Taming The Beast: Charles Manson’s Life Behind Bars by Edward George with Dary Matera

Taming The Beast: Charles Manson’s Life Behind Bars

By Edward George with Dary Matera

Ed George was a prison counselor at San Quentin when Charles Manson was sent away for the Tate-Labianca killings. In Taming The Beast, George tells not only about his relationship with Manson, but how working along side Charlie effected his life. The stories, both interesting and unique, show a side of Manson rarely seen. This book is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about what Manson has been up to, since being incarcerated for the 1969 killings.

Book Description: Edward George understand Charles Manson as few others ever will. Former prison counselor to the messianic killer, George enraged Manson as an agent of the state’s criminal justice system, listened to him as a trusted confessor, spoke for him as an erstwhile press agent-and-almost-connected with him as a friend. George saw Manson in a way the public never would, witnessing the method to his madness, the charisma that underlies his sickness, the pathetic abandoned boy within the homicidal man. If you read Helter Skelter and think you know the whole story about Charlie Manson, think again. You don’t know it all until you’ve read Taming the Beast: Charles Manson’s Life Behind Bars.

Pages: 304

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; 2nd edition (July 16, 1999)

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3 Responses to Taming The Beast: Charles Manson’s Life Behind Bars by Edward George with Dary Matera

  1. Lori says:

    A very interesting read. This author knew Manson very well, but was actually starting to be sucked-in by him. Manson is truly a scary, creepy humanoid-type individual…..

    • Sarah says:

      This site gets betetr and betetr. Can’t wait for this and the photo archives. Thanks for the great work you put into archiving this case and sharing your wealth of material with the rest of us!

  2. Fred Bloggs says:

    This is one of those books that leaves one totally undecided. Undecided as to whether it’s a good book or a crock of crap making you wonder why Ed bothered…..
    On balance I’d veer more towards the former, only because it contains information that really helps to fill in some gaps regarding Charles Manson and some of his friends.
    Ed himself turns out to be perhaps the most disturbing character as he tells how his family life and sanity teetered on the edge as his obsession with Manson gradually took hold.
    It’s one thing to want to be fair and try to bring humanity to inmates, which I thought was a noble aim, but George allows his initial aim to spill over into near obsession.
    As a result, it’s hard to know how seriously to take his story.
    It’s not a waste of money though, there’s much fascinating stuff to glean here and if nothing else, the viewpoint from within the jail is chilling and enthralling at the same time.

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