Usually, when we do something off the wall like my article and slideshow on L.A. crime scenes and the psychology of security, some readers are left asking what the subject matter has to do with their cyber-based jobs. The short answer is that CSO covers physical as well as cyber security. We spend a lot of time illustrating where the two sides connect. \n\n\tBut once in a great while, we deliberately go off the tried-and-true path and focus on something readers might consider whacky. This is one of those times.\n\n\tThe truth is that I've always had a personal fascination with true crime cases, especially the Manson Murders. Ever since I was a kid and I first saw the 1976 TV movie on the Manson Murders, I\u2019ve been fascinated. I\u2019ve read \u201cHelter Skelter,\u201d the book by Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, dozens of times.\n\n I own the 1976 and 2004 versions of the film on DVD, along with a documentary called \u201cThe Six Degrees of Helter Skelter,\u201d where host Scott Michaels, keeper of the popular\u00a0Findadeath.com\u00a0site, takes the viewer on a tour of places connected to the case, including Cielo Drive, scene of the Tate murders.\n\n\tWhy the fascination with such an awful tragedy?\n\n\tNot because of the brutal nature of the murders. I\u2019ve seen the crime scene forensic photos, and they made me sick to my stomach.\n\n It\u2019s really part of my\u00a0fascination with history. Like it or not, this is a piece of American history. It\u2019s a snapshot of everything that went wrong in the 1960s, where a counterculture born of good intentions \u2014 a craving for peace in Vietnam and at home \u2014 lost it\u2019s way because there were no rules, no discipline and there was no sobriety. I agree with those who believe the promise of the 1960s died abruptly in the summer of 1969.\n\n\tI\u2019m also fascinated because it shows how easily seemingly stable people can be brainwashed and controlled to the point where they would willingly heed orders to commit the worst of sins.\n\n\tIn my mind, this stuff fits the subject of security like a glove. After all, security is largely a game of examining the psychology of criminals who lurk in the physical and cyber worlds and how best to protect our employers, friends and family from their sinister schemes.\n\n\tThat said, I knew turning this into a security project would be a stretch. But I decided to see where it took me anyway.\n\n\tThe big lesson was that the things you think are there for security are often just there for show. No big revelation there, but it was an interesting journey all the same.\n\n\tThanks for indulging me.