Charles Manson is now 76 years old. His scattered locks have vanished and his beard is thick with gray. He still lives in California's Corcoran State Prison. A small black swastika is still carved between his cold, remorseless eyes.
And those rambling thoughts that sickened (yet captivated) a culture still echo inside this infamous killer's warped mind.
Manson has given his first interview in 24 years and he admits he's "very mean" and a "bad man who shoots people." Not many will argue with that self-assessment. Oddly, however, he says he's become an environmental activist because of all the "bad things" mankind has done to the planet.
Speaking by phone to Vanity Fair Spain, Manson said: 'Everyone’s God and if we don’t wake up to that there’s going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we’re doing bad things to the atmosphere. If we don’t change that as rapidly as I’m speaking to you now, if we don’t put the green back on the planet and put the trees back that we’ve butchered, if we don’t go to war against the problem..."
He continued: "You have to accept yourself as God. You have to realise you’re just the Devil just as much as you’re God, that you’re everything and you’re nothing at all. Europe is the United States just as much as the United States is America and America is Europe."
Manson was the ring leader of a brutally violent commune, known as the Family, that murdered eight people including film director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife Sharon Tate in July and August 1969. The Killer said: "I live in the underworld. I don’t tell people what to do. They know what to do. 'If they don’t know what to do they don’t come around me because I’m very mean, I’m very mean."
Many believe those heinous murders ended the 1960s so-called era of "peace and free love."