Thursday, June 14, 2018

From the Mail Room...

Travis writes:

I’ve always wondered why Watson thought he had to kill Steve Parent? He could have simply laid low in the bushes with the 3 girls and let him pass. It’s doubtful Parent would have noticed them. The only reason I can surmise is that Parent would have noticed their car, parked down the hill, on his exit. He could have provided a description of the car after the murders, and if he were suspicious enough to note the license plate, that would have been a real liability.

But then why use the revolver instead of the knife? They were going to creepy-crawl the house, relying on a stealth approach — and to initiate the whole thing with 4 gunshots in a canyon that would echoed the sound? Watson had to know that the shots might have alerted the occupants, and possibly other inhabitants of the canyon. Someone might have called the police. (I’ve done this before when I heard distinctive gunshots in my neighborhood). Garretson heard the shots and thought they were Parent’s car backfiring. If Garretson heard them from the Guest House, further away, it’s probable that the occupants heard them, too. Only Frykowski was asleep.

I understand that the team had rolled the car back down the hill silently after approaching the gate. But I don’t know how far down the car was, or how exposed it was. Seems Watson was not thinking too clearly here. He could have ordered Parent out of the car at gunpoint, led him to the bushes, and he and the 3 girls could have dispatched him with the knives without making a racket.

But then Watson was not thinking too clearly when he told the victims they were “all going to die,” setting off panic.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Lost Tapes of Robert Hendrickson?

Fox Prepares Liev Schreiber-Narrated Charles Manson Doc Special Based On Unseen Archive Footage Of The Cult

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is exploring the gruesome murders carried out by Charles Manson’s ‘family’ in a new Liev Schreiber-narrated documentary special based on a vault of unseen footage of the cult. I hear that the broadcaster has ordered two-part Inside The Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes from Naked Entertainment.

The documentary is a retelling of the Manson story using original 16mm footage that was found in the archives of Robert Hendrickson, the filmmaker behind Oscar-nominated doc Manson who died in 2016. The series will look at how the members, who carried out a number of grisly murders, including the brutal attack on Sharon Tate, went from peace-loving hippies to mass murderers.

The two-parter goes inside Spahn’s Ranch, where the Manson cult lived, to offer an intimate and terrifying look into America’s most murderous group. The special will feature rare photos and new and archival interviews with former Manson cult members, such as Catherine “Gypsy” Share and Dianne “Snake” Lake, as well as key people involved in the Manson case, including prosecutor Stephen Kay and FBI criminal profiler John Douglas.

Directed by Hugh Ballantyne (Finding Jesus), the doc will explore how Manson orchestrated the murders and encouraged a group of mostly young, middle class women to carry out the killings, which he hoped would be blamed on the Black Panthers and lead to a race war.

The doc is produced by Naked Entertainment, the FremantleMedia-backed UK and U.S. production company set up by Simon Andreae, who was Executive Vice President, Alternative Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting between 2013 and 2015. It is the company’s first major U.S. network order, having recently made a number of series for Viacom’s Channel 5 and Channel 4 in the UK. Inside The Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes is exec produced by Andreae, Ballantyne, Richard Dale, Allan Gaba and Dean Egnater. It is understood to have been co-produced in association of British broadcaster ITV.

The special is the latest Charles Manson-related project to emerge as the 50th anniversary of the cult’s most infamous murder, the killing of Tate, approaches next year. Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming movie Once Upon A Time, which stars Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio also mines this world.

It is the latest Charles Manson project developed by Fox; in 2014, the broadcaster developed a scripted series from American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis and horror director Rob Zombie that was set a year before the Manson family’s murder spree in 1969. However, it never made it to air and was ultimately trumped by NBC’s David Duchovny-fronted series Aquarius, which mined similar territory.

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Debate Rages On...

Katie and I are always fighting over which situation is more miserable... the winter cold up north (Massachusetts), or the summer heat down south (Texas). This woman reminds me of Katie, when July and August hits. I'm already bracing myself... LMAO!!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Manson Girls Musical...

Hello Folks,

I love your blog! It's been very valuable to me in the creation of Manson's Girls. I wrote the lyrics for this show which will have it's world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival less than two weeks from now. If any of you are in the Hollywood area I would be pleased to give you free tickets.

The musical covers the month between the arrival of Linda Kasabian and the murders. It is meant as a cautionary tale rather than an exploitation piece, as we see Linda sliding down the slippery slope from hippie to murder accomplice. It is not a comedy, though it has it's ironic moments.

There is a rock and roll score performed by a live band accompanying a dozen snappy songs like "Every Day I Fall In Love" (Squeaky's ode to Charlie) and "Helter Skelter" (the finale where the whole family revs up their bloody engine for revolution). Even Sharon Tate has a star turn.

Here are some marketing materials you might find useful if you decide to do a post about the show. Feel free to contact me, I'd love to chat with you!

Thanks a bunch,

Mitchell Glaser

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

I know we haven't said anything about TLB for a while.  Why?  Because nothing's going on.

Here's a tidbit.  Brad Pitt says of the new Tarantino Manson movie "It's one of the most amazing scripts Tarantino has ever written."

Well at this point in time, I'm really hoping that Tarantino can finally get the car right, the characters right, the dialogue right and the houses right regarding the TLB murders.

Because there hasn't been ONE movie yet that did!!  Not even ONE!

BTW that girl doesn't look like Sharon Tate.  At ALL!!!  Not even one bit!

Tarantino's new film set during the Charles Manson murders is the 'closest to Pulp Fiction' he's ever done

Brad Pitt says it's "one of the most amazing scripts Tarantino has ever written." This will be great!

Despite the fact that filming hasn't even started on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino knows how to hype a film better than most.

A few weeks ago, we brought you the news that Brad Pitt will be reuniting with the director of Inglourious Basterds and that Leonardo DiCaprio will also be along for the ride.

Sharon Tate
Tarantino, who is writing and directing, describes the project as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood" and he has provided a few more details about what's in store.

The director of Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs showed up at CinemaCon with DiCaprio and both men were happy to chat about their next collaboration - they previously worked together on Django Unchained.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Tarantino said: "It's very hush-hush and top secret. But I can tell you that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969, at the height of the counterculture hippie revolution and the height of new Hollywood." He added that he and his team will transform the city of Los Angeles "block by block" into 1969 Hollywood.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Charles Manson - Open Casket Funeral followed by Cremation

Charles Manson had his final hurrah Saturday during a memorial service that ended in fire.

Manson's body was front and center at a service held in Porterville, CA. We're told the body was decomposing badly, and needed heavy makeup and gloves to cover the deterioration. He died 4 months ago but his body was put on ice until a judge decided who would take control of it.

Approximately 30 people showed up at the funeral home. His grandson, Jason Freeman -- the man who won control over the body -- spoke at the service, as did a Manson follower.
Manson's service didn't end with a burial. His body was cremated and his ashes were spread along a nearby creek bed in a forest. Apparently it was a windy day, because the ashes blew back on the guests.  

We're told the attendees included Manson's former fiancee, Afton Burton, and former Manson Family member Sandra Good.

As TMZ first reported ... Manson -- the mastermind behind one of the most heinous murder sprees in American history -- died of natural causes back in November 2017. He was 83.