Testimony of Charles Manson...
NOVEMBER 19, 1970 The Court: Do you have
anything to say?
Yes, I do. There has been a lot of charges and a lot of
things said about me and brought against me and brought against the co-defendants
in this case, of which a lot could be cleared up and clarified to where everyone
could understand exactly what the family was supposed to have been, what the philosophies
in regards to the families were, and whether or not there was any conspiracy to
commit murder, to commit crimes, and to explain to you who think with your minds.
It is hard for you to conceive of a philosophy of someone that may not
I have spent my life in jail, and without parents. I have looked
up to the strongest father-figure, and I have always looked to the people in the
free world as being the good people, and the people in the inside of the jail
as being the bad people. I never went to school, so I never growed up in the respect
to learn to read and write so good, so I have stayed in jail and I have stayed
stupid, I have stayed a child while I have watched your world grow up, and then
I look at the things that you do and I don't understand. I don't understand the
courts, and I don't understand a lot of things that are brought against me. Your
write things about my mother in the newspaper that hasn't got anything to do with
anything in particular. You invent stories, and everybody thinks what they do,
and then they project it from the witness stand on the defendant as if that is
what he did. For example, with Danny DeCarlo's testimony. He said that I hate
black men, and he said that we thought alike, that him and I was a lot alike in
manson testimony continued