I believe that now it is clear to each and every
one of you that Helter Skelter was the principal and main motive for these
murders. Here is what Manson told Watkins how Helter Skelter was going to start:
"There would be some atrocious murders; that some of the spades from
Watts would come up into the Bel-Air and Beverly Hills district and just really
wipe some people out, just cut bodies up and smear blood and write things on the
wall in blood, and cut little boys up and make parents watch.
in retaliation-this would scare; in other words, all the other white people would
be afraid that this would happen to them, so out of their fear they would go into
the ghetto and just start shooting black people like crazy. But all they would
shoot would be the garbage man and Uncle Toms, and all the ones that were with
Whitey in the first place. And underneath it all, the Black Muslims would-he would
know that it was coming down."
"Helter Skelter was coming down?"
"Yes. So, after Whitey goes in the ghettoes and shoots all the Uncle
Toms, then the Black Muslims come out and appeal to the people by saying, 'Look
what you have done to my people.' And this would split Whitey down the middle,
between all the hippies and the liberals and all the up-tight piggies. This would
split them in the middle and a big civil war would start and really split them
up in all these different factions, and they would just kill each other off in
the meantime through their war. And after they killed each other off, then there
would be a few of them left who supposedly won."
"A few of who
"A few white people left who supposedly won. Then the
Black Muslims would come out of hiding and wipe them all out."
the white people out?"
"Yes. By sneaking around and slitting
"Did Charlie say anything about where he and
the Family would be during this Helter Skelter?"
"Yes. When we
was [sic] in the desert the first time, Charlie used to walk around in the desert
and say-you see, there are
places where water would come up to the top of
the ground and then it would go down and there wouldn't be no more water, and
then it would come up again and go down again. He would look at that and say,
'There has got to be a hole somewhere, somewhere here, a big old lake.' And it
just really got far out, that there was a hole underneath there somewhere where
you could drive a speedboat across it, a big underground city. Then we started
from the 'Revolution 9' song on the Beatles album which was interpreted by Charlie
to mean the Revelation 9. So-"
"The last book of the New Testament?"
"Just the book of Revelation and the song would be 'Revelations 9:
So, in this book it says, there is a part about, in Revelations 9, it talks of
the bottomless pit. Then later on, I believe it is in 10."
"Yes. It talks about there will be a city where there will
be no sun and there will be no moon."
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