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COSTA MESA, Calif., July 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — They say the sixties officially ended on August 9th, 1969 and Charles Manson gets credit for their murder. Here we are 50 years later and the legend of Charles Manson and the Manson Family is bigger than ever…maybe even bigger than The Beatles?

We all have our own personal perception of the man, most likely painted by the brush of mainstream media but have any of us asked “Is there more to this man?” In her new book Manson and Me: The Human Side of Charles Manson, which just went live on Amazon, author, Michal Welles asked herself this question over 20 years ago when she first became friends with him. What ensued was the “monster” [Manson, that is] let his guard down and became vulnerable.

Fifty years after the Tate/LaBianca murders, we get to see Charles Manson’s alleged human side. Through his own words, this book is a look at the [so-called] “real” Charles Manson, the man who served his life in prison without ever actually killing anyone. “What impressed me was the victim, rather than the monster; and I was not touched by an angry man of violence and hate, but rather by the frightened boy who needed love yet got only punishment and abuse,” wrote Michal Welles in an excerpt from the book.

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The final words of Charles Manson as told by Michal Welles. New information sheds light on the enigma of convicted murderer/cult leader, Charles Manson. Up close and personal interviews show a side not portrayed elsewhere. This inside perspective on the life of Manson engages the reader with never before seen stories, poems, pictures, artwork, songs and more, from the perverse mind Charles Manson, as well as members of the “Manson Family,” former cell mates, followers and close friends. An eye opening, riveting anthology that will change the way you think of Charles Manson and the Tate/LaBianca murders.

Michal Welles lives in Israel with her two daughters. Her talent to get and expose the human side of the criminal monster, is an ability she acquired through a childhood of abuse and ongoing terror. Michal was close friends with Charles Manson for 20 years and had gotten to know the real nature of this enigmatic criminal. This book makes it possible for everyone to see who this man really is and question why he was portrayed “The Most Dangerous Man Alive”.

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History Channel’s “Serial Killer Documentaries” gives more insight on the mind of Manson:

Manson speaks. Famous for the Helter Skelter killings, Manson appears in court for LaBianca murders and holds a June 18, 2023 press conference in Los Angeles, with his lawyer sitting next to him at table and with court officers in background.

Manson’s first victims fell on August 9, 1969, at the home Roman Polanski had rented located at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, an area just north of Beverly Hills. Manson chose four of his most obedient comrades—Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Linda Kasabian—to carry out these heinous crimes. Kasabian acted as the getaway driver and was to become the star witness during the trial.

Photo from interview with Charles Manson

The victims inside the house, actress Sharon Tate; writer Wojciech Frykowski and his partner, the coffee bean heiress Abigail Folger; and celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, had returned to the Polanski residence after dining out. Polanksi himself was away in London shooting a film.

The first victim was 18-year-old Steven Parent, who had been visiting his friend William Garretson, who took care of and lived in a guest home on the Cielo Drive property which Polanski and Tate rented. He was spotted by the intruders and was shot as he drove away from the house in the dark early morning hours. Kasabian was horrified by the shooting of the boy, and she remained outside to keep watch. When the other three broke into the house, they herded the occupants into the living room and tied them up. Manson himself took no part in the actual killings but directed his murderous disciples to the address and instructed them to kill everyone.

According to one of the Family member’s statements, the Polanksi household had been targeted because it represented Manson’s rejection by the showbiz world and society.

Sebring was shot and brutally kicked as he tried to defend Ms. Tate. During the terrifying fracas, both Frykowski and Folger managed to escape from the house but were chased and stabbed to death. At the trial, Kasabian described how she saw Frykowski staggering out of the house covered in blood and was horrified at the sight. She told him she was “sorry,” but despite her pleas to his attacker to stop, the victim was bludgeoned repeatedly. Folger escaped from the house with terrible injuries but was caught on the front lawn and stabbed 28 times.

PRNewswire and Michal Welles

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