Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Roman Polanski: Auteur of his own misfortune

In 1977 Polanski was lionized for films dwelling on the erotic and grotesque, but the next year when a photo shoot with a girl, 13, crossed the line, he found himself facing jail. On February 1, 1978, just before sentencing, Polanski fled, becoming an international fugitive and ensuring that the case would dog him forever.

Charles Manson and the Manson Family

On January 25, 1971, Charles Manson was convicted on seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, for his role in trying to start a race war with the bloody Tate and LaBianca murders.

Charles Manson: Speaking from inside

Despite being locked up for life, Charles Manson continues to seek — and get — the attention of the public.

VIDEO: Charles Manson answers question about himself

In this short clip from an interview, Charles Manson is asked to explain in one sentence who he is. What follows is a display that, depending on who you ask, can either be interpreted, as madness, gimmickry or true showmanship.

Charlie Manson sent us these Xmas cards writer Denise Noe has been getting holiday greetings from Charlie Manson for the last couple years. Would you like to see what a Charlie Manson Christmas card looks like? We thought so.

Charles Manson Writes’s Denise Noe writes prisoners and they write her back. For the latest in our series, Denise wrote a poem and sent it to Charlie Manson. Well, he had all kinds of things to say about it and more, including this gem: “I broke no laws. I make the laws.”

The Prison Letters from Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme

This installment of letters from prison is from Manson family member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme while she was serving her sentence. Though she was a Manson follower, she is best known for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Fromme was released in 2009.

Roman Polanski Gives Rare Interview

The director speaks to Vanity Fair about his years before his 2009 Swiss arrest, the years since, and feeling blamed by the public for the murder of wife Sharon Tate.

The Music of Charles Manson

An often overlooked fact about the infamous Charles Manson is his career as a recording artist. In addition to Manson’s solo songs, the Manson family recorded a two-disc album called The Family Jams, on which Manson himself does not sing but is credited as a writer on every song. Manson continued to record songs in prison and hand them off to outside associates for public release.

VIDEO: Interview With Manson Family Member Susan Atkins

In this 1976 interview, Manson family member Susan Atkins, then 28, describes life as one of “Charlie’s Girls” and the nine murders she was involved in.

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