Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Face of Evil

Hearing Charles Manson talking always stops me in my tracks. Maybe it's because I was ten years old when the murders that made Manson infamous were committed. Then seeing Manson during his trial with his defiant attitude, "hypnotic" eyes, "creepy crawlers," shaved and carved heads and family of followers -- all of it definitely made an impact on this little kid... especially when I learned that Manson had served time in my hometown of Terre Haute, Ind.

When I was in high school I read Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter and at the time it was one of the most shocking books I'd ever devoured. I remember watching Tom Snyder's interview with Manson when it originally aired in 1981. Since then, whenever an interview with Manson [and they are rare], airs, I find myself tuning in to hear his rants. It's hard to believe that this little man who had less than twenty years of freedom his entire life became the embodiment of evil for at least one generation.


Anonymous said...


is there a way I can be notified when you post a blog?


Craig Zablo said...


There is. I'll have to look into it.