It was always fun listening to former prosecutor and bestselling author Vincent Bugliosi on various talk shows. He died at 80, and I couldn’t help think it was after hearing this latest bit of news: there’s an autographed copy of the White Album signed by the Manson family.
For those that don’t know, Bugliosi was the guy that successfully prosecuted Charles Manson and members of his “family.”
He went on to write “Helter Skelter” in 1974, which is still the biggest selling true crime book, with over seven million copies sold.
He’s done at least 10 books. My two favorites being his one on OJ Simpson and on why you’re insane if you think the JFK murder was a conspiracy and not a lone gunman (I couldn’t agree more).
Recently on ioffer.com, there’s a sale of The Beatles White Album that is supposedly autographed by Manson, as well as Susan Atkins, Charles “Tex” Watson, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkel. For collectors of murder memorabilia, it’s the equivalent of us normal autograph collectors getting a signed White Album by the fab four.
Oh, it’s not cheap. It’s $49,000.
For those that don’t know, Manson supposedly interpreted the songs of the Beatles in a most bizarre fashion.
The signatures are all in blue ballpoint pen, except for Van Houten, who signed in black. Charles, ever the jokester, inscribed the piece: “Can you live in sin or in it LAST WORD – NO. Easy, Charles Manson.”
He also drew a swastika into his name (much like how he carved a swastika into his forehead).
The seller isn’t giving his name, but they claim he associated with them at Spahn Ranch, and got the signatures while visiting them in prison. That means the top and bottom seams are cut, since it was checked for possible contraband. It also has a water stain in the corner, which apparently happened from a fire in the owner’s home (could that have been the work of……SATAN?!!!!).
For those that weren’t Beatles fans but love murderers, you could get a bible from the prison chapel, signed by all five, as well as a Life Magazine signed by Manson.
Apparently, the actual record is really scratched up but if you play it backwards, you can hear Lennon say, “You just wasted your money, dumb a** !”