Thursday, February 7, 2013

This is the "National Enquirer" Article, which sparked the recent rumor, that Manson had been burned (Again)...

Published on: January 31, 2013
Photography by: Hulton Archive/Getty

Photos Courtesy of Globe Magazine
Click Below to Read the Full National Enquirer Story

NOW IT CAN BE TOLD! Mass-murder mastermind CHARLES MANSON was set on fire by vicious prisoner, who boasted he’d kill the “Helter Skelter” madman!

And convicted killer Jan Homstrom nearly made good his threat – igniting the infamous cult leader.

“Manson survived, but he could have easily been killed!” says a now-retired corrections officer who was one of the first guards at the scene of the 1984 assassination attempt.

Few details of the horrific incident have ever been released, but the source says Manson’s skin actually melted, and he was just a heartbeat away from death after being turned into a human torch.

Caged for life for inciting the 1969 “Helter Skelter” rampage slayings of actress Sharon Tate and eight others, Manson conducted a reign of terror in prison in the years after his January 1971 convictions, say sources.

Guards documented his assaults on other inmates, knowing trouble was brewing and the prison’s law of the jungle decreed Manson was due for payback.

The 5-foot-7 icon of evil met his match when he made the mistake of bullying Holmstrom, another “psychiatric inmate” who stood almost a foot taller. The bearded giant was doing time for brutally murdering his father.

At 8:18 a.m. on Sept. 25, 1984, while both were in the hobby shop of the California Medical Facility, Holmstrom pounced, dousing Manson with a cup of paint thinner, lighting a match and gleefully watching him burn. A prison instructor raced to Manson’s rescue – and frantically tried to douse the flames.

The ex-guard said he was in the prison “watch office” when a loud siren went off signaling a cellblock incident was underway. He and several officers raced to the hobby shop and saw Manson, with a wet towel covering his face, being helped toward a doorway by the instructor.

“He was screaming, ‘My face is burned!’ ”said the source. “Manson was lucky because it turned out that his beard prevented much more serious injury.”

The source says Holmstrom hid the flammable liquid in a cup and pretended to drink it until he was next to his target. The source says, “Manson didn’t stand a chance.”

Manson, then 49, suffered second- and  third-degree burns to 18 percent of his body – mostly his face, scalp and hands – in the attack. The skin on his forehead was melted by the flames, the source says.

But Manson eventually made a full recovery and was returned to his maximum security cell at the Vacaville prison, 50 miles north of San Francisco.

Photographic evidence of Manson’s disfiguring burns was snapped by correction officials the attack and placed in a file. But the dossier never saw the light of day because an attempted murder case against Holmstrom never got off the ground, the source explained.

Holmstrom, then 36, was only charged with assault. At a hearing four months later, that  case evaporated, too. In view of Manson’s attacks on other inmates, officials determined a conviction would be unlikely because Holmstrom acted in self-defense.

A parole board eventually freed Holmstrom in 1990, despite pleas from his terror-stricken family to keep him caged. Holmstrom tried to kill another man four years later. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was hauled off to a high security psychiatric facility.

Manson, 78, remains behind bars at Corcoran State Prison and has been denied parole 12 times.


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

They must be hard-up.

They recycled a 29 year old story, and tried to pass it off as new?

Pretty ridiculous.

I had never seeen these photos before though....

sbuch113 said...

Love the photos.


bobby said...


ha ha I get it.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

That's actually the real name on the article:


sunset77 said...

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

"They recycled a 29 year old story, and tried to pass it off as new?"

My guess is a tabloid ran a story with a title something like "CHARLES MANSON BURNED!! NEW PICTURES!!"

Keep in mind tabloids are in business to sell magazines and the more they sell, the more money they make.

They deliberately leave out that the attack occurred in 1984, and while the pix may be "new" to the general public, they have probably been in a filing cabinet for nearly 30 years.

People unfamiliar with the "tricks" of tabloids don't realize things like this, and assume from the title of the story, the attack was recent.

I had family members that used to buy the Star, Globe, National Enquirer and half a dozen others. I've seen and read stacks of them. I wouldn't be surprised if all, or at least most of them are owned by the same company, a "subsidiary of Time-Warner" or something like that.

Space aliens and Elvis Presley are 2 other big topics, anything to sell papers.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Sunset said:
"and while the pix may be "new" to the general public, they have probably been in a filing cabinet for nearly 30 years".

The National Enquirer, cites "Globe Magazine" as the source for these photos... whatever the hell, "The Globe" is... LOL
(Probably another tabloid rag)

starship said...

And the fiend succeeded in ruining Charlie's swastika tatoo?!!!???!

Now that must have sucked. Charlie worked real hard on that for hours in the mirror.

bobby said...


"The Globe"

See another pun on fire.

Venus said...

The Globe is the first tabloid that ran this story. None of the tabloids passed this off as a new story. Apparently the new thing is the pictures as they must've just been released for some reason.

I guess there weren't any new stories about Brad, Jen, Angelina or Tom Cruise recently. So, they had to come up with something.

Venus said...

I wonder if any of the guards told him they had no mercy for him?

katie8753 said...

>>>Venus said: I guess there weren't any new stories about Brad, Jen, Angelina or Tom Cruise recently. So, they had to come up with something.>>>

Yeah, they must have run out of new fat pictures of Kirstie Alley or pictures of Abe Lincoln wearing lipstick & mascara. HA HA.

>>>I wonder if any of the guards told him they had no mercy for him?>>>

They probably told him he was "reflecting back to himself". LOL.

Cuntry Trash said...

Yeah, but Ronnie Howard said in Death to Pigs that Virginia made that list up... so it wasn't from Sadie's imagination, but Virginia's.

Unknown said...

Actually Jan Holstrom has been charged with two other "assaults on fellow prisoners". The guy is a nutbag.