Interview: Charles Manson still insane

“Weeds never die,” says insane former cult leader Charles Manson, 76, in his first interview in 20 years.

Manson, whose “family” killed at least eight people in 1969, was recently interviewed in Vanity Fair’s Spanish edition.

Manson, convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in 1971, continues to serve a well-deserved life sentence. He dodged the death penalty via a 1972 decision by the Supreme Court of California to eliminate capital punishment.

"Still crazy after all these years."

"Still crazy after all these years."

He seems to have gone from “a bad man who shoots people” to a tree hugger.

“Everyone’s God and if we don’t wake up to that there’s going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we’re doing bad things to the atmosphere.”

He added, “If we don’t change that as rapidly as I’m speaking to you now, if we don’t put the green back on the planet and put the trees back that we’ve butchered, if we don’t go to war against the problem…”

Here’s a few more quotes that will hopefully help keep him behind bars forever:

* “I’m in the bullring. I run in the bullring with the heart of the world.”

* “I don’t play. I shoot people.”

* “I’m too bad. I’m a mean guy. I’m an outlaw. I’m a criminal. I’m everything bad.”

* He described President Obama as “a slave of Wall Street.”  ”I think Obama is an idiot for doing what he’s doing. They’re playing with him.”

And, attempting to channel something akin to Zen … “‘We are all martyrs. Love is a martyr... I am a martyr. But I am also a victim. And I’m a performer. And a dam. I’m both. I am everything. I am nothing.”

If you think he’s gotten crazier since the ’60s, you’d be wrong. If you doubt me, listen to this attempt at songwriting.


17 comments Add your comment

freenow

April 20th, 2011
8:19 pm

he’s a free thinker–shouldn’t he be a favorite of liberals?

Greg

April 23rd, 2011
9:17 am

Need to room Bernie Madoff and Charlie together and see what happens. Would be TRUE just punishment for Bernie.

Greg

April 23rd, 2011
9:21 am

On second thought put Charlie and Gary Michael Hilton together. That would save Fla the time and money and save the victim’s families from the yrs of suffering through appeals before they execute him. Let Charlie do the job!!

@freenow

April 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Not a liberal. Sounds like he should join the Tea Tea Party! Did he ask about Obama’s birth certificate. Why interview him? What more do you need to hear from him? He has nothing left to add during his last days on Earth.

Liam Biamself

April 27th, 2011
5:09 pm

He’s as crazy as Charlie Sheen. Both of them pick words out of a hat and string them together to make a nonsense phrase. Like “Vatican warlock assassin. “Violent torpedo of truth.” Sheen’s next project, a film entitled “Moonbeam Pork Rinds Afraid Of The Dark”. Or his autobiography: “Banana Shoes On Fire In Your Pants”.

James

April 28th, 2011
10:50 am

He didnt evolve into a “tree hugger”, he was always one. Go back and listen to his rants from decades ago. Whoever wrote this article should have done at least the basic amount of research.

chris young

April 28th, 2011
11:24 am

why bash charlie sheen in an article about charlie manson? sheen is a comic genious and manson is a nothing.

m

April 28th, 2011
2:27 pm

This isn’t an article of value; ugh. Watch the interview on YouTube with Geraldo. Manson has been demonized. He’s actually a pretty smart guy that has been taken advantage of and been put into the machine of social media. Rupert Murdoch and all the other idiots that give you smoke and mirrors keep most folks in a swirl of idiocy and spin. Good luck if you are put into the spotlight and vilified as this man has been. He never shot anyone. He never committed murder.

Dean

April 28th, 2011
4:46 pm

To m

You are an idiot!

RC

April 28th, 2011
4:46 pm

M,
You’re a moron…. he wasn’t convicted of committing murder nor did he personally shot anyone. He mastermind the murders via shooting and stabbing. If you think he’s been vilified then ask to spend a month with him and let us see your truth…..moron!

Dr. Walt Cosdon

April 28th, 2011
4:56 pm

Charlie Manson may not be “crazy”, but he is definitely a “nut case”. I met Charlie at Ballarat, California in early September of 1969 and talked with him for about 1 hour, and I realized at that time that he was a nut case. In fact, he invited me out to “his” ranch in Goler Canyon which I declined because I had already promised two of his female followers a ride into the town of Trona, California. Although Charlie may never have committed murder, he conspired to have it done by his “family”, and he was an active and willing participant before, during, and after the fact; and that makes him a very dangerous person who should never be released back into society.

vTae

April 28th, 2011
9:16 pm

@M: When a husband has his wife killed by someone else he is still responsible for it. Without Charlie, all those people would still be here.

vTae

April 28th, 2011
9:19 pm

Btw….. (M), Charlie demonized himself.

Minimanson

April 29th, 2011
6:12 am

Charlie is alot smarter than 3/4 of the idiots in this world.We would be better off if he was president.At least something would get done for the people

[...] Forty-two years ago, Charles Manson orchestrated the murders of eight people, possibly more that have never been discovered. In my best estimate, the thing that should have been done once it was determined that he should spend the rest of his life in prison is that he should not have gotten anything in terms of media attention, interviews, record releases, or anything of the sort. Rather, he should have been put in prison and let to stay there with not so much as any form of contact with the media, let alone a series of interviews that seems to happen every so often. [...]

Jess

June 3rd, 2011
12:25 am

TJG

September 14th, 2011
12:28 am

In one sense, I think if people would stop interviewing him and just let him disappear, the world would be a better place. But let’s face it, as dark as it may sound, we all want to hear what he thinks of current events. He’s unpredictable and that makes him interesting.

As far as whether or not he’s insane… I’m not so sure. Legally, he’s definately not. He knows what he did was wrong but adamently denies his involvement. He may not have killed anybody; but he was involved in the planning of those events. The legal definition of insane is whether you know right from wrong and manson clearly does.

I think a lot of his “crazy” behaviour is just him putting on a show. Long before he was involved in those murders he begged the parole board not to release him and they did anyway. He was institutionalized (meaning he spent so much time in prison that he didn’t know any other way of life) and he knew it. He also never had it any better in life than when he was in jail – didn’t have to worry about where his next meal came from, where he was going to live, etc. I almost wonder if when he was released against his own wishes if he decided to make sure he’d never be released again, his whole plan was to commit a crime so horrendous that he’d never be released again and his actions at parole hearings and in interviews is simply a display in order to ensure they never let him out.

The man is very intelligent and everything he says and does is calculated. Crazy or not, he’s proven himself as being too dangerous to be allowed on the streets. As for how he lives in solitary confinement. Part of this is for his own protection. I’m sure there’s hundreds in San Quinton Prison that would love to have the rights to boast about being “the man who killed manson” (which might save tax payers a lot of money by the way – they’d be a criminal and a hero all at once). The other reason for his confinement is this – imagine how dangerous that place would be if Manson got himself a new Manson Family comprised of those inmates – the worst of the worst in the USA… don’t even want to know what kind of a place that would be with Manson among the general population.