Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties By Dianne Lake and 2

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As a shamefacedly admitted Manson anorak simply because of a coincidence in dates I've read lots of really poor, and a few very good books on this almost incredible moment in American history. This book by one of the most victimised of Manson's Girls (she was only 14 when her newly dropped out parents happily waved her off with Charlie and The Family by Ed Sanders, who was part of those heady, hippy times and wrote contemporaneously, giving a vivid, highly coloured and authentic account of the madness and the sadness of the end of the Peace it is simply honest, fair minded and open. She provides an excellent evocation of the times, her childhood, her feckless father and casual drift into danger. There's a selection of her own photographs, none for titllation or gruesome poring over the horrific details, but excellent for conjuring the atmosphere. Her rescue and adoption by one of the officers on the Manson case is moving and provides, exceptionally for this kind of memoir, a genuinely Happy Ending. English A very clear insight into the life of Dianne Lake, during her time as a member of Charles Manson's 'family'. English Detailed account of the inner workings of the Manson family. English Decent book hardly anything new other than her pre family life English This is a surprisingly sympathetic account of life with Charles Manson. It really shows how ordinary men and women were swept up in the lifestyle. You get a real sense of Manson's complex personality without glorification. Ms Lake doesn't excuse anything that happened but offers valuable insight into cult mentality and the changing roles of men and women. I'd really recommend this book for anyone interested in 1960s counterculture and blind faith. Manson grabbed these girls while they were lost and vulnerable and gave them purpose. He became the father figure most of them were lacking. Ms Lake, while careful to keep to her own account of events without putting words into other mouths, gives the reader an idea of family members' personalities and tries to round them out into comprehensible human beings. She takes us on the path that led there. A certain amount of dissociation is needed in recounting such a horrific story and the author handles it very well. If you wouldn't want the killers living next door to you, you sure wouldn't mind Ms Lake. English

Wow, what an amazing TRUE story. Coincidence Manson died while I was reading this. English If you don’t mind this type of reading book it’s good reading English I originally purchased this book on my ereader, I thought it was such a great book I needed it for my bookshelf as well. This is a must read for fans of Helter Skelter! English What an amazing book. It takes you on the journey of why and how somehow could fall under the spell of Charles Manson. It was an absolute rollercoaster ride of emotion. I have followed plenty of books on the murders and documentaries but this book comes from a completely English Only 1/4 way through it but a really great read and insight from someone who at such a young age was manipulated by this monster. English

In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the 20th century's most notorious criminals and life as one of his girls. At age 14, Dianne Lake with little than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them became one of Charlie's girls, a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson. Over the course of two years, the impressionable teenager endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson's true nature revealed itself. From Spahn ranch and the group acid trips to The Beatles' White Album and Manson's dangerous messiah complex, Dianne tells the riveting story of the group's descent into madness as she lived it. Though she never participated in any of the group's gruesome crimes and was purposely insulated from them, Dianne was arrested with the rest of the Manson Family and eventually learned enough to join the prosecution's case against them. With the help of good Samaritans, including the cop who first arrested her and later adopted her, the courageous young woman eventually found redemption and grew up to lead an ordinary life. While much has been written about Charles Manson, this riveting account from an actual Family member is a chilling portrait that recreates in vivid detail one of the most horrifying and fascinating chapters in modern American history. Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties