Manson - Part two


Charles Manson

Another revelation comes from an anonymous source but somebody who was very close to Polanski. According to Schreck this person was on the set of "Day of the Dolphin", a movie Roman Polanski was directing. It happened to be that very same day that upon hearing the slaughter of his pregnant wife, Polanski was reported to have said "I told Jay not to do business with those fuckers in Chatsworth".

He could only be referring to Jay Sebring and the Manson family who lived out in Chatsworth over the Santa Susanna Hills. The phrase Polanski used however is not exactly the first thing you'd think a man would say after hearing that his beloved pregnant wife and friends had been slaughtered. Richard Silbert who was the art director of many of Polanski's films had also been quoted as saying, "Toilets are flushing all over Beverly Hills", the minute the Tate murder hit the news. In other words everyone in Beverly Hills were flushing their drugs.

Leno And Rosemary LaBianca were the second victims to be killed by the Manson family on August 9th. They lived on Waverly drive in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles and ran a very successful grocery business. Tex Watson stabbed Leno LaBianca to death with a bayonet and Patricia Krenwinkel stuck a fork into his throat and carved the word "WAR" onto his stomach. Leslie van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel then wrote "Death to Pigs", "Rise" and "Helter Skelter" in Leno's blood on the wall. So again the question arises? What motive?

According to Nikolas Schreck a relative of Rosemary LaBianca told him Rosemary was a well-known acid dealer and was connected to the Genovese family. It is said that Rosemary also knew Sharon Tate and Tex Watson and dealt to all of the Hollywood scene.

Schreck goes on to add, "All that the Tate and LaBianca murders are, are a result of the prohibition of L.S.D., Mescaline and Psychedelic drugs". Not unlike the Mafia murders in Chicago in the 1930's over the prohibition of alcohol. The murder of Gary Hinman - committed by Susan Atkins and Bobby Beausoliel - was ordered by Danny De Carlo of The Straight Satans (a biker gang who also ran an auto theft ring with Manson) to force Hinman to pay up a thousand dollars for bad mescaline sold to them. When Danny De Carlo threatened Manson - Manson went to the house and cut Hinman’s ear - which Susan Atkins tried to sow back on with dental floss.

So why is Beausoliel still in prison to this day? He is coherent and sincere that he genuinely regrets committing the murder and is now a very different person compared to the sneering bad boy caught on film in 1969 - walking the prison aisle looking menacing. The Manson connection for sure has kept him in jail all this time.

Bobby Beausoleil was originally a guitar player in the sixties group "Love". Whilst imprisoned he also made an incredible soundtrack to filmmaker Kenneth Anger's "Lucifer Rising" and also starred in Angers "Invocation of my Demon brother". Beausoleil feels and with good reason that he has more than served his time - yet whenever parole hearing are scheduled the same old situation happens and he is aware that knowing Manson has kept him in prison all this time.

Chapter Five

Who Gained Most From Manson Being In Jail?

Vincent Bugliosi former Los Angeles deputy district attorney - who was responsible for putting Manson and those of the family who took part in the murders behind bars - did exceptionally well. It is rumoured that Bugliosi concocted a scheme in which to promise the family a plea bargain, but after the girls testified in court he reneged on the deal.

Bugliosi was desperately trying to climb up the political ladder and thought by imprisoning Manson it would gain him a “step up" into the political landscape. Bugliosi went on to write "Helter Skelter", the best selling true-crime book in publishing history - doubling his profits by selling the story twice to two separate television companies, followed by a book on the O.J Simpson case.

Danny De Carlo was said to have "snitched " on The Straight Satans, and concoct all types of madness to tell Bugliosi. "All the people that put me in here are all gone now", Manson recollects with a knowing grin and nod, n the documentary "Charles Manson superstar”.

"Helter Skelter is the District Attorney’s illusion. That's his trip....that's a reflection of his fear. His sex paranoia. It had nothing to do with me. Helter Skelter was a nightclub in the desert. It's where I run a poker game and shoot dice and I make money and ride around in dune buggies. Helter Skelter is confusion.”

When Manson finally got a chance to put on a defence, it was to an empty courtroom as the judge had been warned by Bugliosi that Manson's hypnotic powers may sway the judge into letting him free.

“It’s amazing how much money was made off Manson's name and those murders,” says Meechy Darko Of Flatbush Zombies. "No one ever thinks about that. All the press, all the news, all the magazines, all the movies, mini-series and countless…all the books...all the shirts...THEY made Manson a rock star."

Manson has been denied parole 12 times and is well aware he will never get out but has an entirely different take on the situation "I'm already out of this prison cell. I'm free...prison is in your mind".

Bugliosi made sure that he kept the media spin a continual thrust and essentially gave the era the scapegoat they were looking for. "Manson wouldn't have had any idealistic murder spree in mind", Nikolas Schreck adds. "Bugliosi totally exploited the case, and it's not the only case he covered up either - the Kennedy assassination and the mob paying off the L.A.P.D. You can bet Bugliosi knew all about it. He was as crooked as they come."

Mark Keds: "It's illegal to profit from crime, right? And yet take a look at the district attorney and all the other people that have exploited Manson's name for their own game. It's really quite sickening."

Chapter Six

Manson Swag

One of the first images I saw of Manson on clothing actually was of the cult like group Psychic TV ex-members of "Throbbing Gristle " led by the infamous Genesis P. Orridge - no stranger to controversy either.

Psychic TV would use tape loops and employed the Burroughs cut-up technique and Occult theology to take the listener to another realm entirely. Their picture sat all together with Manson T-shirts and daggers thrust into the wooden floor is not unlike the infamous picture of the Manson family sitting together in a cave on the Santa Susanna Mountains. At 13-years old and with a rebellious streak I went hunting for a Manson t-shirt in a sixties memorabilia shop, but all I could see were The Beatles, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and of course Che Guevara.

"Excuse me, Sir - do you have a t-shirt of Charles Manson?", I asked. "No", the shopkeeper replied utterly outraged - "We don't sell shirts of murderers here".

"Oh", I replied - "You seem to have plenty of Che Guevara though - and didn't he slaughter thousands of Cubans?"

This time a debate didn't ensue. I was simply thrown out. Eventually I found the shirt and many more at The Forbidden Planet shop. I picked out my favourite one that had a pic of Manson sticking his tongue out with the famous quote "He's not the messiah - he's a very naughty boy" from Monty Python’s "Life Of Brian".

I also unfortunately got to witness Axl Rose some nights later on a TV station running around in his swimwear swagger - (tight red boxer shorts and Dr. Martens) - with a matching red T-shirt with Manson's burning Rasputin-esque eyes.

On Erick Arc Elliot's (Flatbush Zombies) photography page is one of the Flatbush trio (Juice) standing on a street corner wearing a Manson T-shirt complete with psychedelic colours. You can also see Manson along with the family in the video of their song "Blacktivist". From Redbubble to Etsy, there are thousands of different Manson designs, including parody T-shirts with Charlie's Angels printed on it with a pic of the Manson girls, "Je Suis Charlie"- a parody of the Charlie Hebdo protest - and another "Charles and Di" which has Charlie next to princess Diana.

Mishka have a design they refer to as a "Crucified Mansonic Alien Kali collection" which includes a V-neck with sleeves complete with an image of Manson with a third eye. The Manson swag certainly seems to be increasing. There are Manson inflatable dolls, mannequins, badges, socks you name it ...and perhaps the spirit of Vincent Bugliosi is secretly trying to prize open the till at night.

There is no denying that Manson is and will always be an outlaw. According to Boyd Rice, Manson claimed that each convict that he'd shared a cell with imparted their wisdom and knowledge, and also would reveal and share the secrets their former cellmate would tell them. As Manson had been out of juvenile halls and prison all his life, this would have a vital effect on him.

Manson also shared a cell in terminal island prison with the legendary Alvin "Creepy" Carpas (nicknamed Creepy due to his sinister grin). He taught Manson how to play guitar and would later get Manson on the fringes of the Genovese criminal circle and other mobsters so he could work with their blessings.

Spahn Ranch in California desert is where Manson and the family lived - they would run auto theft rings, drug dealing as well as working with Biker Gangs known as The Straight Satans. The Ranch had been used primarily for Spaghetti western films like "Zorro" and the Lone Ranger. It was owned by an 80-year-old blind man named George Spahn and became know as "Spahn Ranch". The Manson family were permitted to live rent free, if they did chores such as tending to the horses and other menial tasks.

In Robert Hendrickson’s documentary film "Manson - Now and Then" the family can be seen with their buck-knives and shotguns, living not so much a hippie lifestyle but a more militaristic way of life. Whatever criminal activities went on out there, it's obvious that Manson picked the location to be as far away from what he called the "Sick City", and the ranch represented a kind of spiritual paradise and a sense of freedom where the rules governed by law did not apply.

Orgies and arcane spiritual practices took place and Manson urged the family to "return to nature ", in order to understand certain levels of consciousness, as well as performing a hymn to Abraxas on their way to the desert.

Boyd Rice: “When Throbbing Gristle came to L.A. for a show, Gen (Genesis P. Orridge) called me and said the only thing he wanted to do in L.A. was to have me give him a guided tour of the Spahn Ranch. So off we went, along with Sleazy (Coil) Stan Bingo, and Gen’s new wife Paula (whom he had married the day before in Mexico). What’s wild is that I knew Gen because of his involvement in the art world, well before T.G. had ever released anything. And one of the first things that caused me to get in contact with him was his interest in Manson. You know how the Family would play Cowboys and Indians? The Spahn Ranch was the perfect place to play out that fantasy, because so many of the ‘50s cowboy shows they grew up watching were actually filmed right there, or across the street.

The title sequence for The Roy Rodgers show, where Roy and Dale sing “Happy Trails To You” was filmed at the Spahn Ranch. When you go there you recognise every aspect of the landscape, even if you don’t know exactly why. In the early eighties it seemed like every musician who visited Los Angeles wanted to go to the Spahn Ranch. When Alex Haake from Einsturzende Neubauten first came to Los Angeles he called me out of the blue and asked if he rented a car would I take him to the Spahn Ranch. The only car he could rent without a credit card was a stretch limo, or as Alex called it “a gangster car”. So along with Christianne F. (his girlfriend at the time), we spent an afternoon at the ranch; getting there and back in style."

Manson's ecological ideas were discussed over camp fires in which he and the family particular Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme aka Red" and Sandra Goode aka "Blue" (named after the Colours best suited to their temperament) took action in the form of a movement known as ATWA (Air, Trees, Water, Animals).

Long before Greenpeace, ATWA protested and even destroyed equipment that they deemed would damage the earth. They also sent death threats to oil companies and other organisations, which reached its climax when Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme was imprisoned in 1975 for waving a gun at President Ford, because of his advocacy of destroying trees and wildlife.

Fromme eventually was released in August 2009 and ATWA still exists to this day, Sandra "Blue" Goode never went to Prison, yet has been on talk-shows and interviewed on ATWA's purpose.

Chapter Seven

So What Is Manson Guilty Of?

People often claim that Manson is "crazy" because he speaks in metaphor, yet whenever a beat poet or rapper does he is suddenly a visionary. It seems a tad hypocritical. Also if a gangster is accused of murder as he goes down as just a rebellious figure of fun fighting against the state.

According to Manson, Tex Watson begged Manson to get involved in the LaBianca slaughter. Manson was annoyed and turned to Tex explaining he'd only gotten out of jail and had no desire to go back. Tex pleaded and Manson eventually went in and tied up the LaBiancas and then left the scene. It is also rumoured that the LaBiancas owed money from gambling to Franky Carbo - another mafia kingpin.

"So Manson is guilty of being an accessory", says Nikolas Shreck, "but certainly didn't order the killings. The trouble is once the camera is on Manson he plays up to this crazy image. He just can't help himself. He does it every time he goes up for parole - I've seen it a dozen times. The thing is everyone from that echelon of Hollywood knows that the murders were drug deals gone wrong and not unlike the mafia code of keeping secrets ...those who know, keep quiet. And the same avenues of the underworld and Hollywood carry onto this very day"

As For the Murder of Gary Hinman, family associate Bobby Beausoliel was instructed by Danny De Carlo of the biker gang "The Straight Satans" to collect a thousand dollars back from Hinman - as he had screwed them over by selling them bad mescaline. Manson’s role was to scare Hinman by cutting him, since as Manson claims "Bobby was doing such a bad job. All them kids didn't know what they were doing, and when it went wrong they came running to me. I told ‘em “don't involve me”. I'd just got out of the penitentiary - what do I wanna go back for?".

In "Charles Manson Superstar” he goes even further. "In fact I wouldn't even be here if it weren't for those people you call family. They're the ones who butchered up a bunch of people and then said we want you to see this guy. I didn't want to be seen. I've got some friends that killed a bunch of people - but my friends have always been killing people "

So in reality Manson was an accessory and should have served time - but he didn't order the killings and framing him as a mass murderer is a breach of human rights and is totally false.

Manson wasn't allowed to put on a defence during his trial and even before the trial began, President Richard Nixon had declared Manson guilty in the media. Upon Imprisonment Charlie turned to Bugliosi and said, "You can put me in prison - I've been there all my life anyway". "Sure" said Bugliosi, "But so far you've never been on Death Row." Bugliosi, driving home, smugly turned on the radio to hear that the death penalty Manson was to receive had been turned to life imprisonment.

Often when asked by interviewers if Manson likes being locked up he replies - "Can't you see I'm already out? My spirit is still out there on the desert man."

Wes Eisold: "I wouldn't say Manson's *just* a scapegoat, but as a culture we're always ready for the witch hunt. Especially when the truth is not clear and no one on the proposed opposition cares to enlighten you".

Chapter Eight

"Manson's Music, Mysticism of Abraxas, Thee Outsider Quality"

Manson's music hits another side of your brain completely to that of regular pop music. It's cinematic in scope and atmosphere and often meditative and mantra like. This has had a massive effect on my guitar playing in Deadcuts and I've often used the echoing vibration and the timbre of his voice to match a setting on my pedals, although to break that down is another article in itself.

Wes Eisold: "I like it for the same reason I like Daniel Johnston's music. It’s simple and honest but tortured and yearning. I can relate to that.”

From Death in June sampling Manson in "Takkeya" to Horrorcore rapper Necro's "Creepy Crawl" to Brian Jonestown massacres "Arkansas Revisited" to Death Grips sampling Manson in "Beware" - the theme of the outlaw mentality is often the common link. Every artist that has either covered Manson or sampled him feels equally on the outside or has a valid interest in Mysticism or the Occult.

On August the 8th 1988 Boyd Rice, Nikolas Schreck and Zeena Schreck (Anton LaVey's daughter) along with members of the Church of Satan, held a rally at the Strand in San Francisco to symbolically pay homage to the end of the sixties - complete with spoken word and sinister ritualistic tones. In the audience was chat show host Geraldo Rivera, who would later feature a segment on his show. Also an ultra rare movie on Manson entitled, " The Other Side of Madness", played which has since vanished into the ether.

Nikolas Schreck speaks of the 8.8.88 rally - "If I'd knew then what I know now I would have done the ritual differently. It did however thrust Manson into mainstream consciousness and achieved its desired result, but karmic-wise it brought a lot of negativity. Karma is a science - it's the law of nature. There was a time when Zeena and I could not walk down the street without being harassed. It was the Reagan era and when Tipper Gore was trying to thrust her whole fundamental mind-set onto America. The whole ‘Satanic Panic’ era overshadowed what the event was about, which was really trying to find justice and reveal the media lie that had been presented to the public.

In 1987 we had previously planned to do a "Free Manson" benefit concert in order to pay a lawyer to look over the case and set a retrial, but we received death threats and were harassed by the LAPD. In the end the show had to be cancelled. Which proved to me what happens if you try and question the law and what they were essentially covering up. Every time I went to do an interview, the media would take out any of the actual spiritual or ecological ideas about Manson and it would be reduced to typical tabloid fodder."

Schreck’s former group Radio Werewolf did several songs on Manson "Charlie's Gals" and, "Hymn of The Fifth Angel". When interviewed on "Hymn of The Fifth Angel" in 1993 Schreck adds, "It’s exactly what the lyrics say it is - a sincerely religious prayer and invocation to Abraxas, which is one of the secret names of the Archon of this Aion most people call ”God”. Abraxas is the deity that informs Manson’s spiritual practice, so he holds the key to the mysteries of the Manson phenomenon, which is much more than it appears to be. I performed it in the middle of the night while in a trance, the words coming to me spontaneously. Its magical intention is encoded in the repeated appeal ”Tell us why?” which I make to Abraxas in the song. And Abraxas answered my question.”

For a brief while Nikolas Schreck and Boyd Rice once formed "The Abraxas Foundation" - a set of beliefs based on Social Darwinism and some of Manson's philosophy. Nikolas Schreck states, "Manson told me he wrote to Rudolph Hess asking how to survive prison - and he sent back one word...”Abraxas”. Manson's music is much more derived from a mix of his Southern Baptist upbringing. It’s a kind of mix of Christian and Paganism united. Inside of prison I'm sure he read Carl Jung and other books on mysticism which would go onto shape his worldview."

Boyd Rice: "Manson would call me Abraxas but pronounce it "Ab-ur-raxas" and gave me that name because as he put it - "you stand in both circles at once."”

Unfortunately on one evening Boyd went to San Quentin prison to visit Manson wearing a pair of trousers that contained a bullet in the pocket. Having not worn the trousers for some time, he’d totally forgot what was in the pockets. When passing through the prison alarms went off and he was arrested, serving some time as a result and was never to see Manson again.

Boyd Rice: "I think what makes Manson unique is his ability to communicate that sort of thought in a manner that was very straightforward and readily comprehensible. And I think the place where that is most evident is in his music. Listening to that music is like spending time with Manson. You can understand what he thinks and why he thinks it. The fact that he has a great pop sensibility is an added bonus. The songs are amazing. Manson is a manipulator of archetypes. And he made himself part of the popular consciousness. He manipulated the media as much as it manipulated him. He put on a show and they broadcasted it. For better or worse, he was the first mass-murderer pop star. It’s funny that so much of what the Manson family was saying in 1969 sounds exactly like what mainstream liberals are saying today. All this shit about the planet. All this shit about “the children”. That, to me, is the most disturbing aspect of the Manson phenomenon."

Nikolas Schreck’s western Occult practices today have ceased and he now studies Tantric Buddhism, but doesn't see it being separate to the Left-hand path.

Schreck: "Basically the Right-hand path is a safer practice and has to do more with masculine energy. Whereas the Left-hand path is far more complex and dangerous and connected more to the feminine principles.”

Boyd Rice was a former member of the Council of nine in The Church of Satan and was asked to take it over shortly before Anton LaVey's death in 1997. Despite Rice’s closeness to LaVey he felt he could not run such an organisation, as he's never been a "people person".

Boyd Rice: “Anton LaVey would turn in his grave if he saw majority of the people that are in the Church of Satan now. None of them have an understanding of aesthetics. They either try and imitate his look verbatim - or worse - a lot of them are trying to fit the mould, yet a great deal do not posses his brutal archetype or intellect or wit. Also LaVey totally believed in the Supernatural, which is something a lot of the members just totally choose to ignore. They're essentially whitewashing what the whole thing was about."

Rice and Schreck's ideas have evolved but most of their interviews on YouTube are from twenty plus years ago, and people are still misguided into thinking they're on that very same plateau of thought. One thing I think they'd both find that remains however is their love and appreciation of Manson’s music, as many others still do.

Mark Keds: “There's something almost atavistic to those songs, it's organic and takes you to another world - it's got soul to it.

Wes Eisold: “I like it for the same reason I like Daniel Johnston's music. It’s simple and honest but tortured and yearning. I can relate to that."

Saul Adamczewski and The Fat White Family would occasionally get a group of female friends and perform Manson's songs.

Saul Adamczewski: "I've been really into country and folk music for a long time and interested in cults and murderers.. all the good stuff. The Family jams bring the two worlds together I guess. But what really attracted me to the music was the music. If I knew nothing about it upon hearing it I still would of loved it. It’s not really anything to do with Manson. Of course the fact that they're singing "take the children to the desert" and, "If you dare to look at them soon you will be dead" - and the songs were written by Charlie, which adds a certain amount of spice, but the songs are great with or without the back story. No one else has ever made a Manson Family tribute act (for obvious reasons) so we thought it'd be funny to do.”

In my opinion any true outsider would feel akin to Manson's sense of purpose and outcast mentality but ultimately must have awareness of the parallels in nature. The symbiotic meeting point and juxtaposition of drugs, music and crime.

Nikolas Schreck: "I think without having gone through any extreme experiences people will find the Manson phenomenon incredibly difficult to understand. The public can only ultimately react to what they know - or what they think they know".

Chapter Nine

Strange Coincidences, August 8th and 9th, The Manson Curse and the Karmic Repercussions

Abigail Folger - granddaughter of J.A.Folger who invented Folgers Coffee - was stabbed to death in the front garden of the Polanski residence on the night of the Tate Murders. Her blood was reportedly splattered over the lawn and on flowers separate by a few feet from her boyfriend Woijchevk Frykowski.

In the coronary report it mentions that Abigail Folger had Methamphetamine in her system. In a 1960's Folgers coffee commercial, a suburban married couple are sitting in their back garden. The husband takes a sip of coffee and then spits it out and says "Ugh! This coffee is criminal" - and then tips the remaining contents onto the flowers. "Honey", the wife bleats, "You'll kill the petunias!!" The husband then turns and points to his wife and says "Then you admit it! Your coffee really is murder!"

The next scene has the wife in a grocery store turning to an elderly man named Papa Eddie, "Papa Eddie - my coffee is murder. It's either to bitter or too weak." Papa Eddie takes a tin of coffee off the shelf and says "Try Folgers coffee, ‘cos Folgers coffee is mountain grown". " Mountain grown?" She replies. Papa Eddie then points to a pyramid sign - "Like the sign says ‘Mountain grown for richer flavour!"

Papa Eddie then crosses both his arms above his head in a strange pyramid shape. The next scene the couple are sat at a table. The husband takes a sip and then turns to his wife, "Y’know - it's a crime not to drink coffee like this all the time." The wife then smiles forming the same pyramid shape with her arms and says - "We will ...now that I've discovered...the mountains."

Nikolas Schreck believes there is a karmic curse attached to the study of the Manson phenomenon - which carried with it another equally strange moment when playing a prank turned into something albeit more terrifying. Nikolas and another Manson aficionado, Nick Bougas, were playing a prank by posting pink flyers with an anti-gay message. They were drawn by Nick Bougas. (Also if you Google him you, will see he does work under the name A. Wyatt Mann.)

Schreck: “So I say that - (the karmic curse) - because that night was the first night there was an AIDS TV movie shown on national television. I don’t remember what it was called. He was very much into popular culture. So we were going to go to a comedy store that night to see a fairly well known comedian who was also a friend of his who I knew. Bougas did these cartoons and he later became the sort of ‘court photographer’ for Anton LaVey.

He made a film about Anton LaVey. I had introduced him to LaVey and the Church of Satan. He had the idea, Nick Bougas or A. Wyatt Mann, to go to this comedy club, but before we go he wanted to leave these gay fliers printed on pink paper that had a kind of anti-gay anti-AIDS message, in the gayest area of West Hollywood. So it was just like a prank basically. I have to set the context of this up.

That day I was working on the Manson File and I had been working trying to Xerox a picture of Gary Hinman. I’m sure that people who know the case have seen the court drawing from the coroner of the wounds of Gary Hinman, whose ear was sliced ... So for some reason the Xerox machine kept malfunctioning.

So there I am August of ‘87 looking at this picture of Gary Hinman’s ear wound. For people who don’t know the case, basically Manson went to the music teacher Gary Hinman’s house and cut his ear. You can read exactly what happened in my book. He cut Hinman with a knife that came from The Straight Satan’s motorcycle gang. It was like a cutlass, a pirate’s cutlass. He slashed his ear, nearly cut it off and Susan Atkins later famously said she tried to sew it back on with dental floss. For people that don’t know the Manson legend basically inside out, that is the background. So I was focusing on this image of Gary Hinman’s slashed ear all day before this incident. Anyway I went along with this guy Nick Bougas to do this stupid prank. Of course I’ve been blamed for it in a sort of Manson-esque manner. I just went along for the ride.

It was stupid. And you will hear why it was stupid - but it wasn’t my conception to do it. So we left these anti-gay fliers that were deliberately provocative. Of course the implication has been that I must be anti-gay, which I’m sure you’ve heard these rumours - but anyone that knows me would think is ridiculous and secondly. Manson himself is a bisexual who has probably had more sex with men than women right?

Anyway I did this incident with Bougas and when we got back into the car, there was a second in which I left the car door halfway opened. Some people, I could hardly see them…one of them was like a body-builder type guy, and two other people started shaking the car. They had obviously seen these flyers and we thought for sure we were going to be killed. You know, you look at someone and you think, ‘this is our last moment.’ So in the second in which it took to close the car door, finally he pushes the gas. He was driving and somehow we got out of it. Then I went into shock. I was like laughing. When you have a severe trauma to your body you actually think its funny because your mind is trying to deal with the trauma. So I went into shock and he looked at me and there was blood all over my shirt. I had a black shirt on but you could see it was drenched with shining blood. I felt for my ear and it was gone. There was no pain because shock had set in. I said, “Take me to the hospital immediately.” I was in a strangely giddy mood, because when you’re wounded that’s what your mind does.

If that isn’t the Manson curse or black hole…You're looking at a picture of Gary Hinman’s wound all day because the Xerox machine taking the picture keeps malfunctioning and then your ear is cut off because you are doing some stupid prank with a Manson admirer. That seemed to me to be some kind of karmic reaction exactly to the research I was doing. I could get into it more and I will tell this story more fully in my memoirs which I’m writing now.

The interesting thing from the Manson point of view; I go into the hospital emergency room bleeding all over the place and the police are called and somebody approaches me and says, “I’m from the Doris Tate Committee for Victims of Violent Crime, and you are eligible for a certain amount of money from the state.” Because of Sharon Tate’s murder, anyone who is involved in a violent crime is eligible and I actually felt like I couldn’t take that because of what I’m doing and my support of Manson, I felt it wasn’t ethical to do it. But you know what are the chances of that happening on the night I’m looking at the Gary Hinman ear wound and then being approached by someone involved with Sharon Tate’s mother?"

Reading Nikolas's testimony reminds me of a similar occurrence happened to me in the summer of 2001. I was discussing The Manson Case with a friend and we both were looking at pictures of Gary Hinman and Sharon Tate. As I left my friends flat I was set upon by gang of drug dealers in Deptford that I'd had some problems with previously. Basically these drug dealers had tried to push drugs on me previously and I'd refused and they'd taken offence. They were following me and I could see them -so I picked up my pace, but was followed up a stairwell to a gate that was usually open but was this time locked. As my assailants climbed the stairs I saw a knife glowing in the sunlight and the guy holding it went straight for my face so I ducked -and was unaware the guy had cut a section of my right earlobe off. There was so much blood I thought he'd got my neck. Being daylight, the gang then ran off. So after hearing Nikolas's story I was more than a little freaked out to say the least.