Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Man discovers Charles Manson is his real dad
* By staff writers
* From: news.com.au
* November 23, 2009 4:34PM
AN adopted child was determined to find his real parents, but he wasn't prepared to discover that he was related to one of the most infamous figures of the 20th Century, serial killer Charles Manson.
* Man discovers real dad is Charles Manson
* Has been exchanging mail with serial killer
* Has considered having phone contact
A MAN who went in search of his biological father was shocked to learn it was famed serial killer Charles Manson.
Matthew Roberts, a 41-year-old DJ who lives in Los Angeles, said the shock of discovering his father sent him into depression.
"I didn't want to believe it. I was frightened and angry. It's like finding out that Adolf Hitler is your father,” Mr Roberts told The Sun.
"I'm a peaceful person - trapped in the face of a monster."
Despite his revulsion Mr Roberts has been exchanging mail with Manson, who is serving life in Corcoran State Prison in California over nine murders committed by his “Family” of followers in 1969.
“He sends me weird stuff and always signs it with his swastika,” Mr Roberts said.
“At first I was stunned and depressed. I wasn't able to speak for a day.
"I remember not being able to eat."
Mr Roberts grew up in Rockford, Illinois but didn’t know he was adopted until his sister told him at age 10.
Despite his adoptive father telling him “nothing good” would come of discovering who his real parents were, Mr Roberts used a social services agency to locate his mother, Terry.
She confirmed Mr Roberts was adopted and told him his birth name was Lawrence Alexander but would not reveal the last name.
Eventually Terry relented and revealed that Mr Roberts' father was Manson, who she claims raped her in 1967 after she had succumbed to his manic charisma.
"She even said, 'You look just like him', Mr Roberts said recalling the shocking revelation.
Manson has confirmed that he could be Mr Roberts’ father and that he remembers Terry.
The former cult leader wrote to Mr Roberts that: "The truth is the truth. The truth hurts."
Mr Roberts fears he may have inherited some of Manson’s characteristics but insists he is a very peaceful person.
"I'm not nuts but I've got a little bit of it,” Mr Roberts said.
“It's scary and upsetting. If I get worked up, my eyes get really big and that's really freaked some people out before.
"I've tried to tone that down quite a bit. I don't like having that effect on people.
"I don't even like the fact that I'm big. It makes me even scarier. My hero is Gandhi. I'm an extremely non-violent, peaceful person and a vegetarian.
"I don't even kill bugs. I've had long hair all my life. I could make it go away, but I can't let the world and their fears change me."
Mr Roberts has a prison phone number for Manson but says a “subconscious block” stops him from calling.
"If I did talk to Charlie on the phone, I would say, 'I truly understand what it's like to be you, more than anyone could ever imagine on so many levels,'” Mr Roberts said.
"He's my biological father - I can't help but have some kind of emotional connection. That's the hardest thing of all - feeling love for a monster who raped my mother.
"I don't want to love him, but I don't want to hate him either."
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Do you think that this is it for the TLB Case?
I mean, seriously, the books that come out suck. The TV shows are lamed and defanged.
Nobody asks Kasabian why she did things that she probably didn't do.
Nobody asks Gypsy about her life of crime.
Nobody asks BUGliosi about his mental illnesses.
Actually, nobody asks anyone anything anymore.
My guess is we will have to wait for BUG to pass away and then maybe people like Jakobsen will start telling the truth.
What do you all think?
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
At 75, Charles Manson still has power to influence others
- Gray Wolf moved so he could be closer to California prison Manson calls home
- Prison has shaped Manson's views on preserving the environment, Wolf says
- Officials say Manson still gets mail, spends his days playing guitar, on phone with followers
- "The main goal is to basically save life on the planet Earth from the humans," follower says
Corcoran, California (CNN) -- At 75, Charles Manson has spent more than half his life in prison for masterminding the notorious Helter Skelter killing spree that left actress Sharon Tate and six others dead in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969.
Manson spent his 75th birthday this week at the state prison in Corcoran, California, where he is in the protective housing unit. Some records indicate that Manson was born on November 12, but Manson's current associates and other records indicate his birthday was on Wednesday, November 11.
"He spent the day the same way he spends every day in prison," said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the state department of corrections. "Lately, the prison has told me, he doesn't come out of his cell very often."
She added that Manson didn't mention his birthday to anyone, and only emerged from his cell for about 20 minutes on Wednesday.
While his appearance has changed significantly from the wide-eyed cult leader who appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1969, Manson continues to wield influence over some who consider him a wizened messenger.
Prison officials say Manson still gets lots of mail and spends most of his days singing and playing guitar in a high security unit. He also spends time speaking to associates like "Gray Wolf," 60, and "Star," a 24-year-old fast food employee.
Wolf said Manson gave him his name -- just as he named members of his infamous "Family" of followers during the 1960s. Wolf said he moved close to the prison in Corcoran so he could be near the man he believes possesses deep insight into environmental issues.
"Manson thinks the destruction of the environment is much more serious than we are being made out to believe," Wolf told CNN. "Our government keeps covering up problems with pollution, with coal, with automobiles. Charlie says we need to get back to the horse."
Vincent Bugliosi, the man who prosecuted Manson and sent him to prison for life, is not surprised that Manson continues to hold sway over some people.
"This is just a microcosm of the tremendous interest and fascination that people still have with Charles Manson," Bugliosi said. "The Manson Family no longer exists. There's no group calling itself the Manson Family on the outside. And these people -- I wouldn't say they're followers of Manson, that's too strong a word --they're supporters."
Their names and words sound similar to those of Manson's past followers.
Gray believes Manson's time in prison has given him a unique perspective on the environment.
"You can characterize prison as an ashram or a retreat where you have all this time to be by yourself and think and so he's had time to turn these issues over and over in his head," Gray said.
"A legend has been made about Charlie Manson and there's a media image that people make money off of every day, but it has nothing to do with Charlie personally. He is a personable person," he added.
Star also got her name from Manson, and moved from Illinois to be closer to him.
"He's really witty and really sharp and he's got a lot of good humor," she said. "He's got a weird sense of humor but I like it, it fits with me."
The conversations range from small talk about life in prison to issues related to ATWA -- an acronym for Air, Trees, Water, Animals -- the ecological philosophy espoused by Manson and his followers, according to Wolf.
What's really criminal, they say, is the way the environment is being poisoned.
"Crime is anything that's done against your survival. Any sin against your life is crime. The problem is the atmosphere is dying, anything that sins against the air is a sin against your life, anybody that sins against the air should be considered a criminal and any sin against the air should be considered a crime," Manson said in a recorded phone conversation.
In a recent recorded conversation with Star, Manson discussed the flooding in Malaysia:
"They had some bad rains and floods and a lot of people in trouble over there, so we're sending them packages to help take care of them. They are half Muslim and half Christians so we have to hold a balance," he said in a recorded conversation. "The way we live is freedom of religion so we don't want [any] war against people. We want a war against pollution. A war against people isn't going to help anyone, a war against pollution will help everyone."
Star says she was drawn to the man she described as a "monk in a monastery" by his environmental views.
"There's a lot of people all around the world that would say they support Charles Manson and his vision of ATWA," she said.
"The goal, really, the main goal is to basically save life on the planet Earth from the humans," she said. "We have a key to make this goal accomplished, and that key is Charlie Manson."
But Bugliosi says there's a darker attraction to Manson that reaches beyond the green movement.
"There's a certain mystique that has developed around Manson," he said. "And one reason is that the very name Manson has come to be a metaphor for evil. He's come to represent the dark and malignant side of humanity, for whatever reason, people are fascinated by pure, unalloyed evil."
CNN's Emanuella Grinberg and Ann O'Neill contributed to this story.
I've gotten a few emails asking about Bruce Davis' upcoming parole hearing. It's like his 592nd and he's married and has a stepdaughter and would like to be set free into society again.
The argument I hear most often is that he hasn't owned up to these other murders and therefore doesn't deserve release into polite society. Doreen Gault, Scientologists, Joel Pugh, etc etc.
Personally I don't even know if he's guilty of any of these others. It feels like this is just BUG weaving a tapestry of masturbatory lies and fantasy. BUG knows a convicted murderer has no claim for defamation, so he alleged whatever the fuck he wanted to in his novel and it has taken on a life of its own as the "Official" story.
That's not to say that Davis is a hell of a nice guy or anything. He for sure was there at Hinman. He for sure knew all about Lotsapoppa and TLB. He for sure was intimately involved in Shorty Shea. And if nothing else, he confuses the shit out of me in the Hendrickson documentary because he looks and sounds like Charlie.
But I don't really care to fight his parole hearing.
You see, I've always been firm in my belief that none of the men are getting out. Not in this day and age. Maybe when they had their first parole hearing.
But the Bug-based legend of Manson is now fully permeated throughout the culture. It's done for these guys. Clem/ Adam Gabriel managed to convince people to release him in the middle of the night because he was not in his right mind. What that shows me is more about how fearful the authorities were that Shorty might still be alive than anything else.
No one is letting a member of the Manson Family out ever again. Orca Tate can come get her 30 pieces of Silver TV Fame at each hearing, but it ain't because of her that Davis will be denied.
He can thank his old friend Charlie.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Six whole weeks and not a single posting here on the only Official Blog in the case. I would have to check, but I think that's the longest we've had without something brilliant and astonishing to bring to you all.
Sure, I've been busy. It's hard out there for a pimp. And I don't make the rent money from typing to you all. Homey makes it the old fashioned way, one quarter at a time.
So I knew I was going to have to broach my reasoning here, and so I wondered what it actually was. And voila, it became clear.
The Col is frustrated.
I'm frustrated that in all the bullshit coverage of the bullshit 40th Anniversary the only new items to come out where that Linda went over to Parent's car and Linda demanded the immunity from prosecution. Interesting tidbits, but nothing new.
You mean after all this time NO ONE is willing to tell the truth? The closest we got to reality was when addled Larry King asked Linda the obvious question, "Why did you go the second night knowing what you know?" and Bug changed the subject.
That's all we get?
The Col is frustrated. He now believes there might be some new explosive information in Tom O'Neill's book. But when is it coming out? No one knows. The last Manson book didn't even come out in the US. Sure it wasn't good, but....
The Col is frustrated. Do we live our lives in easily digested fairy tale morsels? Is it possible that people like Mary, Bobby and others have forgotten what happened and now just remember "their" versions? Why does NOT A SINGLE media venue point out that the BUG demonstrated mentally disturbed behavior BEFORE and AFTER the TLB trials?
The Col is frustrated...the burden of running the Official Site is a hard one. All those You Tube videos deleted because JimNY Savage is a crybaby asswipe. That was a lot of work. Bret's site is up and down like a YO YO and hasn't been updated this quarter. Mark Turner's site is like People Magazine. Long forgotten idiots like Wheat IM and email the Col insanity and banality.
The Col is frustrated.
Hopefully this post means I have overcome the frustration and am BACK.
But it has not been easy days on this case. Tons of coverage with nothing to show for it. Depressing even.
Thank you for your interest.