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The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the "Manson Family" Mythos

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In The Shadow Over Santa Susana, Adam Gorightly takes his readers on a black magic carpet ride from the Hollywood "Beautiful People" scene of the late 60's through to the vast desert landscapes of a Death Valley gone madÂwith all the love-ins and creepy-crawls that happened along the way. Buy this book and blow your mind! ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Writers Club Press (first published September 19th 2001)
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Matthew W
Aug 12, 2009 Matthew W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly entertaining and informative book on Manson. The bibliography proves that author Adam Gorightly has also certainly done his Helter Skelter research.

Somehow this book is only about 1/3 the length of it's first pressing size. The original pressing was around 600 pages and the new edition is just under 200 pages. I am not sure whether or not things have been cutout or what. Either way, after reading the book it feels like nothing has been "left out."

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Cynde Moya
Read this over the course of a day and a half when I was sick in bed. The author was open to and tried to express a different interpretation than Bugliosi's Helter Skelter motivation. Mysterious really what they were getting up to. The closing chapters on Mae Brussel and the MK-ULTRA mind control conspiracies made a number of connections for me. The experience of reading this book left me feeling high and paranoid.

A couple of chapters really needed an editor, and the author had an ongoing bad r
Jan 06, 2010 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Charles Manson is one interesting bastard.

This book is amazing. It's packed full with so much information about the connections Manson had throughout Hollywood and Southern California in the 1960s - The Beach Boys, Kenneth Anger, Anton La Vey, Terry Melcher (Doris Day's son), various recording artists, movie stars, producers, filmmakers, etc. The number of people Manson touched (probably literally) is astounding.

The book contains graphic photos from the Tate/LaBianca crime scenes and also some g
Jan 24, 2016 Fishface rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
A quick read, with over 200 photos. Without ever explicitly saying so, the author makes clear that the real shadow over the Santa Susana mountains was not the one cast by the Manson Family, but the one hanging over all of us during the late 1960s, including Charlie and his followers -- rumor, innuendo, and Cold War paranoia. The author treats every nutty theory out there as a proven fact. This book needed some serious copyediting before it was released; there are missing words in some ...more
Sep 11, 2007 Josh rated it it was amazing
You could read all of the dozen+ books of the subject of the Manson family or could just read this. Not only is this book probably the most comprehensive of the genre it also has the benefit of addressing every wacko conspiracy theory relating to Manson, from CIA mind control to COINTEL PRO and Satanic cults. While I found Gorightly's theory on the subject a little far fetched he thankfully saves this for the end and handles all of the information objectively.
Jul 04, 2008 kevin rated it it was ok
chockful of conspiracy and supposition, just as any review of the Manson myth as the brutally tragic end of the annoying free-wheeling 1960s ought to be.

it's a quick read if you can get around or get over the endless typos, my favorite being the consistent use of the word "ALTER" for altar ...
Mar 10, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Not real into the "conspriracy theory" thing...I believe a person can make almost anything seem related to something else if you dissect it, examine it and break it down far enough into tiny pieces of the whole. It had some interesting tidbits about Manson, the family and murders though.
Jun 20, 2015 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Okay, so maybe it's a bit fantastical, but it's a great read for those who are curious about the Family.
Sep 23, 2009 Zack rated it it was amazing
This is the best one yet:
Jan 17, 2011 Nate rated it it was ok
Really badly edited. Never met a conspiracy theory or slander of the victims it didn't like. Nevertheless is a fun read for Manson groupies who can't get enough tales of Spahn Ranch.
Rebecca McNutt
Books on the Manson Family are always so creepy! What a thing to be reading before Christmas, eh? Nonetheless it was well-written and very in-depth.
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Aug 28, 2012 F.J. Lennon rated it liked it

Comprehensive and wickedly disturbing. A bit fragmented, but a vital read for Manson murder researchers.
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I dont remember much about this book. It wasnt great but had some basic info.
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American author focussing on pananormal topics and conspiracy theories.

Gorightly has proclaimed himself to be a "crackpot historian" articles of him have been published in several underground magazines.
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