Mr. Poirot said:
"Without National Socialism you have no WWII. Without Helter Skelter you have no TLB murders".
I wouldn't take it that far, Poirot...
The Manson men took care of Shorty Shea quite handily... and that had nothing to do with a race war (HS).
Manson and TJ also left Bernard Crowe for dead, and that had nothing to do with a race war (HS), either.
The Manson men clearly demonstrated, that they were capable of committing crimes (up to, and including murder) for practical reasons (i.e., reasons they perceived as practical).
They didn't need "HS" as a motive.
Without HS, we may have had different perpetrators at Cielo and Waverly.
We probably would have had more men, and less misguided young girls.
Things may have "gone down" differently without "HS".
I'll give ya that much.
But to state beyond doubt, that these crimes WOULD NOT have occurred AT ALL without HS, is a stretch.
You can't know that for sure.
I'm sorry Poirot.
But, your statement is too broad.
HS was a piece of this puzzle... but, it wasn't the entire enchilada.
Tex Watson, Charles Manson (and the "upper management" LOL) had their sites set on Cielo Drive and Waverly, for reasons beyond HS.
HS was a manipulation tool Manson used (among many manipulation tools) to execute TLB, but it wasn't the underlying motive.
LS you are boiling down HS as nothing but race war preachings which is an oversimplification of what HS was about. HS was more vast.
HS was mainly an ideological turbocharger that turns economy class hippies into drag strip commandos.
Helter Skelter was the rage and anger that spewed fron Charlie's skidzoid mind after he lost control of his mental faculties in late 68.
For example: if the Man jailed a few of Charlie's girls in 67 he didn't give a shit. If the Man did the same thing in 69 he would lash out at ALL society
Race is just one little aspect of HS.
Keep in mind I don't care if some folks don't agree with HS. Frankly I think it nicely encompasses the entire catastrophe.
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree, on that one. LOL
Manson had several "raps" which he used to entertain the kids... and HS was simply one of them.
HS caught-on with the kids, and Manson went with it.
Somewhere along the line, Manson realized that he could use that angle to manipulate.
I've never viewed HS, as any more than that.
It was simply a manipulation tool.
(One of many, manipulation tools)
In fact, "HS" wasn't even very original.
There were lots of folks talking "revolution" in California at that time.
And, I certainly never believed that HS was a motive.
Do you really believe that Cielo and Waverly were chosen randomly?
I certainly don't.
They went to Crowe's place intentionally.
They went to Hinman's place intentionally.
They killed Shorty Shea intentionally.
(Heck... you can add the Willetts if you want).
None of those victims were complete random strangers.
They knew Crowe... they knew Hinman... and they knew Shorty... and they knew where to find them.
These perpetrators went to locations intentionally... and killed people they knew... for a reason.
Albeit really shitty reasons... but, reasons nonetheless.
They weren't random serial killers.
I've never believed for a moment, that Manson REALLY believed in HS.
Bugliosi himself, stated the same thing (on one of those reunion shows).
Bugliosi explained that Manson probably didn't believe in HS himself, but simply used it as a manipulation tool.
Several folks around the internet, try their darndest to dispel HS (as a motive) with weak logic.
I'll lend them a hand... 'cuz I'm that kinda guy. : )
Here's the biggest loophole to HS... and this is the question, that I would have posed to the prosecution, if I were Manson's defense attorney:
Why did Manson stop killing after 48 hours?
If Manson really believed that the end of the world (as we know it) was at hand... and he was going to emerge victorious... why would he throw-in the towel so easily???
Ya gotta admit:
For an idea that Manson was supposedly consumed with... he certainly gave-up almost overnight.
If you look at this question in full context... it doesn't make sense.
After a year of preparation... stockpiling arms... hiding gasoline... looking for a hole... stationing look-outs... target practicing... building dune buggies for Armageddon.... Manson had a change of heart after just two nights??? That really doesn't make sense.
Fact is... Manson never really believed that stuff.
It was simply a ruse to keep the kids occupied and obedient.
I can see it now...
"Well... it's been a long two days... and I guess blackie doesn't want to cooperate.
Pass the bong... and drop your panties Sadie". LOL
I don't buy it.