James Day and I talk about Charles Manson, crime, criminals and psychopaths, prison as a state of mind, history, alternate facts, his new film and why the truth can sometimes be really ugly.
Narrated by musician and director Rob Zombie, the documentary focuses on the Manson family murders told from Manson’s perspective using never-before-seen case files, pictures and exclusive interviews with Manson himself from inside California State Prison.
Charles Manson: The Final Words includes Manson’s eerie and disturbing conversations about modern society, justice, his decades behind bars, the Bernard Crowe shooting and the murders along with digitally restored audio recordings from the original investigations to reconstruct a path of events that led to the brutal slayings of movie star Sharon Tate and four of her friends on August 8, 1969 in addition to the murders of Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea.
The documentary also includes compelling new interviews with members of the Manson family which reveal never-before-heard details that help uncover the real story and motives behind the grisly murder spree.
Viewers will hear from accused Manson family members Bobby Beausoleil, Barbara Hoyt and Catherine “Cappi” Gillies along with prosecutor Stephen Kay, defense attorney Gary Fleischman, music producer Phil Kaufman as well as other investigators and authors.
James Buddy Day is the writer and director of Manson: The Voice Of Madness narrated by Rob Zombie.
Manson: The Voice Of Madness is an official selection of the Red Rock Film Festival, Cuff Docs, and the winner of Best Dramatic Documentary at the Atlanta International Film Festival.
As a writer/director James’ other feature credits include the character driven documentaries Goalie: Life And Death In The Crease (2015) and The Salvation Of Todd Bentley (2014).
James is the Showrunner of true crime series The Shocking Truth (2017-2018) featuring the shocking true stories behind some of the most famous movies of all times. The Shocking Truth can be seen on REELZ throughout the US, and other platforms throughout the world.
James’ extensive production experience includes travelling throughout the world as a writer/director/producer for the series Expedition Earth (Nat Geo Wild), as well as travelling throughout North America as the Showrunner and director of the food adventure series Best In Chow for CMT Canada and Cooking Channel (USA). He was served as Showrunner and director for Wild Obsession (Animal Planet), World Of Hurt With Rowdy Roddy Piper, The Big Pitch (CBC), Cultureville (CBC), Culture Secrets (CBC), and the The Screaming Room (SCREAM TV) among many other projects.
James holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Health Studies (BN) from Mount Royal University, and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma of Counselling Psychology from the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University.
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Image Copyright: Pyramid Productions. Used with permission.
With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.