Douglas County Historical Society’s monthly program, Second Sunday Series, is proud to present the February installment entitled “Before He Became a Monster; Charles Manson in Omaha” given by local author and historian, Lawson McDowell. The presentation will take place on Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. on Historic Fort Omaha in Metropolitan Community College’s Building 10, located on the north end of campus.
In 1949, years before Charles Manson earned his reputation as one of America’s most sinister murderers, the famous convict had a childhood stint in Omaha lasting only a few days. In his book, Before He Became A Monster, McDowell employs fact and speculation to explore Manson’s troubled adolescence.
“Charles Manson is locked in a California prison, but that doesn’t mean his influence has diminished,” McDowell says. McDowell communicated with Manson for over two years in interviews as background research for the book. The presentation will cover: a review of the Manson murders and trial, Manson’s time in Omaha, and insight into dealing with Manson and the Manson family of followers.
The Second Sunday Series is a once per month series of presentations that serve to highlight a diverse range of topics and time periods related to Douglas County history. The Second Sunday Series is offered free of charge to DCHS members as a benefit of their membership and $5 for non-members. We welcome all community members interested to attend and due to limited space we ask all to RSVP either by phone at 402-455-9990 or email at Members@DouglasCoHistory.org
Douglas County Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and enliven historical insight in Douglas County Nebraska.