A soon-to-be-published book will suggest that Charles ‘Charlie’ Manson has been imprisoned for the past 40 years only because Vincent Bugliosi was a “ruthlessly ambitious prosecutor”.

As we understand it, the premise of Long Island journalist Daniel Simone and co-author Heidi Ley’s new book is that there wasn’t really enough evidence to charge Charlie, as a co-conspirator, for the 7 brutal murders his ‘family’ committed back in 1969. And, that with the guidance of a good lawyer, he could have gone free.

Of course, for us here at the Los Angeles Free Press, that is really very, very old news. How old, exactly? Well, take a look for yourself…

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