Skip to comments.Charles Manson has become the richest prisoner in California
Posted on 08/10/2009 2:49:26 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
"Feel-good nostalgia tells us that 1969 was the height of the hippie, warm-fuzzy era of peace and love," said Murray Whyte in the Toronto Star, but Charles Manson's "stamp on the culture is arguably deeper and more lasting" than even Woodstock's. Forty years ago, "puppetmaster" Manson orchestrated "a generation's defining criminal atrocity"the "Helter Skelter" killings in Los Angeles, Calif., during which director Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was among those murdered. To this day, "legions of gawkers" still make a "macabre pilgrimage" to the scene of the crime.
"Long after his capture and incarceration," said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly, Charles Manson's legend "has only kept growing." Even though he is "the hippie-psycho cult-killer equivalent of Adolf Hitler," he is a huge part of popular culturehis "dark" image has become "as larger-than-life as that of Che Guevara." Maybe what still holds our fascination is the way that Manson convinced a group of "smiling middle-class achievers and homecoming queens" to commit such atrocious murders.
"There are still those who are mesmerized by this evil maverick," said Ivor Davis in the Daily Mail, and "the story of the Manson murders has grown into something of a monster cottage industry." As sick as it is, "there is a huge demand for Manson memorabilia," and Manson has reportedly "become the richest prisoner in the California system, raking in a small fortune by running a lucrative autograph business from behind bars."
As long at Tate’s scumbag husband doesn’t see any of it, that’s fine by me.
I find him fascinating, too, but only as an extreme example of pure evil. His story is a fascinating one, especially the almost hypnotic hold he had on his followers.
Hell will burn brightly when the devil calls Charlie home.
Of course, but Roman Polansky should turn around and give it to all the little children he abused.
How much is that in cigarettes?
He should run against Nazi pelosi next year; it’d be an improvement.
Any money Charlie gets should go back to the state of California who has been taking care of his sick a** for the past 40 years !
I don’t believe in cruel and unusual punishment, but in Charlie’s case, I’d gladly make an exception. Very very slow torture is too good for him. I say clone him and kill him over and over.
How much publishing does he get from songs on Beach Boys and Guns & Roses albums?
Actually that would be Jim Jones.
I hate to defend a person that has since sunk into depravity, but he was by all accounts a loving husband and eager father to be.
I agree to that as well.
Bill Ayers wife, Bernadette Dohrn, said THIS regarding the horrific Manson cult family murders of these 5 people:
Following the mass murders of actress Sharon Tate and others by disciples of Charles Manson, Dohrn had this to say: Dig it. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into a victims stomach! Wild! Dohrn went on to suggest adopting a fork salute might be appropriate for her fellow homicidal maniacs.
He's misinformed. The hippie era actually ended in 1967.
She’s as sick as the Manson family .
That would be good but he is not family.
Sorry, but his case is one that really does get under my skin. I know he wasn’t guilty of anything before Manson’s family destroyed his, but I just can’t stand the fact that a man that has professed his guilt has been able to get away with rape for so long.
i know, I understand that too.