Was Charles Manson a CIA lab rat?

The cult leader brainwashed his followers using the same techniques MKULTRA was trying to perfect.

Justin Ward
13 min readDec 10, 2019

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Charles Manson 1968 mugshot (Public Domain)

In 1999, freelance journalist Tom O’Neill accepted what he thought would be a simple assignment: He was tapped to write a story about the Manson Family’s lasting impact on Hollywood to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders. It…

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Justin Ward

Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD