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The bankrolling of Charlie Manson

Capitalist Point Loma Wealth Funded The Manson Family

"Sandra Collins Good" trust fund kid - in her federal mugshot after an arrest for using stolen credit cards.

I had heard of this Sandra Good and Point Loma — Manson connection a couple of years ago and it made sense. There has always been an element of darkness in the hippie scene here in Ocean Beach. ~Editor

Manson Girl Sandra Good’s Early life

Sandra Good was born in San Diego, California, the daughter of a stock broker. Her parents divorced when she was four years old. Good attended Point Loma High School and was a member of the Student Opinion Club, along with Margaret Avery, the actress (Shug in Spielberg’s The Color Purple), but it is not known if they knew each other. (From Good’s Wikipedia listing.)

Now for the really good part…

“…a Gnarl.”

Sandra Good had a man in her life before Charles Manson. His name was Joel Pugh, whom Charlie wanted out of the picture. This bit of information is found on a website with information about Pugh:

Daniel Pugh: ‘When she started hanging around with Manson, Joel was extremely embarrassed about it. He regarded Manson as a phoney, who was very full of himself and a sort of embarrassing character. He didn’t want Sandy to have anything to do with a guy like that; sort of uncool by association…. Manson was what Joel, in his own words, would have called “a Gnarl.”’

Evidently, Sandy’s complete immersion in Manson’s all encompassing world placed an enormous strain on her and Joel’s relationship, and they eventually broke up, putting paid to any future plans. As Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Stephen Kay tells it, Manson couldn’t have planned it better himself.

Stephen Kay: ‘Charlie wanted very much for Sandy Good not to be married, because her father had been very wealthy. He left a trust fund that paid her $2000 a month, which was the money the Manson Family lived off most of the time; that was their biggest source of income… Joel was an irritant, and Manson didn’t want anyone getting in the way of him and the trust fund.’

So there it is. Without the money from Sandra Good’s trust fund the Manson Family would not have had the financial glue to insinuate themselves into the Hollywood music scene. They would not have met Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and the famous killings on Cielo Drive, etcetera, likely would not have happened.

Pretty interesting since they said they were so against what they called the “capitalist piggies.” But then, madness isn’t expected to be consistent.

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