L. Fromme/S. Good
1725 P Street
Sacramento, Cal. 95814
August 2, 1975
Dear Mr. Rossie,
A year ago you wrote Charles Manson asking if you might interview him at Folsom prison. He sent the letters to us.
I am enclosing a double sided statement concerning both Nixon and what will happen to Los Angeles, even as I find it unlikely that you will use or pass this grim warning.
I am certain that you could find in history men with as strange and mystical, individual and yet all-encompassing qualities as Manson, if one could only think to compare. A braver (real) man would take a good long look at a phenomenon to see not what others think or fear about it—but WHAT IS. This is difficult for the schooled mind to see, and you are to be respected for trying, not by me or anyone, but by yourself.
Through the images set out for us by the leaders with enough financial backing to take a step forward/whip-lashing suddenly at that certain point in time when fashion swung to the revolution—the American mind is left blocked by dozens of already tried solutions, to the OVERALL problems, that have fizzled. Nevertheless, the thoughts are still moving.
It was not people that the Manson Family was at war with, but a thought. The same thought sells our children and our more important world sex, political ideology, death, theology, and toothpaste in one hour. As a member of the media, it is your responsibility to take into consideration the thoughts that the Manson Family has presented to you. We will not, for the sake of drama, and an old school of thought where the misery needs company and the subtitles of emotions and treasures of a writer’s hard work, accept Tennessee Williams for lifestyle. To perpetuate what is dead is killing the rest. There is—around the corner of evolution—a new experience, awareness and perception beyond anything we have yet experienced—and this itself is so feared that it has been locked up. The death of an old thought is the completion of a long line of grandmother’s ways, and hard for most to let go of.
The media CAN be used to unwind the tangles of a world running in circles toward what it fears most.
Manson can explain the self destructive thought. He can explain the Christ thought.
Without personal meanness, I say that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND THE MIND OF THE WORLD into which you pass THOUGHTS. The leaders who have held the people down in order to control have fallen off the top and as the people are waking to the lie, in anger, they will tear the world apart with no new purpose to live. With the media, each new home can learn a garden, and woman can be shown not as a whore or a neuter computer, but as a mother who WANTS TO LIVE AND IS DOING EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN TO INSURE [sic] THE SURVIVAL OF HER WORLD. YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THE CHRIST THOUGHT FIRST. I CANNOT EXPLAIN IT, BUT IT WOULD FASCINATE YOU! LOVE IN TRUTH IS WORSHIP—AND BEGINS WITH WORSHIP OF THE EARTH WE WALK ON, THE AIR WE BREATHE, THE WATER WE DRINK AND SO ON. THE COUNTRY HAS THE RESOURCES AND THE YOUNG AND OLD ENERGY ALIKE TO CLEAN IT UP AND PROVIDE NEW PURPOSE FOR LIVING, NEW THOUGHTS THAT SEND A MIND SPIRALING UPWARD AND OUTWARD, NOT INTO THE DRUG STORES, BOOZE BOTTLES AND MORGUES.
BUT WILL THE TATE-LABIANCA MURDERS NEED TO BE REPEATED TO TELL THE TRUTH OF THE THOUGHTS WE HAVE BEEN RAISED INTO? OR WILL THE PEOPLE FINALLY SEE THAT THEY ARE BEING KILLED BY BIG MONEY AND THE THOUGHTS THAT ARE PEPPER IT AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE NEW YOUNG GOVERNMENT OF THE WORLD? WILL THERE BE BLOOD IN THE FACES OF OUR WORKING PEOPLE, OR WILL TWENTY MILLION MOTHER BEARS ARISE TO PROTECT THEIR CUBS?
WOMAN WILL NEED TO SIT DOWN WITH HER MEN AND UNDERSTAND THEM AS PARTS OF HERSELF. TO COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER IS TO CREATE CONFLICT IN THE KIDS AND LEAVE THE REAL PROBLEMS OF NO PLACE TO PLAY, NO TREES, BAD AIR, WATER, AND CANCER CAUSING FOODS—ON THE SIDEWALKS WITH THE TWELVE AND THIRTEEN YEAR OLDS WHO LEARNED IN THEIR DOPE PREVENTION CLASS HOW NOT TO SHOOT DOPE AND ARE LAUGHING ABOUT IT WITH NEEDLES IN THEIR ARMS.
HOW MANY OF OUR KIDS WENT TO THE NUT HOUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY JUST BECAUSE THEY SAW THE CONCRETE BILLBOARD CANCER REALITY KILLING THE WORLD AND THEY COULD NOT COPE? WOULD YOU OR I GIVE UP OUR LIVES TO STOP THE WORLD FROM BURNING? THINK ABOUT IT.
CHARLES MANSON, BRUCE DAVIS, STEVE GROGAN, ROBERT BEAUSOLEIL, CHARLES WATSON, PATRICIA KRENWINKLE [sic], LESLIE VAN HOUTEN AND SUSAN ATKINS DID. PUT NIXON AND THE POPE IN A COURT ROOM WITH MANSON AND FAMILY AND WE WILL SEE WHAT HAS BEEN RUNNING OUR IGNORANCES, WHAT TRUTH HAS BEEN KEPT IN CLOSETS. AND WE WHO ARE THE REAL SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE AND EARTH.
THE TRUTH IS AS BAD AS IT IS GOOD. MANSON CAN EXPLAIN IT. IF NOT ALLOWED TO EXPLAIN, THERE WILL BE MANY MORE YOUNG MURDERERS, BEGINNING WITH THE PERSON TYPING THIS LETTER. YOU DO NOT REALIZE ALL THE THOUGHTS THAT ARE MOVING IN THE MINDS OF NOT ONLY THIS COUNTRY, BUT THE WORLD. MANSON HAS BEEN THINKING THROUGH THE WORLD FOR FIVE YEARS IN THAT CLOSET. HE HAS BEEN UNDER THE SUN THREE TIMES IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS. FOR THOSE OF US OUTSIDE TO IMAGINE THIS WOULD BE HARD. WHAT MAN COULD BE IN A CELL WITH NOTHING TO DO AND ALL THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS OF THE WORLD ON HIS BACK, WITH EVERY REACH OF COMPETITION TRYING WITH SHARP NAILS TO PICK HIS BRAIN, AND DOWN HIM, SO THAT THEY, HIM, HER, MS., IT CAN BE HIM—WHAT MAN OF CLEAR AWARENESS AND PERCEPTION OF THOUGHTS BEYOND MOST MEN’S MINDS, PAST OR PRESENT, COULD KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE REALLY THINKING, ACCEPT THEM WITHOUT JUDGMENT, YET REFLECT THEIR OWN JUDGMENTS OF THEMSELVES IN TRUTH FOR THEIR OWN BALANCE AND SIGHT, OFTEN TO HIS OWN DETREMENT? IT IS AN EXCEPTIONAL MAN WHO TELLS IS THE TRUTH THAT OTHERS DO NOT WANT US TO HEAR. THOSE OF US NOT EXCEPTIONAL, CAUGHT UP IN FOOLISH FORMALITIES SIGNIFYING NOTHING, MAY LEARN TO FACE OURSELVES THROUGH HIM—BUT ONLY WHILE HE LIVES. IF HE DIES, THE TRUTH ALONG WITH HIM DIES. THERE ARE MANY CHILDREN WITH KNIVES WHO LOVE THE EARTH AND PUT THEIR VERY LIVES ON HIS NAME, PLEDGING NOT TO ALLOW THIS.
THE ALWAYS NICE FACE WILL NOT GIVE YOU THE MEANNESS THAT MAY RAISE YOUR STRENGTH AND HELP YOU TO SURVIVE. THE GIFT OF THE MEAN, HARD TRUTH CAN SAVE LIVES IF WE BUT ACCEPT IT AS A PART OF THE THOUGHTS THAT ARE MOVING. IF NOT IT IS BLOODY BEDROOMS AND SCREAMS IN THE NIGHT, UNANSWERED. AS IS, YOU ARE MAKING MURDERERS FOR THE SPRAY CAN COMPANY THAT IS GOING TO KILL US IF SOMEBODY DOES NOT GET ALPLANALP AND HIS CRIME PARTNERS FIRST.
IF NIXON CAN STEAL THE COUNTRY, AND SELL IT OUT THE BACK DOOR WHILE THE C.I.A. TRACKS BLOOD ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THE POPE SHAKES HANDS ON THE DEAL—WHAT IS JOE GONZALES DOING IN JAIL FOR STEALING BREAD? WHY IS GEORGE BROWN GOING TO PRISON FOR DOPE? WHY DID SYLVIA KILL HER MOTHER? WHY DID PAT KRENWINKLE [sic], LESLIE VAN HOUTEN, SUSAN ATKINS, CHARLES WATSON, ROBERT BEAUSOLEIL, STEPHEN GROGAN [sic], AND BRUCE DAVIS KILL NINE PEOPLE? WHY DID CHARLES MANSON GET LIFE IN PRISON FOR TELLING THE TRUTH? MANSON CAN EXPLAIN IT. IN A COURT ROOM WITH NIXON, AND THE POPE—THE WORLD WOULD KNOW WHY.
P.S. C.M. could have gotten out if he would have lied. He doesn’t lie. Bugliosi on the other hand lies and makes thousands of dollars, while campaigning on T.V. shows and saying that Charles Manson is at home in prison, having a great time playing his guitar and he’s queer anyway. (Sixteen to twenty women should surely testitfy to that.)
Sandra and myself would like to sit down next to Bugliosi on one of his talk shows, under the right circumstances. Why don’t you give me your thoughts on the best spot for this. I felt that CBS would be the most fair in the editing room. We do not know the various shows where such a confrontation would be possible.