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Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult,… (edição 2017)

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"In late 1967, fourteen-year-old Dianne Lake became one of "Charlie's girls," a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson and member of his Family. Joining the group with little more than an old note from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them, the two years that followed were a mixture of sexual manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse, as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson's true nature revealed themselves to the impressionable teenager ... And yet, in spite of her painful experiences, Dianne was one of the few to emerge stronger from the torment of the Family. With the help of the California police officer and his welcoming family who took her in as a foster child following her arrest, Dianne was able to transform her trauma into triumph, finding the courage to face Manson in court and achieving a redemption that allowed her to heal ..."--Jacket.… (mais)
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Título:Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties
Autores:Dianne Lake (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2017), 384 pages
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I honestly really loved this book, completely grabs your attention right from the beginning. Only thing I was disappointed about was I had hoped for more details about the trial. The book mostly focused on prior to his arrest. Still would definitely recommend! ( )
  er_malley | Jul 10, 2021 |
"My parents were leading different lives now, and I was too. I could no longer rely on them to take care of me, even at a distance; they were too immersed in themselves."

The sad truth about Dianne's life was that ideals about an alternative lifestyle lead her misguided parents to essentially "throw her to the wolves".
Her parents felt that "turning on, tuning in, and dropping out" could help them make a positive difference in the world. Instead, it destroyed the family unit and almost destroyed Dianne's life.

At the age of 13, her father gave her LSD for the first time. A middle- aged artist unhappy with the constraints of materialism (mortgage, job) and the responsibilities of the establishment (paying bills, providing for his children) he convinced his wife to trade in their lifestyle to live out of a traveling bread truck.

What ensued for Dianne is both chilling and heartbreaking. A teenager left on her own she fell victim to the manipulation and abuse of Charles Manson.

"He could hone in on one’s deepest fears and emphasize that he offered the only true solution."

In this book the reader gets a first hand look at how he was able to control people to the point of committing murder for him. Thankfully, Dianne was not a part of that awful weekend in August 1969.

"Charlie’s uncanny ability to access a person’s needs now has many labels such as a type of cognitive empathy, this ability to read others and know them better than they know themselves without the emotional empathy to go along with it. Charlie provided scientists with a prime example of this type of pathology."

Her story of survival and regeneration is nothing short of amazing.

"The only constant through it all had been me. This was the only person I belonged to, the only person I was truly responsible for. It was time for me to put away rescuing me and to realize that I would have to be there for myself." ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
Shocking, gripping, and well written. ( )
  ErinCSmith | Jul 24, 2020 |
Dianne Lake is only 14 years old when she becomes a member of the Manson family. While she was not present for any of the murders, how she became a member of the family, and why she stayed with the increasingly abusive and unhinged Manson makes for a riveting story. Major trigger warnings! ( )
  dcoward | Apr 26, 2020 |
There is something about mind control that is utterly fascinating to me, which is why I've always been intrigued by Charles Manson and the Manson Family. Cults in general have always been a repulsion to many, which also makes them alluring, many of us trying to answer the why's and how's. How do these cult leaders become so powerful in the first place and why do they do what they do when they have that power and control?

Member of the Family is Dianne Lake's life story, mainly focused on her youth and time with the Manson Family. Also known as "Snake," Dianne was the youngest member of Charlie's inner circle in the Family and was there when the Tate-LaBianca murders took place. Though she wasn't present during the actual murders, Dianne was a witness to the planning and gruesome details from the ones that were there and did take part, and was a key witness in the trails that put Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie van Houten, and Charles "Tex" Watson away for the rest of their lives.

The novel starts at the beginning of Dianne's life, including painful childhood experiences, and the transition her family took from being a normal suburban family, to "drop out" of normal society and join the hippie movement, living out of a bread truck in California. It is during this time, at the age of fourteen, that Dianne's parents relinquish their parental rights and Dianne is on her own, moving from commune to commune, until she meets Charles Manson and immediately becomes apart of the Family.

Dianne does not shy away from details about her experiences with drugs, particularly LSD, and sexual encounters, including group sex with multiple partners and Charlie himself. There is also details about daily life, taking care of the children in the group, dumpster diving for food, and life in general in the hippie culture. Some of it was incredibly hard to read but luckily the details were just graphic enough to get the point across.

As I'm reading, and the story is drawing closer and closer to August 1969, I'm wondering what Dianne's particular role was in the murders, since I haven't read or seen too much about her in the past, and I found out that she was as close as you can be without actually witnessing the murders being committed. Dianne tells about the girls (Susan, Leslie, and Pat) being giddy, bragging about the murders and getting a taste for blood, so to speak. I had always been under the impression that the murders were committed out of obligation and obedience to Charlie and that there was no joy in the fulfillment but I was clearly wrong, and that sickens me to my core. How can a person find pleasure in doing something so heinous? That right there is evil in the purest form but evil personified will forever lie with Charles Manson.

I hate how Dianne was treated by Charlie in the final months both before and after the crimes were committed and how the Family as a whole went from being a peaceful hippie collective to paranoid murderers in training. I am so thankful that Dianne was able to escape that life and move past it all to live a normal and happy life. I spent a lot of time angry while reading her narrative, knowing Dianne wouldn't have went through all she did if it weren't for her selfish father, and hope that in writing her story that she was able to put a lot of feelings to rest.

I truly felt Dianne on these pages, that little girl that didn't truly understand the why's of everything that happened, and this was evident up until the very end. Though not eloquently written, it was raw, real, and 100% authentic, gripping your mind and imagination. I can't say that I enjoyed reading this novel, due to the material it entails, but I did find it utterly engrossing and commend Dianne for having the courage to finally tell her story. ( )
  cflores0420 | Oct 31, 2019 |
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"In late 1967, fourteen-year-old Dianne Lake became one of "Charlie's girls," a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson and member of his Family. Joining the group with little more than an old note from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them, the two years that followed were a mixture of sexual manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse, as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson's true nature revealed themselves to the impressionable teenager ... And yet, in spite of her painful experiences, Dianne was one of the few to emerge stronger from the torment of the Family. With the help of the California police officer and his welcoming family who took her in as a foster child following her arrest, Dianne was able to transform her trauma into triumph, finding the courage to face Manson in court and achieving a redemption that allowed her to heal ..."--Jacket.

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