HIPPIE CULT LEADER:
The Last Words of Charles Manson
By James Buddy Day
EXPLOSIVE FIRST HAND ACCOUNT FROM CHARLES MANSON’S FINAL INTERVIEWS THAT WILL CHANGE THE NARRATIVE TO THE MANSON FAMILY MURDERS
You have a prepaid call from…Charles Manson.”
August 8, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family Murders. The crimes defined a generation and remain an incredible source of public fascination. How could a no-account drifter and ex-con become a charismatic leader of what prosecutors called a diabolical murder cult? Some have proposed that the prosecution made-up the race war theory in order to more easily convict Manson through a sensational conspiracy narrative. If the prosecution did construct the Helter Skelter theory, is convicting a man like Charles Manson so essential that any means of achieving it is acceptable?
Now, award-winning documentarian and author James Buddy Day will debunk the Helter Skelter narrative with the release of Hippie Cult Leader, The Last Words of Charles Manson [August 1, 2019, Optimum Publishing]. This is Day’s firsthand account of Charles Manson’s final interviews leading up to his death on November 19, 2017.
The most riveting elements in Hippie Cult Leader come from Manson himself. With eerie conversations about modern society, justice and his decades behind bars, these insights will help you get to know the man they call, “Charlie.” Hippie Cult Leader includes shocking new details, never before seen material from the original investigation to reconstruct a path of events that led to the brutal murders of movie star Sharon Tate and seven others during the summer of 1969.
Exclusive interviews include alleged “Manson Family” killer Bobby Beausoleil, and “Family” members Barbara Hoyt and Catherine “Cappi” Gillies, prosecutor Stephen Kay, defense attorney Gary Fleischman, and music producer Phil Kaufman.
Day began talking to Charles Manson for a documentary project. Manson’s story started with his insistence that the truth about him remained untold and that the system was—and had always been—out to get him. “When they lose control, they don’t admit that they lost control, they just lost face and they make another movie like you’re doing,” he told Day. The documentary The Final Words premiered on the Reelz Channel in November 2018.
“I want readers to come into the book wanting to read about the Manson story they’ve heard, but come away with a completely different understanding of what really happened,” says Day.
About the Author:
James Buddy Day is an award winning true crime producer, showrunner, writer and director for numerous television and feature documentaries. Buddy’s work has been showcased in numerous film festivals, and featured in national publications such as The Today Show, Rolling Stone, TMZ, The Daily Mail, Billboard, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Buddy’s widely recognized works include, “The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell” (Oxygen/Texas Crew Productions), “Charles Manson: The Final Words” (REELZ/Pyramid Productions), “Charles Manson: The Funeral (DRG/MyEntertainment), “The Slender Man Stabbing: The Untold Story” (Red Arrow/Dorsey Pictures), “Casey Anthony: Her Friends Speak” (REELZ/Kinetic Content/Pyramid Pro), “Sex, Lies & Murder” (Pyramid Productions).
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Hippie Cult Leader will be available in both paperback and e-book formats on August 1, 2019 wherever books are sold, and is currently available for pre-order.
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