Hippie Cult Leader: The Last Words of Charles Manson


This is an engaging book by James Day, who manages to get Charles Manson to call him, then they begin a dialogue where James explains to Manson that he wants to tell his true story, whatever that may be, that Manson still claims has never been told. This begins a year-long discourse between them about everything under the sun, while Day interviewed Manson for a documentary. Which also happened to be the final year of Manson’s life. He also further researched his background, and interviewed many other major figures who were involved in the story back in the day, or who knew Manson some other way.

After learning about Manson’s many “friends” who did favors for him, constantly jockeying for position as his “best friend” but mostly just being used to get Manson’s needs fulfilled out of necessity, Day met some and interviewed them, and spoke to others. They were very loyal, and several sold items like artwork for Charlie online, splitting the proceeds with him. Others had different functions to keep Manson happy, including visits.

There was the usual information in there, but plenty new interviews to keep it interesting. There are lots of topics they discussed and lots of unusual statements by Charlie all through. Many things that have long been staples of the story in books were disputed and reasons given. It is left for you to decide which is correct. A fascinating send off for Manson that leaves us with plenty to think about. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author James Buddy Day, and the publisher.




Optimum Publishing International – 288 pages
Publication: Aug 8th, 2019
RATING: 4/5 Stars


The Author- James Buddy Day is a producer and director, known for Sex, Lies & Murder (2018), The Salvation of Todd Bentley (2015) and The Shocking Truth (2017).

3 thoughts on “Book Review ~ Hippie Cult Leader

  1. Hi thank you for the interesting review — especially since his son has been in the news lately wrestling with his father’s legacy, and I was sort of surprised because I did not realize he even had a son — so talk about low profile — until now. But also I recall people over recent years being busted who visited Manson in prison trying to bring him a cell phone — I think a few times. One of the most memorable items I saw at the Museum of Rock & Roll in Cleveland was Manson’s letter to the editors of Rolling Stone — it was in a collective case with other memorabilia of the same era — but it got me thinking if Manson had found success as a musician or in the music industry perhaps that would have fed his ego and none of these terrible things would have happened. And that’s purse theory/presumption on my part other factors to be considered like mental illness and the use of drugs during that time, etc.

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    1. Hello and thanks for your thoughtful reply! I think that’s his grandson you’re thinking of, Jason Freeman. I believe his son passed away. I know there was a battle over the body for sure. As for the aspirations for music fame, it was said in the book that he didn’t really care one way or the other. Hard to know at this late date what the truth is. He asked this writer to get him a cell phone too, during their first conversations, but he flat told Manson he wasn’t that type.


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