The Hollywood& amp; Crime podcast uses painstaking research to retell the Manson story, while other selections include a gala of wedding equality in Australia
Pick of the week: Young Charlie
There has been much noise about Charles Manson in the wake of his death, and Young Charlie ( Wondery/ iTunes ), the new podcast from Hollywood& Crime, is a timely look at what stimulated him such a dangerous man.
It is a comprehensive retelling of Manson’s story, and absorbing from the beginning. Regular listeners to the intriguing Hollywood& Crime will be familiar with its ability at putting listeners in the moment and grisly but non-sensational details about brutal killings.( If you are yet to listen to the series on the Black Dahlia murders in 1940 s Hollywood, start at the beginning .)
Narrator Tracy Pattin voices strangely thrilled to be telling Manson’s story, but makes the right note when it comes to respecting the seriousness of her subject and responsibly delivers the painstakingly researched facts. Co-host Stephen Lang fills in Manson’s past and constructs it painfully clear that the seeds of his crimes were sown in his horrific childhood. In 1939, Manson’s mother Kathleen was jailed for robbery. Charlie was just five, a” runt of a kid, all big eyes and matted hair” who liked to be the centre of attention.” And, oh, he’s got a way with terms ,” notes Lang.” Even at five he always seems to know just what to say .”
Manson appears a disturbed son, crying on the way home from his first day at school, getting picked on by the big children, then get his own gun at 13. He was able to concentrate in music class and knew how to charm his fellow pupils, as well as psychiatrists, later blaming his mental state on years of incarceration. Lang exposes the fullest extent to which he manipulated to survive.” With the incentive of a wife and fatherhood he may be able to straightened himself out ,” was one psychiatric assessment.
Young Charlie pinpoints Manson’s hypnotic power over his followers and the way the assassination of Sharon Tate and four others sent Hollywood starrings into concealing, persuaded they would be next.
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