July 23, 2011 in Category Florida,Scarlett Adventures...,USA

The Charles Manson Book Incident

Ever since taking a few modules on criminal socio-analysis in my degree, I’ve had a weird, pretty fucked up interest in reading about serial killers.

What a way to start a post right?

Not only has this made me constantly paranoid, but it’s also put me in some awkward positions…

Take for example my last holiday to Disneyworld. Wearing a cutesy bikini, cowboy hat and stupid oversized Paris Hilton sunglasses – which make my nose look pointier, my cheeks look chubbier and generally look like a complete dick. So yeah, I looked like your average poolside 20-something… except I was the one reading “Going down fast”, the Charles Manson book with his mug shot glaring crazily on the cover.

People would walk past me, begin to smile, see what I reading and look away. I’d noticed people doing this a couple of times… until one day a little girl ran right to my lounger after her beach ball. I’ve always been good with little girls, little boys not so much – I have literally nothing to say to them and end up doing a sort of awkward head-nod “alright?” thing – but little girls love me. As she showed me her brand new Minnie Mouse ears and bracelet, her mum ran over, glared at me, before hurrying her away – as she did I heard her hissing to her husband “I don’t want her talking to that girl… have you seen what she’s reading… she’s obviously not right… up there” tapping her oversized, greying beehive.


At the risk of being cemented into the ‘crazy people to avoid’ category, I spend the rest of the fortnight reading Cosmopolitan and trashy celeb magazines… blend in Jen blend in!

11 comments… read them below or add one

Simply Paul July 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

There is nothing wrong with serial killer books. My favourite is Jack the Ripper and I’ve read others too. In fact my favourite show at the moment is Dexter, what is really worrying is how much I can relate to him!


CeCe July 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Invest in an ebook reader! They’ll never know what your reading! :)


Melissa July 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

This post is hilarious! I don’t think I’ve ever judged someone for what they read, especially since I WORK in a bookstore. The only book I ever felt awkward reading was “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell”… I was having trouble picking a book and finishing it last September so I gave that one a try and for some reason all of Tucker Max’s drunken stories were the cure, it seems! I always felt like people were staring at me on the bus while I read though or were peeking over my shoulder at the vulgar (hilarious!) language. I don’t think I could read another book like that in public, lol!


Jen July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I’m really interested In Jack the Ripper too Paul, glad to know I’m not alone in my weird interests!!

Lol Melissa, I’ve never heard of that book but I definately trust your recommenations! I had to pay some library fines the other day because I had forgotton to give two books back… The Bible (don’t ask) and a book called “Is it just me or is everything shit”… the woman must of thought I was mental!

CeCe… that’s such a good idea!



Elle July 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Last summer I spent a week in DC and I took along the book “Are You There Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea” to keep me entertained on the metro. I decided to spend sometime laying under a shaded tree in the lawn adjoining to the Washington Monument. I laid there for a little while, sipping some fresh lemonade from a plastic cup, eating gummybears and reading my book. The next thing I know, I’m being woke up by the sound of a couple of kids playing really close to me?

“Do you think she’s dead?” one asked.
“No..she’s just drunk, she’s drinking the drink my mom drinks. Vodka & lemonade…I can tell by her book”

It was pretty cute. I wasn’t drunk, but they were 100% right, you’re damn right I slipped some vodka into my lemonade.


Jen July 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

“Do you think she’s dead” lol Elle that’s brilliant! xx


101 Things Before You Die July 27, 2011 at 1:06 am

I’ve been known to read crazy books in public (especially on airplanes) just to make sure no one bothers me. I guess I just don’t care too much about what people think!


Jen July 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

I didn’t even think it was weird until that woman said something lol… I guess Disney just isn’t the place for seriel killer reads! I’m always up for a crazy read you’ll have to let me know some of your favourites.


Steven@hundredgoals.com August 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

That book would be reason enough for me to strike up a conversation with you. I have a morbid fascination with Ed Gein…


Jen August 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

Lol Steven, I think it’s ok to have a morbid facination with EdGein when you look at how many versions of him Hollywood churn out every few years!x


jackie June 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

People tend to think I’m a bit off when they look at my book collection (basically every thing abnormal in psychology, from eating disorders, DID, to serial killers), but when I explain to them I love studying the reasons why/how, they’re like…you’re still crazy. No, Bitch, I’m fabulous & love psychology.

Excellent Book Choice. But, that picture is the best.


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