November 20, 2017
This is a sign of the end of an age.
Charles Manson, the ’60s cult leader behind one of the most notorious killings in American history, died Sunday in California after a prolonged illness, officials said. He was 83.
Manson – housed at Corcoran State Prison since 1989 – died at 8:13 p.m. local time at Kern County Hospital, the California Department of Corrections said in a press release early Monday.
He’d been in failing health for months and was first hospitalized back in January, reportedly with serious gastrointestinal problems.
Manson — who infamously wore a swastika tattoo between his eyebrows — had spent more than 45 years in prison after being convicted of directing his “Manson Family” clan of troubled, mostly female, followers to kill seven people in California in the summer of 1969. The dead included actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, who was stabbed 16 times.
“I am crime,” Manson proudly proclaimed during a collect call to The Post from prison in the mid-2000s.
Manson as a person was perhaps an interesting individual to study, but ultimately was just a specific weird human being, who was uniquely intelligent and went nuts on drugs. However, Manson as a cultural icon is something bizarre, and entirely symbolic of the troubles of the 60s and the entire story arch of the boomer generation.
He was never celebrated as a hero (other than by a few odd persons), but he did become a center of fascination for the boomer generation, an icon deeply embedded into the boomer psyche.
He became the symbol of evil in the boomer psyche, while of course, JFK was the symbol of good. Both of them amount to American versions of gods. And you could write a book or three about that.
The Devil was the killer of celebrity. He was the killer of the beautiful wife of a “Holocaust survivor” Jew (who ended up raping a 13-year-old and fleeing America – presumably, part of why he was never punished for the rape was because of the Manson killings).
The Devil had a swastika between his eyes.
And John F. Kenndey – the Christ character – was a man who fucked beautiful celebrities.
His death was shrouded in mystery. No one knew for sure why this man – this incarnation of everything good – had to be taken away.
The Devil living forever in a cage while the Christ disappeared so mysteriously was part of the symbology.
And between those two poles, you have the entire orientation of the boomer.
It isn’t their fault, you know. This is just what they were born into. They are a psychological and sociological experiment, these boomers. Because it was the Jews themselves who made Charlie the Devil and Jack the Christ.
The boomers just bought the ticket and took the ride.
And with Charlie dead at the same time the JFK files are being released, that ride is ending and the youth of America are climbing up on a new ride.
And this ride is going to last a thousand years.