As Charles Manson was on his death bed after being locked up for almost 50 years for masterminding some of the most brutal crimes in American history, RadarOnline.com spoke exclusively with the creator of the #1 rated podcast Young Charlie who revealed dark secrets about the Helter Skelter killer, including the shocking fact that he was a Scientologist.
“If there is a term ‘the worst of the worst,’ these murders qualify,” the podcast writer Larry Brand told Radar, explaining that he tried to show how Manson got “from being a 5-year-old to being a 35 year old who sent these people out to kill.”
“I wanted to find out how did a petty criminal become this evil mastermind?” Brand told Radar. “To get young kids, how did he get them to murder people? It is kind of a grotesque, but I wanted to show his early experiences right to the night of those murders.”
Brand told Radar: “By the end of the series there will be no mystery about Manson. It is horrifying, grotesque, macabre. I wanted to find out what allowed him to have that astonishing manipulative quality.
Manson was born in 1934 and Brand studied his whole life beginning in childhood, where Manson ended up from an early age in trouble with the law.
“I did not know how influenced he was as a young con in reformatories and prisons, but later he was profoundly influenced by Dale Carnegie. It was fascinating how he wound up using these principals. Charlie was profoundly influenced by this guy. He read about him. Took a course. He incorporated these ideas into his own life.”
Brand claimed to Radar that Manson may have been a member of L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology cult from the beginning.
“He was a Scientologist,” Brand claimed.
“You can’t quite blame Scientology for it. He was attracted to pseudo-science and pseudo-religious aspects, and he used that to manipulate people in his criminal career.”
Brand said Manson was an “Extraordinary speaker and had an extraordinary ability to manipulate people.”
Manson “Created a philosophy. If you’re not sophisticated, you can see how an impressionable young kids could find that compelling.”
Brand told Radar he was “creating a spoken novel version of the Charlie Manson story.”
He detailed the depths of deception from Manson. “He presented himself as a boy whose mom was a teenage prostitute. That wasn’t true. That was one of his many, many lies. She was doing it at the behest of her criminal brother, Luther.”
Brand said his intention was not to “humanize” Manson. “We’re all human. My only interest was telling an honest story as well as I could. I was trying to get into Charlie’s head to explain him, his thought process and his ability to manipulate normal middle class kids.
“Do I want people to think of him sympathetically? No. I don’t think of him sympathetically.”
Young Charlie, the 6-part series that investigated Manson from troubled childhood to the night of the Helter Skelter murders is available on iTunes.
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