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LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the summer of 1969, a scruffy ex-convict with a magnetic hold on young women sent some of his disciples into the night to carry out a series of gruesome killings in Los Angeles. In so doing, Charles Manson became the leering face of evil on front pages across America and rewrote the history of an era.

The fact that Manson’s cult grew while he was incarcerated was no accident. It had its origins in Lie: The Love And Terror Cult , a cheapo exploitation LP released by Phil Kaufman in 1970 while Manson sat in jail, waiting to be tried for the Tate-LaBianca crimes. The two had met in prison in the mid-’60s, a meet-cute that suggests that neither party belonged on the forefront of the counterculture. Both were barnacles, hanging onto whales. Kaufman wormed his way into the inner circles of the Rolling Stones, using this as a launchpad to tour manage the Flying Burrito Brothers, during which time he’d befriend its leader Gram Parsons, whose corpse he’d later steal and illegally burn in Joshua Tree National Park. Manson wooed Dennis Wilson, who would usher him into the inner circles of the Beach Boys, introducing him to a bunch of Southern Californian hippie high rollers, including Neil Young — who vouched for Charlie to the powerful Warner record executive Mo Ostin — and Terry Melcher, the record producer who originally rented the home at 10050 Cielo Drive that became the site for the Tate murders.

“It was a good life, and I enjoyed the role of going off to work every morning and coming home to my wife,” Manson told Nuel Emmons for Manson in His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of 'The Most Dangerous Man Alive.' “She was a super girl who didn’t make any demands, but we were both just a couple of kids.”

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