CHARLES MANSON PRISON-MADE CLOTH DOLL
(1934 - 2017) Drifter whose ‘family' committed the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969. An early prison-made piece of art created by convicted murderer Manson, a huge, approx. 20 x 22 in. fuzzy blue cloth doll. The body, arms and legs have been tied into rope with the ends frayed outwards. The same has been done to the top of the head to represent hair. This doll was originally given to the daughter of Wayne ‘Bulldog' Ladd, one of the original founders of the Aryan Brotherhood who grew close to Manson during their time in San Quentin prison. Accompanied by two pieces of provenance, including: an A.L.S. by Manson 5pp. 4to., Corcoran, California, [n.d.], sent to Ladd's daughter. In part: ‘...Just the name ‘Bulldog' Ladd on the BIG yard held a power of respect and honor...His words good, brotherhood and respect good and without gitting tangled up in gangs and letting all know he was a gang if anyone disrespected him or anyone in his family...Yes I made you the doll. His life was much like my life. We were the dead end kids of the 1930s and 40s caged in prisons and hard times...a mans man without misusing others...Once when I was burnt bad and down he came and helped me and saved me from a lot of bad, I may not have survived...I heard of his death...My past is now I've been out of time beyond the mind for years and years...'. Signed ‘Easy Charles Manson'. Manson then adds thee pages of postscript, in part: ‘...Your dad was a person I believed in and he never lied...You know how the games are played in the law...I've not been hiding or covering up anything I did – I'm unschooled but no foal [sic]...Me is all I ever had...I don't care what most people think but LADD loved you and your mama that I feel my respect for him would like to explain and express my real self to you – I'm OUTLAW and do and love my own free will...been mean to people who were mean to me and my love – I love the love that loves me and reward with all I got – I also git as much out of line as I need to survive...You were the high part of bulldogs life...I got great respect for your mom – she gave LADD the best part of his life...Wish I could say more...' Signed again ‘Easy Charles Milles Manson' at the conclusion, adding his typical reverse swastika. At the bottom of each page is an ‘ATWA' ‘Air, Trees, Water, Animals and All The Way Alive' sticker. On the verso of the last page is an obscure blue hand-painting. Sold with two original holograph envelopes. The second piece of provenance is a Helter Skelter card, featuring an image of Manson on the front and his signature ‘Charles Milles Manson', adding his typical reverse swastika. The inside of the card bears a printed Manson quote in which he explains that Helter Skelter only means confusion. Manson tells Kathleen that he spent time with her dad and ‘never knew him to lie', and signs ‘Charles Milles Manson Easy', again adding his typical reverse swastika. On the verso he writes a postscript, in full: ‘P.S. a man from FL sent me a letter and picture of the doll I made you long ago – I was just learning to make dolls and string things. Easy CM', adding his typical reverse swastika. Manson's prison artwork, especially dolls of this size and with this association, are especially rare.