Lead: Of the turbulent events that marked the decade of the 1960s, the chilling and notorious Charles Manson murders are clearly among most shocking.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Charles Manson was born in 1934. He had an unstable childhood and by the age of thirteen was ripening into young man with a decidedly criminal inclination. After being released from a California prison in 1967, he moved to San Francisco, where he began attracting a group of devoted young people who would eventually follow him on a path of violence and destruction. Playing upon sections of the Book of Revelation and drawing inspiration from certain Beatle songs, Manson and his followers began preparing for a racial war in which black and white would annihilate each other. After this war, which Manson called “Helter Skelter,” he and his followers, or as he called them, his “family,” would emerge from a bottomless pit in Death Valley ready to lead a new society.

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