So, the end of the sixties. We're in Vietnam, and public opinion for the war is at a new low. Protests and peaceniks and people with flowers in their
hair, going around saying, "We don't like the Man, and the way things are going. Let's do something about it.". Love ins, and rallies and civil rights
marches. Nonviolent resistance, mean while, the Establishment is going about burning down villages and civilians in 'Nam and saying they're winning
the hearts and minds of the average man in the hut out in Son My.
They started to look bad. Things were looking like they might not go smoothly any more for the Machine. The Establishment needed a scapegoat, anyone
to take the attention off of what they were up to. The right man for the job? Charlie Manson. A small time crook and ex-con, who some how manages to
convince a dozen or two of people that he's Jesus. Not only that, but he convinces them that Jesus wants them to kill Roman Polanski's wife. A very
high profile target, a pregnant movie star.
Well, the official account is that under Manson's orders, Tex Watson and the other members of the family went up to that house that night and
slaughtered those people. They were on methedrine, a then legal medication with stimulant properties. Well, they smeared blood on the walls, and just
turned to place into an abatoir. Blood, viscera everywhere. "Healter Skelter" smeared on the walls, a misspelling of the Beatles song.
Now, why would Manson risk his groovy position of having a bunch of willing cult broads? I look at Tex Watson, the all american football player from
Texas who joined Manson's cult. Maybe he was working for the government. Have him lead these dumb, drugged out hippies to murder and depravity. He was
doing the stabbing those nights. Or maybe he was just a psycho. I watched him on "The 700 Club", a hive of awful television programming. He claimed to
be a reborn again Christian. Naturally, he put all the blame on Manson and the drugs. No personal responsibility for his own actions.
It just seems so convenient. When the Establishment needed a figure with which to justify their desire to ostracize the group that annoyed them, they
had it. A figurehead behind which they could convict and crucify the entire hippie movie.
That man was Charlie Manson.
edit on 17-9-2013 by Grifter42 because: (no reason given)