The Life and Times of Charles Manson

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Jeff Guinn gives an account of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify us today. More than 40 years ago Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. His book Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson puts the killer in the context of his times, the turbulent late 1960s, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege.


Jeff Guinn

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Just read a new ebook called Where the Thunder Hidin'. All about a dude who hears Charlie Manson call him to go out into the desert, start a new family and restart the race war between blacks and whites - - Helter Skelter - - as the last sign - - a black man in the White House - - has been completed. It may be a work of fiction but its scary because its so believable. Here we are forty-four years after the murders and people are still writing books about Manson - - he did touch a nerve that will stay with us for a long time after he's gone.

Aug. 12 2013 11:24 PM
Jasper Johns from Bushwick

There's also a great essay about the Manson/Beach Boys/Tate connection in the book The Man Who Killed Paul McCartney.

Aug. 10 2013 06:59 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Really? "Cease to Resist" is creepier than "Cease to Exist"? The 1st sounds like it's trying to persuade, the 2nd is saying subsume yourself into me so you no longer exist as a separate person. That sounds creepier to me.

Aug. 06 2013 01:43 PM

Cashing in yet again. Ka-ching, ka-ching. Obviously Mr Guin's Santa Claus books didn't quite pay the mortgage, so mindless violence will have to do. Very disappointing that Mr Lopate is indulging this sort of profiteering from other peoples tragedy.

I am always struck that the story of Mark David Chapman is so rarely told, presumably because he murdered a man beloved of so many influential media types, but the story of the man who killed a pregnant glamour girl and her friends is endlessly spouted out and sucked up with a appetite that would turn Dracula's stomach.

Aug. 06 2013 12:36 PM
jf from ny

Just another MKULTRA to scare people away from communal living. Like jim jones was probably a government propaganda. They really did hear voices coming from haarp

Aug. 06 2013 12:29 PM
jonn knoxx

F*ck this guy. Seriously, let him rot in jail and die in obscurity.
He is a criminal who has been sensationalized. There is nothing special about him.
He should not even be a footnote in pop culture or history.

Aug. 06 2013 12:17 PM

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