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Charles Manson and Scientology

Paul Crockett


 

Scientology critics like to present Charles Manson as a typical Scientologist. Manson, however, only dabbled into Scientology for a short time, alongside many other subjects. Scientology had nothing to do either in the horrible murders he pushed his followers to perpetrate. This does not prevent critics from presenting a completely distorted picture of the reality. This page provides all the facts necessary to understand the situation in a correct perspective.


When I read Bugliosi's book back in 80's, I was very impressed by the fact that someone could "deprogram", in gentle way, a couple of Manson's members. I was thus very surprised to learn that this person, Paul Crockett, was someone interest in Scientology. Technically, I would not qualify him as a Scientologist, contrary to what Watson say. However, this feat is still remarkable. Note that Scientology critics will completely omit this key fact in their presentation.

Tex Watson's statement that initiated this discovery:

"I never heard Manson mention Scientology or The Process Church. He did meet up with a Scientologist named Crockett in the desert. Crockett was instrumental in deprogramming Poston and Watkins, and stood toe-to-toe with Manson. This was the only mention of Scientology. I remember them arguing back and forth for hours."

-- DESERT SHADOWS by Bob Murphy, page 28 (Bob Murphy was superintendent of Death Valley National Monument during Manson's arrest there in 1969) :

Paul Watkins grossly underestimated the character of Paul Crockett. Born in Ada, Oklahoma, of a minister father and a school teacher mother, Crockett left home at 18 and joined the US Army Air Corps to became a navigator. He flew 52 combat missions in the South Pacific, and after his combat experience, began asking himself serious questions about life and its purpose. With a parental inspired thirst for knowledge, he became a reader, not only of technical publications, but also of philosophy, theology, religion, the Bible, history, energy and more. Crockett's study of spiritual disciplines, including scientology, theosophy, and the doctrine of Rosacrucians, gave him the ability to utilize selected precepts for his arguments with Watkins."

Bugliosi:


Interestingly, Crockett uses the same terminology to describe what he had done as Ted Patrick, with the difference of course that Crockett didn't resort to violence, and the further difference that gangs like Manson can only remotely be compare to more innocuous cults or religions attacked by Ted Patrick and his anti-cult cohorts.

While by all means what Crockett did was very effective, insightful and even heroic, he seems a bit at lost to explain the details of it:

Crockett even came up with some weird ideas of his own:

Crockett, however, was again insightful in predicting what would be Bugliosi's most important difficulty (and indeed right when it came to direct conviction):

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This web site is NOT created by a Scientologist. It is created by a Scientology EX-MEMBER who is critical of Scientology. However, this ex-member is ALSO critical of the anti-Scientology movement. This does not make him a Scientologist, nor a defender of Scientology.

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