Forty years after Charles Manson was convicted to die in a California gas chamber, Nikolas Schreck’s greatly expanded, updated and revised Apocalypse Edition of The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman offers the first truly comprehensive study of this enigmatic figure’s life, times, crimes, and thought.
The ultimate guide to the Manson mysteries, this Bible-sized Book of Revelations sums up 25 years of Nikolas Schreck’s research into the Charles Manson phenomenon, dismantling the fictional legend rehashed for decades to reveal the complex human being obscured by the media-created monster’s many masks.
Manson‘s mystical teaching is placed in the tradition of esoteric Christianity, animist nature worship, and the Gnostic cult of Abraxas, dispelling the black magical brainwashing and death cult devil worship cliches sold to a gullible public. Manson’s metapolitical creed and radical ecology activism is set in historical context with the often comical story of how leading far-left and far-right extremists adopted and abandoned the Mansonite cause.
An analysis of Manson’s musical career shows that he was never the spurned wanna-be Beatle of Bugliosi’s ”Helter Skelter” fantasy but a widely admired darling of such rock industry mentors as his close friends Terry Melcher and Dennis Wilson. Wilson’s crucial role in the events leading up to the Hinman-Tate-LaBianca murders is exposed, as are the exact circumstances which led to Manson’s sudden fall from grace in the Summer of ’69 - just when he was poised for Beach Boys-backed superstardom.
The hidden history Hollywood’s beautiful people closed ranks to conceal of Manson as their ”A” list party guest, lover, rough trade, spiritual adviser and drug dealer is explored in full - along with the fatal chain of dope burns which abruptly ended the swinging in-crowd’s ongoing hallucinogenic orgy on the weekend of August 8-10, 1969. The drug robbery spree instigated by Charles ”Tex” Watson against his criminal rivals is seen to differ radically from the hippie horror story of random murder and race war presented in court and peddled to the public ever since.
Schreck draws on police evidence and interrogations suppressed during Manson’s trial to unmask the ”Helter Skelter” legend as one of the twentieth century’s most successful cover-ups. Decades of omertà are broken to unveil the Mafia drug-dealing background of the ”Manson murders” along with underworld connections linking the victims to their killers in a web of complicity dating back to Genovese crime syndicate patronage of Jay Sebring, Leno La Bianca and Charles Manson since the 1950s.
Jay Sebring’s ”hairdresser to the stars” celebrity is uncovered as a front for organized crime activity rooted in JFK’s White House, Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack, and the Mafia’s brutal grip on American show business. Schreck traces the deadly conspiracy to conceal the secrets surrounding Sebring’s murder to the same alliance of mobsters and movie moguls who covered up the slaying of Jean Harlow’s husband Paul Bern in the 1930s, and resurfaced again during the cocaine-fueled ”Cotton Club” contract killing scandal of the 1980s.
A previously unexamined intelligence angle emerges in the shady connections of Sebring’s dope dealer colleague ”Voytek” Frykowski and the mysterious matter of top secret Pentagon documents stolen in a Mafia heist then under FBI investigation.
Nikolas Schreck exposes the Tate-La Bianca slayings as only the most visible casualties in a turf war between the traditional East Coast syndicate narcotics network and the new wave of independent West Coast dope dealers. Susan Atkins’s staged 1969 ”confession” is revealed as a media-friendly cover story contrived by her syndicate lawyers to set Manson up as the Mafia’s fall guy and provide the script for the farcical show trial masterminded by Vincent Bugliosi.
The author’s candid communications with Manson from 1985 to the present day and interviews with many others involved in the psychedelic era’s bloody climax allow the true story to be told at last. This massive Mansoncylopedia also features previously unpublished essays and poems by Manson, a complete illustrated discography of Manson’s recordings by sub-cultural archivist Arvid Dittmann of the Archiv der Jugend Kulturen, and subliminal iconic graphics and cover art from Zeena’s ”God Bless Charles Manson” suite.