“People said I was a leader. Here’s the kind of leader I was. I made sure toilets were clean. I made sure the animals were fed. Any sores on the horses? I’d heal them. Anything need fixing? I’d fix it.
I was always the one to do everything nobody wanted to do. Cats need feeding? I’d feed them. When it was cold, I was always the last one to get a blanket.”
— Charles Manson, 1970
- (Source: Rolling Stone)
From Tom Snyder, 1981 interview.
Tom Snyder: What would you do if you got out of here?
Charles Manson: I’d probably go out front on the grass and sit down.
Tom Snyder: If you got out of here there are a lot of people who think that you’d go start killing people again.
Charles Manson: Again? Well, you guys are misinformed. I haven’t killed anyone.
Tom Snyder: What about Shea?
Charles Manson: What about him? He got killed.
Tom Snyder: Word is you killed him.
Charles Manson: Word? Word is that you’re an old woman. Word is that you have turkey in sky. Word is? I don’t know what word is. Someone else tell you that; I didn’t tell you that.
Tom Snyder: Did you kill Shea?
Charles Manson: Hell no.
Tom Snyder: Did you cut Hinman’s ear off? *
Charles Manson: Hell… yes.
Tom Snyder: How did that make you feel when you cut his ear off?
Charles Manson: I felt bad about it.
*note: Hinman’s ear was not cut off. His cheek was sliced.
- (Source: Tom Snyder Interview)
*Above: Catherine “Gypsy” Share in the Barker Ranch kitchen
The story goes that Charles Manson starved his followers in order to gain power over them. This lie has been reported, written, re-written and has become “fact.” It’s well documented that the Family were not only well fed at Spahn Ranch, but served food to everyone living there including George Spahn and the ranch hands.
Here is the list of food found during the Barker Ranch raids October 10 & 12, 1969. This does not include the food found in a car delivering more goods to Barker, or the food found at Myers Ranch where some of the girls and the kids stayed.
- 14 cartons of candy bars
- 8 large rolls of cheese
- 4 gallons of peanut butter
- 3 gallons of honey
- 5 half-gallon jars of jam
- 2 half-gallon jars of jelly
- 5 huge boxes of crackers
- 3 boxes of graham crackers
- 2 cases of canned milk
- 40 gallons of wheat germ, corn meal, flour
Squeaky once remarked that it as reported that they were starving because no meat was found at Barker Ranch and that they were malnourished because of the lack of meat.
- (Source: Desert Shadows)
"Right before Manson fell asleep he said, ‘Oh, we’re being raided in the morning’. And he conks out. Gypsy remembers and she just layed up thinking about it. And then at six o’clock in the morning over two mountains they came – there was two hundred of them…"
— Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, 1972
- (Source: Inside The Manson Gang)
"They built whole penitentiaries with the fear that they generated off of this case. So the public can feel safe against this ‘monster’.
They don’t care if I broke the law or not. They’ll make up a lot of things and sell a lot of books — 58 to be exact — and a billion dollars have been made. And it’s okay if I spend my life in prison just to hold me because I’ve shown some strength and I haven’t surrendered.
You’ve medicated me, you’ve burnt me, you’ve beat me, you’ve stabbed me, you’ve done everything you can do to me and I am still here. And you’re going to have to face the truth about this case sooner or later.”
— Charles Manson, 1992
- (Source: Parole Hearing)
Charlie the candy man
Laurence Merrick: How did they make money, how did he [Manson] get the money?
Brooks Poston: Well, through panhandling… he’d have the girls go out and panhandle the streets. Some of the girls had pretty rich dads and he’d get the girls to write home and ask for money, and out would come a check for $500.
Laurence Merrick: And who would they give money?
Brooks Poston: They’d give it to Charlie.
Laurence Merrick: And what would he do with it?
Brooks Poston: Sometimes he gave it away, sometimes be bought us candy with it.
"What I see in the animals here on the ranch; what I see are the animals are smarter than the people. And I see the animals and I watch them. And that’s where the love is.
Most of the love is in the animals and the people, man.
I don’t really have a philosophy. My philosophy is: don’t think. If you think you are divided in your mind. Like I don’t have any thoughts in my mind hardly at all— it’s all love.”
- (Source: My Life With Charles Manson)
"I never realized that the people outside are much different than the people inside. People inside — if you lie, you get punched. You get misused.
You don’t lie to the Lieutenant, the Lieutenant don’t lie to you. There’s a certain amount of truth in prison. And being raised in prison, I was raised in the light of that truth.
And when I got out all of your children would come to me, because they never had anybody tell them the truth.”
— Charles Manson, 1994
- (Source: Diane Sawyer)
Catherine Gillies, 21, one of the “family” members who assemble in and around the courthouse daily, was asked about her feelings about taking human lives.
"You know, I am willing to kill to save a brother," she said. "We all are. I would have killed if I had gone along that night."
Defensive lawyer Paul Fitzgerald asked Miss Gillies about her implied threat. “Have you killed anybody yet, to get Manson out of jail?” he asked.
"Not yet," she replied.
Deputy District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi pursued the same theme. “You will kill for these defendants to get them out of jail?” he asked.
"I would do anything to get them out of jail."
- (Source: The Bulletin March 16, 1971)
You sat here for nineteen days questioning that girl. She got immunity on seven counts of murder.
You set her up to be a hero, you set this woman up here to testify against me. And she tells you a sad story. How she has only taken every narcotic that is possible to take. How she has only stolen, lied, cheated and done everything that you have got there in that book.
But it is okay. She is telling the truth now. She wouldn’t have any ulterior motive like immunity for seven counts of murder.
Why a woman would stand up and project herself into a man and say, “Actually he never told me anything, but I knew it all came from him.”
Am I to be found guilty on her assumption?
— Charles Manson; November, 19 1970
- (Source: Trial Testimony)
"Linda [Kasabian] overheard our conversation that Bobby [Beausoleil] had been arrested for the death of Gary [Hinman]. She said, ‘I’d do anything to get my brother out of jail. I know some people in Beverly Hills that burned me on a drug buy, you can make it [Hinman’s murder] look like somebody else did it if you copycat the murders — we can make more of the same. They’ll cut Bobby loose.’ "
— Catherine “Gypsy” Share, 1971
- (Source: Trial Testimony)
Charles Manson: You plant any trees?
Denise Noe: Did I what?
Charles Manson: Did you plant anything this week?
Denise Noe: No, I didn’t.
Charles Manson: Oh, well you ate a lot. You took a lot from the earth. Did you put anything back?
Denise Noe: Uh.
Charles Manson: Yeah, that’s what I thought. You took cotton when you wore your clothes, you took leather when you wore your shoes. You took the food, you took stuff from earth and never give anything back.
Denise Noe: I don’t think I wore any leather shoes this week.
Charles Manson: You don’t wear shoes?
Denise Noe: I do wear shoes. I don’t think I wore any leather shoes this week.
Charles Manson: Do you have to have a garden to plant something?
Denise Noe: No.
Charles Manson: My God, woman. You’re in prison.
Denise Noe: I’m in prison?
Charles Manson: Oh, wow, man. Your mind is locked. You’ve got to have a garden to put a seed in the ground? Did you ever eat an avocado? Did you ever think of just going out and punching a little hole in the ground and throwing it in the ground and letting a tree grow there?
Denise Noe: I should have but no, I didn’t.
Charles Manson: What about an apple core? Did you every think of just taking your finger and moving a piece of dirt and dropping the apple core down in there and moving the piece of dirt back over the apple core? You never thought about anything about helping life complete itself?
- (Source: Crime Magazine)