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The dictionary definition of helter-skelter is a “disorderly hurry, a confused and hasty action, or showing haste or confusion in a wild, disorderly way.” Charles Manson harbored the idea of “Helter-Skelter” as a motive and catalyst for his apocalyptic vision of social disintegration, which would end with a final war. He viewed the so-called Judgment Day, Armageddon, and Helter-Skelter as one and the same and looked on African Americans as the source of evil and destruction. Charles Manson believed that if wealthy Caucasians were murdered in larger numbers, this would precipitate a racial war initiated by outraged Caucasians and perpetuated by an angry, retaliatory African American population, with the final result being Helter-Skelter.

Charles Manson has been quoted as saying, “Blackie doesn't know how to do ...

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