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Manson in His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of 'The Most Dangerous Man Alive' Paperback – June, 1988
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Compelling and chilling.” Baltimore Evening Sun
I couldn’t put it down.” Liz Smith
Disturbingly hypnotic.” Vogue
Compulsively readable. . . . Manson can’t ever succeed in being paroled out of that cell, not as long as people with any sense at all can read this book.” William S. Burroughs
A glimpse of part of the American experience that is rarely described from the inside. . . . It compels both interest and horror.” The Washington Post
Gives us a portrait close to the truth.” The New York Times Book Review
The book finally diminishes the Manson mystique. For that, credit goes to the co-author Nuel Emmons, [who] gives Manson room to reveal himself without voodoo hype. The result is an explanation of Manson’s crimes that, for the first time, feels convincing.” San Francisco Bay Guardian
Provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a truly dangerous human being.” Los Angeles Herald Examiner
Reads like a sordid but often gripping picaresque novel.” Louisville Courier-Journal
These words’ are the essence behind the horror of the tragedy: cold, calculated, hard facts told exactly the way it was from the beginning. . . . Effectively captures the disturbed mind of Manson and gives us a better understanding of the complexity of a violent criminal.” Rave Reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
because of a startling revelation near the end. For readers who have read "Helter Skelter" or are familiar with the Tate murders on August 9, 1969; a couple of things don't add up. Several
witnesses in the benedict canyon area of Los Angeles that night heard men shouting and arguing in the vicinity of 10500 Cielo Drive. It reportedly occurred between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. This would have been several hours after the murders, but long before the bodies were discovered around 8:30 a.m. It was also known that in the course of this horrific crime, Sharon Tate never left the house once the killers arrived. She was murdered in the living room, having never made it outside. Her blood; however, was found on the front porch. Police and criminal experts also reported that her body had been completely smeared with blood. As if the body had been handled by someone at the scene, not too
long after the murders.
It is in this book that Manson proclaims that he and "one or two others," went back to the crime scene that night. He said he wanted to "see what my children had done." Manson even writes about what a risky operation that can be and that they were very cautious and unsettled by the whole experience. He refuses to name his accomplices, but goes into details about how he wiped down Steve Parent's car for prints and tried to move Sharon Tate's body. He also goes into sickening descriptions about what he wanted to do to her body in an effort to leave an
an even more horrifying discovery. This would explain the blood discrepency, the appearanced of a handled body (Tate), and the voices heard arguing from the residence.
This is not to say that because Manson said this, it is true.Read more ›
The book contains admissions and other information that were not in "Helter Skelter". This being considered, there are some serious flaws in the book. Manson's lies are fairly obvious at times when he is contradicting the proven evidence that convicted him. One person can lie. But when several stories match up against that person, the lie falls apart.
Perhaps the most eye-opening information in this book is in regard to Manson's childhood. Manson details a brutal childhood in which he was neglected, abandon, and even traded for a pitcher of beer. Manson even details the times he was raped in the youth detention center. One has to be curious if these events really did create the leader of a muderous cult.
While there is little doubt that Manson is a danger to society and guilty of heinous crimes, a disturbing public fascination persists more than 30 years later. The author, Nuel Emmons, makes the best observations in the conclusions. While we may never know the truth or the real Charles Manson, we can certainly gain some valuable insight by reading his own words.
What is oddly compelling is that Manson has a tendency to make a lot of sense - that is until you reread a particular paragraph and think about the inherent flaws in his logic. But at first you will think, ok, I can understand why he broke the law there.....wait a minute!! It is a fascinating look into the criminal mind and largely explains why criminals will continue to break the law and rationalize their behavior away. Ultimately, the effect he had and continues to have over others is chilling. He admits to at least some role in the murders, and through this admission shows how much control he had over the women that did his bidding. How much of this is actually directly from Manson is debatable since he has discredited Emmons since publication. However, strangely compelling, this book is a direct window into the brain of a very dangerous individual.
Manson does not disappoint! He comes across as being just as crazy as most people imagine him to be. It's really scary to hear him try to justify his actions. He takes no responsibility for anything and claims society made him what he is. He offers absolutely no remorse for the brutal murders and has no sympathy for the families of the victims.
I gave this book a 4 star rating because I do believe Manson told the truth--the truth as his sick, twisted mind believes the truth to be. This look into the mind of a monster is chilling, but almost as chilling is the fact that there are still people out there today who think he is some kind of hero and truly believe that what he and his "family" did on those two hot, summer nights in 1969 was "cool".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding! This book really helps to explain how Manson came to be who he isPublished 8 days ago by Lynda Buermann
Very disturbing. Obviously "self-serving," but what else could be expected from Manson? He should have been executed long ago. Still a very fast, very good read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SarahWeinisch
Great book. This shows Manson's version of what happened and why/how. I recommend reading this if you liked reading Helter SkelterPublished 6 months ago by hst123
These types of books interest me, I thought it was a great take on a horrific event, it makes me want to look further. Nuel did a fabulous job writing this book!Published 8 months ago by Brandy Trump
very interesting read. you can imagine Charlie just telling his story. you can see how he sold it, and how it all went wrong. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dawn Gray