Like many other cult leaders, Charles Manson established fear in the minds of his followers. He used quasi-religious ideas to set up the concept of an apocalyptic war, although this was based on race rather than religious dogma. Charles Manson is dead now, recently succumbing to the most every day of symptoms, a heart attack. No passing in the flames of evil or martyred on the cross of his cause. His manner of death was no doubt an anti-climax to a life lived more in myth than in reality. His tale is not yet complete. Perhaps it never will be, such is the continuing fascination he provokes. But here is his story.