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For all of Charles Mansons violent acts, he stands out in the annals of crime because of his ability to get others to kill for him. Those Family members ho murdered ca!itulated to Mansons ill. Those ho did not murder found a ay to maintain some vestige of individuality
By Steve Oney June 22, 2009, LAmag.com "#$% F&'%%, Spahn ranch hand. Sixty-five years old, he is retired after a career as a miner and heavy-e uipment operator. The mind is the laziest organ in the body. The young people who killed for Charlie were not intelligent or strong enough to think for themselves. They did not want to take responsibility for their actions. They wanted someone else to make their decisions for them, and that s what Charlie would do. Charlie offered to set them free.

M(C)$E& Mc*$%%, Los Angeles !olice "epartment homicide detective. Seventy-three years old, he is retired. !anson had complete control of these people. The kids who committed these murders came from pretty good middle"class families, hard"working parents. They #ust got into the wrong sphere with !anson, and he converted them into monsters. $t shows you what can happen. !anson is a powerful person. %e can sway certain people. Then he gets them involved in dope and takes them over se&ually. %e could really control their lives. 'ou have to be able to e&ert total control to have them commit crimes like these.

+(%CE%T ,#*&(-.(, deputy district attorney. #e is $% and the author of several &oo's, including %elter Skelter (co)ritten )ith *urt +entry,, the definitive account of the case. Te& (atson was kind of bright but very weak emotionally. %e comes from Te&as, near the hometown of Second (orld (ar hero )udie !urphy. (hen they first found out back there that Te& was wanted for these murders, the general consensus was that this was a case of mistaken identity. $t was inconceivable that he could have been involved in these murders. They knew him as the all")merican boy. %e had an ) average in high school*football, basketball, and track star. +or several years he held the Te&as high school low hurdle track record. Clean"cut kid.

C$T)E/(%E .)$/E, mem&er of the -amily. Sixty-six years old, she is a )riter. Charlie started taking the kids on what he called ,creepy crawls.- 'ou snuck into someone s house and moved things around. %e was actually getting them used to committing burglaries. There were lots of creepy crawls before the Tate murders. $ never went. +irst of all, $ was the oldest girl, and $ had a weight problem. (hen $ say $ was overweight, it was maybe ./ pounds. But

to them that was fat. !ost of the girls were very anore&ic or bulimic*or both. Charlie wanted little, agile girls. So he didn t think $ was capable. But even if $ had been, $ didn t want to go *$ was too fearful. Charlie tried to get me to stop being scared, but he couldn t. %e could never completely break my will. So he pushed me aside. $ was always thinking too much, and Charlie didn t want you to think. %e wanted you to act.

,$/,$/$ )-'T, mem&er of the -amily. -ifty-seven years old, she is a registered nurse. Toward the end they were cutting their hair in strange patterns. They cut it really short, leaving one strand or little loop of hair long, so it looked ridiculous. 0veryone once had long hair. By cutting their hair it was another act of giving up your ego. $t was a little ego death, the death of the individual. They were preparing to go into the wilderness because %elter Skelter was coming, and they were going on creepy crawls to heighten their awareness. $ didn t do them. $ didn t want to go. $ remember Sadie 1Susan )tkins2 remarking to someone that $ had done a lot of things for the +amily, but $ had not had se& with a girl, and $ had not gone on a creepy crawl, and $ should get my hair cut*that $ needed my hair cut. Somebody said, ,She doesn t want her hair cut.- )nd Sadie said, ,)ll the more reason to do it.- $ remember thinking $ didn t want to get my hair cut, and $ didn t want to go on a creepy crawl. $ was becoming more and more discontented.

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