I really liked these articles because they focused more on the family than Charles Manson himself. And unlike the movie Helter Skelter the article “Then It All Came Down” talks about other case of a member, Bobby Beausoleil, and the murder of Gary Hinman which was before the Tate and La Bianca murders. In the article it states that the the imprisonment of Bobby was the reason for the killing of Tate and La Bianca murder which makes those murders a lot less random and crazy. Since the Manson family was “family” they wanted to save their own, Bobby, I am somewhat disappointed that this was not a bigger part of Helter Skelter. This probably was left out to make the Manson family seem even more evil, so that it would look like they just killed for the sport of it when in reality it was to save a loved one, although still not acceptable it seems more reasonable.
With the article “Leslie Van Houten: A friendship Part 1 of 5” depicts Leslie as a young girl who was just waking up after coma or sleep walk in which she did something wrong and did even realize until now what she did was wrong. I feel bad because she was brainwashed and she’s waking up from all the lies, the remorse just hits and I am sure she feels horrible but yet I you see the other side yes she still killed these people so she has to feel the consequence. Yet I don’t think Leslie should be completely let go of all the consequences of killing, she does now feel the remorse which is obviously delayed because of Charles Manson’s manipulation, shouldn’t that mean something? Also since she was brainwashed by Manson I believe Manson deserved a worse punishment than the girls yet they received the same sentence when he’s the one who ordered the killings.