PHILADELPHIA (Daily News Staff Writer) - 'Fresh Air' host and National Public Radio darling, Terry Gross, will soon air her interview with convicted murderer Charles Manson. In the past her work has been described as "a remarkable blend of empathy, warmth, genuine curiosity, and sharp intelligence". However, this latest piece promises to deviate slightly from earlier works.
The interview, held in May 2007 at California's Corcoran State Prison on the occasion of Manson's 11th consecutive parole denial, includes the 72-year-old cult leader's ramblings about everything & nothing.
Here is an excerpt:
TG - "Welcome back to Fresh Air. I'm Terry Gross and my guest is convicted killer Charles Manson."
CM - "I think you are sexy."
TG - "Mr. Manson..."
CM - "Yes Clarice."
TG - "...would you mind telling me a little bit about your childhood growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio?"
CM - (sings) "This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none..."
TG - "Well, Charles Manson, it has been very nice speaking with you. Please don't hurt me or my family."
Radio listeners may tune in to 'Fresh Air' next week for the full interview. Let's hope it's better than this!