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Forget Charlie Manson, its those who follow him we should fear

Written By | Nov 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2017 — “Since we place so much value on human life, why do we glorify, in a perverse sort of way, the extinguishment of life? The answer to that question, whatever it is, is at least a partial answer to why people continue to be fascinated by Hitler, Jack the Ripper,”  said the begetter of that psychedelic, drug-infused 60s “family,” Charlie Manson, who died last Sunday at age 83.

Thus finally completing his life sentence for ordering the horrific murders of 8 human beings, which included an unborn child, in early August of 1969.


German dictator Adolf Hitler.


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How did a guitar-strumming misfit, so out of touch with reality and the moral laws governing the broader civil society, convince a brood of relatively well-to-do, middle-class youngsters to savagely butcher human beings in his name?


Dianne Lake.

Dianne Lake, who became a Manson follower in 1967, tells Newsweek:

“I have this memory of being on acid and standing in front of a mirror with him [Manson]. He was showing me how many different people he could become, just by moving his facial muscles and smiling a certain way, shifting his hair or wearing a different hat. He was a chameleon, and he could find people’s weaknesses that way. He preyed on them, and he wanted to teach us how to do it too.”

Lake may have come for the acid but she stayed for Charlie, beguiled by his Hitlerian animal magnetism.

Speaking of Hitler, a man much admired by Manson, historian Peter Frizsche observed in his book “Germans to Nazis”:

“That so many Germans became Nazis was not an accident, an unlikely result of disastrous economic and political conditions. It should be stated clearly that Germans became Nazis because they wanted to become Nazis and because the Nazis spoke so well to their interests and inclinations. Given the illiberal aims and violent means of the Nazis, this popular support is a sobering, dreadful thing.”

A similar mean streak clearly ran through the hearts of the Manson Family, whose grievances their guru manipulated for his own twisted purposes.

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Manson vs. Hitler

Like Hitler, Manson was a man of seething resentments. His mother, who some say was a prostitute, didn’t even bother to name her newborn infant, which is why the cult leader’s birth certificate identifies him as “No Name Maddox.”

And mother Kathleen would later trade young Charlie for a pitcher of cold beer, though an uncle later retrieved him.

If Manson’s followers took no pity on the pregnant and pleading actress Sharon Tate before stabbing her sixteen times, it’s because motherhood was the least sacred of institutions for the master of Spahn Ranch.


Susan Atkins.

Manson’s Helter-Skelter

Charlie believed the Tate-Labianca murders would trigger the mother of all race riots, leaving him and his followers to emerge from the safety of their subterranean hideout in Death Valley, ready and eager to lead the grateful African-American victors through the new post-apocalyptic world.

It’s clear Manson miscalculated.


The body of actress Sharron Tate is taken to the L.A. coroner’s office.

Manson’s followers and ANTIFA

It turned out that America’s well-fed, well-clothed, well-educated and very white middle-class youths – those who grew up watching Howdy Doody and Captain Kangaroo – were the ones that rejected their parent’s moral values, very much like the youthful luddites of today’s Antifa movement.

While 83 percent of African-Americans hold to a strong belief in God, that is true for only 61 percent of whites.

And we must also remember that a majority of Manson’s so-called “family,” eight to be precise, were women. Among them was Susan Atkins.

She gleefully wrote the word “pig” on the door to Sharron Tate’s home in the actress’s blood.

She once admitted,

“I didn’t like my mother. She tried to get along with me, but I just refused to get along with her. I didn’t like my father either. Didn’t like either of them.”


Leslie Van Houten.


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Recently, Manson Family member and convicted murderer, Leslie Van Houten, had a very interesting exchange with a member of the California parole board:

Van Houten: “I believed that Manson was Jesus Christ and it [the Tate-Labianca murders] was something that needed to be done… It was like war and we were like going through combat training at the [Spahn] Ranch.”

Parole Board member: “Your belief system led you to believe that someone who was Jesus Christ would instigate racial wars between blacks and whites?”

A generation that rejected religious and moral values for murder

Having rejected their parent’s religious and moral values, they promptly ran into the open arms of its evil counterfeit. They rejected the New Testament Jesus who said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” in favor of a “Jesus” anxious to murder pregnant women to prompt a global race war.

The question triggered by the passing of Charlie Manson should not be why our world produces the occasional murderous messiah. Rather, we should ask why these creepy misfits are so quick to find such devoted, bloodthirsty followers.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.