Last month, Rolling Stone published a fascinating article on the infamous serial killer/cult leader Charles Manson. The author got to know Manson fairly well in the course of doing research for the piece, even visiting him at Corcoran State Prison. Unsurprisingly, Manson is still as disturbed as ever:
“Look, here’s how that works,” he says. “You take a baby and” – here he says something truly awful about what you could do to that baby, worse beyond anything you could imagine – “and it dies,” and here he says something equally wretched. Then he goes on, “I know what you’re thinking. I can see your brain rattling and running back and forth. But what happens when that baby dies?” He breathes in and he breathes out, he breathes in and he breathes out. “A dog would have done it, kill to take another breath. So, was it wrong to do it to those people?” And it’s at moments like these that you realize prison is the only place for him, and hope to hell he never puts his hand on your skin again.
I have to wonder what abhorrent act Manson proposed that was too gruesome to even write down. Twisting off the baby’s limbs? “Snipping” the baby’s spinal cord with a pair of scissors? Shredding the baby’s body to pieces with a vacuum? Starving the baby of oxygen? Chemically burning the baby alive?
Must have been worse than all that, because Rolling Stone is a