Thursday, July 30, 2020

I just got a "heads up" from Venus.  The long awaited documentary about Jay Sebring will be released September 22, 2020.  Here's a preview!

Thanks Venus!!


Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Friday, May 22, 2020

The Top 14 Uses of Manson's 'Get Out of Jail Free' Card

Many TLB researchers have noted the curious fact that Charlie continuously got in trouble with the law, but never had his parole revoked and sent back to prison. I count at least 14 of these incidents:

1)  7-28-67   
Charlie arrested in Legget, Ukiah County for interfering with an officer; sentenced to three years probation

2)  4-21-68  
Oxnard arrests, Ventura County; Charlie arrested with others for possessing phony IDs

3)  5-2-68   
Summit Trail house raided; Manson arrested with Dianne Lake and Bruce Davis on pot possession. Ruled 'insufficient evidence to prosecute'

4)  3-23-69
Christine Smith, 16 (aka the "Girl from Reseda") reports being raped by Charlie at Spahn.
"On June 3, Melcher and Jackobson arrived at Spahn and there were two policemen there interrogating Charlie about the rape. On the next day(June 4), it says, Charlie was arrested on that charge and bailed out the next day. "Nothing ever happened with the charge and once again Charlie Manson got away with encroachment."
[Sanders, pg191-2]

5)  3-30-69  
Manson arrested for beating up DeCarlo's wife.  [The Family, pg`150]

6)  5-2-69  
The ex-con on parole and probation illegally purchases two guns.  No consequences.
"It is alleged that on or about July 2, 1969, subject purchased a short barreled rifle and on or about July 14, 1969, purchased a nine millimeter hand gun."

[Box 52 pg162of198]

7)  6-4-69  
Manson arrested and charged with DUI and being on drugs after being pulled over for speeding in the San Fernando Valley at 3:30am.  TJ Walleman, Nancy Pitman, Leslie Van Houten, Susan Atkins also arrested for being on drugs.  All except Atkins released within 24 hours.  Atkins shipped north to face parole violation charges.
[Chaos, Tom O'Neill, pg274]

8)  7-1-69  
Crowe Shooting
Five witnesses to the attempted murder other than Manson and Crowe, but somehow the police couldn't figure it out.

9)  7-27-69  
Hinman Murder
According to witness Dinwiddie, Hinman and Manson were feuding, but apparently the cops didn't hear about it.

10)  7-28-69  
Spahn mini-Raid
Stolen car of murder victim found at the ranch, but cops couldn't put the clues together.

11)  8-16-69  
Spahn Raid
Stolen credit cards fall from Charlie's pocket while being dragged out, but that's not enough for the cops.

12)  8-23-69  
Outlaw Shacks Pot bust
Stephanie Schram and Charlie arrested for possession of marijuana at Spahn.  The minor with no criminal record is charged, the ex-con on parole and probation skates.

13)  10-1-69 
Filippo Tenerelli, 23, allegedly shot himself in the face with a shotgun
Most probably a murder; victim tied to Mansonoids.  Judged a suicide, no need to investigate further.

14)  10-12-69  Barker Ranch Raid
Even the Barker raids which put Manson behind bars for the final time may have been an accident.
An interview with retired CHP officer Jim Pursell indicates it wasn't supposed to happen:


On the Track of the Death Valley Hippie Gang, Jim Pursell’s Harrowing Arrest of Charles Manson- Aug 6, 2018

At that time, the county sheriff had little law enforcement experience. .. He would not allow his people to become involved in this.  ...
Sheriff of Shoshone, Don Ward, just about lost his job. In the middle of all this, Brooks Poston and Paul Crockett decided things were getting pretty hot for them. There’s a talc mine about halfway between Barker Ranch and Death Valley. They hiked out there and got a ride into Shoshone. Don Ward interviewed them on a wire recorder, that’s before tape recorders came out. He then drove to Independence, so the sheriff there could hear what these witnesses were telling us about the strangeness going on out there. Don told me the sheriff listened for about a minute, jumped up, grabbed the reels off the machine, and threw them across the room. He ordered Don back to his resident post, and that he was not to be involved in this at all. ....
I think it was a total of twenty-eight of them that we dumped off at the Independence sheriff’s jail, and he just went bonkers.  ...
When the higher-ups heard about the Bishop area sending officers out into the boondocks to chase hippies, our (CHP)chief got called to Sacramento and got(his butt) chewed on like it never been chewed in his career. So, he asked Dave, ‘What the hell’s going on with this thing?’  ...


Although Manson was repeatedly arrested, Smith never revoked his parole. In mid-1968, after one arrest made the newspapers, Smith’s supervisor tried to step in—but was overruled by the head office in Washington, DC.

It is thus quite obvious that America's most notorious mass murderer was being 'protected' by higher ups.

*Thread submitted by Starviego.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Swim Through the Darkness: My search for Craig Smith & The Mystery of Maitreya Kali by Mike Stax

Mike Stax is editor and publisher of Ugly Magazine, which he started in 1983, Orange County, CA... he had learned of Craig Smith, started researching him, then a long quest on finding him.

From Ugly Magazine:

"Craig Smith was a 1960s golden boy – good looking, charismatic, outgoing; a preternaturally gifted musician and songwriter whose songs were recorded by some of the biggest names in entertainment – Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, the Monkees. Starting out his career on the Andy Williams Show as a member of the Good Time Singers, Smith next teamed up with Chris Ducey in the duo Chris & Craig, then the Penny Arkade, a talented group mentored and produced by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees. Smith’s future success seemed assured, until an unexpected turn of events plunged him into a terrifying darkness. Clean-cut Craig Smith became Maitreya Kali, the self-proclaimed psychedelic Messiah. He laid out his poignant, disturbing schizophrenic vision on a sprawling self-released double-album before disappearing completely. Author Mike Stax spent fifteen years piecing together the mystery of Maitreya Kali, uncovering one of the strangest and most tragic untold stories of the 1960s and ‘70s".

Andy Williams and the Good Time Singers with Craig Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znph_cYn9_w&t=20s

Here is a recording done with Heather MacCrae written by Craig Smith.... I absolutely love this haunting song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3RLPiOzP8c

From pleasekillme.com:

On the brink of stardom, with help from Michael Nesmith, Mike Love and Glen Campbell, Craig Smith took a different, far darker path, taking the name Maitreya Kali and ending up on the streets of LA. Now, with help from Mike Stax, editor and publisher of Ugly Things, his music will survive

When Mike Stax first heard about Craig Smith, he thought the talented, but forgotten musician’s story would make a good piece for Ugly Things, the acclaimed magazine dedicated to “wild sounds from past dimensions” that he founded 35 years ago. However, what began a magazine story in the fall of 2013 ended three years later with the publication of his book, Swim Through the Darkness: My Search for Craig Smith and the Mystery of Maitreya Kali, one of the more harrowing of rock ‘n’ roll cautionary tales.
Craig Smith had it all: movie star looks, beautiful singing voice, perfect Pepsodent smile, great songwriting, guitar and people skills. He began his career in 1963 with the squeaky-clean Good Time Singers, the contingent that backed Andy Williams on his popular TV show and toured separately as a folk group, ala the New Christy Minstrels. Smith was the squeaky cleanest of the bunch. (He also wrote songs for Williams, Glen Campbell and The Monkees, and the residuals from those sustained him for years). Talent scouts, and smitten girls, followed him everywhere, eventually opening the door to his own TV show, called The Happeners, a proto-reality show about three folk singers in Greenwich Village that was earmarked for prime time in 1966.

The Happeners TV pilot was shot in late 1965 starring Craig Smith, Chris Ducey and Susannah Jordan. While there's still no way to view it online, musical director Bob Bowers recently posted the entire audio track (in nine parts) and it's well worth a listen. Below are links to 3 of the videos, but all 9 are there. Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGeVXGZvuWY&fbclid=IwAR0SKBL6ZegJo_ee8kL_Zs1D-mehQSHaSk31M3NwdVjIoRnYVlYXx6XTmuc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WELaGcvOkZg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OEePvkzHH0

After Penny Arkade failed to land a record contract—even after recording an album’s worth of original music—Smith began to drift. Though he hung out on Sunset Strip and befriended a who’s who of LA’s music scene (Neil Young, Richie Furay, Mike Love, Frank Zappa, etc.), he also turned to hallucinogenic drugs, meditation and a smattering of Eastern religion, voraciously reading books on mysticism and diving headlong into TM, at Mike Love’s prodding. It was as though he was in a struggle to find equilibrium as his mind began to unravel. He began telling friends that God had appeared to him in the clouds above the Mojave Desert and he knew his “mission” was now one of self-discovery more than writing pop songs.  All the while, though, he also continued to play with Penny Arkade.

He took off for Europe in May 1968. Filled with renewed spiritual confidence, he called the Beatles’ office in London. “The Beatles and I could not meet at this point in time,” he grandiosely wrote in his travelogue. “Mainly because they were searching for my Truth and the ultimate piece of the puzzle I hadn’t encountered yet.”

By October, he was in Turkey, taking LSD on a daily basis while heading toward India by way of Afghanistan. In Kandahar, later the breeding ground of the Taliban, he was beaten, raped and robbed by a gang of men who stole his passport, travelers’ checks and the cherished Martin guitar he’d bought from Hoyt Axton years earlier. He ended up in an Afghan mental asylum. Through the American embassy, he was able to get out and eventually get back home. As Stax has written, “the trauma of that experience appears to have triggered acute schizophrenia.”

He returned to Los Angeles a changed person, worse for wear. He told former friends that he was no longer Craig Smith, that he’d ascended to a higher consciousness and henceforth was to be known as “Maitreya”—the next Buddha, the new Messiah. He was able, somehow, to resurrect his music career, even as his intake of LSD and pot fueled his messianic delusions. After the Manson Family murders in August 1969, though, anyone affiliated with the entertainment industry who was walking around L.A. claiming to be a messiah was given wide berth. According to Stax, Smith had met Charles Manson the year before at Dennis Wilson’s house and noticed how the charismatic hanger-on—Manson was then in search of an album deal—used fear and intimidation to keep his followers in line.

Ultimately, Craig Smith had his name legally changed to Maitreya, shaved his head, and wore the robes of a Buddhist monk. The final sign of his leap into oblivion was that he had a spider tattoo drawn on his forehead, the spot of his “glowing Third Eye.” “Like Manson and his followers, who’d carved an X in the same spot,” noted Stax, “he appeared to be X-ing himself out of society completely.”

Somehow, through this gathering haze, Craig was able to self-finance and self-produce two albums under the name Satya Sai Maitreya Kali, Apache and Inca. On the cover of the albums, which he sold on the street, he included handwritten liner notes that read, among other things, “Craig Smith saved the planet, did you? He died for a righteous cause…Bow to Maitreya…Christ is me and no one else.”

Over the next few years, he spent time in prison, mental institutions but mostly homeless on the streets of Studio City and North Hollywood.

To research and unravel this mystery, Stax pursued every lead, most of which led to dead ends. Though he lives in San Diego, Stax made periodic trips up the coast to LA in hopes of tracking Smith down. He was never able to make face to face contact with Smith, though some of his friends did.

Both Apache and Inca became instant collectibles. Even while Craig Smith was alive and living on the streets of Los Angeles, copies of the Apache/Inca double album were fetching upwards of $10,000 on eBay—unbeknownst to the one person on the planet who desperately needed the cash.

This sort of news only made Smith’s fate seem that much more tragic to Stax. As he wrote in Swim Through the Darkness: “It was music that started me on this long, strange journey to find Craig Smith. That search plunged me into an ocean of darkness and mystery that at times seemed impenetrable. The music was my compass as I swam deeper into the past. It helped me keep my bearings. It gave Craig a voice. It gave him shape and substance. It made him real to me. It gave my search meaning.”

Finally, through a friend in Los Angeles, Stax learned that Craig Smith had been found dead in a North Hollywood park in March 2012—only a few blocks from where he grew up—and that his remains had lain unclaimed at the L.A. County coroner’s office for six months.

If this story can be said to have a happy ending, Stax’s wishes to bring more attention to Smith’s music have now come true. After his acclaimed book was published in 2016, Stax was contacted by Gary Smith, Craig’s older brother. He told Stax that his brother had entrusted him with his possessions before wandering off into oblivion. For more than four decades, Gary held on to these treasures, among which were some tapes of unreleased music. Most of the music was recorded between stays in the psychiatric ward. These songs were, Stax notes, “written, sung and played by a man who, by all accounts, had lost his mind.” Maybe so, but he retained enough grasp on some deep, immutable truths of human existence and, somehow—perhaps even miraculously—got them down on tape.

Stax, with Gary Smith’s help, put together a superb album’s worth of Craig Smith’s unreleased songs, Love Is Our Existence, which has just been released. It is the sort of album that makes one wonder where Smith could have taken his talents had he not been sidetracked by drugs and mental illness.

Most of the songs were recorded in the years 1969-71, after Craig Smith returned from his traumatic Asian sojourn. Some of the songs had been written years before, including “Country Girl,” which Glen Campbell covered on his Try A Little Kindness album after hearing the demo (included here).
The songs that he wrote at this time, though, are what stick out on Love Is Our Existence, particularly the psychedelicized “Rainbow Colors” and the harrowing “Jupiter’s Queen.” Most reveal, upon repeated listenings, the darkness into which he was slipping. The finger-picked guitar playing is superb, the singing is rich and the songs stand the test of time. Love Is Our Existence seems almost a miracle, given the circumstances under which they were created.

According to the book "Swimming Through The Darkness", Craig palled around with Charlie, both at the Topanga Corral Night Club/Bar, Dennis Wilson's house, and Spahn Ranch.  He was good friends with Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Frank Zappa, Neal Young, and Bobby Jameson, just to name a few.  Craig's name for the Beach Boys was "Man Sons".....

In the late 60's Craig got involved with LSD, Marijuana, etc...that's where he got involved with Charlie and Company....

When Craig was with the Penny Arkade, Chris Ducey was his partner...

Chris Ducey was supposed to make/release an album titled "Songs of Protests and Anti-Protest, but as he had contracted to ABC, he could not work on the album....the record company hired Bobby Jameson to write and record the entire record.... Bobby Jameson was once a suspect in the Tate Murder but eventually cleared...he has a blog in which he addresses his connections to this and to the Diane Linkletter death....

Soon after, Craig got his passport and wanted to "do" the "Hippie Trail" in Afghanistan, something dreadful happened there, he came back to the US, schizophrenic, and became Maitreya Kali, the next Messiah.

He returned to Los Angeles in the early 1970's.....I'll end it here, no spoilers....buy the book, it's worth it....

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lonnie Writes...


I’m contacting you to let you know my feature film The Last of the Manson Girls is currently available to stream on Prime Video.


A press release and poster are attached. I’m happy to answer any questions. 

Thanks

Lonnie Martin




Feature Film 'The Last of the Manson Girls' Released on Streaming Service 
After a successful festival run in which it took home seven titles, the Indie feature film The Last of the Manson Girls is now available to the public on Prime Video. It can be seen here in the US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VYM4TL4 and here in the UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VZNNKS7
The film is based on the essay “My Acid Trip with Squeaky Fromme” by Paul Krassner, an American counter-culture journalist who published the freethought magazine The Realist and was a founding member of the Yippies in the ‘60’s. Mr. Krassner died July 21, 2019. 
The Last of the Manson Girls takes place in January, 1972. Convinced there's more to the Manson murders than meets the public eye, counterculture journalist Krassner embarks on an LSD tinged investigation of the last of Manson's disci- ples: Brenda McCann, Sandra Good, and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. What he finds could change how the world sees the 60s... if he lives long enough to tell the story.