1) Firstly, most believe Manson is a killer. He isn’t, the court acknowledges Manson hasn’t killed anyone himself. Manson has been found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. They say he was a cult leader who convinced his followers to kill for him. The prosecution sold their ideas to the media and the myth was born. They refused to let him testify because he might be able to brainwash the court with his evil cult powers! What a crock of s*&t, the man is innocent!
(2) Vincent Bugliosi (the district attorney) made up the story that most people know. The witnesses againt Manson were given immunity and reward for going along with Bugliosi’s story. Bugliosi made up the helter skelter theory and fed it to the media while Manson was in a cell with his phone privileges removed. The story was fed to the media before Manson had even had a pre-trial. So the world was led to believe Manson was evil and then they refused to let him represent himself.