One of Scientology's Early Celebrities: Charlie Manson! - 2013-04-06
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He now has a new edition of the book out, and on Saturdays he's helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
Jon, we know that Scientology relies on its celebrities to burnish its image. But in at least one case, there's someone very famous whose involvement the church would rather keep under wraps. We're talking about Charles Manson, diminutive cult leader and ward of the state of California. What do we know about Charlie's time in Scientology?