Monday, June 12, 2006

Extra Extra Read All About It...


What must it have been like when the newspaper EVERY DAY had some TLB news?
Before the BUG invented Helter Skelter and no one knew what to make of things?
When it became clear that young kids had been behind the butchery?
When the most insane trial in US History was going on daily?
Did people scratch their heads and doubt their papers?
If we, decades later, can still not make sense of some of this shit then how could people of the time?

Perhaps the craziness swirling in the air played a large part in obfuscating the truth?

Just wondering.

11 comments:

Pristash said...

I remember the summer of 1969, even though I was only 7 years old. I do not remember TLB, but I remember staying up late and watching the moon landing in July, and Woodstock later in August. I probably only remember that because I live in upstate NY and it was such a big deal then.

Anyway, a few years later, after the paperback edition of HS came out, and the CBS miniseries was coming on, alot of discussion took place among my friends and family. My mother and grandparents didn't necessarily know ALL about the case, but all were familiar enough with the details. They all expressed how horrified they were when they first heard of the murders. Drug crazed hippies is what they called the Family, and they were not at all surprised that it came to that under those circumstances.

I have an uncle, now deceased who was a very successful attorney in those days and he told me once that the Bug's book was one of the best legal books ever written...

As for me, there have been two cases around here in the small rural area in which I live since 1989 which truly were frightening. One involved the kidnapping, torture and murder of two teenagers which was written about in Spin Magazine, and the other had to do with the home invasion, torture and murder of an entire family. Both were not solved right away, the latter wasn't for about two months, and let me tell you, in both cases the panic and angst that was felt by this community was palpable! Parents frightened for their children, people calling the cops at all hours at the slightest noise, etc. The idea that there were killers living amongst us led to a tension in the air that just crackled! Never felt anything like it except in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Hope I never do again.

spookycatz said...

1969 was a lifetime ago. People didn't question things as much as they do now. A pity.

Spooky

Salem said...

I WAS a Hippie back then and as soon as I saw Drug Crazed Hippie Cult Murder,( in papers) I thought
WTF!!!!!! We arent killers, we are for peace. No stoners do that *hit!!!!!!!!
But my mom and dad really took it to heart and thus all my freinds got called nasty names..Hitchhiking barred!!!!
We were considered outcasts after that summer.
When I read HS years later I thought what BS!!!!

chasingbunnies said...

I remember the TLB murders, but I was more terrified of the Richard Speck murders that took place a few years earlier because I was so young. When the TLB murders happened I was 13 and was old enough to know that they weren't gonna come and "git" me or creepy crawl my house. I remember my mom pointing to a photo of Leslie Van Houten in the paper and she said "She is such a pretty girl." Then she just shook her head. Funny what one remembers. I was 13 at the time of those murders. I remember being thought of as a "hippy" and my dad was furious with my attire. He was a Naval officer and I was wearing bell bottoms which irked him to no end. Sailors wore bell bottoms and he felt that I was being disrespectful to the enlisted Navy guys. lol
CB

Salem said...

When the TLB murders happened I was 13 and was old enough to know that they weren't gonna come and "git" me or creepy crawl my house.

(((((((CB))))))
wow ...
I must be the oldest one here!!! LOL
I wasnt afraid of getting creepy crawled either, but when I got my first letter from *Da Man* I was a bit ummm freaked out! LOL
I didnt sleep much that First night at all. Even tho it was a very nice letter! :)
Peace

chasingbunnies said...

Salem said...
When the TLB murders happened I was 13 and was old enough to know that they weren't gonna come and "git" me or creepy crawl my house.

(((((((CB))))))
wow ...
I must be the oldest one here!!! LOL
I wasnt afraid of getting creepy crawled either, but when I got my first letter from *Da Man* I was a bit ummm freaked out! LOL
I didnt sleep much that First night at all. Even tho it was a very nice letter! :)
Peace

5:58 AM

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That was a typo Salem, I was 14 when it happened, lol. I was a Freshman in High School. I can't type fer shit :(
CB

Synesthesiac said...

um... I was 6 when the murders happened.

Does that make me the senior citizen here ?

not sure I really want to know the to answer that lol

Salem said...

((((((((((((((CB))))))))))))
****
That was a typo Salem, I was 14 when it happened, lol. I was a Freshman in High School. I can't type fer shit :(
CB

Darn it, I am still the oldest one!
:(
But YOUNG in spirit:)

spookycatz said...

I think I'm the senior citizen in this crowd.

The summer of TLB I had just turned 17...

=^..^=

Salem said...
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Salem said...

spookycatz said...
I think I'm the senior citizen in this crowd.

The summer of TLB I had just turned 17...

=^..^=

1:17 PM

we are almost tied:)