Schreck Nikolas - The Manson File

Author : Schreck Nikolas
Title : The Manson File The unexpurgated Charles Manson as revealed in letters, photos, stories, songs, art testimony, and documents
Year : 1988

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"Revolution!" ln that most fateful of Kali-years, 1969, this was the rallying cry for a thousand disparate elements of an increasingly disaffected and restless youth. Two summers before, "love· was the logos that a newly awakened generation held sacred as an instrument of subversion. Now, a more militant spirit had been invoked and it seemed that only violence could create the total transformation so desperately yearned for. A decidedly noir current had begun to seep into the psychedelic underground. lndeed, not si nee the fin de siecle of the last century, when the Order of the Golden Dawn, Blavatsky's Theosophy, and the Ariosophists of Austria and Germany had flourished, had such a latter-day revival of ancient mysteries been seen. Sects such as the London-based Process Church of the Final Judgement and the Church of Satan in San Francisco preached a transcendance of Judeo-Christian morality. Their followers reveled in their instinctual urges, reaching states of extasis that the uninitiated could never know. The works of Aleister Crowley, now interpreted as prophetie, were revived from obscurity. His motto, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,· became a philosophical imperative. A chic dalliance with diabolism was manifesting itself from the jaded demi-monde of Hollywood nouveau-riche to the so-called "counter-culture" communes. Satan was suddenly "in." Early in the morning of August 9, 1969, Sharon Tate, Voytek Frykowski, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Steven Parent were slain by unknown assailants. Later that day, the international mass media were abuzz with horrified headlines and sensational speculation. Rumors of ritual sacrifice, cannibalism and sadomasochistic orgies were fed to an eagerly ghoulish public. Discussions about whether the victims' eyeballs were removed and smeared on the walls became commonplace. Was it true that Sharon Tate's unborn had been ceremonially consumed by the murderer(s)? Knowing what we now know about the so-called "Manson murders, • after a nearly twenty-year barrage of books, TV movies, magazines, ad nauseam, one may weil wonder: is there anything left to know? Charles Manson has been transmogrified by the electronic thaumaturgy of mass media into a mythic creation, a larger-than-life hieratic emblem of evil. Manson has become the favored brandname for murder and madness, the very archetype of everything the popular mind understands as anti-social, crazy and criminal. He is one of the last true heretics of ourtime. ...

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