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Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult
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Dianne Lake
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Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult

Dianne Lake



Autobiography: historical, political & military;
True crime


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In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the twentieth century's most notorious criminals and life as one of his girls. At age fourteen Dianne Lake--with little more than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them--became one of Charlie's girls, a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson. Over the course of two years, the impressionable teenager endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson's true nature revealed itself. From Spahn ranch and the group acid trips, to the Beatles' White Album and Manson's dangerous messiah-complex, Dianne tells the riveting story of the group's descent into madness as she lived it.Though she never participated in any of the group's gruesome crimes and was purposely insulated from them, Dianne was arrested with the rest of the Manson Family, and eventually learned enough to join the prosecution's case against them. With the help of good Samaritans, including the cop who first arrested her and later adopted her, the courageous young woman eventually found redemption and grew up to lead an ordinary life.While much has been written about Charles Manson, this riveting account from an actual Family member is a chilling portrait that recreates in vivid detail one of the most horrifying and fascinating chapters in modern American history.Member of the Family includes 16 pages of photographs.

By:   Dianne Lake
Imprint:   HarperCollins
Country of Publication:   United States
Weight:   646g
ISBN:   9780062695574
ISBN 10:   0062695576
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Fans of Emma Cline's novel 'The Girls' will enjoy this nonfiction account of a teenager living under Charles Manson's cult leadership in the '60s and her eventual aid in his arrest and imprisonment. --amNewYork [A] disturbing, courageous memoir... Her testimony, at age 17, helped convict Manson. This is a moving, intense insider's view of the cult of Manson. --Publishers Weekly If a taut psychological thriller is what you like, 'Member of the Family' crushes it. --Northwest Indiana Times

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