February 12, 2009

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Anonymous wrote:

IN DEFENSE OF THE MANSON FAMILY MEMBERS: THE EVENTS OF THE PAST ARE JUST THAT:THE PAST. HAVE ANY OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE MANSON FAMILY MURDER SCHEME BEEN INVOLVED IN PRISON RIOTS, ATTACKS ON THE GUARDS, HAVE ANY OF THEM BEEN FOUND CHANTING KILL, KILL KILL AROUND A PENTAGRAM ON THE FLOOR OF THEIR CELL? OR ANY TYPE OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIORS? NO, THEY HAVE NOT. WAKE UP!

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Dear Anonymous:

I respect your right to an opinion; however, hasn't anyone told you about the ALL CAPS rule? That's like shouting online. You don't need to shout. I can read perfectly fine in normal type.

I find you very interesting. Why? Well, besides the fact that you read my blog, you start your comment "In defense of the Manson Family". Who does that? Do you honestly want to defend a group of vagabonds who delighted in butchering human beings? One of that group, Susan Atkins herself, stated that she experienced a sexual orgasm while stabbing and the more you did it, the more fun it was. According to the late Colonel Paul Tate (Sharon Tate's father), while his daughter's last moments were being described to the court, Atkins was snickering, giggling and laughing. I don't know that I would want to be defending anyone like that.

And yes, the murders happened in the past. Nearly 40 years, to be exact. But I will venture to guess that if you spoke to any relatives or loved ones of the victims their pain will still be evident. The passage of time doesn't lessen the brutality of what was done.

Frankly, Anonymous, I have no idea what is or has been painted on the floor of the killers' cells, pentagrams or not - - which is irrelevant. Satanism had nothing to do with the crimes. A flagrant disrespect for life and an innate lack of conscience and wrong had everything to do with the crimes. I'm sure Ted Bundy, the Green River Killer, John Wayne Gacy, et al. did not have pentagrams in their jail cells, nor did they sit around chanting but that didn't lessen what they did, nor did it justify any type of early release. They were imprisoned (and in some cases, executed), exactly as they should have been per the justice system. And exactly as the Manson Family murderers have been.

For the record, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, supposedly on orders from Manson. I would consider that antisocial behavior. Sandra Good, another Manson Family member, not only threatened to kill people responsible for "killing trees" but sent threatening letters to executives, which later earned her a prison term. I would think that considering killing trees evil but murdering human beings acceptable is a fairly accurate sign of antisocial behavior.

Regardless, I believe that whether or not Atkins or any other member of the Manson Family has found God, become a better person, even been a model prisoner, they owe a debt to society for the crimes they committed - - that debt being their life in prison.

I think Manson Family member Patricia Krenwinkel best states my point. Krenwinkel, who personally took part in both murder nights, told Diane Sawyer in 1994 "I wake up every day knowing that I'm a destroyer of the most precious thing, which is life; and I do that because that's what I deserve, is to wake up every morning and know that."

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