The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman

by Nikolas Schreck

Twenty years after the most publicized crimes of modern times the great body of source material on Charles Manson and his Family has been unavailable – in private hands, sealed in courtroom records, and within prison walls. Now, for the first time, here is a comprehensive amalgam of Manson’s letters, spells, curses, artwork, lyrics, stories, and even an essay on the power of evil – intended not for the public but to influence his circle of followers. A picture emerges of what it is like to be a member of Charles Manson’s Family, the process of conversion to Mansonism.

“Probably the only out and out pro-Manson book that has ever been published. Contributers range from Manson sympathizers to out and out ‘family’ members in essays and art. The good bulk of this book however is straight from Charles Manson himself. Interviews, quotes, transcripts of court and parole hearings, poetry and fiction written by Charles Manson, even artwork by him. The Manson File is probably the best book you can get to learn anything about Manson and his philosophy.”


“This book is awesome, informative, one of the best ever on the truth behind the Helter Skelter myth. Schreck did major research on this and it shows! Book is a bit pricey, but worth every cent if you are interested in the man behind the myth.”

Patrick & Patricia Tolman

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“Not only is this one of the best books written on the Manson case, and on Charles Manson himself, but this book, along with the much updated 2011 ‘The Manson File, Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman’ does a great deal of work dispelling some of the myths revolving around the trial, Manson’s religious involvement, and his various associations. While most of the books written about Manson merely rehash the same story from Bugliosi’s ‘Helter Skelter,’ this work manages to keep a level head without falling into the all too common trap of sensationalism and fantasy endemic in the topic. Additionally, this text is much larger in scope, not merely discussing the case itself, but the involvement of dozens of other individuals related to it, such as, of course, Jay Sebring and others involved with the drug and mafia life of Los Angeles. A must read for anyone interested in Manson… although those interested more generally in crime, criminal cases, spirituality, or the sixties hippie/drug movements will find a great deal of relevant information as well.”

“Best book on Charlie I’ve ever read”

George, from Facebook

“Supposedly a new edition is coming out in 2020. Among other things, this one addresses the, uh, errors in almost every other Manson book. Monumental work with decades of original research.”

Pat, from Facebook

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