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I’m glad that Tom Snyder would be wiling and even wanting to interview Charlie Manson. And that Charlie would be willing to do an interview like this and probably wanting to do this interview in the first place. Perhaps looking for the limelight and the chance to show Americans what he was about and what he’s been up to and so-fourth. So the country could see what this guy was about and how people can end up like this if they aren’t given a good opportunity to be successful in life.
The Manson Family felt that society is against them and so-fourth, with all that anger building up and once he gets the opportunity to strike back at the people he believes have done him harm and so-fourth and his chance to get those people back which is a lot of what the Manson Crime Family was about. Taking on the establishment and bringing them down. And that there are people like this in society and this not how you want to end up.
No good reason for Charlie ending up the way he did and how his cult ended up. But when kids aren’t raised right like in Charlie’s case and always moved around from home to home with no one seeming able or willing to love them and raise them right, it is really hard to come from an environment like that and not be angry. To not get involved with people with similar backgrounds growing up. And feel now its their turn to strike back or get back at the people they believe did them harm.
As far as this interview. Tom Snyder was about as good as anyone when it came to doing the difficult interview. Which are interviews where the person being interviewed is not there to talk about them self. Even though that is why the interviewer is talking to them in the first place. And Snyder got Manson to talk about things he probably didn’t want to talk about. Like his cult and how he came up and why he’s been in prison for so much of his life. Which makes for an interesting interview because the interviewer keeps coming. And is so tough and gets the person to say things about themselves that they normally wouldn’t.