It’s funny how a person can be totally rotten and still be important. Maybe it SHOULDN’T be that way, but who in the past 500 years has been more relevant than Hitler? It would make Charles Manson smile to know that I referenced ol’ Adolph in a post about him, about Charlie. (Would have when he was alive, anyhow.)
Charles Manson is dead. He will not be mourned. For the vast majority of people in the world, his death will be celebrated, if it is noticed at all. I am not celebrating him by writing about him here. He was an evil man. Perhaps he should be forgotten, should already have been forgotten. Perhaps we never should have known his name in the first place. But the fact is, Chuck was an important person. Important in a bad way, yes, but socially and culturally relevant. He served as a living, breathing cautionary tale, one that is sadly more needed today than in 1969, when he inspired his infamous murder spree. It is for this reason that I am commemorating his passing. Serial killers are celebrities, for good or ill, and Manson was probably the most infamous of them all. Sadly, I doubt that he will remain that way. That “cautionary tale” thing I just mentioned? What he was warning us about is that there will likely be more like him. The nightmare of the modern serial killer does not end with Manson’s death.