Conspiracy Theories

The Great Charles Manson Conspiracy

A helter-skelter podcast with The Daily Beast


The Daily Beast just devoted a podcast to Charles Manson, and they had me on to chat about Manson conspiracy theories. This mostly meant we talked about John Todd, a con man who in the '70s started posing as an Illuminati defector and who claimed, among other things, that Manson was raising an Illuminist army behind bars that would soon be rampaging across the country. But we touch on other topics too, from the first American Illuminati scare of the 18th century to the conspiracy theories of Mae Brussell. The full episode is below; my bit starts around the 27-minute mark.