This is the gripping story of the real Charles Manson as told by his long-time prison administrator, counselor, unofficial "press agent," and confidant, Ed George. "Throughout my life, people have asked me about Manson. . . .
'Does he have hypnotic powers?' 'Does he have a diabolical charisma?' . . .
'Is he crazy?' My response is that for some people, the answer to all of the above is yes--except for the last question." --EDWARD GEORGE Charles Manson was perhaps the most infamous criminal of the twentieth century. Convicted for orchestrating the shocking Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969, and for two other killings, there has been much written about him. But not many people knew him as well as Edward George, who over years of conversations with Manson as his prison administrator, counselor, unofficial "press agent," and confidant, gained deep insight into Manson's mind-set. In this updated edition of George's riveting account, he illuminates the many sides of Manson: charismatic cult leader, master manipulator, calculated "showman," sly trickster, and more. George and his coauthor, Dary Matera, begin by detailing the troubling events of Manson's youth, the historic 1969 murders, and the subsequent trial that ended an era. They then pull back the curtain on the intense reality of Manson's turbulent life behind bars and the events that have transpired since the initial publication of this book in 1999, including Manson's death in 2017.
About the Author
Edward George worked for the California Department of Corrections as a counselor and ward supervisor for nearly 20 years. He oversaw Charlie Manson's detention at both San Quentin and the California Medical Facility. Dary Matera is the author of 14 books, including Are You Lonesome Tonight? and John Dillinger: America's First Celebrity Criminal.