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Charles Manson Now is a critical dissection of what happened forty-one years ago when Manson family members stormed the Polanski estate near Los Angeles and murdered five people, including one of America's most beautiful, beloved actresses, Sharon Tate.This book is also a collage of Charles Manson's own writing, a poetic, ironic, and disturbing account of his universe, from his childhood to his time in the 8x12 prison cell where he is condemned to stay forever. It is Charles Manson, uncensored, unedited, in his ...

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Overview

Charles Manson Now is a critical dissection of what happened forty-one years ago when Manson family members stormed the Polanski estate near Los Angeles and murdered five people, including one of America's most beautiful, beloved actresses, Sharon Tate.This book is also a collage of Charles Manson's own writing, a poetic, ironic, and disturbing account of his universe, from his childhood to his time in the 8x12 prison cell where he is condemned to stay forever. It is Charles Manson, uncensored, unedited, in his own words.When author Marlin Marynick was eight years old, he discovered a beat up copy of Helter Skelter - the bestselling true crime book of all time written by Vincent Bugliosi, the lead prosecutor at Charles Manson's trial. Bugliosi's portrait of Charles Manson as an icon of unbridled evil haunted Marynick for years, well into his career as a psychiatric nurse and ultimately culminated when he met Manson behind the tightly locked doors of California's Corcoran State Prison. In Charles Manson Now, Marynick challenges the official version of events.

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Psychology Today
"The first paragraphs convinced me that Manson could really help the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)." -- (David Schnarch, Ph.D.)
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"Marlin's soulful search for meaning takes many twists and turns and the reader gets to go along for the fascinating ride."

—Diane Dimond, Journalist, Special Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight

"The psychology student in me says 'riveting', the victim in me feels 'compassion'. Marynick, a victim himself of a horrific tragedy, takes grieving to a whole new level; he went on a journey into the sickest mind we know of and found solace."

—Kim Goldman, Victim Advocate/Co-Author of If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by The Goldman Family—a New York Times Bestseller

"The first paragraphs convinced me that Manson could really help the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)."

—David Schnarch, Ph.D., Psychology Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782923865065
  • Publisher: Transit Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 815,272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

For the past fifteen years, author Marlin Marynick has been employed as a registered psychiatric nurse in prisons and hospitals. He has worked in many areas of psychiatry with violent offenders and the mentally-ill. Marlin is currently part of the crisis response team in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Charles Manson "Now" is nothing new - or interesting.

    With a title like, Charles Manson Now, where the word "Now" is the largest, most prominently displayed word on the cover, I eagerly expected the book to contain some "New" material about the man and his legacy. How wrong I was. Not only was there nothing new, there was very little interesting. After all, what could possibly be new (or interesting) with a man who has spent the last 40+ years in prison, much of it in solitary. Intertwined with unremarkable interviews of Manson's friends, the author includes pieces of his own equally unremarkable life. And because the book is so devoid of substance, the author, who claims Manson is the most "complicated person" he ever met, litters at least one-quarter of the book with countless ramblings (that at times go on for pages) written by Manson himself. Clearly used as "filler," they do nothing to prove the author's point, only annoy the reader. I suspect those who rated it 4 and 5 stars are simply diehard Manson Fans.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Infamous, not famous

    Charles Manson is a disturbed man who has created manipulation into an art form. Does the author of this book realize that he is just a pawn in a twisted game of Charlie's? It is alarming the way in which we make the infamous into celebrities. No, I do not recommend this book. Anything Charlie has to say is just a distorted view of reality. Nothing worth while to gain from this, except for the benefit of fattening the author's wallet.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    Recommend - Different style

    Having followed the Manson stories for many years and having collected books written by Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, and Leslie Van Houten and books about the Family, I recommend this book mainly because it is different. Not a typical biography or autobiography, it is told by a psychiatric nurse and follows his journey chronologically toward his ultimate meeting with Charles Manson. The chapters are presented alternately by the author and Charles Manson. Manson's chapters are predictably nonsensical and sound just like him. The author's chapters containing his experiences as a psych nurse and the people he interviews leading up to his ultimate meeting with Manson. His descriptions and stories of these people are human, respectful, and interesting. He treats each with tremendous respect and is non-judgmental toward each, including Manson.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Awful

    This book offers nothing insightful or poignant to the Manson files. The author, in an attempt to shed light upon a more artisitc and cereberal Manson, only proves once again that Manson is a master manipulator and con-man. Ironically, the author fails to recognize this truth as his own relationship with Manson progresses and he (the author)begins embracing much of Manson's garbled rhetoric. This naive and often tragic aspect of the story is about the only entertaining facet of this book. Dramatic irony of the worst kind. Additionally, the copy and paste diatribes of Manson's in this work are nothing more than incoherent drivel in which only the insane would try to decipher and find some sort of truth or logic. Oh, and the author should really think about having an editor glance over his work prior to printing. THIS BOOK IS AWFUL.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Interesting Read

    Over the years i have read most of the Manson books and am thus more than a little familiar with the facts of the crimes. This book focused more on who Manson is as a person and delves deeply into his staunch environmental beliefs, which is quite different than other books. Also has a lot of info from atypical sources about Manson the person. I found Mansons writings interesting, albeit hard to follow. Hate to say it but this book makes a good case for letting this man be paroled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Strange...

    So, I went into this book not knowing anything really about Charles Manson. Didn't really enjoy the ramblings that Charles wrote, but the writer did tell a good story. I was interested but at the same time it wasn't a fantastic read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Horrible

    This book is NOT about "Charles Manson Now" at all. Its about this, as one reviewer wrote, very unremarkable author. Its about basically him "preparing" to meet Manson in jail. And scattered throughout the book are ramblings of Mansons writings. I guess these writings are what the author is passing off as charles manson "now." Its pathetic and the most blatant misrepresentation ive ever seen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    F

    Charles manson deserves to be there je needs go nack to the frpm in which he came. He needs rot inthat ja forever talk about the devil charels manson is him rot on he** meany you should have gotten the death penatly phyco maniac who ever writes a book on him is the same he is charel manson f u and die

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Hfhfhf

    This has no significance to the story, but i wasnt informed that if i had sent a book, it took away my opportunity to read it. If someone would please send this book to me, id appreciate it, very much.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    This story is told from the prospective of a psychiatric nurse

    It makes for an interesting read.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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