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Charles Manson

Gender: Male
Country: United Kingdom
Description: One of the most notorious contemporary criminals, composer and a poet (b. 1934). He has spent most of his life in prison for minor crimes, and in 1970 he was sentenced for life for conspiracy to commit a murder. In the late 1960s he formed The FAMILY, an informal sect whose members committed a macabre series of murders. It was at his instruction that they murdered eight-month pregnant Sharon TATE, the film director Roman POLAN?SKI’s wife and a number of their friends at the property rented by her husband, writing Pig and Healter Skelter in the victims’ blood. MANSON concocted his own eschatological vision, borrowing from the Old and New Testaments, and the works of The BEATLES, especially the The White Album. According to it the world was on the threshold of cultural and racial confrontation, the Liverpool quartet were the equivalent of the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, MANSON himself was the perfect incarnation of both Satan and Christ in one person, the ultimate goal to be achieved was bringing mankind to war out of which a new, better social order would emerge. The key to trigger that process was fulfilment of an ???57 enigmatic idea he called Helter-Skelter after a composition by The BEATLES. What to them was a musical interpretation of an impressionist painting, to MANSON was a secret call to spark off racial military conflicts, as a result of which black people would prevail, but being unable to wield power, MANSON and his sect would regain it for the white race. While in prison, he recorded a few blues and psychedelic rock albums which lyrically were concerned in a poetic manner with disillusionment with the world, hypocrisy, and consistently rebelled against the existing values and cultural tendencies. His life and views were a source of inspiration on many industrial artists, e.g. THROBBING GRISTLE, BLOOD AXIS, DEATH IN JUNE and NON. He became a cult figure, as many found in him a symbol of free and active objec- tion to the traditional ways of life and to morality based on fixed codes and hierarchical social order. Selected discography: LIE: The Love And Terror Cult (Awareness Records 1970) CD Family Interviews (Come Organisation 1982) tape NBC Interview (Come Organisation 1982) tape Poor Old Prisoner Boy (Remote Control Records 1989) LP