About Charles Manson: The Final Words

Even after his death, Charles Manson continues to be a beacon of public fascination. How could a no-account drifter and ex-con become a charismatic leader of what prosecutors called a diabolical murder cult?

About Charles Manson: The Final Words

Music producer Phil Kaufman.

Why did the killers target the home of a Hollywood sex symbol? And where did the prosecution come up with the theory that Manson aimed to start a race war called Helter Skelter based on the music of The Beatles?

Some have proposed that the prosecution made-up the race war theory in order to more easily convict Manson through a sensational conspiracy narrative.

Former Manson Family member Barbara Hoyt.

Former Manson Family member Barbara Hoyt.

If the prosecution did construct the Helter Skelter theory, is convicting a man like Manson so essential that any means of achieving it is acceptable?

Exclusive interviews include accused Manson Family members Bobby Beausoleil, Barbara Hoyt and Catherine 'Cappi' Gillies, prosecutor Stephen Kay, defence lawyer Gary Fleischman, and music producer Phil Kaufman. The film also features rare footage and audio recordings of Leslie Van Houten and Susan Atkins.

The film also uncovers shocking new details, never-seen-before materials and digitally restored audio recordings from the original investigation to reconstruct a path of events that led to the brutal murders of movie star Sharon Tate and four of her friends on 8th August 1969.

Defence lawyer Gary Fleischman.

Defence lawyer Gary Fleischman.

But the most riveting elements come from Manson himself through never seen before pictures, documents, artwork, writings and recordings from inside California State Prison. Recordings that include eerie conversations about modern society, justice and his decades behind bars. Recordings that will help you get to know the man they call simply, Charlie.