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Charles Manson: The Final Words (2017)

MANSON: THE VOICE OF MADNESS is an explosive documentary that will change the conversation about CHARLES MANSON and the notorious "MANSON FAMILY" murders..


James Buddy Day


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Credited cast:
Charles Manson ... Himself
Bobby Beausoleil ... Himself
Barbara Hoyt Barbara Hoyt ... Herself
Sharmagne Leland-St. John Sharmagne Leland-St. John ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melanie Bahniuk ... Rosina Kroner
Brock Beal Brock Beal ... Charles Manson's Uncle
Mick Braid Mick Braid ... Bobby Beausoleil
Amanda Brown Amanda Brown ... Linda Kasabian
Valentine Bru Valentine Bru ... Charles Manson (Adult)
Cara Butler Cara Butler ... Ella Jo Bailey
Allan Carswell ... Stephen Kay
Michael Channels Michael Channels ... Himself
Desmond Clark Desmond Clark ... Ping Pong Player #2
Jared Clausen Jared Clausen ... Gary Hinman
Nolan Colby Nolan Colby ... Charles Manson (age 5)


Director James Day spent a year interviewing Charles Manson by phone from his cell in California State Prison. The production tracked down members of the so-called Manson Family many who have been in hiding since the early seventies. These compelling new interviews reveal never before heard details that unveil the motives behind the murder spree. How could a no-account drifter and ex-con become a charismatic leader of what prosecutors called a diabolical murder cult? Why did the killers target the home of a Hollywood sex symbol? And where did the prosecution come up with the theory that CHARLES MANSON aimed to start a race war called Helter Skelter based on the music of THE BEATLES? Some have proposed that the prosecution made-up the race war theory in order to more easily convict CHARLES MANSON through a sensational conspiracy narrative. If the prosecution did construct the Helter Skelter Theory, is convicting a man like CHARLES MANSON so essential that any means of achieving it is ...

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Release Date:

10 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Manson: The Voice of Madness See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Pyramid Productions See more »
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16:9 HD
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In 1974 Charles Manson wrote letters to then Californian governor Ronald Regan. Manson said there will be more dead bodies and more victims See more »

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Excellent New Look at Manson's Trial
22 December 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Charles Manson: The Final Words (2017)

**** (out of 4)

Rob Zombie narrates this extremely fascinating documentary that tries to prove soemthing that many (including myself) have thought for a very long time and that's the fact that perhaps what came out at the Charles Manson trial wasn't really the truth.

Vincent Bugliosi really comes under attack here and epecially the entire "Helter Skelter" idea of a race war. Evidence is shown that pretty much proves that this here probably wasn't the case and there's a good theory introduced that the only reason this was brought up was to try and tie Manson to the crimes since you really can't prove that he "told" someone to do something. By saying he was the mastermind behind such a crazy scheme, that's something you could connect him to.

I've seen so many documentaries on Manson that it's hard to find something that offers up something new. This one here certainly does that as we get some fresh interviews with some members of the family that I've never seen. We also get to hear from the person in jail who Susan Atkins ran her mouth to. We even get someone who tries to defend the original trial and get to see him completely stumped when evidence is presented to him.

Also on hand are some audio conversations with Manson himself. Of course, it's hard to know what to believe when it comes to the stories he tells but he says some very interesting things here. The film doesn't try to say Manson was a good guy or an innocent man but it does make you question some of what is out there. This is especially true when it's quite clear that the really evil ones were the likes of Atkins.

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