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Dark Side Of The 60s
[...] as it has been observed by probability theorists, the largest proportion of the truth arrives as a faculty of coincidence. [...] [...] To fully appreciate the law of synchronity -- the meaning that can be revealed by an inadvertent encounter, or a chance event -- it is necessary to put aside all rational logic of reasoning to concentrate instead on the accidents and chances that provide new ways of understanding. The hazards and casualties that happen to us are intelligible only within a system of meaning, and meaning is the products not of individual minds, but of relationships. It is this pattern of relationships that both defines the individual and is defined by him, and it is this complex of affinities that perishes with death. The law of synchronity is grounded in this dark arrangement of contingencies. As Confucian scholar Wang Fu-Chih puts it, "only a man of highest integrity can understand this law; basing itself on its revelation he can grasp the symbols, and observing its small expressions, he can understand the auguries".
He found himself in the midst of the new 'psychedelic' culture. free love and rock music would pave the way for the new Aquarian society. no more war. Dick's 'Black Iron Prison'. no more 'Man'. He also worked some time as a pimp.In other words. indicating the dark side of the 60s. visionaries. and also the entering into the grimmer era of the 70s. and soon the Manson menage in the Haight district seemed to be full of emotionally deprived girls and admiring youths (Manson seems to have been bisexual). and girls seemed inclined to regard him as a father-substitute figure. If they had never read the 60s counter-culture 2 . No one cared that Manson had been a jailbird. 33-34 1969 is remembered. and Marshall McLuhan's techno-utopian 'Global Village' with its trans-continental electronic neurocircuitry. Manson had spent most of his adult life in jail. no more 'hang-ups'. revolutionaries. . out of the grimness and darkness of the Age of Pisces. Philip K. which remained there under the decade's sunny and carefree outlook. and not yet suffocated by the 'satanic mills' as described by William Blake and the crude machinery of Industrial era).Brottman. and called themselves 'flower children'. Tolkien's Luddite pastoralism (where magic was ever-present. For many observers this marked the end of the 60s 'Flower Power' and the hippie culture of peace and love. the sinister Kali Yuga period of the Hindus. The time was right for the sages. Mind-altering substances. Charles Manson spent his first term in reformatory school at the age of nine. opportunists and false prophets. on the contrary. 'The Age of Aquarius' was the utopian project prevailing in the minds of the youth of the 1960s. Charlie Don't Surf Born in 1934. pp. Manson was older than most of the 'drop-outs'. 80s and 90s. Runaways began to gather round him. called the Manson Family. no more repression. sideshow hucksters. mostly for such offences as car theft and credit-card fraud. it was regarded as being greatly to his credit.R. with occult connections and rumours of conspiracy abounding. rip-off merchants. not only for being the year of the first Moon flight. The Manson murders also whetted the morbid public appetite. It is also a story of strange coincidences and synchronities. By the time he drifted to San Francisco in 1967. smoked pot. but also for the gruesome murders committed in California by Charles Manson and his bunch of crazed disciples. No more society's 'games'. The hippies would embrace both J. the devil is in the details. occultism. The hippies of the HaightAsbury district took LSD.R. idealists and dreamers but also for the snake-oil merchants.
when Hinman refused. best known for their odes to California beach life and surfing (later on. 'Never Learn Not To Love' (originally titled: 'Cease To Exist') was even released as the B-side of a Beach Boys single and on their album 20/20. a psychedelic drug. to finance a move to Death Valley.drove out to a house in Benedict Canyon which had been earlier rented by Terry Melcher. violence was inevitable. Beausoleil wrote 'Political piggy' in blood -. and lived there in exchange for cleaning out the stables. and one of them. He recorded several songs in Brian's home studio. Manson's plan was to cause a revolution by setting whites against blacks (whom he detested). then stabbed to chest and left to die. Later that month. four Manson followers -. Gary Hinman. the women stabbed to death. but Sharon Tate had three guests to supper. Crowe recovered and decided not to go to the police.intended to lead the police to the belief that the Black Panther movement was responsible. On the wall above his body. The 'family'. In July 1969. At the time Polanski was in London. a film actress and the wife of Polish film director Roman Polanski. who were spending some time there. Wilson claimed that he had inadvertently "founded" the Family with Manson). Afterwards they took MDA. Anyway. he became an object of Manson's wrath and probably Melcher was supposed to be one of the victims. the son of Doris Day and a man in the pop music business (he had produced among all bands like The Byrds) against whom Manson had a grudge. a maid ran screaming into the street after finding the actress 3 . they encountered a youth who had been visiting the houseboy. Melcher was an independent producer working with the Beatles' Apple Records label. Tate being at the time pregnant with Polanski's child. When Melcher didn't sign Manson. Then they went into the house and killed Sharon Tate and her three guests. two men and a woman. he was tortured. they nevertheless practised his idea that sex could be used a a form of 'unrepressive sublimation' to unfold our higher possibilities. The next morning. He saw himself as a would-be singer-songwriter. among them the current resident Sharon Tate. was assaulted by Manson's disciples. Manson was trying hard to move into the pop music business. Manson lived with Dennis before the murders for about six months. The men were shot. he was shot in the head. With so much drug-taking. that Hollywood mansion at 10050 Cielo Drive. though. but Manson didn't know that Terry had split from that house three months before.philosopher Herbert Marcuse. who brutally butchered a group of people. and went into various states of dissociation (Tate was not under influence because of her pregnancy). and the Beatle-obsessed Manson thought he would get a recording contract through him. Manson's lack of success. As the Manson Family members entered the drive. On 9 August 1969. Manson's 'Family' even moved for a time into the luxury home of a member. Manson and his friend Bobby Beausoleil tried to persuade another drug-dealer. in fact. By 1968. Manson shot a black dope-dealer named Bernard Crowe in the chest. Los Angeles. seems to have made him increasingly embittered. now numbering about thirty (and including children) moved out to a ranch owned by an old man named George Spahn. Dennis Wilson.three girls and a man -. of a successful group called The Beach Boys.
who was 8 1/2 months pregnant. he led six followers to a house in the affluent Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary. his 4 . Wojciech (Voytek) Frykowski. Sharon Tate. the police raided the ranch and arrested all the hippies. He worked the Gary Hinman job for Los Angeles Sheriff's Homicide and busted Manson acolytes Mary Brunner and Bobby Beausoleil. a Polish friend of Polanski's. the following day. Charlie Guenther was the man who really broke the Manson case.. They solved Tate-LaBianca by fluke luck several months later. Vincent Bugliosi. a defense attorney disappearing. Bodies were scattered about the lush green estate. threats of self-immolation and other destruction . Snake and Ouisch' . Also slain were Abigail Folger. The word 'Pig'. and word leaked back to the police. heiress to the Folger coffee fortune." Charles Manson did his best to turn it into an indictment of society and his judges. every gun and guard dog in the Los Angeles area had been bought by frantic householders. Manson walked into their bedroom with a gun and tied them up. and 'Helter Skelter'. That evening. the caretaker. Guenther told the LAPD to check out their friends at the Spahn Movie Ranch. In the following month. who stabbed the LaBiancas to death. Los Angeles was too accustomed to mass murder to overreact. the home of a supermarket owner. hairdresser to the stars." reporter Theo Wilson recalled a 10-month trial with "testimony that went from horrifying to ludicrous . the prosecutor -. told her cell-mate about the killings.. was found from the murder scene..and four others slaughtered in a grotesque scene. a family member named Susan Atkins. By that evening. the 'family' watched the television news-casts with satisfaction. They wrote 'Death to pigs' in blood on a door. Brunner and Beausoleil were in custody during the Tate-LaBianca time frame. a young man shot while leaving the cottage of his friend. written with Tate's blood. Susan Atkins retorted by asking whether the killing of thousands with napalm was important. after taking LSD. then hung from a rafter in the living room. "Headline Justice.. witnesses with names like 'Lotsapoppa. The murders created the sensation Manson had hoped for. similar slogans were scrawled at the Tate-LaBianca crime scenes. Manson's code word for the revolt that would occur when the alarmed whites rose up against the blacks. Guenther went to LAPD and laid out the Hinman murder. In her memoir. explaining that the murders had been committed out of love. then sent in three followers. Asked if she thought the killing of eight people was unimportant.who later wrote the book Helter Skelter -called the killings "probably the most bizarre mass murder case we've ever had in America. Manson decided to strike again while the iron was hot. The LAPD ignored Guenther's advice.. When Manson set on fire a bulldozer belonging to the State rangers. the 'family' moved out to the remote Death Valley. who had written 'Pig' and 'Political Piggy' on Hinman's walls after they killed him.. The trial that followed was one of the longest and most expensive in Los Angeles history. But the rising failed to occur. who had taken part in both sets of murders. had been stabbed to death. And after more than a month in jail. Jay Sebring. and Steven Parent.
was found guilty in a separate trial. And when you are at Now. There's a connection to her and the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. and in America.one of Tate's co-stars in the film. because they were naturally afraid. he often told the Family that they should live in a constant state of fear. the more awareness. he said. Manson claimed that children were more aware than adults. hence the more love. What did he mean by that? [ .Bugliosi: p." Manson's three women co-defendants. as the writer Colin Wilson concludes.drowned undiscovered until many months later on the very day that the defendants received death sentences from the jury. He not only preached that fear was beautiful. Manson maintained. Being frightened of everything he missed nothing. you are totally conscious.. Rosemary's Baby and Charles Manson! 5 . Another defendant.) So. which had made Mia Farrow famous.. Frank Sinatra). But animals were even more aware than people. Farrow allegedly feared she would be the next victim of the murder spree. ] The more fear you have. When you're really afraid. But the trial had the effect of convincing the rest of the world that the whole movement of social revolt was a form of mindless emotionalism whose arguments defied logic.. . because they always live at Now. Web of Coincidences One aspect of Manson's philosophy especially puzzled me: his strange attitude toward fear. the Manson family had discredited 'revolution'. if we look closely. was best known from TV's soap opera Peyton Place. in fact. President Nixon had denounced Manson even before he and his five co-defendants had been found guilty. at least. starring Sharon Tate (who had also been in Polanski's vampire spoof Dance of the Vampires the same year) -. because he was completely paranoid. (At some point. Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel. is the ex-Mrs. A suitable scapegoat is always needed. we'll find a connection between Peyton Place. were convicted with him after taking the stand and attempting to absolve him by admitting their own deadly deeds. Manson became a hero of the West Coast 'underground' network. Their death sentences were commuted to life when the death penalty was briefly outlawed in America in 1972. 320 As most people know. and predictably. it produced. the star of Roman Polanski's 1968 horror classic Rosemary's Baby. Woody Allen (and the ex-Mrs. precisely the kind of revulsion against the left that the McCarthy witch hunts had created against the right in the 50s. Mia Farrow. Susan Atkins. Charles "Tex" Watson. you come to "Now".. The coyote was the most aware creature there was. ] To Charlie fear was the same thing as awareness [ . Barbara Parkins. Valley of the Dolls.
which was used when filming Rosemary's Baby. John Lennon was shot in 1980 in front of the Dakota Building (picture on the right) in New York -. there are some similarities between Dance of the Vampires and Rosemary's Baby.) Furthermore.even more chillingly in the light of history -. It is claimed that at a party in California in 1973.k.the film-maker then directing in England Dance of the Vampires (a. And to give a sinister end to the story filled with synchronities (allegedly Lennon and Ono had their own interest in the occult). Sadie Mae Glutz was the alias given to the Family member Susan Atkins by Manson even before the appearance of the White Album song 'Sexy Sadie' -. 1967). The Beatles members had frequented London's Indica Books and Gallery (this is where Lennon met Yoko Ono). (Manson and his followers believed the songs held in them some hidden messages. in the latter. who was the wife of Roman Polanski. the suckers of blood are triumphant in the end. Mark Chapman was the name of Lennon's killer -. heaving a TV against the wall. Polanski's character Alfred is -. which in press would later be called the Tate-LaBianca murders. the ultimate purpose of all diabolic rites is achived -. to give birth to the 6 .the Devil is come among us. and screaming nonsense about Roman Polanski being to blame. Ironically. with his future wife starring. also Sadie/Susan would let Manson down by carelessly talking about the murders to her cellmates.a. where also Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate visited as regular guests -. spreading evil to the whole world after heroes have failed to stop them. who slaughtered Sharon Tate. hurling a chair out the window.which was directed toward The Beatles' one-time guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. in the latter. which was eventually used as a proof in the trial.Then to The Beatles: 'Helter Skelter' and 'Piggies' were some songs off The Beatles' White Album (1968). who directed Rosemary's Baby. Also. as peculiar coincidences go. Thematically. which inspired the murder spree of the Manson Family. with whom they felt disappointed.Winifred Chapman was the maid who had first found the bodies at 10050 Cielo Drive.late to save Sharon Tate's Sarah from the vampires. In the former film. In the former film. Mia Farrow's Rosemary. "Prudence" was also the name of puppy Polanski gave to Sharon Tate). The Fearless Vampire Killers. which seem all the more significant in the aftermath of what happened. Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes) is willing to sacrifice his wife. specifically meant for the Family. Rosemary LaBianca was another victim of Manson's murder spree. which opened in 1966. The Beatles had Mia Farrow as one of their companions on their famous 1968 excursion to India. Lennon went berserk. smashing mirrors. and John Lennon of The Beatles wrote 'Dear Prudence' (also a song on White Album) for Mia Farrow's younger sister Prudence Farrow (on a lighter note.
it should be noted that Krzysztof Komeda.. Altizer at Emory University. I'm right. In April 8. John Lennon gave his interview to a British journalist. also featured in Ira Levin's original book of Rosemary's Baby and the film. The question appeared on the cover of the magazine in bold red letters on a jet black background. had claimed God was dead. this statement given in the interview by Lennon infuriated the conservative religious right: "Christianity will go. the coven of witches and Satanists celebrate their Year One by the birth of Devil's offspring.rock'n'roll or Christianity. but in the book. the Stateside results of which seemed to be somewhat unfortunate for the Beatle. died soon afterwards in curious circumstances because of the head injuries received during a drinking binge. the Time magazine had published its famous "Is God Dead?" issue. Anton Szandor LaVey. in Rosemary's Baby. and there has been some talk of Jayne Mansfield's 7 . I needn't argue about that. As was the case with US reactions to Lennon's Jesus statement. mass burnings of Beatles records ensued. the community of vampires gains victory. (In 1882 Friedrich Nietzsche in The Gay Science had a character called "the madman" running through the marketplace shouting "God is dead!". Sammy Davis Jr. but his disciples were thick and ordinary.) The Time magazine article reported that a group of young theologians calling themselves Christian atheists. no one took the madman seriously. When syndicated to the USA that summer. In March of that year. adding to all notoriety gained by Polanski's 1968 film. 1966. LaVey had launched his Church of Satan on Walpurgisnacht. among all. led by Thomas J. Jesus was all right. appears uncredited as an actor and a "technical adviser" on Rosemary's Baby -a film which theme is connected closely with Satanism. Furthermore. 1966: Year One 1966 seems to be a crucial year in this story. J. and I will be proved right. Some famous Chuch members were. We [The Beatles] are more popular than Jesus now. who composed music for Rosemary's Baby. I don't know which will go first -." In the South. In Dance of the Vampires. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.Devil. 30 April. this hit a cultural nerve and in an appearance on The Merv Griffin Show Altizer was greeted by shouts of "Kill him! Kill him!" (Altizer continued to develop an increasingly apocalyptic theology but did not receive a grant or much attention since 1966. 1966. It will vanish and shrink. where rock'n'roll had exploded with Elvis during the previous decade. and in the process gain worldly success himself.) As is fitting. who founded The Church of Satan (which ideology was somehow Nietzschean with all its elitist "superman" overtones) in that same year 1966.
. it reminds me of how wrongly the word "lover" is used when referring to the filthy interaction between two homosexuals writhing in pigswill. likewise the language used in "rock lyrics. who incidentally were put together by the Tavistock Institute. like the Beatles. with youth. Call it the counterculture. who. . who didn't understand the new sounds. John Coleman: Conspirator's Hierachy .. as to subvert American culture and institutions. styles and ideas.The Committee of 300) and Lyndon LaRouche. constructing small groups experimentally which were considered New Age types. To call "rock" music. this does produce a profound change of a countercultural type. came other "Made in England" rock groups. rock music. Such conspiracy buffs as John Coleman (in his Conspirator's Hierachy ." .Dr. was generated as a British intelligence operation by the Occult Bureau of [Aldous] Huxley and [Gregory] Bateson out of the Palo Alto Veteran's Hospital where they were doing LSD and related experiments. especially Susan Atkins." I hate to use these beautiful words in the context of "Beatlemania".Why would British intelligence want to put out a rock group? This is part of the Satanism business. There were also LaVey connections to the Family members. It does have a relationship to the Alpha rhythms of the brain. had Theo Adorno write their cult lyrics and compose all the "music. Lots of people for long periods of time in that kind of particular rhythmic ritual which was probably struck upon empirically many thousands of years ago for this type of cult. is an insult. People were experimenting with various utopian models. "Sharon King". Another word for it: New Age. LSD and the occult (see also this.Lyndon LaRouche on the 60's counter-culture. Coleman goes as far as to confuse music of The Beatles with the "atonal" 12-tone music of 1920s German composers like Arnold Schönberg. The Beatles and "The Aquarian Conspiracy" The first United States-grown rock group of that [psychedelic] type. Rock [music] is essentially a revival of the ancient Dionysic. and claims that the acclaimed cultural critic Theodor Adorno actually wrote the lyrics for The Beatles! The next quote is probably the most telling of Coleman's attitudes towards the whole rock music culture: Following the Beatles. which has been subsequently denied by all parties concerned.connection with LaVey. a cover organisation of British intelligence service MI6. who had worked previously as a go-go dancer at LaVey's Topless Witches Review show as.The Committee of 300 8 . the Grateful Dead. It does produce these sorts of states.. mood shaping substances. quoted above.. Call it the Dionysius model of the counterculture. with funny sex. If combined with a little alcohol and more.. This whole affair would be a part of the larger countercultural "Aquarian Conspiracy" instilled in Britain against America.) It's understandable that the whole 1960s cultural upheaval was to cause worry among the more conservative commentators. go as far as to claim that "Beatlemania" and the subsequent rise of countercultural rock movement were in fact meticulously constructed by Tavistock Institute. and greeted them as the heralds of something more sinister than merely as some passing fashions or fads. Bacchic rituals.. . shall we say. The longer term: Age of Aquarius.
devoted to Hitler. The legendary bandleader Graham Bond got also involved with The Process and died in mysterious circumstances under a tube at Finsbury Park station. So. such as Lennon. turtlenecks and silver crosses. and in 1964 left Scientology to set up their own system. It has to be remembered. though. Late '67 The Process hit the States. the writer Alex Constantine claims in his Covert War Against Rock that rock artists with connections to counterculture. The Process. but it's possible the Church's teachings may have influenced him. where they sold issues of their magazine. they turned their Mayfair mansion into a Satanic palace.and Charlie Manson. both right-wing and left-wing conspiracy fans would indeed have a field day with this case. Satan and gore. that Manson would ever have been an actual Process member. Manson's Influences? Manson is known to have dabbled with Scientology. Processeans went around in black capes." Later on. the notorious occult sect of Robert de Grimston. "Soror H" wrote in a Process newsletter from London: "Manson was clever in his choice of beliefs: the whole Beatles Helter Skelter thing was. "Learn to love fear" was one Process teaching. movie house and book store. Compulsions Analysis. though. who were more likely to respond to such 'turned-on' symbols than the more traditional ones. a model to instill the PROCESS into his followers. London. in LA sidling up to members of the West Coast rock establishment -. Both were training to be "auditors". but at least get your facts right. the cult decamped to Xtul. There they apparently discovered Satan.If you hate The Beatles. In 1963. Mick Jagger's then-girlfriend Marianne Faithfull posed in the infamous 'Fear' issue of The Process magazine in 1967. of course. but Manson's intention was to open up the occult centres of perception by a unique pop-based outlook influenced primarily by the PROCESS. but it seems his involvement has been brief. popular music and youth culture. Vincent Bugliosi claims also that his teachings had some surprising similarities to those of The Process Church of the Final Judgment. They also adopted the name de Grimston. To have some counter-balance here. on the north coast of Yucatan. a guru trick. The whole thing was a scam. Returning to London in 1967 and funded by a member's inheritance. that the late 1960s spawned various occult and "satanic" cults of which The Process and LaVey's Church of Satan were just some 9 . They held telepathy classes and preached the coming apocalypse. with all-night coffee bar. Mexico. In 1966 (the same year LaVey also inaugurated his Church of Satan in San Francisco). They married soon after. on Fitzroy Street. Grimston. They approached pop musicians as possible converts. fair enough. it was denied. then known as Robert Moore and Mary Ann Lean had met at the Hubbard Institute of Scientology. were systematically harassed and persecuted by US authorities and covert operations like COINTELPRO and Operation CHAOS.
the intelligence divisions of all the military services. for his followers to slavishly follow Manson's murderous instructions. politically active hippies and public figures such as rock musicians.just another coincidence? To what extent were the CIA aware of Manson's plans? Manson had had contacts with his victims beforehand. He had met Abigail "Gibby" Folger. and numerous local police forces. and New Left groups were prime targets of dirty ticks and other underhanded tactics designed to stir up factionalism and "neutralize" political activists. Mid-summer of 1969.as was also the case with FBI's COINTELPRO -. the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD). the epicentre of 60s psychedelic counterculture? It is suggested that Manson had contacts with the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic's personnel who conducted government-backed tests on human behaviour. The CIA had studied the effects of LSD since the 1950's as means of mind control and "unconventional warfare". Those affiliated with black militant. was the Central Intelligence Agency's response to civil unrest and cultural upheaval. The targets of CHAOS -. Joining in the CIA and and the FBI in this effort was an alphabet soup of federal agencies: the Internal Revenue Servive (IRS). Manson's parole officer when he was released in prison March 1967. the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). launched in 1968. the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). and the "restless" youth in general. and dossiers were kept on the lawful political activities and personal lives of millions more. the Department of Health.. through such enthusiastic advocates as Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey. LSD was instrumental in Manson's power trip and "guru" trip. one of them Roger Smith. It was the medical tests conducted by the Agency that first launched LSD into the youth counterculture. the wealthy coffee heiress found dead at Cielo Drive. Also Dr. The CIA Connection? Operation CHAOS. "got to know the [Manson] group through his work in the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic". Education and Welfare (HWW). antiwar. Something was obviously in the air. what could be better "human guinea pig farm" for the CIA than Haight-Ashbury. at the home of the Mamas 10 . Operation CHAOS went into the most tight security mode -.were the political dissidents such as the Black Panthers. one month before the Family massacres.examples.. according to Vincent Bugliosi in Helter Skelter. The use of informants and provocateurs was part of a massive sub rosa campaign to subvert the forces of dissent in the late 1960s and early 1970s. David Smith of the Clinic. Over a quarter of a million Americans were under "active surveillance" during this period. And consequently. the National Security Agency (NSA).
the underground film-maker Kenneth Anger. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band).and Papas member Cass Elliot (who had also been approached by The Process). Lucifer Rising The underground film director Kenneth Anger was Anton Szandor LaVey's one-time associate and a devotee of the infamous early 20th-century occultist Aleister Crowley (whose portrait had appeared on the cover of The Beatles 1967 album. hippie. at The Esalen Institute. a place for intense psychotherapy for the wealthy. where he in fact first time may have encountered The Process. on the same block as the Process Church. She had registered as a volunteer social worker for the Los Angeles County Welfare Department. the result of which was that Manson turned against her. not far from the Esalen Institute. Folger also funded Timothy Leary. Actually. the Magick 11 . Earlier in the summer of 1969. Wasted lives makes waste. Folger loaned $10. In 1968. What befell the red house on Cielo Drive resembled the devastation caused by a jet plane crash: the Bad Ship Lollipop piloted by Uncle Sugar.a practice Beausoleil may have put to unsavoury use as a henchman for Manson. more involved in the drug culture that was becoming more prevalent. undoubtedly from her association with Wojciech Frykowski. Charles Manson was an invited guest.000 to the Straight Theater at Haight and Cole Streets. his noble shade now has mixed company. Manson then lived on Cole Street. The Rolling Stones -. Kenneth Anger plays a part in this story. Anger's one-time lover. 1967. She was. among the celebrities appearing with Sgt. Abigail Folger had retreated to Big Sur. then stopped. Despite all her good-doing (or probably because of their burden) Abigail Folger had somehow fallen into the darker side of the jetset life. There they devoted themselves to some hands-on experience of Crowley's socalled "magick" -. This was the Benedict Canyon where [the "Golden Age" Hollywood film actor] Paul Bern shot himself. and the Process Church in the establishment of the "Himalayan Academy". Manson being a hanger-on at the Himalayan Foundation (a covert CIA lab?).and would later write in his notorious Hollywood Babylon: The '69 Tate massacre was not Old Hollywood. on the California coast. The weekend she was in residence. Anger himself makes another interesting late-60's occult connection -. bisexual rogue and the future-devotee of Manson. when he murdered Gary Hinman at the start of the Family's spree. Beausoleil was supposed to perform at San Francisco's Straight as lead guitarist in the September 21. not tragedy. When Manson lived in San Francisco. Folger doled out cash to Manson on occasion. Folger attended fundraisers set up by her mother to aid the Haight-Asbury Medical Clinic around the same time many of the Manson family women were being treated there.also with his close dealings with The Beatles' biggest "rivals". who was heavily into drugs at the time of murders. Bobby "Cupid" Beausoleil had been a guitarist in an early line-up of Arthur Lee's Love. Anger lived with Beausoleil in San Francisco in an old house where Russian Embassy had previously resided. 1967 celebration of "The Equinox of the Gods" with his band. musician. Charlie Manson -deus ex-garbage can.
supposedly. symbolising the double phallus of homoerotic sex magic) was formed by Kenneth Anger to create the soundtrack for his forthcoming occult film: Anger planned to film the event as the focal set piece of his Lucifer Rising. 12 .Charlie Manson. He willingly accepted their hospitality and that of the ranch's owner -.the Crowley-Anger version of the Age of Aquarius. but his car broke down just outside an isolated ranch in the middle of the Californian desert. Furious. and the movement into the Aeon of Horus (or Lucifer) -.Powerhouse of Oz. In a final puff of smoke a voodoo doll appears holding a sign that reads: "ZAP YOU'RE PREGNANT -.THAT'S WITCHCRAFT". The 11-piece rock ensemble (11 is a powerful number in Crowley's cabalistic system. then on the faces of Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg. history. There. where Beausoleil was going to play the lead. Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969). of the oppressive Aeon of Osiris (or Christian era). thus forming a kind of rock'n'roll pentagram. Oblivious. Beausoleil sped off towards LA. Bobby Beausoleil's eyes are superimposed on its face. 1600 feet of footage. Lucifer Rising was supposed to depict the downfall. In the film Anger uses superimposed footage such as magical symbols and talismans projected onto actors. stealing Anger's van and several cans of film containing practically the entire master rushes of the film. For Invocation Mick Jagger created some eerie drony sounds with a Moog synthesizer. Anger would create out of the material he had remaining from Lucifer Rising another short of his. and the shots of the Rolling Stones performing in London's Hyde Park. where also Anger's friend Anton Szandor LaVey appeared. the occultist Anger was promptly hexing Beausoleil with the deadly "curse of the toad". However. as they say. spliced and repeated footage of soldiers leaping out helicopters in Vietnam to create a backdrop of violence and chaos. Bobby was met by a bevy of spaced-out hippie chicks who invited him to stay. in Crowleyan terms. Towards the end of the film Mick Jagger is seen holding a child. The rest is. Bobby Beausoleil vanished before the evening was through.
and Brian Jones.. Anger claims Jagger agreed at first. "In her bedroom she kept a huge. She also had a strange mysterious old shaker for holy water which she used for some of her rituals. Anita Pallenberg had met the Rolling Stones in 1965. Up And Down With The Rolling Stones. Brian was a witch too. She immediately began sexual relations with three out of the five members of the group. for want of a better word. Her ceremonies became increasingly secret. then changed his mind.to ward off vampires..." Anger says Jones had a third nipple. said. the extra nipple traditionally considered a certain sign of being a witch.even to be -. Sanchez writes of Anita Pallenberg in his book." He continues. From the same film: Bobby Beausoleil as Lucifer. and she warned me never to interrupt her when she was working on a spell. a witch. and their girlfriends Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg. describes that Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (who attended Polanski's and Tate's wedding in 1967). one of the group's friends. Author Tony Sanchez. Anton Szandor LaVey as Satan. Kenneth Anger and the Stones members had met in London 1967. on his inner thigh...' "She was obsessed with black magic and began to carry a string of garlic with her everywhere -. The occult unit within the Stones was Keith and Anita. You see. Anger had wanted to cast for Lucifer Rising Mick Jagger as Lucifer and Keith Richards as Beelzebub.Invocation of My Demon Brother: Kenneth Anger as The Magus. Anger. ornate carved chest. "listened spellbound as Anger turned them on to Aleister Crowley's powers and ideas". but the Stones weren't keen on the idea. "I believe that Anita is.. commenting on Anita. which 13 .
The house was empty one day. Bern was studio boss Irving Thalberg's assistant at MGM and had been instrumental in bringing Harlow to the Culver City factory. The drawers were filled with scraps of bone. and may have well been one of era's famous film star Jean Harlow's reasons for marrying this physically unprepossessing intellectual. starring Marianne Faithfull). Convinced there was no way Anger could have got into the house to do this. Jean Harlow was visiting her mother at a time. The 14 . Two months later. Later on. the Rolling Stones released an album titled Their Satanic Majesties Request. though Anger later claimed that Richards knew all along and had even given him keys. the Stones members' relations with Anger turned sore. 1932.38 pistol which lay by his side. Mayer found a suicide note on top of Harlow's vanity table. painted gold and then replaced. Talk about the power of forgiveness on the part of Anger. Bern's compassionate nature had earned him this title. while in prison for Manson murders. shot through the head by a . Despite Mayer's initial attempts to hide Bern's note. burning all his occult books. Hollywood's "Father Confessor". Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg were due to be wed by Kenneth Anger in a dawn ceremony on Hampstead Heath. Sharon Tate Meets the Ghost of Paul Bern The supernatural trappings of this story certainly don't stop here. wrinkled skin and fur from some strange animals. drenched in Jean's favourite perfume. who was supposed to score the film. 1932. a key track on their Let It Bleed album. Kenneth Anger tells in his Hollywood Babylon about the 1932 suicide of movie agent Paul Bern.. he turned it over to the police by the insistence of his studio publicist. Soon Louis B. sprawled in front of a full-length mirror. twenty-two years her senior.she guarded so jealously that I assumed it was her drug stash. it was Bobby Beausoleil who would eventually compose music for the later version of Lucifer Rising (which premiered not earlier than 1980. Richards called off the ceremony. The butler did not notify the police but phoned MGM instead. It seems Bern had a sexual problem and that he had tried to effect intercourse by artifical means. Ironically. Jagger also became reticient. until one morning when Richards came downstairs to find that the front doors of his house had been taken off their hinges.. He was nude. Mitsuoko. The next year they would follow with 'Sympathy For The Devil'. Mayer and Thalberg were on the scene. and probably by their deals with Kenneth Anger. the butler found Bern's body in his wife's all-white bedroom in their benedict Canyon Mansion. inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita. The odd couple was married on July 2. with a realistic phony phallus. He had shot himself. on September 5." In 1967. after Kenneth Anger had fallen off with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. and I decided to take a peep inside.
(The theory goes that Shakespeare included actual black magic spells in the incantations of the play's weird sisters. who was an ex-boyfriend of Sharon Tate's and one of Cielo Drive's 1969 fellow murder victims. Tate hurried downstairs only to be confronted by the horrifying apparition of someone bound to the newel post. with his throat slashed. other than on the stage. Later on. and ultimately. the "hairstylist to stars". eerie parallels between the screenplay and the Manson murders first raised eyebrows among the crew and. "I saw this creepy little man. He looked like all the descriptions I have ever read of Paul Bern. when they were found. a blonde would-be starlet Dorothy Millette drowned herself in the Sacramento River. Then. Mikita Brottman's Hollywood Hex accounts how less than a year after his eight-months pregnant wife was knifed to death by the Manson Family. among critics.next day Bern's first wife. She was awakened by an intruder in the bedroom. and how that image (a body thrashing at the end of a rope) became a dominant visual motif in the movie. Tate was house-sitting this same residence one night while Sebring was away for business. Those who appear in the play or those who mention the play's name within the confines of a theater. Frightened. Tate later told columnist Dick Kleiner. while blood spurted from the hole in his head. In 1969. Tate and Sebring's bodies were bound by a nylon rope hanging from a roof beam. there was some speculation that Paul Bern's death might have been a murder. Polanski commenced filming William Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. misfortunes that have reportedly happened during the theatrical productions of this play. clumsily bumping into furniture and cursing loudly. The famous "out damn’d spots" scene in which Lady Macbeth tries to expunge the blood on her hands also takes on double-meaning when we read that Manson’s followers tried to wash their own blood-stained hands at a nearby garden hose minutes after murdering Polanski’s wife." 15 . Tate later said that she somehow knew that the mutilated figure was Sebring. Shakespeare’s description of Scotland as a lacerated woman and "each day a gash / Is added to her wounds. Sharon Tate had unknowingly seen a vision of her fate in 1966. risk having these evils brought down on them. was hanged before being stabbed to death. there's been talk of the "Macbeth's curse". later. All Of Them Witches As for Roman Polanski. Bern and Harlow's Benedict Canyon mansion at Easton Drive had ended up to Jay Sebring. the apparition vanished. There are countless other parallels: the notion of a fetus being "untimely ripped from his mother’s womb".) While the filming proceeded smoothly for the most part. Notoriously. We are reminded how Sharon Tate. Macbeth (1971). By 1966." The ghost began to run around the room haphazardly. the description of small children being massacred (which Polanski visualizes with copious blood).
you psychedelic vermin! Your smug pomposity with its thin disguise of tolerance will serve you no longer! We know your mark and recognise it well. and this is the heart of the argument.was seamless and so mesmerising that any challenge would ricochet back on you. 'Under My Thumb. I know. with the death toll of three and over a hundred injured. Polanski instructed him. radical politics.unaware of what had just happened -remarking: "‘Something very funny always happens when we start that number". which. A black-clad group gathered in a candle-lit chamber to launch this hex with the words: "Beware. a materialisation.Brottman claims that Polanski’s macabre vision of Macbeth owes its existence to Charlie Manson. Manson's cobbling together of hippy philosophy -. who kept assaulting crowd members. the Angels claim he aimed it at Jagger. they are both products of each other. pop occultism. One is the product of the other. They both come from some strange well of supernaturalism. Also the arrest of Family members in late took place about the same time with the disastrous Rolling Stones outdoor concert of Altamont in 6 December 1969. wearing sorcerer's robes with the Greek letter Omega (the last letter in Greek alphabet. The Hell's Angels were hired to act as "security". Appearing with almost supernatural precision in the last months of the '60s. David Dalton wrote on Manson: When you need a monster one will appear. he seemed to call into question everything about the counterculture. acid logic." The Age Of Aquarius Turns Into The Age Of Antichrist Anton Szandor LaVey claimed to have cast a venomous curse on the hippie culture he loathed. but finally it was the audience who needed security from the rampaging Angels. Within moments Hunter was swamped by Angels. Zen paradox. as Brottman suggests. others claimed Hunter was defending himself from the Angels. their ultra-violent images intertwine until we can’t tell them apart. meaning also "the end") adorned over it. who stabbed and kicked him to death. When actor Terence Baylor as MacDuff was supposed describe the death of his wife and child. audience member Meredith Hunter pulled a gun. The idea was that he was merely a projection of our darkest thoughts is a card he played ruthlessly. He is a demon of the Zeitgeist. Jagger -. This happened in a ceremony entitled 'The Rising Forth'. He endlessly toyed with the idea that he was just a mirror. immaculate in his terror and confusion.apocalyptic prophecy. The Stones stopped playing. And. "You’ll do it this way. We walk the night as the villains no longer! Our steeds await and their eyes are ablaze with the fires of Hell!" Woodstock in August 1969 had almost coincided with Manson murders that LaVey claimed this magical working had triggered. The one thing that most determines the way we think about Manson was his timing. marked for many the end of the era of peace and love. 16 . Or perhaps. which took place on that same fateful night of 8 August 1969. hipster jargon -. As the Stones launched into their song. His malign arrival synchronised so perfectly with America's nervous breakdown that is hard not to bestow occult meanings on him.
who sent young Americans to be killed in Vietnam. who mostly were loners acting individually. Reznor claimed. had once been Anton Szandor LaVey's pupil. and other classic haunted house phenomena detected. one Brian Warner. which called themselves Marilyn Manson -. as the popular culture's infatuation with Manson still goes on. named him Man of the Year and ran his picture with the word "hippie" as the caption. Vincent Bugliosi goes as far as to compare Charlie Manson to Adolf Hitler (known also for his occult interests). claimed that he had -. What made both Hitler and Manson (morbidly) intriguing was the inexplicable and hypnotic -. with a new construction all over the site. the main man of the industrial dance act Nine Inch Nails. after the instrument of LaBiancas' slaughter. or was there actually some truth behind these claims.The canonization of Manson by certain segments of the counterculture was a measure of how desperate and bitter people had become in the final days of the 1960s. Manson compared his position to that of the US President. it is known that Manson himself was fascinated with Hitler and the Third Reich. were closely entangled around Manson mythology.totally without his knowing.that was also the artist name of their flamboyant leader. strange dark figures seen on the surveillance monitors. Unlike in other known case histories of serial killers.charisma. 17 . Furthermore. many freak occurrences happened during the recording of album. Was this just a sick publicity stunt from Reznor. such as Piggies and March of the Pigs. The Weathermen went a step further by lauding Manson as a heroic. trying to milk on Manson's popular counter-culture status. Trent Reznor. and the influence they exerted over their followers. Nowadays the ex-Cielo Drive 10050 mansion has been totally demolished. whose many songs. The address is now 10066. Reznor produced in the very same Hollywood Hills house another shock-horror rock band. an underground paper in Los Angeles.. Family Legacy There are also some bizarre afterwords to this story. Tuesday's Child. he insisted -. suitably. acid-ripped street figher who offed some "rich honky pigs". for understandable reasons.if not downright demonic -. this probably can't be said for sure. Manson knew how to delegate.rented the same Cielo Drive mansion (which address had now. Later. In a typical twist. the Weatherpeople proclaimed 1970 "The Year of the Fork". been changed) to record NIN's 1994 album Downward Spiral. such as various electric devices turning on and off without any visible reason. who..
k. (New York: Grove Press. Peter Tosh. (New York: WW Norton & Co. Creation Cinema Collection #13. 2001. (Venice. One thing that is sure is that the investigations will go on at the pHinnWeb Bunker. 78-89. (London: Plexus Books. September 2004. Colin Wilson: A Criminal History of Mankind (New York: Carroll & Graf. 1975) Gavin Baddeley: Lucifer Rising. September 1999. p. The True Story of the Manson Murders. Mojo. 2000).. Gary Valentine Lachman: Turn Off Your Mind. January 2002. Jimi Hendrix. Lee and Bruce Shlain: Acid Dreams. 1996) Mia Farrow: What Falls Away: A Memoir (New York: Bantam. Lachman): Season of the Witch.G. p. Bob Marley. Bibliography: Kenneth Anger: Hollywood Babylon. 108. he is still said to get four fan letters a day. David Dalton: Pleased To Meet You. Devil Worship & Rock'n'Roll.An Illustrated History of Cursed Movies. (London. and voilá: you have successfully discredited the whole 1960s counterculture.a. an essay by Jason Wynd (sadly offline now) tells one version of what might have happened: was the Manson case just an intricate Manchurian Candidate or even a Kennedy assassination-type of plot to put an end to the 60's counter-culture by demonising hippy? Or was even more involved there? Conspiracy theories abound: it was just too convenient for the Nixon regime -. Recommended reading "Democracy's Baby". pp. (New York: Dell.. CA: Feral House. 1999) Mikita Brottman: Hollywood Hex . Gary Valentine (a. The Notorious B. Magic. now in California's Corcoran State Prison. 76. (London/New York: Zwemmer-Barnes. Sin. add some Beatles quotes in the whole messy soup (remember Lennon's anti-establishment stance).) Martin A. 1969) Alex Constantine: The Covert War Against Rock: What You Don't Know About the Deaths of Jim Morrison. Tupac Shakur.Kenneth Anger.let's get a gang of crazed hippies on LSD to murder a bunch of Hollywood celebrities. 1984/1990). Curt Gentry: Helter Skelter. Erik Davis: TechGnosis: Myth. ISBN: 0283063661. Uncut. (London: Creation Books.. Brian Jones. 1997) Simon Goddard: Luck of the Devil -.is there really some of kind of curse or just bad karma? There are just too many strange coincidences around. 1998) James Ellroy: My Dark Places (London: Century Books/Random House.As for Charles Manson. pp. And to think of all supernatural and occult connections of this story -. 34. 1974/1994) Ivan Butler: The Cinema of Roman Polanski. 1999) Vincent Bugliosi. The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius. p. (San Francisco: Harmony Books. Michael Hutchence. Edwin Pouncey: Industrial Light and Magick.I. 625-630 18 . and Mysticism in the Age of Information. The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA. Mojo. more mail than any prisoner in the United States. 1985 & 1992).. Phil Ochs. The Sixties and Beyond. Sidgwick & Jackson. September 1999. John Lennon. The Wire.
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