Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Book Review: Charles Manson Now by Marlin Marynick

**(out of four stars)

I just finished reading Charles Manson Now by Marlin Marynick. I thought this book was gonna be another "Manson type" money maker, discussing only the murders and bringing nothing new to the plate. There are tons and tons of books about what happened on August 9th 1969. This read is slightly different.

Marlin Marynick is a psychiatric nurse who obviously deals with many who suffer from different disorders. Marlin considers himself an outsider and is more intrigued with the darker side of life. He gives us insight into his early life, including his mother commiting suicide when he was a young boy. But the first link to his fascination with Manson came when he was ten years old. While playing one afternoon, Marlin found a copy of Helter Skelter lying in an abandoned house. How could you not be fascinated? Remember all those interviews with Manson, all wide-eyed and crazy, making weird noises and abnormal faces. Who wouldn't be fascinated with another human being like that? Although you mustn't condone what the man is about, it's highly unlikely that you'll turn that dial when he's on the tube.

Marynick embarks on a journey that eventually ends with his first face-to-face interview with Charles Manson. Along the way, he meets and corresponds with some of Manson's dearest friends inside and outside the walls of Corcoran Prison in California. One friend in particular is Stanton LeVay, the grandson of Satanic church founder, Anton LeVay. Stanton claims that the Tate murders were actually ordered by the Church of Satan. Tex Watson, Susan Atkins and Charles Manson were said to be former members.

The book is littered with Manson's own writings. We get a glimpse of a different kind of individual that we're used too. In fact, this book sheds an entirely different light on "The Most Hated Man in America". Marynick portrays Manson more as a human being rather than the monster that the media has painted for us the past few decades. We're introduced to ATWA (Air, Trees, Water, and Animals). This is a group, or plan designed by Charles Manson to save the planet from dying. Manson seems to be quite the activist from behind his cell. The murders are discussed, yet Manson continues to maintain his innocence, as he has since the summer of 1969.

And although this book is about Charles Manson, it's more about the adventures of Marlin Marynick as he approaches his meeting with Manson. Ultimately, Marynick is more interested in his friendship than that of the hype and hysterial that follows Manson's existence.

All in all it's a compelling read, although I would've had this book edited a little better before being printed.

Written by: Marlin Marynick
Published by Cogito Media Group

1 comment:

  1. That is a pretty interesting approach for a look into the awareness of one as infamous as Charles Manson. Although I've only assumed that he was the leader/"cultist" who ordered the Tate murder and all surrounding that night. But he sure did make an impact on many things including: Mental Health, Crime Profiling, Journalism, and more; The man behind the bars has persons in every generation who know about him in various ways.

    However much he "played" psychoses or really has Mental Health issues can probably not be accurately diagnosed at any point, unless it shows up physically in tests. That ability is becoming more and more possible as humanity climbs technologically. Despite this, there is probably more myth than fact.

    Of course I am not saying he is a decent person, but to my mind just came what Dr. Loomis says to describe Michael Meyers at the end of "Halloween" and also resounds from his mouth the same point. This means that, although Charles Manson is only a twisted human, there will be lore for generations to come as to whether "he" is back, or another trail of real-world murders occurs; it will lay within the minds of average citizens, it will be amplified by media, copy-cats would run about as we wonder, "was he 'pure evil'?"

    It seems that this books author may be a bit twisted. I can not say for certain that his drive into his profession was made on morbid fascination or if he really seeks to help people to lessen mental burdens. It is quite different for someone to want to be an FBI Agent because of the, let's say gallant, way they had seen FBI in real news or as characters. I would not be surprised if this Marlin had aspirations such as Dr. Josef Mengelé. Yet I will not judge the reasoning as long as he is there to help and not as "Dexter" from TV and the Novels "Darkly Dreaming Dexter".

    A little different for me to set out to meet Brian May and Roger Taylor (AND John Deacon), than to get tips on "Murders and Executions" from, was it Mr. Batemen? from "American Psycho".

    I am happy to hear this book has a different slant and actually was not the 7th and 8th cameras' depiction of how the crimes actually happened.

    Paz, Bro!