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CHARLES MANSON & THE MANSON FAMILY
Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) was convicted of murder in what became known as the Tate/La Bianca case, after the names of the victims of two mass murders carried out by his followers. As the leader of a group of young male and female followers, known collectively as "The Family", Manson was found guilty of planning murders and ordering these murders, although he was not accused of committing them physically. (There were several other murders probably committed by the Family, some of which it was alleged he did commit himself).

During his trial, evidence was accepted that he recruited young and vulnerable people who were estranged from their families, hostile, or in need of affirmation, and gained their trust. His ability to engender trust and belief and his philosophy, combined with sex, drugs, and freedom from guilt, were used to gain control over them. It was widely believed within the community that Manson was Jesus. Manson began discussing his theory of "Helter Skelter", the ultimate race war he claimed was being prophesied by the music of The Beatles. In 1969, he told his followers that it was time to start "Helter Skelter", which he believed he could incite by gruesomely murdering prominent white people and leaving clues which implicated the Black Panthers. Over two nights in August 1969, his followers murdered seven people in Los Angeles, California, including the movie actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant. The murder case and subsequent trial were major news stories throughout the world because of the high profile victims, the brutality of the killings, and the unique backgrounds of the people accused of killing them.

Manson and several of his followers were found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. However, the sentence was commuted when California dropped the death sentence.
BOOKS & MOVIES ABOUT CHARLES MANSON & THE FAMILY
Manson Family Movies
Directed by John Aes-Nihil
DVD


Plot Synopsis by John Waters: "Manson Family Movies is a primitive, obsessional, fetishistic tribute to mayhem, murder and madness. Enough to appall even the most jaded video junkie. The home movie effect really added to it. Attention to fetishy detail was really astounding Abigail's scarf, Tex's gun, plus Sadie, Tex and George Spahn looked more like the originals than Helter Skelter. Very rude all the rumors, MDA deal, Leno the bookie, Tate S&M, I liked the Valley of the Dolls touch. The most obscure was Leno's vacation I had never even imagined those sights." Special Features: Interview with Charles Manson, Outtakes - With Commentary by Director, Image Gallery - Original Charles Manson Artwork, Stills, Photos - Original LAPD Murder Photos
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The Manson Family
By Jim VanBebber
Unrated 2-Disc Special Edition DVD


If you think you know the story of the Manson Family, you are dead wrong. Director Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn) delivers an uncompromising snapshot of this cult of personality, hell- bent on executing the brutal vision of its leader, Charles Manson. On a ranch outside of LA the dream of the "Love Generation" is perverting into something evil. What was once an oasis of free love and acid trips has become ground zero for a madman's paranoid visions. An average group of kids, the "Family", become engulfed in a delusional world where torment and slaughter is considered the path to righteousness. The Manson Family is a dizzying, rapid-fire vision of the sex and violence that unifies the misguided group, and at the direction of their leader, ends in a brutal spree leaving seven people dead in a 48 hours. You've seen the story through the eyes of the law. Now witness it through the eyes of THE MANSON FAMILY.
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Charles Manson Superstar
By Nikolas Schreck
DVD


In 1969, he became one of history's infamous villains, presented by the media as evil incarnate. CHARLES MANSON SUPERSTAR sets the record straight after years of media disinformation, and features an exclusive interview with Manson which allows him to speak for the first time without being censored or sanitized, as well as rare archival footage, police documents and photos. Filmed on location at San Quentin Prison, Spahn Ranch, Death Valley.
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Family Jams
By Charles & the Family Manson
2 CD set, 20 page booklet


Songs sung by Manson & friends, recorded in 1970. Most of the lead male vocals were sung by Steve Grogan (Clem). Backup vocals were provided by members of Manson's "Family"; Gypsy, Capistrano, Brenda, Ouisch, Red and Blue. Released in 1997. Tracks: All the music on "Manson Family Sings: The Songs Of Charles Manson" on the first CD, plus new and unreleased material on the second CD: A Gamblin' Man Come From Natchez, Ride Away, Die To Be One, The Fires Are Burning, Give Your Love (To Be Free), The Young Will Overcome, Goin' To The Church House, The Fires Are Burning, I'll Never Say Never To Always, Die To Be One, Look At Your Love, I Can't Remember When, Give Your Love (To Be Free), London Bridge Is Falling Down.
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Helter Skelter (2004)
Director's Cut
DVD


Jeremy Davies stars as convicted killer Charles Manson in this new television movie based on the true story of the August 1969 Tate/LaBianca murders, as chronicled in the bestselling book Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. Almost 35 years ago Manson's followers, at his instruction, brutally massacred seven people over two consecutive nights in Los Angeles and scrawled bloody messages on the walls of the crime scenes. The first night, director Roman Polanski's wife, eight-month-pregnant actress Sharon Tate, was murdered along with coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski and Steven Parent. The second night, supermarket chain president Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, were found stabbed to death in their home.
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Helter Skelter (1976)
DVD


Based on the best-selling Vincent Bugliosi book of the same name, Helter Skelter is a made-for-TV account of the investigation and prosecution of Charles Manson (Steve Railsback), who was convicted of leading a group of followers (known as "The Family") to murder seven people in California, including actress Sharon Tate. The film takes a Law & Order-like approach, starting with the discovery of the murders, which leads to the police gathering snippets of evidence that they eventually connect to the bigger picture. The second half of the movie concentrates on how District Attorney Bugliosi (George DiCenzo) attains a conviction despite the enormous amount of press coverage the case received. Nancy Wolfe, Christina Hart, and Cathey Paine portray the three loyal Manson Family members who were the co-defendants at his trial.
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The Family
By Ed Sanders


At least nine people were murdered, among them Sharon Tate, the young, beautiful, pregnant, actress and wife of Roman Polanski. Ed Sanders' unnerving and detailed look at the horror dealt by Charles Manson and his followers is a classic of the true-crime genre. The Family was originally published in 1971 and remains the most meticulously researched account of the most notorious murders of the 1960s. Using firsthand accounts from some of the family's infamous members, including the wizard himself, Sanders examines not only the origins and legacy of Manson and his family, but also the mysteries that persist. Completely revised and updated, this edition features 25 harrowing black and white photos from the investigation.
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Charles Manson
Heroes and Villains Series
By Andy Koopmans


Charles Manson turned to crime in his adolescence and spent his early life in and out of prison. Then, for his role in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders, Charles Manson became among the best-known criminals and an iconic villain. Decades later, from behind bars, he remains a compelling figure to many. Geared towards young adults, this book provides an informative intro to Manson and the crimes he has come to be associated with.
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Charles Manson Poster
Rolling Stone Cover, 1970


This Rolling Stone authentic cover reprint comes with a free 12-issue subscription to Rolling Stone!

Poster size is 15 x 18.
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The Shadow Over Santa Susana:
Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos By Adam Gorightly

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Manson in His Own Words
By Charles Manson, with Nuel Emmons

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Manson:
The Unholy Trail of Charlie and the Family
By John Gilmore

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Taming the Beast:
Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars
By Edward George

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Charles Manson & The Boston St
VHS

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Lie: The Love And Terror Cult CD
By Charles Manson

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Helter Skelter:
The True Story of the Manson Murders
By Vincent Bugliosi

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Desert Shadows:
A True Story of the Charles Manson Family in Death Valley
By Bob Murphy

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Charles Manson:
Music, Mayhem, Murder
By Tommy Udo

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Death Cults:
Murder, Mayhem and Mind Control
By Jack Sargeant

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OUT OF PRINT
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Squeaky:
The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme
By Jess Bravin

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The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten:
Life Beyond the Cult
By Karlene Faith

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Child of Satan, Child of God
By Susan Atkins

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Will you die for me?
By Charles Watson

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My life with Charles Manson
By Paul Watkins

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The Manson File
By Nikolas Schreck

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Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders
By Greg King

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Charlie's Family:
An Illustrated Screenplay
By Jim Vanbebber

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Witness to evil
By George Victor Bishop

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