In far less than 1000 words I will touch the tip of an iceberg that will explain why this photo is no match for the words behind it.
Bobby Beausoleil was a handsome kid from Santa Barbara who saw thru the hippie scene. He was a throw back, as many of the bike rider of the sixties were, holding on to greased hair en leu of flowing locks.
When he moved to the Haight-Ashbury, he was novel.
Kenneth Anger, SFC's attempt at an Andy Warhol, fell in love.
He wanted Bobby to star in Lucifer Rising & Bobby wanted to do the sound track.
They moved in together, Bobby was straight, Kenneth was not.
Kenneth was attracted to straight men & you must know that the motorcycle classic, Scorpio Rising, was filmed using straight men (not actors)working on their bikes to light hearted pop music of the 50's playing in the background for a genius effect that may make you uncomfortable to ever wear a leather jacket again.
(p.s. I turned Cole Foster onto this cult classic & it remains one of our favorites)
The two got in a fight... not Cole & I.... Kenneth & Bobby & the latter moved to the SFV.
About this time Cole & I were little boys living in the area.
Bobby felt the southern scene to be much heavier & for him it was. He began hanging out with the Manson Family & was desperate to be part of the STRAIGHT SATAN MC.
In an attempt to impress the MC he scored $1000. worth of mescaline from a Family friend.
The Club was not happy with the junk & sent him get their money back.
He tied the guy up, took the titles to his cars, & pressed him for money.
He was there with a couple of Family girls & somebody called Charlie. He showed up & cut off the dudes ear & left. A day later Bobby killed the guy to keep him quiet. He penned 'Political Piggy' on the wall in the guys blood & he too left.
A week or so later the Manson Family made history that even I remember as a little boy hearing it on the local news.(13 channels then... maybe 10 worked)
Apparently Bobby & the Family were quite afraid of the STRAIGHT SATANS and wanted to believe public to believe the murders were politically radical in nature.
This is just another version of Bobby & the SS... but have you ever heard it?
Read this super fast & pretend I am telling you this story as I run out of breath...