December 3, 2006
Dear Mr. Gillon,
As a professor, author and television host, you have an obligation to history itself to be accurate and truthful. I don’t know whether you know it or not, but in the latest episode of OUR GENERATION, you are guilty not only of propagating outlandish myths, you are guilty of omissions that are reprehensible.
For the first part, you spent half of your silly show repeating the falsehoods about Charles Manson being the devil in the Garden of Eden. Far from it- he was a small, pathetic, loser with no super powers and precious little going for him. You never once mentioned that the actual killings were committed by Charles Tex Watson. You don’t even mention his name in the entire show. Second, you allow the now aged and always silly Vincent Bugliosi to repeat his usual banter, most of which is fabricated. This man, who ran into trouble himself for beating his mistress, repeats the lies that Susan Atkins told about wanting to kill Sinatra and Taylor. This is known bullshit, but you allow it on your show.
Secondly, and far worse (since the standard Manson bullshit is to be expected on your extremely ordinary show) you hold Catherine Share up as some sort of paragon of virtue on the show, some fat, old housewife who escaped Charlie who beat her. Except nothing she says is true. You can go and watch MANSON the documentary and see her talking about how Manson was Jesus to her. She was arrested during the trials while robbing a gun shop- she fired repeatedly at Hawthorne Police officers and served jail time for it. She later became a gun moll for a hardened convict. She later was on the run for organizing a nationwide credit card scam. It is extremely likely that she LED the cleanup after the murder of ranch hand Shorty Shea. Just a few years ago she was in witness protection. This is a CAREER Criminal, as the police would call her. Let me repeat- she has SHOT at cops and been an accessory to murder, according to people who were there. And yet you let her speak her slander (did you know that Clem has been free for 22 years and probably never did anything to her like she says now he did? Did your lawyers even check your show or did they have trouble staying awake?) and lies and expect the audience to know the facts without you presenting them?
You should be ashamed of your episode. Any of your students could have done a better job.
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