Manson's note to Manson

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Charles Manson wrote Marilyn Manson a postcard from prison:

To Marilyn Manson – It’s taken me a long time to get there from where I could touch M. Manson. Now I got a card to play – you may look into my non-profit, ATWA, and give Manson what you think he’s got coming for Air, Trees, Water, and you. Or I will pay Manson what you think Manson got comeing – the music has make Manson into Abraxas Devil, and I’m SURE you would want some of what I got from what I got. It’s a far out balence. Beyond good and bad, right, wrong. What you don’t do is what I will do – what you did a sang along, and let it roll and said how you saved me a lot of steeps – I don’t need, it’s not a need or a want. Couped – coup. Ghost dancers slay together and your just in my grave Sunstroker Corona-coronas-coronae – you seen me from under with it all standing on me. That’s 2 dump trucks – doing the same as CMF 000007

"Charles Manson writes Marilyn Manson an open letter from his prison cell" (NME, thanks Gil Kaufman!)

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  1. Heh, that’ll teach you to name yourself and your bandmates after serial killers for the shock value, Brian.

  2. He may not get anything from Marilyn Manson, but if he’d send a few of these postcards to art galleries, I’m sure he’d get some serious money for them.

  3. I know most cult rhetoric is nonsense, but it’s at least coherent. Please tell me Charlie could string together a sentence or two at one time in his life. I’d hate to think this baby-gibberish is all it took to convince a group of people to go on a killing spree with him, drugs or no drugs.

    1. The Beach Boys were good buds with him and Neil Young gave him a motorcycle.  He impressed a lot of impressive people, most of whom gave him credit for being able to write good songs off the top of his head.  And this is the Beach Boys and Neil Young giving calling them “good songs”.

      You can also compare to L. Ron Hubbard.  Every biographical detail I’ve heard about the guy makes me want to take a shower but he was clearly incredibly charming and persuasive.  Even Isaac Asimov had nothing but wonderful things to say about his memories of Hubbard from sci fi circles in NYC from the 50’s.

      Manson’s spent the last few decades in prison.  He was obviously crazy before prison, but I doubt a few decades in prison made him any less crazy.

  4. It’s a bit stream of conscious (well, ok, a lot), but to me the gist of it is that while Marilyn Manson plays at being evil and gets all the press now, Charlie is the real thing and everything Marilyn has is just a pale reflection of him.

    I’m not sure how much of Manson’s antics are because he’s genuinely nuts and how much is him playing the part of the crazy psycho so he can mess with people.    

  5. From Reddit:

    [–]OnDaBlockSlanginRock 994 points 2 days ago
    To Marilyn Manson –It’s taken me a long time to get there from where I could touch M. Manson.It’s taken me a long time to understand marylin manson.Now I got a card to play – you may look into my non-profit, ATWA, and give Manson what you think he’s got coming for Air, Trees, Water, and you.I would really like to know what you think of my non profit ATWA and if you think I’ll be able to make a difference for the Earth and the things that live on it.Or I will pay Manson what you think Manson got coming – the music has make Manson into Abraxas Devil, and I’m SURE you would want some of what I got from what I got.Now I want to tell you about what you were probably expecting- your music has made you an Abraxas Devil (Abraxas is claimed to be both a god and a demon- Marilyn Manson is combination of an American goddess and an American Demon; Marilyn Manson is also seen as a god by some and a demon by others- in the end they are all one in the same, Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson were both fucked up people we all are). I’m sure you will be happy to know that I get it.It’s a far out balance. Beyond good and bad, right, wrong.It’s awesome what you do, how you walk the line. You make people question the black and white, right/wrong, good/evil morality.What you don’t do is what I will do – what you did a sing-along, and let it roll and said how you saved me a lot of steps – I don’t need, it’s not a need or a want.You didn’t go as far as I did to get people to question standard good/evil morality, but that’s a good thing, only once people learn to exchange ideas without emotionally acting to “moral” triggers will we be able to have a competent discussion on how to save this Earth. You did at least as much as I; I did things I didn’t need to do. It’s not something I do not need or want now.Couped – coup.Prison sucksGhost dancers slay together and you’re just in my graveGhost dancers are dancing (the ghost dance was a dance that was meant to unite the different Native American tribes and bring peace and prosperity to the land- this basically means you are doing well at furthering the goal of bettering this earth.) I am dead to the outside world- you have taken my place.Sunstroker Corona-coronas-coronae – you seen me from under with it all standing on me.You have a really strong corona(any bright ring around a celestial body like in an eclipse, and Marilyn Manson shines brightly) and it is giving me sunstroke (basically ‘you are killing me[as a pop culture thing]/taking my place’)That’s 2 dump trucks – doing the same as CMF 000007That’s two things trying to kill me- the same as CMF 000007 (CMF is the prison he is; I’m guessing 000007 is his cell.)Charles Manson

  6. Charlie seems to be indicating that he got to the South Pole of batshit-crazy and planted his flag first.
    Sure, sure, keep staring back at the abyss but make a little room when it starts head-butting you.

  7. I like that top reddit translation, but as others have said further down the reddit thread, I don’t think it’s as sunny as all that – CM is calling MM out a little, taking him to task on using his name. Taking an amalgam of the sunny translation and the dark translation, I think it paraphrases like this:
    “I never really cared about you but you’ve grown on me over the years to where I can reach out. But now I have a card to play (refering to a strategy or ulterior motive for making contact?) You have the option of paying into my non-profit what you consider fair from exploiting the Manson name for your gain. It’s for a good environmental cause though.
    Now I want to tell you about what you were probably expecting – your music has made you an Abraxas Devil. I’m SURE you will be happy to know that I get it. (sarcasm?)
    It’s great how you walk the line. You make people question the black and white, right/wrong, good/evil morality.You didn’t go as far as I did to get people to question standard good/evil morality, but that’s a good thing.You did at least as much as I; I did things I didn’t need to do. It’s something I do not need or want now.I am cut off (couped) to the outside world- you have taken my place (coup).You have a really strong corona and it is giving me sunstroke.That’s two things trying to kill me- the same as CMF 000007.”

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