I am currently watching an MSNBC (best news site ever!) special on Charles Manson and the "inner workings" of the man who, by anyone's fair assessment, is quite the deep thinker.
Charlie (as I like to call him) gave an interview in 1997, and MSNBC is now analyzing this interview with the help of a "criminal profiler" from the FBI. Whoa. The FBI? That is some serious stuff. Those people don't mess around. I've seen every episode of the X Files and if there is one thing I've learned from that, it is how incredibly professional and competent the FBI is. For serious.
But watching this interview with ol' Chuck is quite enlightening, I have to say. Why was this guy put in prison? I think he's got some pretty good ideas.
"Hodge-podge of psychoanalytical podge-o-rodge-o-ramma-lamma crapola."
I don't care who you are, that's pure genius.
"I've been with prostitutes, bums and winos my whole life. That's the real world. And if I started murdering people, there would be none of you left."
See where the genius is? It's all in the transition. He went right from living like Jesus to killing anyone and everyone. That takes talent to be able to make that leap so quickly and -- most notably -- so smoothly.
"I told the judge years ago what was coming. He didn't care."
I care! Tell me where I can sign up!
"When you turn young kids into Rambos and lead them into strawberry fields, you're gonna have to answer for what you've done."
"I'm still a little kid. I don't read too well, and I don't mind being stupid. But I can't get a away from politics."
This where we play the game of "Who said it: Charlie Manson or Ted Kennedy."
"Would you tell jokes about me if I was in the same room with you?"
I don't know, your 5' 1" 95 lbs frame is pretty imposing, so....?
"He portrays a profound disconnect" says the FBI expert. Really? No foolin'... I wish I had the ability to be in the FBI. They are so smrt.
Apparently California state law was changed so that there can be no more televised interviews with inmates. Which is really too bad because I could watch this kind of thing every day.
I saw this show today about rich kids having their "Sweet 16" birthday party and the ridiculous amounts of money their parents spend on them. Seriously, I think Chuck Manson has a more realistic and valuable world-view than a Beverly Hills teenager. How sad is that? Yet, here we are. I can more closely relate to a guy who is doing life in prison for his insanity than I can to, what MTV calls, today's youth.
What I think is most interesting -- and possibly scary -- is how much he sounds like Al Gore. And I'm not sure if that speaks poorly of Al or well of Charlie. Either way it makes us all realize how wrong we were to criticize An Inconvenient Truth. Not because of the poor research and abuse of science, but because Al could end up in your bedroom writing "Helter Skelter" on the wall and stabbing away like a race-war gone wild. Tragic, I say. Tragic.