reply to post by spiritualarchitect
Hey interesting that you mention Manson. Of-course there is the whole 'Helter Skelter' episode which may well have been a major factor in the
Beatles quitting as a group. Not that any one is going to admit to it though.
Go back to 1966, San Francisco and the Fab Four have just played what is rumoured to be their last concert. After the concert the boys (John,
'Paul', and George) head into town to chill-out. Remember that they were into some pretty dark themes at that time. They had an album cover banned
because it looked like babies chopped-up, with blood everywhere (!).
At that time Anton Le Vey's Church of Satan
was the big thing in SF. Many great stars were
visiting the church as either members or guests. So, seeking out this new and exciting thing, the lads pay a visit. There are suggestions that the
visit was pre-arranged and a private show was given by Le Vey's performers.
Staff at the church that night include Susan Denise Atkins
(also using the name Sadie Mae Glutz -
given to her by either Le Vey or a document forger), and
Robert Kenneth "Bobby" Beausoleil. Both held very spiritual ideas. Both would later go on to committ murders. Susan Atkins was an out and out
That night, playing the role of a vampire, Susan performs her almost naked routine. The Beatles are mesmerized by her performance, which includes
flashes of her eyes that lightern the procedings. John later writes about her performance in "Sexy Sadie".
After the show, at-least John and one other Beatle (we're not sure if it was Paul or George) went back to Susan's place. They chatted about her
beliefs, which totally blew-away John. Susan told them that she used the 'stage' name of Sadie. She went into great detail about her beliefs which
included the need for a race war to get-rid of segregation and racism (this was only 2 years after 1964 don't forget, and segregation was still a
very real thing in the US). Combined with her Satanic ideas - killing people could be a good thing, for example) John's growing urge toward
anti-establishmentism took on a new dimension. His compositions took on greater meaning and more complexity as the lyrics he wrote spoke of things
such as The Book of Shadows, guns, death and war.
In essence, John was transformed by his contact with Susan Atkins (Sadie Mae Glutz). He was impelled to write about his experience that night. She
laid it down for all to see (means: Sadie told me her plans) is one example. The song "Sexy Sadie" was released on The Beatles (aka. "The White
Album") to general astonishment and awe at such a monster album.
By then Susan had hooked-up with Manson and the other girls, and Bobby Beausoleil. They group of friends heard the White Album and became fixated on
what The Beatles had recorded. Special meaning was taken from tracks such as Revolution 9, Sexy Sadie, Helter Skelter, Happiness Is a Warm Gun, Piggie
Seeing the songs as support for her cause, Susan (now routinely called Sadie Mae Glutz) started on at Charles manson about her ideas. Even to him they
were radical. But he 'reflected' her ideas to encourage her loyalty and friendship - she was useful in winning friends with the bikers with whom
Charlie often conducted his drug deals. Sadie was simple currency: sex was traded for all manner of drugs.
As time went on Sadie gathered her own followers and actually established her own all-female 'family' in Mendocino. They called themselves
But things went awry and the girls all ended back with Charlie at Spahn Ranch. In August 1969 Sadie was part of the group that murdered seven people,
including Roman Polanski's actress wife Sharon Tate. The killings became known as "The Helter Skelter Murders" when the prosecutor disclosed his
theory. That was very late 1969.
Upon hearing about the Helter Skelter Murders and Susan's connection - and their very own culpability in the crimes - a hasty meeting was arranged by
an Apple manager to discuss the ramifications of Helter Skelter. The out come of the meeting was that a cover story would be given to distance their
connection to Sadie: The song was now about the Maharishi and how he hit-on one of the girls whilst The Beatles were in India. In fact, this story was
only told by John many years after 1969. At the same meeting it was agreed that following this debacle, The Beatles would never record as a group
again (despite them having a recording contract until the late 1970's - which saw them release "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" in 1977), but that
would stay secret.
Paul was so angry at John's involvement that it was a decisive factor in him quitting despite the agreement to keep their break-up a secret.