When Maynard James Keenan Portrayed A Serial Killer


Maynard James Keenan is without a doubt one of the most mysterious rockstars in the contemporary scene. Even though he’s known all around the world for his work with Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, little is known about his personal life and he’s often described as a recluse.

While not much can be said about his personality and everyday life, he can certainly be described as a quirky and interesting artist. Aside from a musician, Keenan is also known for his career as an actor, comedian, record producer, and winemaker which brings us to today’s topic.

Back in 1999, Keenan got the chance to portray one of the most famous criminals and cult leaders of all time. The person who formed the ‘Manson Family‘ and convinced numerous people that the end of the world was coming and that if they joined him, they could rule the rest of humanity. Interestingly, one of Manson’s biggest inspirations was the Beatles.

How Was Charles Manson Connected To The Beatles?


Helter Skelter‘ was featured in the Beatles’ ‘White Album’ and it has often been described as the band’s roughest song. In a previous article, I had revealed the story behind this song and that it was in a way inspired by The Who’s 1967 single ‘I Can See for Miles.’ Although it was created by Paul McCartney as a fun and loud song, it ended up becoming a serial killer’s biggest inspiration.

Charles Manson was an American cult leader who founded the Manson Family in 1967 after interpreting the ‘White Album’ as the prophecy of an apocalyptic war. He claimed that racist and non-racist whites would kill each other over the treatment of black people and at the end, there would only be black people left behind.

That’s when the Manson Family would emerge from their underground city and rule them all. The Manson family committed a series of nine murders aiming to instigate a race war and left Beatles-related messages in the crime scenes. In 1999 Pop Smear magazine decided to commemorate the 30th anniversary of these crimes, and guess who portrayed Charles Manson.

Why Did Maynard James Keenan Portray Charles Manson?


The reason why he decided to portray the instigator of such monstrous crimes can only be answered by Keenan himself. However, we’ll try to shed some light on how he ended up doing this. Apparently, in 1999 Pop Smear magazine decided to publish an issue dedicated to one of the most shocking crimes ever committed in US history.

They named the issue ‘These Children That Come At You With Knives‘ and it included the recreated story of the cult and their actions. Maynard James Keenan was the star portraying Charles Manson and his photo made it to the cover of the issue. Although all of us know that Keenan is always interested in trying new things, no one would have expected him to be this excited to portray a serial killer.