Crimelibrary.com’s Denise Noe writes prisoners and they write her back. For the latest in our series, Denise wrote a poem and sent it to Charlie Manson. Well, he had all kinds of things to say about it and more, including this gem: “I broke no laws. I make the laws.”
This installment of letters from prison is from Manson family member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme while she was serving her sentence. Though she was a Manson follower, she is best known for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Fromme was released in 2009.
The director speaks to Vanity Fair about his years before his 2009 Swiss arrest, the years since, and feeling blamed by the public for the murder of wife Sharon Tate.
An often overlooked fact about the infamous Charles Manson is his career as a recording artist. In addition to Manson’s solo songs, the Manson family recorded a two-disc album called The Family Jams, on which Manson himself does not sing but is credited as a writer on every song. Manson continued to record songs in prison and hand them off to outside associates for public release.
In this short clip from an interview, Charles Manson is asked to explain in one sentence who he is. What follows is a display that, depending on who you ask, can either be interpreted as true madness or gimmickry.
In this 1976 interview, Manson family member Susan Atkins, then 28, describes life as one of “Charlie’s Girls” and the nine murders she was involved in.
Despite being locked up for life, Charles Manson continues to seek the attention of the public.
In 1977 Polanski was lionized for films dwelling on the erotic and grotesque, but the next year when a photo shoot with a girl, 13, crossed the line, he found himself facing jail. On February 1, 1978, just before sentencing, Polanski fled, becoming an international fugitive and ensuring that the case would dog him forever.
On January 25, 1971, Charles Manson was convicted on seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, for his role in trying to start a race war with the bloody Tate and LaBianca murders.
The Los Angeles police department is investigating the possibility that the Manson Family may have been involved in more murders than they were tried for.