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What month and year did you start writing this poem? Having to guess, I’d say sometime in mid-2012. June or July.
unlike how the film’s luminous namesake fell from Paradise). Bobby, who knifed Manson Family friend Gary Hinman, sociology Ph.D hopeful and peace-loving Buddhist, to death and left a bloody “paw” print because Charlie Manson needed to implicate the Black Panthers because he mistakenly thought (or pretended) they were after him for shooting “Lotsapoppa” Crowe (Bottom Third), a drug dealer who’d been ripped off by Tex Watson (Bottom Fourth) and mistaken as a Panther. Bobby, who Truman Capote called a “Forty-second Street Lucifer,” who jammed in a rock band called Love, whose surname means “beautiful sun” in French.
Terry Melcher left his pet cats behind when he and Bergen moved, so kind-hearted Sharon made sure to feed them and their descendants — twenty-six cats in all — daily. (She was butchered to death at age 26.) Melcher: the dork who bagged model/Abbie Hoffman-groupie Bergen and produced the Beach Boys, the band that starred Dennis Wilson (in 1971 Left Second) , who was Melcher’s ride back from a tour of the Mansons’ Spahn Ranch commune — a ride back to Cielo Drive (Left First), a ride including none other than Charlie Manson, who rapped his knuckles on the front door of that same house a year later, after Melcher and Wilson flaked on a recording promise, and was told by guest Shahrokh Hatami (Left Third) to “take the back alley” after assuring him that Melcher didn’t live there anymore, so he tried the guest house where Altobelli (who later sued the Tate estate for the carnage-caused property damage) slammed the door in his face. Sharon saw Manson (and he saw her, imprisoned her image in his eyes, for sin is in the eye), and she asked Altobelli if “that creepy-looking guy came back” on a later plane trip. (Don’t forget the “creepy little man” at Easton Drive, Sharon!)
Remember Beausoleil, Satan role-player and Love guitarist? He was imprisoned for the Hinman murder, and Charlie, scared that he’d roll over on him to make a deal, needed to pin Hinman on the Black Panthers to exculpate Beausoleil: hence — Susan Atkins (Left Top) was later adamant about this — the Tate/LaBianca murders (Left Middle) were born. Beausoleil told Truman Capote in a San Quentin interview that Sharon and gang pissed off people with bad dope deals and were far from innocent. Voytek alone probably had more avengers after him than can be counted on two hands. (This is why Sharon’s father, Paul, (Left Bottom) questioned folks such as
Mama Cass (Right Top), druggie Steve McQueen (Right Bottom) and drug-pal Billy Doyle.) Bobby bullshitted that “everything that happens is good,” and when Capote asked him if that included war, starvation, pain and cruelty, Beausoleil, Love’s “beautiful sun,” said, “Whatever happens, happens. It’s all good.”
Kenneth Anger-pal John Aes-Nihil (Right Top) rejects coincidence, that the Manson and Tate circles were familiar (“everyone knew each other”), celebs slummed with hippie bums: porous Cielo having been a laxly public party pad and who knows what else (Dennis Hopper (Right Middle) claimed S&M). Gregg Jakobson (Right Bottom), Dennis Wilson friend and Manson admirer, let Family member Dean Morehouse (Bottom Left) (father of Ruth Ann Morehouse (Bottom Right), Family member who loafed on Temple and Broadway with
“Squeaky” Fromme (Left Top), Sandra Good (Left Bottom), Bobby Beausoleil’s buddy “Gypsy” Share, et al, during the Tate/LaBianca trial) stay at the house between Melcher/Bergen and Polanski/Tate. Bums such as Tom Harrigan (Right Top) and Pic Dawson (Right Bottom) (bestie with Mama Cass and drug dealer to both Voytek and Sebring) were regular partiers there. And guess who swam in Cielo’s kidney-shaped pool? Susan Atkins, the Manson girl who would be tempted to cut the living fetus out of Sharon’s corpse’s belly,
who said the bliss of stabbing and stabbing was orgasmic (Anton LaVey guessed that the crime was “a lust murder,” that the knives imitated sex), who dipped a towel in Sharon’s blood and wrote “PIG” on Cielo’s front door (with Roman Polanski. Bottom Image attributed to Life Reporter and novelist Thomas Thompson. Fair Use) because Charlie said to “leave a sign,” “something witchy.” Oh, they were in their wits and had volition, because Charlie wanted the deed to be deliberate, and, since (like antichrists Bormann and Himmler) they were worse than their master, their alleged dissociativity was due to bloodlust in human sharks driven wild by human chum.
Chamberlain (Right Bottom) his Brit bitch in the same city twenty-four years later, every sleepless naught remedied by infinite war, impotent rage channeled into blitzkrieg, gas, ovens. Or, for you vampiric literati, “Take the back alley” is like young Thomas Sutpen being told by the house negro to go to the back door in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!: that discovery of shame fuelling his lifelong (and thwarted) ambition and his regular scraps between “wild negroes” — as if lacerating the memory of that humiliating day.
yourselves up, crustaceans! Rise, rise like the bone-turned-weapon from the world’s first murderer in Kubrick’s 2001 (Bottom), rabble! Rise, rise, lowlifes! Crawl from the obscure streets, the anonymous desert, storm the palace and slay the Queen and her privileged court!
stayed at 10050 Cielo Drive back when Melcher and Bergen lived there (Lennon conflated it with Doris Days’ pad since Melcher was her son). The band might have known Ken Anger and been courted by or involved in The Process, the occult church that gave Manson the Bottomless Pit idea and the melding of Jehovah, Lucifer and Jesus, the church that might’ve inspired Sirhan Sirhan (Left Top) to kill Bobby Kennedy (Left on the cover of Life Magazine commemorating his death), brother-in-law and lover to Jackie O (Left with Ari on their wedding day), whose look-alike “cameoed” in Rosemary’s Baby’s Satanic rape scene (when Rosemary was impregnated by hell’s seed) and married criminal/Kennedy-nemesis Ari Onassis (who cursed Camelot at a Haitian voodoo ceremony — not knowing that Bobby coincidentally owned an Onassis voodoo doll).
ever-curious Truman Capote, who wrote In Cold Blood (Left Bottom)— which Sirhan claimed inspired him to self-entrance via mirror-gazing as one of the killers in the book had done — and saw Theosophical fingerprints at the crime scene. Truman’s third-to-last dying words, as Joanne Carson (Bottom Left) — yes, Johnny Carson’s wife — claims, were “Mama, mama.” (Sharon’s last words were “Mother, mother.”) Imagine the grief of Doris Tate, Sharon’s mother (Bottom Right), when she heard the grisly news of her daughter’s death. Doris, who, worried sick over her daughter’s relocation to L.A., told her psychologist that she felt that Sharon would be attacked or murdered over there. Her fear came true in a nightmare about a cowboy pointing two guns at her and Sharon in the Cielo living room and announcing, “Today you will die.” Dream-Doris fled but realized that Dream-Sharon couldn’t escape the mad cowboy and had been murdered on the couch.