By AnonyMakerThis is in response to Allison Mack and the Manson Girls of Charles Manson Death Cult Compared
There are good points and comparisons in the article. Another interesting comparison is that both Charles Manson and Keith Raniere borrowed heavily from Scientology.
Manson had actually received more hours of “auditing” – NXIVMs “EM” process is very similar – than most active members of Scientology ever get, partly because it has gotten so expensive nowadays.
And a Scientology “e-meter” used in auditing, was found among Manson possessions at the Spahn Ranch.
One of Manson’s lieutenants was significantly involved in Scientology even when part of the “family,” and apparently remains a prime suspect in the unsolved, gruesome murder of several Scientologists.
I initially thought, and suggested, that the NXIVM trial might play out somewhat similar to Manson’s, such as when Susan “Sexy Sadie” Atkins reneged on her deal with the prosecution and supported Manson in her testimony.
I think one difference was that the Manson girls were kept in the same jail and managed to maintain their connections and solidarity, while the NXIVM women were sent home and in most cases ended up either living with or spending a lot of time with family, which separated them and was likely to cause them to reconsider their loyalty to Raniere and the group.
But I see Nicky Clyne as the figure comparable to “Squeaky” Fromme, the dedicated loyalist remaining free.
Also, I think Leslie Van Houten faces the problem that the parole board will just never grant freedom to any of the Manson killers, because the crime was so sensational and such a decision would be criticized and second-guessed, especially if anything went wrong.
I’m pretty sure that there were other drug-addled female killers of the era, who eventually got parole even if they couldn’t entirely account for what they had done.