Charles Manson has threatened that his followers will burn down the cinema that hosts the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film about the Manson family murders, killing the director and all of the “vermin” in attendance.
Quentin Tarantino revealed last month that his next project would be a dramatization of the events surrounding the notorious Manson family murders in 1969, but the man at the center of the story, Charles Manson, has warned Tarantino off the project.
In an open letter to the director, sent via James McEwan, Charles Manson declared his opposition to the film, and alluded to the gory death of Tarantino’s Hitler character in Inglorious Basterds.
To Quentin Tarantino, I’m SURE you don’t want whats coming for you. What you fantasize about is what I will do – what you did a play acting and let it roll and said how you saved me speaking for myself – the world doesn’t need your story, it’s not a need or a want. Manson tells his own stories in a doo-wop tune, not a bee-bop whack-adaddy in and out laughfest. I’m god, I’m the devil, I’m everything, I’m nothing at all. It’s time for you to REPENT. You may look into my non-profit, ATWA, and give Manson what you think he’s got coming for Air, Trees, Water, and you. NO STORY. Redeem yourself and take your cotton pickin hands off my story you quisling, my sick city girls will take care of you and your vermin, at your premiere my bastards will enact their revenge, you will burn like Hitler in Django. That’s all I have to say to you, QUISLING.
James McEwan has been in correspondence with Charles Manson for “almost fifteen years” and has built a level of “trust and understanding” with the infamous cult leader. While the text is scrawled and cryptic, McEwan claims the message is clear.
“First of all, to save you getting out the dictionary, quisling is a term originating from Norway, which is used in English for a person who collaborates with an enemy occupying force,” McEwan says.
“Manson seems to be race-baiting Tarantino and calling him traitor.”
McEwan also believes Charles Manson is making reference to the climax of Tarantino’s WWII epic, Inglorious Basterds, in which Adolf Hitler, played by Martin Wuttke, is locked inside a burning cinema and killed by a barrage of machine gun bullets that literally tear his face apart.
“Manson is clearly threatening to have his ‘sick city girls’ burn down the cinema that hosts the film premiere, with Tarantino locked inside presumably,” McEwan says.
Asked if Tarantino should take the threat seriously, McEwan says he is not a psychologist, but “Manson has form. He’s done it before. I felt I had to make this public so I won’t be blamed for not warning him if something does end up happening.“
Manson also has history when it comes to open letters and public announcements. In 2012 he wrote an open letter to Marilyn Manson (who named himself after Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson), and in 2011 he spoke to Variety Spain, describing himself as “everything bad.“
“I am a bad man. I’m nasty. I’m in the bull ring. I don’t play. I shoot people … I’m an outlaw. I’m a criminal. I’m everything bad,” he said.
Manson didn’t carry out any of the killings during the two-day rampage in Southern California, but he was sentenced to death for ordering his cult members to perform the murders. He hoped to use the killings to ignite a race war between blacks and whites.
Murdered on Aug. 9, 1969, were Sharon Tate – who was the wife of film director Roman Polanski – and their houseguests, Jay Sebring, a hairstylist; heiress Abigail Folger; writer Wojciech Frykowski and teenager Steven Parent. Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were killed the next day.
All the victims were brutally stabbed to death.
Also attributed to Manson and his followers was the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman. Manson associate Bobby Beausoleil was convicted in connection with the crime. Manson was found guilty of Hinman’s death in a separate trial.
The death sentences imposed against Manson and members of his group were commuted to life sentences when California abolished the death penalty in 1972.
Speaking of his followers, Manson 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 am very mean. You understand what I’m saying when I say mean?“