Sordidness Tracker, Episode 45

June 2, 2015

You Must Remember This often contains wild tales from Hollywood’s colorful past, so much so that it can become difficult to keep track of all the sordid details while you listen to it and pretend to be working, parenting, paying attention to the road, etc.  Now, there’s help.  As you listen to Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Episode 2: How Manson Found His Family, this handy Sordidness Tracker will help you follow who was doing what to whom.

Pregnant minors: Yes.

Drugs: Lots.

Scams run, unsuccessfully: Multiple.

Reform schools escaped from: Two.

Salt-filled ketchup bottles used for bludgeoning: One.

Awful instances of sexual assault: Yes.

Disparate influences used as spiritual mentors: Pimps, Scientology, Dale Carnegie.

Does Karina Longworth imitate Charles Manson: No.

Who does: Nate DiMeo, host of The Memory Palace podcast.  He’ll be portraying Manson for the duration of this series.

Stolen cars sold as means of income: Multiple.

Amount of fraudulent check written at Ralphs: $37.50.

Hookers transported across state lines: Multiple.

Future managers of Gram Parsons met while in prison: One (Phil Kaufman).

Things you could also find in The Haight besides/courtesy of “free love”: Unplanned pregnancies, venereal diseases, illegal abortions, women still getting the short end of the stick while the men skated.

Nicknames given by Charles Manson to himself: One (“The Gardener”).

Buses purchased: One.

Charles Manson, being wildly racist in addition to all the other things: Yes.

Also mentioned: People with the given name “Colonel,” The Diggers, Anton LaVey.