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Charles Manson and Scientology

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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.


Though Manson boasted he didn't need Scientology anymore because he reached "theta clear", it is more likely that he simply couldn't confront his own unethical acts which Scientology necessarily would bring up.

From a Scientology compliance report investigating Manson's possible involvement in Scientology in the wake of the Tate-LaBianca murders. (These were part of documents seized by the FBI from the Church of Scientology in 1977 and subsequently made available through the Freedom of Information act):

After a while, however, Manson was screaming to get away from his auditor (in Raul's opinion, he'd been severely over-run or something). He eventually managed to get put in solitary confinement to get away from his auditor. Eventually prison officials got suspicious of the groups strange activities and broke up the group. Subsequently, Raul was released from the prison in 1965. Raimer's wife was in training here at the L.A. Org in 1965-66; she had disconnected from Raimer. Raul just found out yesterday that another friend, Marvin White, later sent Manson books (after the Scientology group was broken up) on hypnotism and black magic, (reference above)

From HELTER SKELTER:

Although Manson remained interested in Scientology much longer than he did in any other subject except music, it appears that like the Dale Carnegie course, he stuck with it only as long as his enthusiasm lasted, then dropped it, extracting and retaining a number of phrases (`auditing, 'cease to exist', 'coming to Now') and some concepts (karma, reincarnation, etc.) which, perhaps fittingly, Scientology had borrowed in the first place. (ep. 241)

By August of 1966, with little other explanation than his constant inability to stick with anything, a pre-release prison report mentions that

Manson had no further interest in academic or vocational training; that he was no longer an advocate of Scientology... (p. 146)

About Scientology being more than a passing fad but nevertheless dropped later:

I knew...that Manson was an eclectic, a borrower of ideas. I knew too, both from his prison records and from my conversations with him, that Manson's involvement with Scientology had veen more than a passing fad. Manson told me, as he had Paul Watkins, that he had reached the highest stage, `beta clear', and no longer had any connection with or need for Scientology. I was inclined to accept at least the latter portion of his claim. In my rather extensive investigation, I found no evidence of any kind that Manson was involved with Scientology after his release from prison in 1967.  (p. 470)

Letter from Bugliosi to the Church of Scientology - 1971:

This is to advise that our investigation of the Tate-La Bianca murders has not revealed any evidence showing  that any member of the Church of Scientology was involved in these murders, nor have we found any evidence that Charles  Manson was a practicing member of the Church of Scientology at the time of the aforementioned murders.

I hope the above statement will be of some value to you and your church in the event that anyone in the future accuses the Church of Scientology of being somehow involved in these heinous murders."

Thus any attempts to link Manson and his crimes to Scientology is a sorry and spurious attempt to create controversy where there is none, as proven here.

Tex Watson's interview referred to above:

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.

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