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What Is Helter Skelter? What The Beatles Song Meant To Cult Murderer Charles Manson

What Is Helter Skelter? What The Beatles Song Meant To Cult Murderer Charles Manson

January 05
10:07 2017

Jailed for 44 years, Charles Manson made his way back into the national conversation after falling seriously ill and being transported out of prison Tuesday. The cult murderer invoked the phrase “Helter Skelter” as inspiration for the murders of seven people on two August nights in 1969. After all these years, the meaning behind those two fateful words— and the Beatles song of the same name— remains murky.

Manson led his cult following, known as the Manson Family, to murder seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969, in an attempt to ignite a race war in the United States. Convinced the Beatles were sending him a message through their music, Mason invoked “Helter Skelter” to call his followers to action.

Shortly before the murders took place, Manson allegedly told his followers “Now is the time for Helter Skelter.”

“Is it a conspiracy that the music is telling the youth to rise up against the establishment because the establishment is rapidly destroying things? Is that a conspiracy?” Manson asked when he eventually testified on the stand for the crimes. “The music speaks to you every day, but you are too deaf, dumb and blind to even listen to the music … It is not my music. I hear what it relates. It says ‘rise.’ It says ‘kill.’ Why blame it on me? I didn’t write the music?”

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