i was 6 yrs old when the murders happened, i like most people only thought of charley as a murdering crack pot, but the more i looked into what actually happened and all the background info that has become available, my perception of the whole situation has changed. Let's be honest, if this went down today, charley probably would get off with a good behaviour bond with a good defence, as 1. His broken childhood would be accepted as a defence, 2. No conclusive evidence ever proved he actually killed anyone, 3. Telling someone to go kill someone else doesn't make you a killer. Even if he was convicted as an accomplice in the murders, no one today would do 50yrs in jail for it. The longer his incarceration went on, the more political it became. Because of the mania created by the media and demonising of charley, no governor was game to allow his parole, no one was willing to be "THE PERSON", who released CHARLES MANSON, they would be too worried it would be the end of their political career. This also applies to the rest of the family who still reside in prison although they probably deserve 50 yrs but as far as i know, some have been perfect inmates for their whole incarceration, so would this happen in this day and age of so called enlightenment? who knows but 1 thing is for sure, charley would have been out or at least been receiving mental health help as he definately had issues. Please note, i am not condoning any of these terrible crimes that these people committed but, for charley, i believe a certain amount of injustice has been directed upon him, make of this what you will.I know everyones gonna hate on me , but I think he did time way too much time,and was done wrong.My belief is, he is resting peacefully now.RIP CM.