The Manson File edited by Nikolas Schreck

The Manson File

edited by Nikolas Schreck

In Nikolas Schreck’s own words, The Manson File is Charles Manson “unexpurgated”. This scrapbook showcases Charlie through a collection of Manson’s own artwork, letters, poetry, song lyrics, trial testimony, and much much more. It’s filled with Charlie’s abstract and often-unsettling thought, and is probably the most unfiltered version of him published to date.

Pages: 200

Publisher: Feral House (September 18, 2011)

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3 Responses to The Manson File edited by Nikolas Schreck

  1. Johnnyseattle says:

    Just a comment, because some folks get confused between this version ‘The Manson File’ circa 1988 or so and his later book The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman (2011) would you consider putting an addendum to your description?
    The books are completely different.

  2. Bill Davies says:

    Great point Johnny, you put that in the proper context.

  3. Fred Bloggs says:

    The second version, “The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman” is a tremendous book, just not for it’s truth and accuracy. While I would heartily recommend reading this 900+ page book if you can find it, Shreck’s bias and desire to scotch “Helter Skelter” as one of the motives is so strong that he ends up driving all over the map with theories, stories and ideas that leave those that have actually looked at the Charles Manson saga from a variety of angles, incredulous.
    One of its major weaknesses is that a number of the things he puts out are demonstrably untrue. For example, he states as a fact that the Beatles went to India in 1967 with Dennis Wilson searching for enlightenment from their guru. Actually, they went in 1968 and it was with Mike Love. Now, one might say, so what, it’s not important, it’s just a small thing. Well, aside from the fact that it is crucial in the chronology of the stories of both the Beatles and the Beach Boys, the importance is that it shows a pattern in relying on untrue information in order to bolster the case he is making. This happens throughout the book and reaches its zenith in his theory of Tex Watson laying the groundwork for the drug dominated Cielo murders with a series of drug burns/drug robberies, in one of which he goes along with Bruce Davis to rob at gunpoint {actually shooting him in the foot} a drug dealer called Joel Rostau…….the major problem being that when the robbery happened, Davis was not even in the country. And that is documented fact. Shreck is so keen to swerve responsibility away from Manson that he goes full tilt boogie to show that Watson had established this pattern of drug burning. Yet, the only burn that has ever come to light regarding Watson is the infamous Bernard Crowe burn. And yet oddly, he places Manson at the murders with Watson…..
    Perhaps most ludicrous is his theory of Rosemary LaBianca as a big time acid dealer, but the book is full of theories that certainly got the blogs arguing for a few years. A veritable bucketful of red herrings.
    But there are large swathes that do commend it. For example, Shreck’s section on Manson’s spirituality is worth the cost of the book alone and shines a light into an area of Manson that hardly anyone whose stuff I’ve read has taken seriously. Shreck provides some fantastic insights here.
    However much it costs, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth, regardless of your stance on the case.

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