For those of you who haven't bothered to read a single news headline in the past week, infamous cult leader Charles Manson has (finally) died. If you're unfamiliar with Manson's story, we'll summarize briefly — Charles Manson was the leader of the aptly named "Manson Family" back in the 1960s. Think commune hippy-culture, but much, much darker. He and several other members of The Family were responsible for seven deaths, commonly referred to as the "Tate-LaBianca" murders, most notably the death of actress Sharon Tate, wife of controversial film director Roman Polanski. Sharon was visibly pregnant at the time of her death, adding another element of depravity to the dark memory of Charles Manson's criminal history.
In a word, Manson was evil. If we were to continue to describe him, we'd add narcissistic and superficial to the equation. He was obsessed with fame and celebrity and had a severely misplaced sense of importance in the musical community at the time — to add perspective, he believed that he would one day be as famous as The Beatles when his talent was mediocre, at best. That's enough about Manson though, we're here to talk about a man with actual talent, Bryan Cranston. After hearing of Manson's death, Cranston shared a pretty cryptic tweet about having met Charlie in 1969:
Yes, the story is brief and while it may seem trivial, think about it! 1969 was the year right before the Tate-LaBianca murders were committed. This was following The Summer of Love, guys. America had literally never seen a crime of this magnitude, at least not in the media. The entire nation was watching, terrified. Imagine seeing that news as a 12-year-old kid with the knowledge that you actually came within a few feet of a monster. Pretty powerful memory, we'd say.
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