“Shadow Over Santa Susana” Review at NY Book Time


Book Review: The Shadow Over Santa Susana by Adam Gorighty

Adam Gorightly, self-professed “crackpot historian” and former zine writer, does a Herculaneum task of assembling all of the shadowy theories and speculations about Charlie’s family (and why “Helter Skelter” went down—or seven different versions of it) into one cohesive and enjoyable tome. It’s all here, true crime and conspiracy buffs, all of the allegations, painstakingly researched (and footnoted), that the other Manson books only hinted at. Topics include: the Church of Satan, MK ULTRA and LSD mind control projects, S&M Celebs, snuff videos, the Son of Sam, the RFK hit, ONI, New Age messiahs, the Process Church, the Mob (was Charlie a hitman?), Race Wars, Kenneth Anger, Scientology, the Zodiac Killer, Rock Stars, a national murder cult, drug and kiddie porno rings, and more witchy teenage girls and speed-freak bikers that you can shake a buck knife at! It is not Mr. Gorightly’s intention to make you believe that Manson was a key figure in all of the purported criminal and satanic activities laid out in his book, but merely to inform the reader how much of a true crime icon Charlie Manson is to have writers and historians try to link this little twitchy piece of nothing to every sinister event in the sixties and beyond. Also included is a photo index of Manson family members and a list of contact information.

~ by gorightly on February 20, 2008.

One Response to ““Shadow Over Santa Susana” Review at NY Book Time”

  1. I listened intently to the Ian Punnett interview on C2C the other night and found it fascinating. I hadn’t thought of the Manson Family in a long time and now find myself practically “dreaming in Mansoncolor”!
    Good food for thought that Manson is/was a “patsy” for a number of important personnages: political, movie and recording industry bigwigs. Life in prison in exchange for keeping quiet. Some comments about him being a little “nothing” are probably projections of commenters’ similar lack of significance.

    Question: is Adam Gorightly a pseudonym? Enjoyed looking at the website and all the links. Hadn’t seen Steam Shovel Press in many years, either. I AM the Sixties–’63 h.s. grad, ’67 college. Sinister is a good word to describe the era, starting in the Summer of ’63. I partied that fall with the guys who trashed the Fernanda Wetherill debutante party in Southampton, Long Island. My kids (30 and 35 yrs old) would agree. They can’t wait ’til we are all dead!

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