The Family survived the incarceration of Manson. After his arrest,
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, one of Manson's shrewdest, toughest and most
obedient followers, effectively took command of the management of The Family in
his absence. With a handful of other followers, mostly women, she perched on the
steps of the Los Angeles courthouse during the trial, shaved her head to protest
his conviction and, copying Manson, gouged an X into her forehead as a sign of
loyalty. She later explained: "We have X'ed ourselves out of this world."
Michael Monfort, James Craig, Priscilla Cooper, Nancy Laura Pitman and Lynnette
Alice Fromme were held for the murder of James T. Willett and his wife.
On 1975-SEP-05, Fromme unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate
U.S. President Gerald R. Ford in
Sacramento, CA. It appears that although she managed to get close to
Ford, by mistake the chamber of her .45 Colt was empty. She was heard to say,
"It didn't go off. Can you believe it? It didn't go off!" She stated she had
committed the crime so that Manson would appear as a witness at her trial, and
thus have a worldwide platform from which to talk about his apocalyptic vision.
She escaped prison in 1987-DEC, apparently to
try to reach California and Manson. She was recaptured two days later.
Manson remains imprisoned until his death in 2017.
More than nine applications for
parole have been denied, most notably in 1986 when he appeared before the parole board with a
swastika embossed on his forehead. During his stay in prison, Manson has received more
mail than any other prisoner in the United States prison system. It is said that
he gets over 60,000 pieces of mail a year; much of it is fan mail from young people
hoping to join The Family.
Mansion's musical career:
Charles Manson released his album "One Mind" during 2005-APR. Three
years later, he made it available under the Creative Commons Attribution
Non-Commercial Share-Alike 2.0License. This allows anyone to remix
the songs for non-commercial purposes, as long as they give proper credit to
Manson, and issue it under the same license.
According to WikiNews:
"The web site Family Jams (Manson’s record label), which offers
hard-copies of the CD, says that 'ONE MIND is pure Charlie, no additions, no
corrections, no added opinions, filters or editing... consisting of songs,
trance-poetry, conversations, raps, ramblings, musings and more.' The
cover-art is a painting by Manson, liner notes include excerpts from his
letters, and, as the sites mentions, song titles and interludes are by
friends or editors'. The disc has 16 tracks, totaling almost 76 minutes of
Manson was part of the Los Angeles music scene before his conviction as
leader of the Manson Family commune. He was close to
Dennis Wilson —Manson wrote the song 'Never Learn Not to Love'
for the Beach Boys.
"In 1970, Manson released the album Lie: "The Love & Terror Cult"
to finance his trial. The Manson Family also released The Family Jams,
with songs written by Manson. Manson has released several albums since."
Movie about the group:
Lindsay Lohan played the role of Nancy Pitman in an movie called
"Manson Girls." She allegedly was fascinated by Charles Manson before
she entered rehab for drug and alcohol addiction in 2007: She said: "Yeah, I
have a dark side. I watched all those videos on Charles Manson for a while."
Lohan also stars in the movie Chapter 27 about the assassination
of John Lennon. 1
Charles Manson (a.k.a. B33920) remained incarcerated in Corcoran State Prison, in Corcoran, CA. He was engaged to Afton Elaine Burton, 26. However they never married. He was serving nine life sentences. His next scheduled parole hearing would have been circa 2026.
However, he died on 2017-NOV-19 in a Bakersfield, CA hospital of a heart attack at the age of 83. On 2018-MAR-17, a funeral was held in Porterville, CA, followed by a cremation.
The delay between his death and funeral was because of a months-long legal battle among three individuals to obtain control of Manson's body. They are Jason Freeman, Manson's grandson; Michael Brunner, Manson's son with former Family member Mary Brunner; and Michael Channels, Manson's friend and pen pal of 30 years, who is Manson's beneficiary in a 2002 will. Control was assigned to Freeman by the Kern County Court.
About 22 people attended the funeral, which was presided over by Mark Pitcher, pastor of the local Church of the Nazarene. Freeman planned on scattering the ashes "free in the air somewhere."
The photograph of Charles Manson on the Snopes' article that discussed the funeral was cropped just above Manson's eyelashes, perhaps to avoid showing the swastika on his forehead. 7
The Family was a group with Christian beliefs. Total body count (1969): at least 8.
" 'No Journey’s End' provides a captivating, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life and romance of convicted Charles Manson Family member, Leslie Van Houten, and Canadian academic, Peter Chiaramonte, as told through Peter’s first-person recollections of their intimate experiences. Learn how Van Houten—a homecoming princess at her California high school—evolved from an intelligent and beautiful young girl into a madman’s puppet, enslaved in a world of drugs and sex under the control of Charles Manson. This bizarre trail of twisted circumstances is set against the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Be transported back in time to experience a new perspective on a story only told by the media, until now..."