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Manson Paperback – 1 November 2014
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Mansonhelps us understand what obsessed him and, most terrifying of all, how he managed to persuade others to kill. Guinn interviewed Manson's sister and cousin, neither of whom has ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson Family have provided new information about Manson's life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person on the property was spared. There are even photographs of Manson's childhood and youth that have never previouslybeen seen outside private family albums.
Putting Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the Sixties, Guinn shows how Manson represented the dark side of a generation. He came to Los Angeles hoping to get a recording contract, and the murders were directly related to his musical ambitions, although he cloaked them in a bizarre race-war theory. He was, in the words of one person who knew him, just like many other rock star wannabes-except that he was a killer.
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (1 November 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0857208942
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857208941
- Dimensions : 19.71 x 3.3 x 13 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 101,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Placing Manson firmly in the context of his times, the author demonstrates how Manson’s behaviour was influenced by the tumultuous changes that were going on in America during the late Sixties and how the diminutive musician inveigled himself into the lives of people like Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and record producer Terry Melcher. Convinced that a race-war was about to begin, Manson saw the Tate LaBiancha murders as a means of setting things in motion so he and his followers could eventually take over and rule over America’s black population.
A fascinating and scary book.
I wholly recommend both books to anyone who would like to get clarity of these murderers background and how and why they created the chaos and legacy that still fascinates us. It's frightening too that even now, we still have these types of characters around - be they languishing as small fanatical groups or heading up large powerful organisations ....in the name of religion.