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Is Charles Manson crazy or evil? No one else can recount the events and explain the family as Diana Montane can. Montane is a journalist and published author. She was an Arts & Entertainment writer, as well as art, theatre and film critic, for Miami’s first newspaper, The Miami News, until the demise of that publication. Shortly therafter, she was Entertainment Editor and art, theatre and film critic of EXITO, a weekly published by The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and The Chicago Tribune. She has contributed numerous articles and cover stories for: The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The Palm Beach Post, The New Times, Latina Magazine, and others.
Manson and four others -- Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Charles "Tex" Watson and Leslie Van Houten -- were convicted of murder and other charges in connection with a two-night rampage that left pregnant actress Sharon Tate and seven others dead. Manson and the four "family" members' death sentences were overturned during the 1970s, when the death penalty laws were ruled unconsitutional. He is quietly serving out his life sentence. Although he once frequently gave bombastic rants on national television, he hasn't granted a media interview in years. Manson receives a lot of mail, and many requests from people who want to visit him, Johnson said. He still occasionally sees a few people.
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