anything. I don't have any clothes. I haven't combed my hair in two, three years, you know, I can't comb my hair. I can't do that."
"Remember the old movie where the piper - the pied piper, they said you play all the rats into the river and that they would pay you. And then the people never paid the piper so they always kept losing their children. Well, you've lost six generations of children to me, because you won't pay me what you owe me. Because I didn't break no law. I didn't kill nobody. I didn't tell nobody to get killed. "
"I influenced a lot of people, unbeknownst to my own understanding of it. I didn't understand the fears of the people outside. I didn't understand the insecurities of people outside. I didn't understand people outside. And a lot of things that I said and did effected a lot of people in a lot of different directions. It wasn't intentional and it definitely wasn't with malice or aforethought."
You've been using me ever since I was ten years old. You used to beat me with leather straps, you know. It's like, does anyone have any remorse that I've spent 23 years in a solitary cell and even on Devils Island, you didn't keep anyone over five years. You broke every record that they've ever set in the planet Earth. You only kept Christ on the cross three days.
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten: Life Beyond the Cult Karlene Faith -- Leslie Van Houten, the most rehabilitated of the girls. Canadian criminology professor, Karlene Faith claim that the women were victims of a controlling man. Van Houten, descent from a middle-class teen into a drug- and sex-crazed freak involved in the murder of Rosemary LaBianca and back to sanity.
The Shadow over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the "Manson Family" Mythos by Adam Gorightly -- Gorightly takes his readers on a black magic carpet ride from the Hollywood "Beautiful People" scene of the late 60's through to the vast desert landscapes of a Death Valley gone nada—with all the love-ins and creepy-crawls that happened along the way.
Charles Manson: Music, Mayhem, Murder by Tommy Udo -- The relationship between Manson and music.Desert Shadows: A True Story of the Charles Manson Family in Death Valley by Bob Murphy -- Bob Murphy was a Death Valley National Monument Superintendent involved in the raid on the Barker ranch. The criminal history of the Manson family, the supplies, guns and stolen automobiles officers found during their October of 1969 Death Valley Barker ranch raids in. Rare photos
Without Conscience Charles Manson in His Own Words as Told to Nuel Emmons by Charles Manson, Nuel Emmons -- Grade 9 Up- the counterculture of the 1960s. Biographical description of Manson, the Tate-LaBianca murders, police investigation; Manson's desire to represent himself, the defendants attempted to interrupt the trial, Manson's two-hour statement on the witness stand. Useful for school reports. A bibliography of books, videos, and Web sites. Photographs
The Garbage People: Story of Charles Manson by John Gilmore -- Documenting Manson's life, and mass murders, interviews with Manson.
Charles Manson Love Letters to a Secret Disciple by Sy Wizinsky -- Manson's mail relationship with a 13 year old from behind bars and his relationships with others.
Will you die for me? by Charles Watson -- Tex Watson serving a life sentence for the unprovoked murder of others including a pregnant woman now a father and "minister" tells his story.
Photo of Charles Manson is from Wikipedia
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Photographs of Sharon Tate by Walter Chappell
In Big Sur, in 1964, Walter Chappell shot a series of photographs of Sharon frozen by fate, as a tragically and eternally young heroine. For 35 years those photographs remained hidden; here they appear in all their gauzy, morbid beauty.
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From prison Manson tells his story to ex cell-mate Nuel Emmons.
Painstaking research of Manson and his followers. Firsthand accounts of the murders. Completely revised and updated, 25 photos from the investigation.
The Charles Manson Murder Trial: A Headline Court Case (Headline Court Cases) by Michael J. Pellowski
Manson: The Unholy Trail of Charlie and the Family by John Gilmore, Ron Kenner -- Random murder, savage overkill, mind control, trips, Satanism, and witchcraft, Haight Ashbury, rock'n'roll, biker gangs, sexual rebellion, and a Death Valley search for the hole in the earth; Charles Manson and the Family are riveting. An updated edition containing 36 pages of previously unpublished photos. New material on killer Bobby Beausoleil and his occult alliance with experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger.
Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars by Edward George, Dary Matera -- Edward George was Manson's prison counselor for eight years during the late 1970s and early '80s. George conveys his persona of the convicted killer--complex, violent, easygoing, and even sensitive. The portrait of Manson is eccentric, and comical. He goes before parole boards every few years and laughs about it afterward. Charlie's sociopathic nature is obvious. Despite being confined he has powers of persuasion.
Serial Killers: Profiling Criminal Mind -- VHS 4 part A&E series Former FBI agent John Douglas walks you through-Dahmer, Gacy, Manson-- who they are, what they've done, and how they got away with it for so long. Criminal profilers analyze and dissect the motives that fuel these stalkers.
The Helter Skelter Murders (1988) DVD -- Filmed while the Manson trial was still in progress, this modern "noir" was so shocking it was banned in Los Angeles. Superbly photographed and directed by award-winning filmmaker Frank Howard, with sequences actually filmed with the "family" at the Spahn Ranch. Manson performs his songs "Mechanical Man" and "Garbage Dump" on the soundtrack.
Death Scenes 3 Disc DVD Collection -- Explores violence such as the Manson Family's assault on Sharon and 6 others. Never before seen photographs of Sharon.
Charles Manson: Music, Mayhem, Murder by Tommy Udo
Lie: The Love and Terror Cult Manson Audio CD Original Release Date: 1970
Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders by Greg King. The first book to focus on the victims. Tate's career, marriage, and relationships with Hollywood's famous. The Tate murders, the search for the killers, and previously unpublished police reports, trial transcripts and letters from Manson to Squeaky Fromme.