But still. I've read all this before, but in the past week read the following again, right in a row: 1974's "Helter Skelter" (by trial prosecutor Bugliosi), 1986's "Manson in His Own Words" (Manson's fellow inmate in the early '60s and later confidante Nuel Emmons), and 1998's "Taming the Beast" (Manson prison counselor Edward George).
Manson in Emmons's book is the most telling: In the days leading up to the Tate murders, the law had been coming down on the Manson group; and Bobby Beausoleil had (rightly) been charged with the Gary Hinman murder (stupidly driving Hinman's car to the Spahn Ranch, where the Manson group lived). As Manson told it to Emmons, everything was going bad, and he was full of hate, remembering his mother, remembering his time in jail and not wanting to go back; everything that he'd built in the desert slipping away. And he was, surprisingly for him---the Leader---sick of people not being able to think for themselves. At this moment, saying "Fuck it. Do what you will."
I completely believe Manson when he says he was sick of his followers and that on the night of August 9 he, fed up, told them to do what they wanted to do. But I also think that this night followed many nights of him talking about "fear" vs. "no fear" and "life" vs. "death" and how the twain are all the same and intermingled, etc.
I think he was doing a mind experiment, just to see what would happen. And thinking he would be immune from the results.
Technically, he actually DIDN'T kill anyone. But he did suggest that his ranch-mates kill people. But... they didn't HAVE to. There was no punishment awaiting if they did not. So why did they?
From the below video: That is Manson's actual song and actual voice for "Look at Your Game, Girl." Is the YouTube creator's choice to play Manson's song over images of Sharon Tate sick, or somehow accurate?