Paul: thank you for the clarification on Ramer's name (it's spelled multiple ways and I had trouble finding his biographical info). The language of "Charlie began to understand that he was 'an immortal spiritual being'" is taken directly from my book, is my own language but culled from Scientology's stated beliefs - not a literal quote from Manson himself. An imagined 'awakening' on Charlie's behalf and a bit of literary assumption on my part;)

I will have to check out Ramer's 1972 article. Appreciate the comments!

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