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Helter Skelter

"It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, that you could almost hear the sound of ice rattling in the cocktail shakers in the homes way down the canyon." So goes the first line of the 1974 book by Manson Family prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi (and Curt Gentry), Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders.

It's a haunting notion-as haunting as the crimes themselves proved to be on the American psyche for decades after those nights in 1969. Documented not only in the book quoted above but in the movies on television and film they inspire and inform to this day, those crimes are a part of our lexicon, a shorthand for the broken extremities of our society, a real part, like or not, of the American experience, of American history itself. The 10 lots featured in this auction are from later in that history, from when the perpetrators were still incarcerated or had been for decades to pay for their crimes. 

Charles Manson Signed and Handwritten Postcard  with Reference to "The Ranch" (JSA)

Offered is a postcard dated "28 DEC 1998," twice-signed and handwritten by Charles Manson. The postcard is addressed to "Shawn Jackson,"a known pen pal and fan in Missouri. Manson has signed on the front of the postcard in the middle of the artwork by American painter Joseph Henry Sharp. He also signed the reverse (including a swastika) and wrote all the text, which includes "Got the 10, nice 4 some smokes & coffie [sic]." He then requests the recipient pass along his regards to the "mymes [sic] as I call them at the ranch." Manson is most-likely making a reference to Spahn Ranch, the rural location where he and his "family" resided prior to committing their crimes. Accompanied by an LOA from James Spence Authentication. Near Mint condition with expected wear from mailing.

Charles Manson Twice-Signed and Handwritten Postcard with Reference to "The Ranch" (JSA)
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