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"Cease To Exist" explores the music motive to the Manson murders and uncovers Charles Manson's relationship with Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson and record producer Terry Melcher.

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Colin Moneymaker ...
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Himself - Beach Boys' Guitarist, Vocalist (archive footage) (as Alan Jardine)
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Himself - Beach Boys' Drummer (archive footage)
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Himself - Beach Boys' Producer, Arranger (archive footage)
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Himself - Beach Boy's Guitarist (archive footage)
Ed Roach ...
Himself - Founder of the Roach-Clips Archive (archive footage)
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Himself - Prosecutor, Manson Trial (archive footage)
Charles Watson ...
Himself - Fmr Family Member, Convicted Murderer (archive footage) (as Charlie 'Tex' Watson)
Paul Watkins ...
Himself - Fmr Family Member (archive footage)
Charles Manson ...
Himself - Singer & Songwriter, Convicted Murderer (archive footage)
Sandra Good ...
Herself - Dedicated Family Member (archive footage)
Gregg Jakobson ...
Himself - Songwriter, Friend of Dennis' (archive footage)
Bill Murphy ...
Himself - BBC Reporter (archive footage)
Steven Desper ...
Himself - Recording Engineer (archive footage)
Terry Melcher ...
Himself - Record Producer (archive footage)
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"Cease To Exist" explores the music motive to the Manson murders and uncovers Charles Manson's relationship with Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson and record producer Terry Melcher. Wilson met Charlie through two hitchhikers whom he had picked up, and for the next six months Charlie and his 'Family' lived in Wilson's home. It was here that Wilson introduced Manson to Terry Melcher and the two became fascinated with Manson's musical abilities, prophetic image and band of hedonistic young worshipers. Manson prevailed upon his new celebrity friends to produce an album that would send other Artist's packing. After a few wrecked cars, medical expenses and $100,000 lost, Dennis kicked Manson and the family off his property. On top of that, The Beach Boy's took a song Manson wrote for them entitled "Cease to Exist" and changed the lyrics, the title, and did not credit a furious Manson. After Wilson and Melcher allegedly reneged on a record deal, Manson sought revenge. After numerous threats,... Written by Ryan Oksenberg

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Edited from Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys (1990) See more »

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Mr. Rogue (Betty's Theme)
Written by Angelo Badalamenti
Performed by The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
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Seen it all before
20 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

The connection between Dennis Wilson and Charles Manson is not really focused. It's all about Manson leading up to the Tate murders. Seen it all before and there are better docs about this topic. Manson was in fact after Doris Day's son Terry Melcher and supposedly killed Tate out of frustration he couldn't find him. For years he and Wilson lived in fear. The only interesting thing about this doc is that it shows the many faces (literally) of Manson. Bearded, long hair, no beard to bald. Also members of his group were interviewed. It seems they are still behind Charley. Polanski is only seen briefly in the press conference which took place after the murder.


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