“By far The Garbage People is the most definitive offering on the murders… and should stand as the reliable text on the all-too-real nightmare.… A remarkable achievement in bringing together the chords of fear.”
Jerome Bixby, author,
“You are left face to face with Charley — in his own words,” says the author of a spectacular new book on Charles Manson and his people. Ron Kenner, co-author with John Gilmore, adds: ‘People who have not learned to think, to recognize subtleties, who live without art and no awareness of subtleties must live by a sledgehammer approach to life.… The lesson of the Garbage People,” he adds, is: “Ask not how rotten Manson is but how he got that way. Ask not who ‘put the girls on’ but ‘who’s putting ME on?”
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“The Garbage People, story of Charles Manson and the Sharon Tate Murders, is an incredible book — one of the most terrifying commentaries yet on the destructive energies of our time. There is no shortage of horror in our past, but this book reveals something distinctly modern — a new style of violence and inhumanity.… For what this story comes to by mass murder for the sake of murder itself is communication by shock. And so the “Age of Shock” comes a little more into focus.…Perhaps the highpoint of this finely written account is the psychological exploration that reveals Manson’s slow march to madness, his life-long escape from a painful reality via a mental mind trip where even the ‘losers’ can have their perfect world.
“There is no good and no bad,” claims Manson, “ ‘Just what’s here and nowis what counts.… It’s all perfect and the way it is supposed to be.’”… “In such a mind trip,” the author’s add: “‘… all but the now fades to convenient oblivion – no past to hang onto, no future to fear, nothing solid to get in the way.…’ And vaguely we understand how the losers might indeed welcome Charley’s perfect mental world, where the treatment of physical bodies becomes unimportant; or how, as one family member came to say, ‘Nothing ad any meaning except what we gave it.’ ”
Don Cantrell, Editor,