Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars [NOOK Book]

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Edward George understand Charles Manson as few others ever will. Former prison counselor to the messianic killer, George enraged Manson as an agent of the state's criminal justice system, listened to him as a trusted confessor, spoke for him as an erstwhile press agent-and-almost-connected with him as a friend. George saw Manson in a way the public never would, witnessing the method to his madness, the charisma that underlies his sickness, the pathetic abandoned boy within the homicidal man. If you read Helter ...
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Edward George understand Charles Manson as few others ever will. Former prison counselor to the messianic killer, George enraged Manson as an agent of the state's criminal justice system, listened to him as a trusted confessor, spoke for him as an erstwhile press agent-and-almost-connected with him as a friend. George saw Manson in a way the public never would, witnessing the method to his madness, the charisma that underlies his sickness, the pathetic abandoned boy within the homicidal man. If you read Helter Skelter and think you know the whole story about Charlie Manson, think again. You don't know it all until you've read Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Former prison counselor George's recollection of conversations with Charles Manson from 1975 to 1983 offer a glimpse into the mind of the cult leader. Manson's statements to the court in 1970 and two subsequent parole hearings are included in three appendices. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Kirkus Reviews
The latest entry in the canon of a true madman. George, a retired corrections officer who met Manson in 1975 at San Quentin, says up front that his Jesuit training led him to believe that the beast could indeed be tamed. His years of knowing Mansonþwhom he frequently describes as þdevilishþ or þdemonic,þ þa wicked trollþþled him to believe otherwise, and as both George's narrative and the parole board hearing transcripts cited here make clear, Manson is as monstrously sick as ever; he builds cockroach cages and voodoo dolls and rants about himself as a Christ-like figure. This volume (co-authored by true-crime writer Matera) gives us an ugly, ugly look at a man whose entire life has been a study in sickness. George advances a few theories about Manson's childhood and relationship with his father, then admits he doesn't know if Manson actually knew his father. George also has little to offer about Manson's motivations, though he does provide a chilling glimpse of Family members like Lynette þSqueakyþ Fromme, who showed up at the prison regularly in her red cape, begging to be allowed to see Manson. George saw her just days before she attempted to assassinate then-president Gerald Ford. George also gives updates on the women who still follow Mansonþand there are quite a few of themþand it's scary how active the Family still is, nearly 30 years after they rose to infamy. While it's tough to see the rationale behind yet another book about this particular psychoþManson himself counts 58 books on the topicþGeorge has some items of interest to those who want to know all the details of Manson's prison life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466830455
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/1999
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 316,941
  • File size: 468 KB

Meet the Author



Edward George is a former theological student and Navy pilot who lives in San Francisco.

Dary Matera is a veteran true-crime writer and coauthor of Are You Lonesome Tonight? He lives in Chandler, Arizona.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2001

    Deranged?

    Well I thought the book was pretty good. I have just started to read true crime and Manson to me was someone that was smart but went along the wrong path. Now , after reading this , I see him as just another weirdo. LOL But interesting none the less.

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