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Eric Burdon – On Meeting Manson…

Eric Burdon, Rock Musician             …”black-hating Manson”…
I saw Manson in the months before the killings [summer of 1969], sitting outside the Experience nightclub on Sunset in the seat of a dune buggy while his girl gang of witches partied inside. Manson refused to go into the club because he would have had to walk through the huge image of Jimi Hendrix’s face which adorned the entrance to the club, something the black-hating Manson wasn’t about to do.
Manson showed up at Hollywood parties once in awhile. My old friend Ronni Money had a run-in with him at one bash about a year before the murders. She was visiting a friend up in the hills, and Manson was there, trying to get her to take a drink that he’d obviously spiked with LSD. Ronni didn’t drink alcohol so didn’t fall for the ruse, but that didn’t discourage Manson.
“I didn’t know who he was until later,” Ronni says, “except that he was an offensive little bastard and kept telling me to take this drink.”
from Don’t Let Me Be Understood, by Eric Burdon with J. Marshall Craig (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2001)
Provided by Dana Cook, Contributor to the Los Angeles Free Press.

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Susan Atkins on Meeting Manson…

San Francisco, 1967
“I was breathless as I shut the door of the old brown house behind me and stood for several minutes listening to the music— a man’s voice — coming from the big room upstairs. I climbed the stairs slowly and stepped into the dusky room. Seated on the couch in front of the bay window was Charlie Manson, playing a beat-up, old guitar remarkably well and singing in a clear, but soft voice, “The shadow of your smile when you are gone will color all my dreams and light the dawn.”

After listening to Charlie sing and talk, after dancing with him and making love, after sensing and seeing the power of his mind, I knew I would go with him if he asked. I felt truly responsible for my actions, but at the same time I knew there was something inside me that was attracted to something inside him. I knew I had never encountered this before, and I knew I had to have what he had.”
Susan Atkins, “Manson Family” Member

Child of Satan, Child of God, by Susan Atkins with Bob Slosser (Logos International, 1977).
Provided by Dana Cook, Contributor to the Los Angeles Free Press.