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Peace Out True Crime

This was one of my favourite classes because I loved how close knit we all became. The videos were really fun to do, but I think someone different should be assigned to edit every time because it was a lot of work to do every time. Also…some of those beginning readings were extremely dry. I think next time more time should be spent on organized crime – also I was upset we didn’t have time for Monster (ps you should watch Snow on Tha Bluff) because I love that kind of stuff. The student led discussions were really interesting and helpful but I think there should be more prep time to be able to do that – there was a lot going on all at once and it’s hard for group members to find a time that works for all of them.

Finally I Can Talk About Snoop Dogg

I figured I’d start this post off with a beautiful photo. Nice jumpsuit.
snoop-dogg-bandanaFor those of you that didn’t know that Snoop himself was a Crip also, there you are. Here is a lovely website where Snoop talks about how great gang life is in Cali. The man is actually insane, I’m pretty sure. Anyways, I love books like these (except for the part where it’s written like my mom’s sophomore students’ narrative essays – ps i love the use of “overstand”) but the story is nicely eye-opening for people who live sheltered lives who ignore all of this kind of stuff happening in the real world. Monster’s life is very depressing, and makes it even more depressing that he thinks this is how life just is and he thinks it’s so normal – almost like Henry in Goodfellas. He didn’t like “normal” life and he missed crime and screwing around. It is also like Goodfellas in that it follows his life from the very beginning of the crime through where he is now. I noticed the similarities while watching the movie and thought it was great how we looked at these things to close together. Two different sides of the country, two very different lives of crime, but still crime nevertheless.

Good Fellas and Wise Guys

I was glad to finally have an excuse to watch this movie; my dad’s been telling me to watch it for years and I always kept the DVD in my room and just never got around to it. When I started watching, I was mostly just excited to see most of the Sopranos characters in it, it felt like every two seconds a new Soprano character showed up and I’m pretty sure I squealed every time. Anyway, organized crime like this is my favourite to watch and read about. They’re so classy compared to the robbers and rapists and murderers we’ve learned about previously. There’s such a large group of them and they’re almost untouchable due to payoffs and I guess just organization. I always do find it ironic how they seem so classy and think of themselves this way, but they always end up muling and slinging drugs and cheating on their wives and their whole lives just end up ending terribly (most of the time – cough, the Godfather). I am intrigued by the impact of family – both each individual’s family and their entire Family. I suppose that’s usually just the Italian and the Catholicism, but even Karen was the same way. I loved watching Henry’s character grow and learn and go from everything to nothing. The end was a nice touch, how he described that he didn’t regret the crime and he actually missed it compared to the boring life he had in witness protection.

Here are some gifs. I tried to make the one of Jimmie kicking Billy but it was too fuzzy and I couldn’t fix it no matter what video I used



Steamboat Willie

GIF! (pronounced with a hard G)

I made my first gif! I’m so proud of myself! It’s from an animated short made by Salvador Dali and Walt Disney (you can check it out here – and I strongly recommend doing so. It is so amazing, as is everything these geniuses do)



Firstly, I love this book. Much more than In Cold Blood. I especially love the aspect of friendship between Bundy and Rule. I think that perspective is really cool. It makes things so much closer and you see the best possible side of Bundy (even as he is a murderer and total creep!) since Rule really thought he was a nice, cool dude. The way it’s written kind of reminds me of Into the Wild – this may just be a weird Lindsay thing, but I see similarities in that he’s kind of going all over the country and the family issues with his mom and whatever. Sometimes it’s written like Into the Wild in that it doesn’t linger on one subject for too long, Bundy was always going somewhere or doing something. All of the connections between characters are pretty cool, I enjoy all those links. I’ve already finished it, but I’ll save the spoilers for tomorrow :)

Beatles songs with Manson translation

Beatles Song
Manson Interpretation**

Revolution 1
(White Album)
You say you want a revolution/ Well you know/ We all want to change the world/ You tell me that it’s evolution/ Well you know/ We all want to change the world/ But when you talk about destruction/ Don’t you know that you can count me out (in).Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right/ All right, all right/ You say you got a real solution/ Well you know/ We’d all love to see the plan. Beatles favor a revolution.

Manson should now reveal his plan to escape the coming chaos.

Although the album jacket insert says “you know that you can count me out,” on the record itself the word “in” can be heard immediately after the word “out.”

(White Album)
Blackbird singing in the dead of night/ Take these broken wings and learn to fly/ All your life/ You were only waiting for this moment to arise. Beatles were urging black people to arise and revolt against the white establishment. Manson was fond of the word “rise”–often telling his followers that black people would “rise up.”

(White Album)
Have you seen the little piggies/ Crawling in the dirt/ And for all those little piggies/ Life is getting worse/ Always having dirt to play around in.Have you seen the bigger piggies/ In their starched white shirts/ You will find the bigger piggies/ Stirring up the dirt/ Always have clean shirts to play around in.

In their styes with all their backing/ They don’t care what goes on around/ In their eyes there’s something lacking/ What they need’s a damn good whacking.

Everywhere there’s lots of piggies/ Living piggy lives/ You can see them out for dinner/ With their piggy wives/ Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

Manson interpreted “piggies” to mean members of the Establishment. He saw the song as telling him that the Establishment needed “a damn good whacking.”  Manson frequently quoted the line referring to the need for a “whacking.” The song refers to forks and knives.  Rosemary LaBianca received 41 knive wounds, Leno LaBianca received 12 knive wounds and 7 fork wounds.  On a wall in the LaBianca home, in Leno’s blood, was written the phrase “Death to Pigs.”

Helter Skelter
(White Album)
When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide/ Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride/ Till I get to the bottom and I see you again.Do you, don’t you want me to love you/ I’m coming down fast but I’m miles above you/ Tell me tell me tell me come on tell me the answer/ You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer./ Helter skelter helter skelter/ Helter skelter.

Will you, won’t you want me to make you/ I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you/ Tell me tell me tell me the answer/ You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer./ Look out helter skelter helter skelter/ Helter skelter.

Look out, cause here she comes./ When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide/ And I stop and I turn and I go for a ride/ And I get to the bottom and I see you again./ Well do you, don’t you want me to make you/ I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you/ Tell me tell me tell me the  answer/ You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer./ Look out helter skelter helter skelter/ Helter skelter/ Look out helter skelter/ She’s coming down fast/  Yes she is/ Yes she is.

According to former Family member Brooks Poston, Manson told the group on New Year’s Eve 1968: “Are you hep to what the Beatles are saying?  Helter Skelter is coming down.  The Beatles are telling it like it is.” ‘Helter Skelter” was printed on the refrigerator at the LaBianca home.

Revolution 9
(White Album)
[ Song consists of a collection of sound clips.  The sounds include shouts, classical music, exploding mortars, soccer yells, crowd sounds, car horns, crying babies, hymns, oinking pigs, dialogue from the BBC, phrases such as “Block that Nixon,” and the repeated words “Number 9, Number 9, Number 9.” A man’s voice appears to say “Rise.” The song ends with the sounds of machine gun fire and screams, followed by the lullaby “Good Night.”] Manson saw the song as paralleling the message of the Bible’s Revelation 9.  He saw the song as a prophecy of the upcoming black verseus white revolution. This song, as well as “Blackbird,” were seen by Prosecutor Bugliosi as being the inspiration for the printing in blood of the word “rise” at the LaBianca home.

I Will
(White Album)
Who knows how long I’ve loved you/ You know I love you still/ Will I wait a lonely lifetime/ If you want me to–I will….And when at last I find you/ Your song will fill the air/ Sing it loud so I can hear you/ Make it easy to be near you/ For the things you do endear you to me/ You know I will/ I will. Manson interpreted the line “Your song will fill the air/ Sing it loud so I can hear you” to mean that he should make an album so that the peoples could find him (Manson), the returned Jesus Christ. After the White Album came out in Deember 1968, Manson began writing songs in earnest, hoping to answer the Beatle’s imagined request that he produce an album–but he never did. Each song was to be directed at a specific target group.

Honey Pie
(White Album)
She was a working girl/ North of England way/ Now she’s hit the big time/ In the USA/ And if she could only hear me/ This is what I’d say./ Honey pie you are making me crazy/ I’m in love but I’m lazy/ So won’t you please come home.Oh honey pie my position is tragic/ Come and show me the magic/ of your Hollywood song/…Oh honey pie you are driving me frantic/ Sail across the Atlantic/ To be where you belong./ Will the wind that blew her boat/ Across the sea/ Kindly send her sailing back to me./ Honey pie you are making me crazy/ I’m in love but I’m lazy/ So won’t you please come home. Manson interpreted the line “Sail across the Atlantic to where you belong” to mean that the Beatles should come to the USA to join his Family in Death Valley. Manson interpreted the line “I’m in love but I’m lazy” to mean that Beatles loved Jesus Christ and believed him to be in Southern California (“magic of your Hollywood song”) but were too lazy to search for him (now in the form of Charles Manson). Hoping to persuade the Beatles to join them, Manson and other Family members sent several telegrams, wrote numerous letters, and attempted at least three phone calls to the Beatles in England, all to no avail.


My favourite aspect of this (cough – awful) book was the structure – the sectioningof certain parts and the transitions to each. I know we talked about this in class, but I really think it emphasizes a certain something about the way the story played out, and the genre itself. Making True Crime more than just journalists, like Torso, it is now made into a creative process rather than a tedious article or so. Though the book is obviously not a novel, it is also obviously not a newspaper article. 411px-Truman_Capote_1924_1From the way the story is told, you would expect the author to be some sort of journalist (like a darker and more troubled Hunter S. Thompson [I’m sorry Thompson]), but as we pointed out in class, the guy wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s and is known, according to Wikipedia, as just “an American author.”  Also, the issue with the transitions and making things (or not) more suspenseful, another reason why I think they were necessary was because this case was well-known and everyone knew the outcome already, so Capote had to make it interesting so it didn’t feel like to people that they were just reading some other article on the case. 

Truman Capote and Harper LeeI thought it was cool to read about how Harper Lee influenced Capote on his making of the book here. They were childhood friends and he brought her along as his research assistance, and while i was googling this stuff, apparently there’s some “conspiracy” that Harper Lee actually wrote In Cold Blood. It’s a bunch of bs, but it’s out there.

The Black Dahlia Case and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I loved the Black Dahlia reading! The way it was written made it really interesting and intriguing to read. When the Sergeant was introduced (“Sergeant Finis Arthur Brown of the Homicide Division, who was going to live with this ugly thing for months and years…”) I was reminded of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s “Rebecka case:”

          I can't forget it. It's my Rebecka Case.
          Every policeman has at least one
          unsolved case. Back then it was old
          Torstensson. Year after year he kept
          returning to one - taking out the
          files - uselessly studying them.

I also thought it was crazy how they started out with twenty investigators, which is already a ton, and ended with over fifty! And when it described how during three work day periods, they wouldn’t even have time to change their shirts. I loved the tiny clues showing just how busy they were with such an open-ended case.
The time stamps towards the end were also really cool, showing just where the victim was at what time and showing how long certain things took, leading up to her “capture” (of course we don’t know if it started out as a capture) and murder. It adds a sort of suspense to the plot.


I love the ending of Execution! Those last two sentences were pretty clever, and in a kind of way was asking if killing Malloy was worth it. The electric chair has always reminded be of Stephen King’s The Green Mile (I haven’t finished it, don’t ruin it for me!!) Also them going through all those things to kill Malloy was eerily similar to Rasputin. Wizardry! thegreenmileI liked this one better than More and Better Psychopaths, but I think the latter brings up better class discussion points. Such as, the difference between a criminal and a psychopath. And is there even a such thing as a “criminal” while they are all classified as “psychopaths?” I thought it was interesting when he said that he thought they weren’t psychopaths they were only criminals, like with the example including the cop. The cop sees only a criminal and has no heart towards them and just shoots the guy. I don’ t see why they can’t be both, but we still punish them according to what their crime constitutes that they deserve.