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of the FBI, CIA and possibly others within A erican Intelligence groo ed Charles !anson and Charles "atson to e bark #pon a series of assassinations to discredit both African A ericans and the yo#th of the co#nterc#lt#ral left, i$e$ the hippies$ Argument for: ae !russell, "hose research into the anson case develo#ed into this hy#othesis, gave a num$er of tantali%ing details suggesting the involvement of &S Intel in the develo#ment of $oth 'atson and anson, and in #ositioning them to #lay the roles they "ere $ound to #lay( She #rimarily focused on t"o as#ects of the )elter S*elter murders, namely the #olitical+legal connections and the financial $ac*ing( The former included a num$er of high,#rofile #eo#le e-tending $ac* to anson’s $rief stint at !oys To"n( The latter featured .uestions regarding the mechanics of the o#eration itself, and "ho might have #aid for it( /Details a$out the money issue here(0 anson’s connection to various financial $ac*ers1among them 'ashington socialite 2harlene 2afrit%, Sandra 3ood and Dennis 'ilson1gives us a glim#se of ae’s concerns( The connections’ true im#ortance lay $eyond the mere channeling of funds to esta$lishing the dominant narrative that "ould $ecome the anson legend( This story arc $egan "ith the e-,con hi##ie guru "ho had, in the matter of a fe" years, mastered the art of $rain"ashing, The tale also entails the e#itome of the counterculture, a hi##ie commune "hose hedonism e-tended far $eyond se-, drugs and roc* 4 roll to include orgiastic murder and mayhem( If the #oint "ere to discredit the counterculture, and the 5e" 6eft /as the 7!I and 2IA referred to it0 that it had attached itself to, then it "ould $e #aramount to /a0 set 2harlie u# as the focal #oint of a stereoty#ical /at least to the casual o$server0 commune8 and /$0 esta$lish some *ind of $onafides "ith youth culture, a more challenging tas* given anson’s advanced age /more than dou$le that of sli##ies Dianne 6a*e and 9uth Ann orehouse0( anson’s musicianshi# coud have solved $oth #ro$lems( In com$ination "ith his #atented #rison s#iel laced "ith Scientology and other occult influences, anson:s looming stardom lured "omen, and some men, into a gro"ing fold of admirers, "ho regarded anson as 2hrist reincarnate, a savior seasoned $y a hard, difficult life, $ut "ho still had a tender, sensitive side( Secondly, music $ecame 2harlie’s main entry"ay into the counterculture, in the end solidly connecting his legacy "ith t"o of the most iconic $ands of their time( It’s evident in the !each !oys’ recording of ;2ease to <-ist= /or ;5ever 6earn not to 6ove=0 that the grou# #ut a solid effort into reali%ing anson’s "or* in a mainstream venue( oreover, they actively #romoted the song on television( Fig#re %$ &he Beach Boys on The Mike Douglas Show />ouTu$e vid0 2harlie had not only Dennis 'ilson and the other !each !oys "ithin his sta$le of contacts, $ut legitimate and highly esteemed music managers, e-ecutives and #roducers, among them ?hil @aufman, 3reg Jaco$son, and Terry elcher( 'hile these connections are "ell *no"n and documented, anson:s connections to some cele$rities /e(g( Angela 6ans$uryAA0 are documented $ut relatively o$scure( Some /e(g( 5ancy Sinatra0 are claimed $y anson, $ut denied $y others( A num$er of relationshi#s /e(g( 2ass <lliot0 are #lausi$le, $ut rumored from many different sides( !ut even if only a fraction of the rumored
ac.uaintanceshi#s "ere true, then one is still left "ith a da%%ling array of stars "ho someho" made their "ay into anson’s or$it( ;2ease to <-ist= esta$lished anson as a some"hat legitimate #art of the music scene, and his relationshi# to the !each !oys came under considera$le scrutiny in the years follo"ing the murders( !ut at the time of the trial, !ugliosi, Ste#hen @ay and the rest of the #rosecution team develo#ed a more intimate connection $et"een anson and the counterculture’s roc* 4 roll soundtrac*( The !eatles song ;)elter S*elter,= a meta#horical reference to the #layground ride *no"n to Americans as a Bslide,’ $egan to dominate discussions of anson( According to most sources, 2harlie used the title of that trac* to descri$e "hat he $elieved, due to his CTC and ?rocess influences, to $e an imminent race "ar(AA !ut the lin*s $et"een anson’s $eliefs allegedly "ent far $eyond that one song, incor#orating as they did virtually the entire 'hite Al$um, and s#illing into the grou#’s #revious "or* and #ersonal history( !asing a motive on $i%arre inter#retations of !eatle lyrics might have $een laugha$le in D9E0( !ut the #rosecution caught a tremendous $rea*( During the fall of D9F9, after the murders $ut $efore the arrests, the international #u$lic received a crash course, as it "ere, in the misinter#retation of !eatles’ lyrics( the ?aul,Is,Dead rumor, #rominent ne"s at the time, demonstrated ho" easily intelligent #sychologically normal #eo#le could come to the most outlandish understandings $ased on innuendo and imagination( ore to the #oint, the "hole incident de#icted roc* and roll, the music of the counterculture, as some"hat ghoulish, or un"holesome( !y the time the anson trials commenced, the songs of the 7a$ 7our $egan to seem even dar*er, as #rosecutors and fans dre" their o"n #arallels $et"een the ;family= and the 'hite Al$um( ore generally, the #ress constantly referred to the ansonites as hi##ies, des#ite the grou#’s insistence that they "eren’t( They des#ised hi##ies, and referred to themselves as Bsli##ies,’ for they had sli##ed off the mainstream of society( The #ress regarded the sli##ies’ street antics during the trial "ith a $it of smug humor, as 7romme, Share and others cra"led along the side"al*s, carved G’s into their foreheads, and shaved their scal#s( Slo"ly $y slo"ly, contem#orary accounts $egan to define the grou# as under the thum$ of anson’s hy#notic s#ell1a comforting conclusion, actually, for it reduced all the id of the grou# to the evil of a single individual, namely anson( <ventually, "riters started using the term ;family= in reference to them /hence the reason "hy I al"ays s#ell it in lo"er case and add .uotation mar*s0( !y trial’s end, the false, $ut dominant narrative had formed: fiends li*e anson #reyed on the counterculture $ecause of the latter’s naivetH( That made the youth movement not Iust dangerous to the esta$lishment, $ut to everyone( As !ugliosi and others noticed years later associations to the counterculture "ent from innocent to villainous( 'hile the effect u#on #u$lic #erce#tion of the counterculture might have "eighed most heavily in the mind of ae !russell, the connections $et"een anson, 'atson, and im#ortant #eo#le outside of the entertainment industry deserved considera$le mention( 7irst off, anson, a #risoner actively contesting his #arole in D9FF, received a visit from 3eorge Shi$ley, a noted la"yer "ith a trac* record of high,#rofile cases: from the Joot Suit urder to his re#resentation of Sirhan Sirhan( At the time of anson’s im#ending release, he had a rather comforta$le legal #ractice in !everly )ills, re#resenting a host of "ealthy clients, among them #o"erful oil com#anies( anson, mean"hile, "as sim#ly another e-,con u# for #arole( oreover, anson didn’t even "ant the #arole, and
attem#ted to fight it( ae #osed the .uestion of "hy "ould someone that high u# the food chain ta*e the time to consult "ith anson pro bono, since anson had neither fame nor infamy in D9FF( Cnce anson got out, his #arole officers treated him "ith *id gloves( 2harlie missed some of his #arole a##ointments "ith Samuel !arrett /for most #eo#le, a single missed a##ointment "ould land them $ac* in the slam for the remainder of their sentence0( !arrett hardly held him to tas*, and instead allo"ed him to $uild a small criminal em#ire out in the desert( And anson’s #revious #arole officer /or someone "ho loo*s e-actly li*e him and has a similar name0 #layed guardian angel $y ta*ing anson’s son, ichael Kalentine !runner, into foster care after the arrest of his mother for indecent e-#osure, and then returning the child to his #arents u#on !runner’s release( anson "asn’t the only #erson to receive attention from high,#o"ered, "ell,connected !everly )ills attorneys( David De6oach, a #o"erful man "ithin 2alifornia 3C? circles, and his #artner ?erry 'alshin ris*ed Iail time to defend 'atson( ore interestingly, they claimed at the time of 'atson’s arrest that they had had a##ro-imately forty consultations "ith the young Te-an( Again, ae "ondered "hy such #rominent attorneys "ould defend 'atson, es#ecially since he had nothing more serious than a single mariIuana #ossession charge against him( oreover, high,#o"ered attorneys don’t come chea#( 'ho #aid these guysL !ugliosi ade.uately documented the e-traordinary legal actions that allo"ed the family to gro" and #ros#er( !ut "hile he "ould attri$ute these to a series of coincidences, or slo##y la" enforcement, ae "ould see more a deli$erate and systemic attem#t to sha#e a anson story into one that $enefited defense contractors and everyone else threatened $y #eace and domestic harmony( And there "ere other events, some involving anson, some not, that further attac*ed the re#utation of the counterculture in the fall of D9F9, some of "hich had more direct ties to Intel( A "ee* after authorities charged anson and his associates for the Tate,6a!ianca murders, rioting eru#ted during the 9olling Stones’ #erformance at the Altamont 7ree 2oncert( elvin !elli, Jac* 9u$y’s former attorney, arranged for the )ells Angels to #rovide security, for reasons un*no"n( After all, the Angels are noted shit*ic*ers, not #eace*ee#ers( The Angels unsuita$ility and $ellicosity resulted in the death of four of the concertgoers, one of "hom dro"ned in a #uddle of "ater, and t"o "ho got run over $y a car( As chronicled in the movie Gimmie Shelter, a num$er of )ells Angels #ummeled eredith )unter to death in full vie" of the $and and cameras( edia coverage of the incident left an im#ression of the counterculture that contradicted the #eaceful #roceedings at 'oodstoc* four months earlier( And "ith the sudden thrust of anson into #rimetime ne"s, the associations $et"een hi##ies and "anton, uncontrolla$le violence $ecame a-iomatic to many( Adding fuel to the fire, <d !utler, #ro#agated an o#,ed #iece in August D9F9 titled ;Did )ate @ill Tate,= in "hich he $lamed the deaths on the !lac* ?anthers for the crimes( 'riting for organs o"ned $y right, "ing ra%or magnate and 5i-on su##orter ?atric* 7ra"ley, !utler had #reviously recorded 6ee Cs"ald’s declaration for the 7air ?lay for 2u$a 2ommittee, an organi%ation in "hich he "as the only mem$er( ae sa" !utler as an agent provocateur: <d !utler "or*ed "ith 6ee )arvey Cs"ald( So it’s interesting that in D9F9, the first #erson "ho has an o#inion on "ho murdered these seven #eo#le "ould $e <d !utler(((( 5o" this is "hat "e call #rovocateurs( Agent #rovocateurs( 2landestine Munintelligi$leN "here some$ody is the first one in, and he’s tied to all these other #eo#le and lin*s, and he is ta*ing your $rain, no", and your gray matter, in the event they don’t have a sus#ect((((
So you see that <d !utler has you in the #alm of his hand( If they don’t have a sus#ect, it is1you’re going to thin* that the $lac*s come into fancy residential homes, and massacre these lovely "hite #eo#le( ae "ent on to #oint out that 'atson et al deli$erately left the 6a!iancas’ credit cards in a $lac* section of 6os Angeles, so that #olice "ould sus#ect the ?anthers of committing these *illings( She $elieved that in the months $efore the #u$lic had a face to go "ith the murders, s#eculation such as !utler’s tried to condition the #u$lic to acce#t the arrest and conviction of innocent $lac*s,,Iust in case the authorities continued to #rotect anson( Indeed, this might have $een a reality had Susan At*ins not told all to Keronica 3raham( Cther lin*s $et"een the Tate,6a!ianca murders and the J7@ assassination a$ound( Attorney Jose#h !all, "ho once consulted for the 'arren 2ommission, also consulted "ith Susan At*ins immediately after #olice charged her "ith the Tate,6a!ianca murders( 'riter 6a"rence Schiller also "or*ed "ith At*ins as a co,author for their D9E0 $oo* The Killing of Sharon Tate( At*ins re#ortedly received a ODP0,000 advance #rovided that she turn state’s evidence, and "ith the hel# of another "riter, arshal Singer, honed the )elter S*elter scenario months $efore the trial concluded( Three years earlier, Schiller, then "or*ing for 2a#itol 9ecordsAAA, recorded Jac* 9u$y’s /most li*ely fraudulent0 ;confession= t"o days $efore the nightclu$ o"ner’s death( ae found the overla##ing of #ersonnel $et"een the J7@ case and the anson case almost $i%arre $eyond "ords( !all, Schiller and !utler, "ho really seem to have "or*ed some ty#e of ?S>C?S angle for the @ennedy assassination, have all the mar*ings of Intel( 7or her, the fact that these men #layed critical roles in this case raised red flags that anson "as a creation, a #atsy to ta*e the fall for the real *iller, Te- 'atson, "ho o$viously received some com$at training /after all, he instructed the "omen, and carried out "hat #olice "ould descri$e as a ;#aramilitary style am$ush= mostly $y himself0 des#ite having never served in the armed forces( A6ans$ury’s thirteen,year,old daughter, Didi, fre.uently hung out "ith the family, and had "ritten #ermission to do so( Didi claimed that she left after "itnessing anson’s ra#e of a child younger than herself, #resuma$ly the daughter of former #art,time sli##ie Dennis 9ice, $ut the #articulars of this event are dis#uted( ''In a 200Q intervie" "ith S5!2, e-,sli##ie 2atherine Share dis#uted the often,.uoted assertion that anson referred to the cataclysmic race "ar as ;)elter S*elter(= If she is correct, then this #rovides yet another e-am#le of someone dragging the !eatles’ into an association "ith the Tate,6a!ianca murders( '''!oth the !each !oys and the !eatles recorded for 2a#itol+< I
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