Richard speaks with a former Manson family member, a rock journalist, and the authors of two chilling biographies of Charlie Manson about the supposed influence The Beatles and their self-titled ninth studio album, aka "The White Album" had on Manson. Did the McCartney composition, Helter Skelter, convince Manson and his followers that an apocalyptic race war was "coming down fast"?
Simon Wells has written on film and music for numerous magazines and newspapers including the Guardian; The Times and The Independent. He is a regular contributor to Record Collector, Hotdog, TV Zone, Watch, Total Film, and the Beatles' Book; the group's official magazine. In addition to his writing credits, Simon has researched numerous projects for the likes of the BBC, Channel Four and Virgin, as well as broadcasting live on LBC, ITN and BBC on film and music. the author of numerous rock books, including Charles Manson: Coming Down Fast
Diane Lake was the youngest member of The Manson Family. She is the author of Member of The Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties.
Adam Gorightly is a self-described 'crackpot historian,' and the author of several books, including The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and The Manson Family Mythos.
Susan Masino been a rock journalist for over thirty years, and has written six books, including, Let There Be Rock: The Story of AC/DC which is now in 11 languages. She helped create and host the 94.1 JJO Local Stage radio show from 1997-2004. She appeared in the Van Halen DVD, The Early Years, and AC/DC Let There Be Rock-The Movie. Her latest book, AC/DC FAQ All That's Left to Know About the Worlds True Rock and Roll Band