In 1968, producer Phil Kaufman, who befriended Charles Manson in Terminal Island Prison, moved in briefly with the “Family” in hopes of convincing Manson to record some more of his songs after making the previous attempt at Universal Studios a disappointment.
Although Kaufman considered Manson to be a terrible guitar player, he believed that Charlie was a talented singer and songwriter who may have a chance to land a record deal.
During his time the “Family”, Kaufman has “had sex with more serial killers than anyone else in Show Business.” But once Manson found out that Kaufman was not interested in becoming a follower, they became estranged.
Following his arrest for the Tate-LaBianca murders, Manson became “very anxious for his music to be heard” and asked Kaufman to “put out his music”. According to Kaufman, Manson called him five days a week, even though he was allowed only three phone calls per day.
After being rejected by some of the well-established record companies, Kaufman had no other choice than to raise the money for the album’s release himself and pressed 2,000 copies of Lie: The Love and Terror Cult on March 6, 1970.
Sadly, Kaufman failed to recover his $3,000 investment, selling only 300 LPs in total.