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Manson Family Crime: The Shooting of Bernard Crowe

Charles Manson believed that a race war would soon break out in the world and was preparing the Manson Family for the apocalypse. He was obsessed with the Beatles' White Album and insisted that the album contained codes for how to deal with the impending world doom. He coined it Helter Skelter, which was taken from the Beatles' song of the same name.

In June of 1969, Manson tasked Family member Charles "Tex" Watson with gathering money to prepare for the world conflict. He began by defrauding a drug dealer named Bernard "Lotsapoppa" Crowe. When Crowe realized he had been duped, he publicly threatened to wipe out the Family. In response, Manson showed up at his Hollywood apartment and shot him with the same gun that would be used in the Tate murders one week later. Crowe survived. He never reported the crime to the police.

In 1971 Crowe was interviewed on public television about his dealings with the Manson Family. He appeared nervous and shifty. An abridged transcript of the interview can be found here.

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Manson Family Crime: The Shooting of Bernard Crowe