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Helter Skelter At 50: Redux?

08 August 2019 @ 16:36

Fifty years ago this evening, followers of Charles Manson, under his orders, slaughtered seven Innocent people at Sharon Tate’s home.

As Daniel Flynn writes [tip of the fedora to Kathy Shaidle]:

Fifty years ago tonight, followers of Charles Manson murdered actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, Jay Sebring (hairstylist to Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Jim Morrison, and other stars), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, her boyfriend and director Roman Polanski’s boyhood friend Wojciech Frykowski, and 18-year-old Steven Parent, who unfortunately visited the property’s caretaker to examine a radio for sale at the wrong time.  [BB: Manson had told the killers to ‘totally destroy everyone in (the house), as gruesome as you can’; the murderers were: Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel.]

Street urchins killed beautiful people and then delivered an encore to their ugly performance later that weekend at the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca…. [BB: They stuck a fork in Mr. LaBianca’s large stomach and laughed as it jiggled like a fork in jelly; the murders were Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, Steve “Clem” Grogan, and Charles Manson]

Many people know this part of the story, but they forget the reaction of the New Left in the wake of investigation and trial of these cold-blooded killers.

…A half-century ago, a small but loud group of politicized people enthusiastically cast Charles Manson as one of its own.

Mr. Flynn gives us examples.  Here are a few:

Rolling Stone placed a photograph of Manson on its cover that depicted him as more wiseman than madman. “What makes you such a hot lover?” the magazine asked “Charlie” in an interview that won a Columbia School of Journalism award. …One Manson associate explained to the magazine, “Charlie is very Christ-like and has a Christ-like philosophy.” The authors affirmed Manson’s critique of the criminal justice system as “obviously accurate in many ways.” Rolling Stone explained, “The society may be disgusted and horrified by Charles Manson, but it is the society’s perverted system of penal ‘rehabilitation,’ its lusts for vengeance and cruelty, that created him.” Translation: You had it coming


Other publications with countercultural audiences similarly offered hagiographic accounts of the architect of the grisly events of August 1969. Tuesday’s Child, a Los Angeles publication, declared, “Manson: Man of the Year,” on its cover and on another presented Manson as Jesus Christ dying on the cross under the label “Hippie.” The Los Angeles Free Press for a time ran a column by Manson….


The Weathermen, at a War Party in Flint, Michigan, held immediately before the group went underground, hung a sign spelling Sharon Tate’s name in bullets. Bernardine Dohrn, later a friend of the Obamas, declared at the event, “Dig it: first they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the victim’s stomach. Wild!” Kathy Boudin and Diana Oughton, the former of whom escaped while the latter was killed in a Weatherman bomb factory that exploded in Greenwich Village, named their cadre “The Fork” in tribute to the utensil the murderers stuck in Leno LaBianca’s stomach.

Mr. Flynn concludes:

…50 years later, Americans more than forgive the adulation from Rolling Stone and Bernardine Dohrn and Jerry Rubin. They forget.

Indeed, many Leftist Gen-X’s and Millenials have no clue as to the details of the murders and of the reaction of their ancestors in The Movement at that time.

Since all Radicals at all times follow a pattern of behavior, we should not be surprised by the reactions of our Modern Day Politicians, their Apparatchiks, Fellow Travellers, Lupenintelligentsia, and Dupes in the face of mass-shootings.

There’s a whiff of 1969 surrounding these Fools.

And it’s just going to get worse and worse, so keep your eyes and ears open, and your weapons loaded.  Helter Skelter is here again.

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