Photo and autograph courtesy of According2g’s photo and autograph collection.
I debated posting this, but there is hardly a good time to ever show off the Charles Manson autograph I have in my vast collection of signatures and since it’s Manson’s birthday today, November 12, here it is. A friend of my brother’s worked as an intern in the prison that Charles Manson was in in the 1990s and as everyone who knows us is familiar with our ridiculously large autograph collection, he obtained this for us. Aside from also having OJ Simpson’s autograph and signatures from a bunch of politicians, Manson is the only convicted murderer’s autograph I have.
Charles Manson, though in prison serving a life sentence for brainwashing his “family” to commit murder for him is a really fascinating character. By using the word “fascinating,” don’t get it twisted that I mean to say “he’s a great guy.” In the pre-Twitter days, he was a pioneer in having followers. If you know little about the 1969 murders, I highly recommend reading “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi. It’s definitely one of the best, most interesting and creepiest books I’ve ever read.
Basically, Manson recruited a bunch of people, gave them massive amounts of drugs and convinced them that the world was about to come to an end. He believed the end of the world would come as a direct result of a race war, so he decided to murder a few high profile people and blame it on the blacks. He also told his followers that knew the hideout where he and his faithful would be safe. He managed to convince many people of this and as a result, some of the most gruesome murders of all time occured.
Please don’t think I condone any of his actions, because I do not.
While we are on the subject of Manson and the internet, can you only imagine if they had Facebook and Twitter in Manson’s heyday? Tweets would have said stuff like “Watch out @sharontate. We’re coming for you” or “Off to murder a bunch of innocent people #weareevil.”
“Happy” birthday, Charlie?