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Jeffrey Melnick on the Meaning of the Manson Murders

Season 1, Ep. 435

In this episode, Jeffrey Melnick, Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, discusses his new book, "Charles Manson's Creepy Crawl: The Many Lives of America's Most Infamous Family," which is published by Arcade. Melnick begins by explaining the purpose of his book and how it relates to the true crime genre. He reflects on how Charles Manson and the Manson murders became a metaphor for the cultural conflicts of the late 60s and early 70s. And he explains how Manson provides a lens for examining American culture. Melnick is on Twitter at @melnickjeffrey1.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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