Sharon Tate and George Reeves pictured above: victims of Hollywood Noir
"Spread out under the blazing California sun in a make-believe mirage of celluloid importance, cruel murder flashed a brusque, telltale light on Tinseltown, causing a carnival of dark conspiracy unparalleled in this nation’s history."
Bill Kelly's A Century of Hollywood Murders
By the end of the sixties, for the baby boomers the beliefs of the old military/industrial combine had unraveled. The protective shell had been shattered and thrown away. With our protective social constructs crumbling, all that was left was the state of nature waiting to reveal itself as either friend or fiend. The idyllic suburbia of Leave it to Beaver had become a bad joke. John Wayne was no longer there to protect us from the Indians or lead the way to the next watering hole.... and the hot sun was climbing over the rim of the desert. Out of that desert emerged the very apparition that had always been there coiled up in the heart of the culture. Indians, wolves, monsters under the bed. Commies coming to get us, the Viet Cong, Victor Charley, and finally that other Charlie, Charlie Manson.
The American Meaning of Charley Manson
- David R. Williams
Charles Manson, a programmed Monarch slave who received initial programming at China Lake, lived with his cult only 45 miles north-west of China Lake at the remote Myers and Barker ranches.
Cool pools from a tired land
sink now in the peace of evening.
Clouds weaken & die.
The sun, an orange skull,
whispers quietly, becomes an island, & is gone.