Archive for July 11th, 2009
July 4th weekend last found me once again in the southern reaches of the golden state, scouting some venues that will be hosting Gorightly book signings in early August to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Manson Family murders with the updated re-issue of The Shadow Over Santa Susana.
Along the way, myself and some friends paid a visit to the Museum of Death in Hollywood to check out their ghoulish exhibits, including a groovy Manson section, as well as a special area dead-icated to the Heaven’s Gate cult, including real memorabilia taken from Marshall Applewhite’s Suicidal Mothership.
The Museum also has a true Forteana connection of the form of this two-headed turtle which one of the proprietors showed us. However, I don’t think this critter is normally on display. (I forget the turtle’s name, but it’s a she, as I recall.)
As satanic synchronicity would have it, none other than occult film director and Crowley protégé Kenneth Anger had dropped by and was talking business to one of the proprietors in the foyer upon my arrival.
Anger, for those not in the know, weighs heavily in the Manson Family mythos, connected with convicted Manson Family murderer Bobby Beausoleil long before his association with the Mansonoids. In fact, Beausoleil, as well as Anton LaVey of the Church of Satan, appeared in one of Anger’s early films, Invocation of my Demon Brother, with Beausoleil playing the role of Lucifer himself.
Oddly enough, LaVey was associated with Manson Family murderess Susan Atkins prior to her adoption by Charlie’s Family; when Atkins performed in LaVey’s Witches Sabbat Revue in a San Francisco GoGo club in 1966.
After the Museum of Death, my posse and I stopped by the LaBianca house, where the second night of the Tate-LaBianca murders occurred in the late evening of August 9, 1969. Although the address has changed over the years, the house itself looks pretty much the same as it did that infamous night, aside from the gate in front, as well as the planter box in the driveway area.
The next photo below is what is known as the Harold True house, located next door to the LaBianca house, where Charlie and his girls attended acid parties and played music upon occasion. By the time the LaBiancas had moved in, Harold True had long moved out, but some researchers still suspect that Manson’s association with Harold True and the LaBianca murders were somehow related.
On our return trip to NorCal, we stopped to gas up in Newhall, and I bought my buddy Pete a pack of smokes and some water. As fickle fate would have it, the total came out to $6.66. You just can’t make this stuff up!
This is similar to another 666 anomaly which happened in relation to my recent post on ConspiracyCon 9…number nine, number nine….