Hippie Cult Leader: The Last Words of Charles Manson

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Hippie Cult Leader: The Last Words of Charles Manson

James Buddy Day
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Washington Post, August 20th
5 myths about Manson
Myth number 2: Manson was a Hippie

When the Family was indicted on murder charges, the Los Angeles Times labeled the group a “hippie clan,” and the tag has become an immutable part of the way we see them. In “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood,” the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio sneeringly dismisses the Manson girls as “hippies.” And a new book on Manson, “Hippie Cult Leader,” also suggests that he shared the movement’s flower-power ethos. But that was about it!

“incredible insights in your book…what was it like speaking with Manson.” Martinis and Murder

E-NEWS, August 10th

Helter Skelter Askew: Why the Story Behind the Manson Family Murders Is Now Full of Holes

But as we've reached 50 years since four followers from the cult that was later dubbed his "Family," butchered seven people over the course of two nights in August, the story of why this all happened has started to shift with regard to the complicated mythology behind the motive that was officially given for his and his minions' most infamous crimes.
And it's not as if the motive detailed in court—the triggering of "Helter Skelter"—was some sort of logical answer as to why and how these murders took place, either.
"There's an element of it that remains unsolved, that keeps people talking about it," filmmaker James Buddy Day, author of the new book Hippie Cult Leader: The Last Words of Charles Manson
“One of the best 9 books on Manson.” Oxygen
Time Magazine, July 26th

But, says James Buddy Day, a true-crime TV producer and author of the new book Hippie Cult Leader: The Last Words of Charles Manson, everyone involved in the crimes had a slightly different take on what happened. While researching the book, Day conducted interviews with Manson — who was still serving a life sentence — during the year leading up to Manson’s death on Nov. 19, 2017, at the age of 83, and is thus believed to be the last person to interview the infamous criminal at length.

Inside Hook August 8th

“I wrote him a bunch of letters and didn’t think in a billion years he’d call,” Day tells InsideHook. “Maybe I’d get a letter back or something. And then, out of the blue, he just called me this one time. The first time he called me, I thought he would never call again and that it would just be a story to tell at parties. Then he called again. And then he called again, and it became a reality that I could do this documentary and that he would contribute to it.” “And that even today, two years removed from his death, Manson’s story — however twisted and grim — continues to endure even two years after his death.”

“He was aware of U.S. politics. I don’t recall ever speaking to him about Trump, but he definitely talked about Obama, who he wasn’t a fan of,” Day says. “Manson was raised in the Deep South in the Ohio River Basin … [And much later, in prison] he carved a swastika on his forehead. He kind of adopted a racist persona to align himself with people in prison who could protect themselves. He was definitely a bigot in that sense.”

More about the book

The day that etched Charles Manson into the mind of the world’s collective consciousness was Friday, August 8th, 1969. That was the fateful weekend when Manson’s alleged cult named the “Manson Family” slaughtered seven people. It wasn’t the first time the group had committed murder, nor would it be the last, but the events of that weekend are why Charlie Manson will be remembered as the devil incarnate. A real-life boogeyman capable of untold evil. A maniacal puppet master who carved a swastika in his head with a razor blade.
For 50 years the legendary Manson Family Murders have fascinated and mortified all. No one could understand why such brutal acts of cold-blooded murder could have taken place in Hollywood and that women played a key role. Manson was an enigmatic drifter who could draw in a group of people into his web of deceit and evil that eventually led to the brutal Tate and then Labianca murders. The prosecution would go on to spin what was considered the de-facto theory behind the murder spree and the world bought into the "Helter Skelter" conspiracy. They needed a way to convict Manson for murder even though they had no evidence against him for the murders.
Now for the first time Documentary film producer and author James Buddy Day takes readers through a more rational and believable set of reasons for the murders. In 2017 Buddy Day produced the award-winning Documentary The Final Words which brought together some of the true motivations of Manson and his followers. With first account interviews it becomes apparent that revenge and making others complicit while freeing a “brother” (Bobby Beusoleil) are more likely to have been the motives behind the murders.
The myth behind "A Race War" as forwarded by Bugliosi the prosecuting attorney and originator of the now famous book "Helter Skelter" was hatched well before the trial was set to take place. Why? Because the prosecution could not convict Manson for murder based on the evidence as it presented itself. Yes, Helter Skelter was at one of the crime scenes which is the lead prosecutor hired an author to write a book about the trial prior to going to court. And what does that say about getting a fair trial based on the facts of the case in the American justice system? Was this a Noble justice case?
James Buddy Day is the last author to have interviewed Charles Manson. Through those interviews you get to understand more about the person that Manson was and what motivated him on his last run before going back to prison forever. Charles Manson the most famous convicted mass murderer of all time. Did he stand for anything or was he just a cold, heartless and evil person who had spent his entire life in the prison system? The answers will shock you.
This book will appeal to readers searching for facts and truths about the most iconic mass murder of the 20th century. You will leave with a lot of questions but a lot more answers about Manson and the people who were part of the commune.
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