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Apr202011

Charles Manson: President Obama a 'Slave to Wall Street'

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza (file)(CORCORAN, Calif.) -- Charles Manson has broken two decades of silence, giving a telephone interview to Spain's Vanity Fair magazine in which the convicted killer and cult leader called President Obama foolish.

Manson, who was convicted 40 years ago in the gruesome murders of eight people -- among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate -- also talked about killings and his group of followers who came to be known as the "Manson family."

The cult leader has a new attorney who has asked the president to set Manson free. Asked by the magazine to give an opinion of the president, Manson, 76, called Obama foolish in reference to Wall Street, saying he considered the president "a slave of Wall Street."

"He doesn't realize what they are doing. They are playing with him," he said, according to the magazine.

Other comments revealed the familiar, chilling Manson.

"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 a two-day rampage in Southern California, but he was sentenced to death for ordering the murders. He'd apparently hoped to use the killings to ignite a race war between blacks and whites.

All the victims were brutally stabbed to death.

The death sentences imposed against Manson and members of his group were commuted to life sentences when California abolished the death penalty in 1972.

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