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The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and The "Manson Family" Mythos Paperback – 19 Sep 2001
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About the Author
A self-described "crackpot historian", Adam Gorightly's eclectic brand of journalism has appeared in such groundbreaking 'zines as The Excluded Middle, Crash Collusion, UFO Magazine, Paranoia, SteamShovel Press, Great God Pan, Off The Deep End, The Hungry Maggot, Gray Areas, Infocult, ELF-Infested Spaces, Dagobert's Revenge and Saucer Smear. His work can also be found on the Internet at such websites as Magonia, Donna Kossy's Kooks, The Konformist, and Disinformation. Unpublished works include a novella, Dusty Karma--that has been described as Philip K. Dick meets the Kennedy Assassination--as well as his samizdat classic UFO's, LSD and Me, which appeared in a condensed version in Crash Collusion # 5. When not in front of his computer tap-taping away on god knows what mind-rot, Adam can usually be found at the finer brew pubs across this great land enjoying the darkest beer on tap. He is happily married with two cats. Contact Adam at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Party Friday night at 10.
Candles, leather, handcuffs, whips, beastiality, floggings, picking up teens on Sunset for filmed orgies, heroin, speedballs, occultism. No freaks please."
By the time the LSD and love Manson family gets to Southern California, they think the high society people there are too dark and crazy. Folks adjusted. In the pre-murder era, celebrities, drug dealers, hippies, occultists, hitchhikers all mixed at parties. Tex Watson and Susan Atkins had already been to the Polanski pad for pool parties. Manson was at the Polanski pad when Doris Day's son lived there, and later knocked on the door and made eye contact with Sharon Tate... Manson was seen hanging out at Mama Cass' house, bunked at Dennis Wilson's house with the gals feeding them grapes for months until Wilson got crazy and split. The police found nine cans of compromising film at the Polanski pad that was hush-hushed.. while Warren Beatty offered 25k for tips that led to the capture of the killers... John Phillips was Polanski's lead suspect so much so that Polanksi looked for blood in his car and at his hand-writing to see if it matched the walls...
That's the heart of the book via a bus ride from San Francisco, and preceded by a brisk jaunt of Manson's life leading up to his release in 1967. (For most convicts, prison is like grad school for criminality. Always the rebel, Manson learned philosophy, psychology, Scientology, and hypnosis from his mentors). The author figuratively follows Manson around and tells the journey without moral or prosecutorial angles. The book ends with the author consolidating and riffing off of other authors' sketchy conspiracy theories. The most of the least plausible is that Manson used his unwitting dupes to carry out contracted mob-hits. (Tate wasn't expected to be there - she had plans to spend the night at a friend's and her Ferrari wasn't in the driveway because it was in the shop). Then tenuous ties are made to MKUltra mind-control experiments, government infiltration of leftist cults and adding violence to discredit hippies and communes.. to link evil to communism etc etc-- now that's just crazy.
The book is not too bias euther way for or against the crime and is an easier read that Bugliosi's Helter Skelter which tends to be very bias.
On the whole, a very good book which will be enjoyed by people interested in the Manson case and any true crime enthusiasts alike.
But don't let that detract, the book does well to highlight and explore many of the connections and celebrity friends as well as exploring the possibility that Manson maybe a victim of MKUltra mind control himself. Having read many books on Manson I'd say this one is highly recommended. It doesn't simply just repeat the myths like many other books.
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