Charles Manson and Scientology: What the church doesn't want you to know - 2017-11-20
In 2013, author Jeff Guinn produced a formidable book, Manson, about one of the 20th century's most enigmatic figures. We enjoyed Guinn's new look at Charles Manson, and we were interested in the way he carefully placed Manson's Scientology involvement in context.
With Manson's death last night in California, we know there's going to be a huge surge in interest in the 83-year-old prison inmate known for ordering a bizarre and horrific murder spree in 1969. And with that new interest will come questions about Manson's involvement in Scientology.
It was the New York Times that first revealed the connection between Manson and Scientology in 1969. Paulette Cooper then added details in her 1971 book The Scandal of Scientology. And Scientology's own internal documents, seized in a 1977 FBI raid, also show that the church was concerned about Manson's activities and how they might reflect on Scientology.