As the 40th anniversary of the slaying of the LaBiancas, Sharon Tate, and her friends draws near the media has bombarded us with an abundance of specials and news reports on Charlie & the Manson family murders.
In each of this week's programs they have made a point to mention that he is 5 foot 2. Is he?
It was my understanding that this was yet another one of the myths of Helter Skelter created by Bugliosi and Gentry.
Am I mistaken? Is this license a fake?
TLB/Manson Family scholars please chime in!
Steven Kay (October 21, 1997):
[laughing] "Manson's 5 feet 6? Not a chance. Manson is 5 feet 2.
I guess they don't like the fact that he's a short guy."
Here's what Sandy & George had to say in response to his statement on their old ATWA site:
"Access Manson was incorrect in stating that Manson is 5 feet 6 inches tall. It now looks like Manson is actually 5 feet 7 inches tall. Our evidence to back this assertion consists of the last California driver's license held by Manson before his arrest in 1969. Reproduced below, the license lists Manson's height as 5 feet 7 inches.
More evidence that Manson is really 5 feet 7 inches tall can be found in the book Helter Skelter itself. Two mug shots of Manson, reproduced below, both confirm his height at 5 feet 7 inches. The reproductions here are not of superior quality, although the "7" from "5-7" can be seen midway down on the left side of the first picture, just before the "140" weight entry. We encourage interested parties to personally examine these pictures in a hardback edition of Helter Skelter. (If you do not have a hardback copy, please examine one in a bookstore or library, or buy a used copy -- DO NOT BUY A NEW COPY OF THIS BOOK.) Use a magnifying glass. Your examination will not only reveal a "7" on both mug shots, it will also reveal how both pictures were artfully cropped for the book so that the "5" foot part of the height entries (not to mention the "M" in "Manson") is not there, and thus Manson's real height is not disclosed.
One might wonder why the dispute over Manson's height is important. It is important because it clearly shows the willingness of the DA's side to present a lie and back it up with phony evidence or to omit evidence to the contrary. In this case, as we have said elsewhere, they lie about Manson being 5 feet 2 inches tall because such a height is so short that it is almost a negative superlative. They couldn't say that the monster Manson is ten feet tall, so they made him five feet tall.
One might also wonder that if the District Attorney et. al. would lie about this, how many other lies and ommisions of truth are contained in the fantastic "Helter Skelter" story of Charles Manson?"