When we heard the news of Charles Manson’s death, we asked Louis Theroux if we could reprint this piece he wrote for Idler #1 in August 1993. In it Louis examines transcripts of Manson’s parole hearing from 1992.
Every few years since 1977, Charles Manson has appeared before the California board of prison terms and been considered for parole. And every few years Manson has been returned to prison. Looking over the transcripts of his latest hearing, dated April 1992, it isn’t hard to see why.
Manson gets off to a shaky start when the various board commissioners are spelling their names for the benefit of the transcriber.
Presiding Board Commissioner Koenig: Mr Manson?
Inmate Manson: Charles Manson, inmate, B-33920.
Koenig: Would you spell your last name please?