Charles Manson, Beatles, United States discussed on Serial Killers
Of the world's most notorious villains evil in it. He was a genuine cult leader, a man who commanded his followers to murder innocent victims including an unborn baby in the service of. Dark mystical plan. His crimes were modern proof of the ancient horror stories about satanic child murderers. Tales of the attacks were further sensationalized morbidly fascinating the nation for years to come, and in many ways Manson's family played specifically to the paranoia of white suburban Americans that an evil force was coming to take their innocent children is violent cult was composed primarily of young middle class women who were drawn in by the hippie movement of the time. Every night, the news reported more about how the women were plied with LSD and Mesmerized by bizarre evil ideology following the murders. The truth about the cult emerged Manson told his followers that there was a secret coded message hidden in the Beatles white album according to him the lyrics of helter skelter foretold an upcoming apocalyptic race war for which he and his followers had to prepare. Soon, Manson wasn't described as a horrific isolated case his violence was conflated with anything and everything the news could link him to. In this environment of rising dread things like the Satanic Bible no longer seemed like harmless novelties instead of bit of spurious hedonistic nonsense depraved devil-worship suddenly seem like a real possibility. Charles Manson made America fear a new dimension of evil and everything he was associated with from rock music to the rise of hallucinogenic drug use were all loosely lumped under the same counterculture umbrella that led directly to Satan's doorstep. The Amorphous counterculture movement had been a favorite boogeyman of conservative adults for years. Young people throughout the country sought new experimental, more tolerant lifestyles. They also fiercely criticised the establishment and the ideal of the American dream this trend combined with the burgeoning civil rights and antiwar movements in the US. Made many feel that the country was under attack after years of worry the changing nation proved to them that their fears weren't unfounded. They were very real threats in the ice of these frightened parents they're growing children were poisoned by immorality and shortsightedness. There were plenty of potential scapegoats but after the Manson family murders, a huge portion of the blame fell on the era's popular music. In a fit of bizarre hypocrisy many into Manson's claims that satanic messages really were hiding on rock albums though they decried the cult leader as an evil liar, they cherry picked his claims that supported their fears into kind of dress rehearsal for the later satanic panic accusations. Baseless rumors were repeated ad nauseam until a sizable number of people in the US gave them. Credence people started playing albums backwards searching for hidden infernal messages in reality bands like the Beatles were experimenting with. Hiding Easter eggs in their music. For example, using back masking a technique in which sound is recorded backward onto a track. The Beatles had inserted a reverse lyric in their song rain. It just wasn't satanic though there were some legitimate instances of back masking not every rumor about it rang true when people found something they thought was demonic. They played it for their friends with ample encouragement. Even skeptics could be convinced that there were devilish words hidden in the meaningless reversed sounds. As it turns out the human mind has a natural tendency to search for patterns, images, and distinct words even where none exist this psychological phenomenon is known as Peres Dalia. Looking into the sky and comparing clouds to animals or spotting gnarled faces and tree trunks are examples of visual Parrado. But this can influence our perception when listening to music as well. We don't always simply here what has played to us instead, we hear what we want to psychologists Diana Deutsch discovered that by broadcasting the same sounds through two speakers at slightly different rhythms. Listeners could be tricked into believing that phantom words or phrases were being played. She also found that the words people heard depended greatly on their mindset and thoughts at the time of the experiment. However, most people trust their senses implicitly and don't know to expect psychological tricks of the mind so in. The nineteen seventies when fearful parents heard, what they thought were demonic voices in the music, their children listen to they panicked, and for those who lead the messages were there. It wasn't a stretch to assume that the backwards words were actually corrupting their children swaying them to the side of evil part of this paranoia can be explained by a long held misunderstanding about so-called subliminal messages starting in the nineteen forties and fifties. Companies tried inserting single frame advertisements in the midst of otherwise unrelated cartoons and movies even though the conscious mind couldn't proceed the brief. Flashes advertises hope that the unconscious would be persuaded to act on the ADS. Subsequent psychological studies have largely discredited the original theories behind subliminal messages in nineteen seventy five researchers determined that flashing the words Hershey's chocolate during a student lecture did not lead to a sudden craving for chocolate for example, even when chocolate samples were readily available, that isn't to say that subliminal messages are entirely mythical. However more recent research has suggested that they can impact a person's choices though the effect is more subtle than once believed either way the idea that backwards infernal slogans. Can infect a child's mind is completely unsubstantiated. Nevertheless, it was still a theory in the early nineteen seventies and into the eighties at the time, some social psychologists and doctors argued that the brain could unconsciously perceive and internalize the secret recordings but their statements were completely baseless. Even these learned researchers have been hoodwinked by their own fears and biases. Ultimately, the truth of the claims didn't matter to concerned parents they heard what they wanted to, and for a multitude of reasons they were already looking for an excuse to declare the counterculture movement tainted or immoral. Hysteria around subliminal messages shocking books like say Tannock Bible and horrific colts like Manson's justified prejudices that parents already held but more significantly, the rumors unified a number of disparate groups. Suddenly religious groups, conservatives who resisted the social change at the time and adults who were simply wary of drug use all had common ground. The evil behind the curtain was at last revealed and too many it. All made complete sense. The youth were just rebellious and there was nothing innocent about the shifting tide of popular culture. Everything was orchestrated by a single entity who pulled the strings in the darkness. Every moral failing could be attributed to Satan and.