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Charlie Don’t Surf

Jim Yoakum, unpublished, 2004

THE NIGHT THAT the four members of the infamous Manson Family drove out to a secluded Benedict Canyon mansion and brutally butchered Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Voytek Frykowski, Jay Sebring, and Steven Parent, they did more than strike a blow for Helter Skelter (Manson’s name for the Apocalypse that would occur when alarmed whites would rise up against the blacks), they fulfilled the fantasy of every frustrated would-be musician who had been given the cold shoulder by "the man."

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