There's a soliloquy of sorts where John Gray begins speaking directly to us and Charles Manson gets very bombastic and "listen up, America" as he yells at Bugsy how "your kids, they came to me with all your disease already up inside their heads...the ones you threw away. You dispose of them, I pick them up from the roadside..." and the rest of it. It's stupid as shit as an idea, and the worst kind of scriptwriting, but pretty effective here because this guy is awesome. Charles Manson agrees that they would die for him, and Bugsy assures him that they will, and that he'll go first. Whoa. This causes Charlie to lose it and start with word-noises, which quickly bore Bugsy, and he walks off as Charles screams crazily.
Bugsy has taken Fresh Meat out of the general population in order to insure her safety, and asks if she's good to testify and see Charles Manson in court, and asks if she's still in love with him. Kind of. Bugsy feels sorry for her. He asks if she needs anything, and turns to go. He assures her that she will be able to start over at the end of all this, and be free, but I wonder. I don't know the history, but she looks awfully broken in this...oh, it's over. Huh. I guess that's why Charles Manson was so yelly just now: that part is the part where they tell us why it happened, and the answer is that the Baby Boomers were raised by awful, selfish pigs who put too much ego in themselves, and threw their children on metaphorical trash heaps. Well, I could have told you that. And it explains why all of a sudden Fresh Meat was back in the picture, after having gone missing for an hour and a half. That's what you call "structure," folks. It's just like never giving names for any of the hippies in the cult because you're so busy trying to concentrate on the five main ones from the Tate case, without telling me that, and only showing your interest in those characters by having them carry entire scenes by themselves before they've been introduced or put into context.
So, hmm. Fresh Meat testified for 18 days during Chuck's murder trial, and they got a conviction -- don't you love the part at the end of these awful things where they show you clips and words of what really happened after the movie? It's like "Choose Your Own Adventure," but without choices. Charles, Sadie, Katie, and Leslie all got the guilties. But we knew that. Um, Tex was found guilty of all seven murders, and they all got the gas chamber, but in 1972 California law changed and now they're all in for life. The Family may have done up to 35 murders total.
In the back clips, I can see Squeaky. Why no Squeaky whatsoever in this movie, huh? Especially after getting my girl Chloe to play her? Oh, yeah, that's right. She kind of tried to kill Gerald Ford. I forgot. That kind of overshadows the other stuff.
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At the time Joey didn't really draw a line connecting the Helter Skelter stuff to the Tate and Boring murders, but looking back, it seems (obvious, really) that there might be a connection. Other than the race riot graffiti and the words "Healter Skelter [sic
]" written on the stuff, of course. Joey remembers asking Charles Manson about the progress on Helter Skelter a few days after the murders, and Manson said, "I had to show Blackie how to do it." Do you think there might be a connection that he just illustrated for you with PowerPoint and felt animals?
Joey just can't make the connection, although he does fishify things further by pointing out that in addition to women and the name "Chuck" (and he would know about the latter), Charles Manson totally hates all minorities. He forwards Bugsy to some guy named Paul with a very high voice and very pale eyes and very stupid fake wig-fur, who meets him in a diner and who left the Family just before the murders.
Paul flashbacks some stock docu-style footage of Charles Manson word-noising his way through the usual line of crap. We get the explanation for the third time in ten minutes about the race war going on while the Family bunkers down in the desert. The secret and unforeseeable part of this fun plan is now revealed: black people are too worthless to actually do anything of interest without all those dead white people around, so he and the Family would come out of the desert and tell them what to do, thus ruling the world in the creepy-creepy-crawliest way imaginable.
This bug-eating Family dude visits Charles to get his instructions and to ask the most important question of all: "What about Sadie?" Charles Manson is pretty cagey on both these topics: as far as the next step, Renfield "knows what to do." As far as Sadie, Charles Manson is going to have to "shut her up." Well, now I'm worried about her. Damn. Back in court and wearing a red velour disco shirt, Manson complains that he is being denied his rights, because he would like to just call off the whole case, and can't. Really, though, he would like to interview Sadie and Fresh Meat for his defense case, which their lawyers are disallowing, as is their right. Charles Manson floats the idea that Sadie's testimony might have been coerced. Bugsy looks really worried about this obvious lie as Charles Manson says that she wants to recant all her testimony.
He then files with the court, by reading it aloud, a motion that he is being denied "of my every last spiritual, mental, physical and molecular liberty, in an unconstitutional manner not in harmony with man's or god's law," and asking that he "be released, as of now." All the cult members in the courtroom yip and holler and give a holy "Right On, Charlie" and generally make themselves look even more like assclowns, to which the judge immediately alerts Manson. As the cult giggles like it's sixth grade and Manson just called the teacher a "dillweed," the judge explains that he is appalled by Manson's "outlandish behavior" and "nonsensical motions."
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