Monday, November 19, 2012

And Brooks???

Wonder what ever happened to Brooks Poston??  We talk so much about Paul Watkins. We saw him grow into an adult and followed his entire life. We know he became the “unofficial mayor” of Tecopa, and that he went on to become the founder and first president of the Death Valley Chamber of Commerce. We have seen pictures of Paul, and his children, and debated the work of one of his children...

But, what about Brooks Poston?  He was the one who didn’t sleep with all of the girls. The one who would literally fall down and die for days at a time at Charlie’s command. The one male who said in front of a camera with a straight face that he had believed Charlie to be Christ. How much did his actions and behavior add to grow the legend of Charlie and his brainwashing abilities??

Watching and listening to the Hendrickson Documentary again, I am drawn to one of his songs. It is the one they are playing in the scene where the girls are sitting in a field around Spahn sewing, and ends with Bruce walking away from the camera displaying Charlie’s vest. The song haunts me in a strange way. This scene does as well. It is one of the few times the girls are shown in such a harmless, innocent manner. This song seems to catch the exact feeling of basic and common yet still uneasy serenity playing in out in front of your eyes. Simple and ordinary in so many ways , yet somehow still subconsciously menacing...

Brooks met Charlie through Dean at Dennis’ house. He went the whole 9 yards making himself into one of Charlies most gullible minions. He was swayed off Charlie by Crockett. He testified for the prosecution. He lived in the Inyo area and formed a music group with Paul Watkins called “Desert Sun”….

What happened to Brooks Poston after that?

( I came across this picture at  mansonatwar.tumblr.com )






17 comments:

Ole J.C. said...

I think he went off the deep end and is not a hermit; that'd be my guess. He seemed very unstable to me and borderline psychotic and battling mental demons.

Ole J.C. said...

*now a hermit

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leary7 said...

very well written Saint. Brooks is an interesting character. Kinda wish Watkin's daughter had written about him rather than her other subjects.

Terrapin said...

he played in a duo with a lady named jane boltinhouse for a brief period in i think it was the early 80s. there are rumours of a tape floating around but i've never come across it. a tshirt sometimes pops up on auction sites tho

william marshall said...

Vince Bugliosi passed away today 957 pm
California time RIP VINCE

william marshall said...

Uh Sorry all heard that wrong over radio
Don't know how to delete comment
Matt feel free bud

cielodrivecom said...

Brooks is alright in my book. One of Brooks' friends contacted me many years ago. He corrected something I had on my site. I had written that Brooks was then a member of another cult - information I got from the 1994 Helter Skelter update. Anyway, he said Brooks was doing fine, and not in any cult. Just keeping things real simple, living his life and playing music.

orwhut said...

William,
Toward the upper right hand corner of your screen there should be a place to click to sign in. When signed in there, your comments should show a little garbage can below them. Click in it to delete your comment. For some reason, signing in through Google alone doesn't seem to work.

candy and nuts said...

I love that song he wrote that you mentioned, Im not a shrink so I wont diagnose anyones mental problems....

fiona1933 said...

Paul Watkins said that Brooks became too heavy to cope with. His issues were too much and Paul eventually pulled away from him.

goomba said...

Interesting onfo on Brooks from internet forum:

http://manson.freeforums.org/brooks-poston-t293.html

ST. Circumstance said...

Thanks goomba- I checked that out. Interesting. It seems eery is the unanimous opinion as to the sound of their music...

Although like Candy- I like the song..

"Young Girl" must be the title of the song from the scene I mentioned...

ST. Circumstance said...

For those who have not seen the documentary :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fANjZldYTo

That is the song- but the scene in the documentary is not here- you will have to watch the movie to understand the context I am trying to explain...

you can get an idea of the sound though, and make your own determination if the song is any good, or what you think of the sound...

In my opinion- it was perfect for the scene they were showing while it was being played...

bobot420 said...

Brooks died from hypothermia at the North Pole searching for Santa Clause. He believed it all......

Doc Sierra said...

By the way, that's one expensive Guild 12 string that Brooks is holding.

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