Friday, March 17, 2017

"Truth and Lies: The Family Manson" on ABC 20-20

ABC 20-20 aired a 2-hour documentary “Truth and Lies: The Family Manson” (link ) about the life of Charles Manson, his crimes, and his followers, pretty much a companion to “Helter Skelter”.
Manson’s early life had a lot of petty crime, but he tried to become a music celebrity.  He believed he was deceived in a contract, and resented others in Hollywood who had a good life.

The documentary gives a step by step account of the Sharon Tate murders, with the home invasion and brutality, and other coverup murders, as well as the life of his followers on the “Ranch” and their attempt to “escape” in the Mojave Desert.  Manson would be arrested on car theft charges first, as his followers tried to prepared dune buggies for the coming race war.  (The video embedded below from ABC will show only with "http" rather than "https").

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The last part of the film shows the trials, with his female followers shaving their heads and making spectacles outside.  Many followers went to prison for life.  Manson’s death sentence was reduced to life but the film shows the old gas chamber.  Manson would be severely burned by an inmate in 1984.

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