Fifty years after CharlesManson's shocking murders, the American true crime writer David J.Krajicek takes a fresh look at his life and crimes in a portrait of evil that reveals the dark side of the swinging Sixties. Using Manson's ownwords and those of his naive followers, Krajicek, a former professor ofjournalism at Columbia University, shows how the manipulative ex-convict managed to build a harem of acolytes who committed murder on hisbehalf, including that of the emerging film star Sharon Tate. Krajicek portrays Manson, raised amid impoverished Appalachian despair, as anunlikely messiah. Freshly paroled after spending most of his young lifelocked up, he stumbled into San Francisco in 1967 just as thousands ofimpressionable young people were streaming into town for the Summer ofLove. Using skills of manipulation he gainedin prison, Manson assembled his personal commune cult of hippies,three-quarters of whom were women. He began to control their bodies andminds as they moved from one LA flop to the next, graduating from peaceand love to horrific acts of violence that shook the world. The narrative is framed by the seminal events of the time--the sexualrevolution, the civil rights movement, race riots, space exploration,and the emergence of the drug-happy hippie culture and psychedelic music scene. Charles Manson became the personification of Flower Power goneto seed.
- ISBN-13: 9781789501834
- ISBN-10: 1789501830
- Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
- Publish Date: August 2019