Charles Manson Now

  • by Marlin Marynick
  • Narrated by Al Gravelle
  • 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In November 1970, Charles Manson was sentenced to death for the horrifying and cold-blooded murders of seven people near Los Angeles. His sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment after California abolished its death penalty. At Manson's trial, lead prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi spun the story of a demonic cult leader who hypnotized people to commit murder. He published his theory in Helter Skelter, the best-selling true-crime book of all time.
When author Marlin Marynick was eight years old, he discovered a beat up copy of Helter Skelter. The book’s portrayal of Charles Manson as an icon of unbridled evil haunted Marynick for years, well into his career as a psychiatric nurse. So when a chance conversation with a man selling Manson memorabilia on the Internet facilitated a connection to Manson himself, Marynick went along for the ride.
This happenstance journey introduced Marynick to Manson’s closest confidants, eager to share Manson’s story, his talent, his passion, and his philosophy. The adventure crescendoed through Marynick’s phone conversations with Manson and ultimately culminated when the two met behind the tightly locked doors of California's Corcoran State Prison.
Charles Manson Now is a critical dissection of what happened 41 years ago, when Manson family members stormed the Polanski estate and murdered five people, among them one of America’s most beautiful, beloved actresses, Sharon Tate. This book is also a collage of Manson’s own writing, and a poetic, ironic, and disturbing account of his universe, from his childhood to his time in the 8x12 prison cell where he is condemned to stay forever. It is Charles Manson uncensored, unedited, in his own words.


What the Critics Say

“Marlin's soulful search for meaning takes many twists and turns and the reader gets to go along for the fascinating ride.” (Diane Dimond, Journalist, Special Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight)
"The psychology student in me says ‘riveting’, the victim in me feels ‘compassion’. Marynick, a victim himself of a horrific tragedy, takes grieving to a whole new level; he went on a journey into the sickest mind we know of and found solace.” (Kim Goldman, victim advocate and co-author of If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by the Goldman Family)


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Charles Manson Now

Disapointing. No new insights (as implied) to Charles Manson. He is still a celebrity, now manipulating the media for postage stamps. (used as inmate currency). Marlin promised a lot more, delivered a lot less. It is still the same old worn out story-Charles Manson is being victimized by the rest of the world. Only in the U.S. can this monster live in a penthouse and continue using people like Mr. Marynick to further his agenda. So now Manson is a tree hugger. How lame. The writing is disconnected with no real point aside from describing the butality of living behind bars. Should I congradulate Mr. Maynick for his hard work and writing journalistic savvy in getting an interview with Manson or Mr. Manson for his manipulating another writer into presenting Manson's human side? I do not reccomend this piece of crap and insist on a refund. A one star rating is being generous.
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- David "63 years old-retired-hate winters-like growing potatoes-ride a Harley-built a couple of electric bicycles-vietnam vet-like audible"

Incredibly shallow

Marynick doesn't ask the tough questions of Manson's followers that would put the public's fascination with the serial killer into perspective. Instead - with absolutely NO sense of irony - he marvels about how they are all such great, insightful, sensitive people. His own experience as a psychiatric nurse doesn't appear to have given him any insight into the fact that Manson is a manipulative killer, and that his "ingenious" thoughts are delusional rambling. Give this book a miss ?????? read Vincent Bugliosi 's "Helter Skelter" instead.
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- Catherine Heard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2011
  • Publisher: Cogito Medias Group