Testimony of Charles Manson... Continued
You create it when you pay
taxes, you create it when you go to work, then you create it when you foster a
thing like this trial. Only for vicarious thrills do you sell a newspaper and
do you kow-tow to public opinion. Just to sell your newspapers. You don't care
about the truth. You take another Alka-Seltzer and another aspirin and hope that
you don't have to think of the truth and you hope that you don't have to look
at yourself with a hangover as you go to a Helter Skelter party and make fun of
something that you don't understand.
(The Judge asks Manson to stick to
The issues in this case? The issues in this case?
issues are that Mr. Younger is Attorney General, and I imagine he is a good man
and does a good job. I don't know him. I can't judge him. But I know he has got
me here. He set me in this seat. Mr. Bugliosi is doing his job for a paycheck.
That is an issue. He is doing whatever he is doing. Whether he thinks it is right
or not, I couldn't say. That is up to him. The only way that I have been able
to live on that side of the road was outside the law. I have always lived outside
the law. When you live outside the law it is pretty hard, you can't call the man
for protection. You have got to pretty much protect your own. You can't live within
the law and protect yourself. You can't knock the guy down when he comes over
and starts to rape one of the girls, or starts to bring some speed or dope up
there. You can't enforce your will over someone inside the law. I gave everything
I could think of to that old man and that ranch for permission to stay there,
and I have given the people that stayed on that ranch my all. When no one wanted
to go out in front and fight, I would go out and fight. When no one else wanted
to clean the toilets, I would go and clean them. People would see me and they
would see what I do and see the example that I set.
manson testimony continued