Answer: Charles Manson
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When Snopes started in 1995, however, they were fertile backlog – the whole story really – that you can delve into. Of all the topics they would eventually consider, whether the moon landing was fake or if Napoleon was really very short, they began with a stubborn oddball rumor for which Charles Manson, the notorious criminal and cult leader, auditioned had The Monkees .
The claim is false, but not entirely unfounded. Contrary to many rumors and claims that lack even the most remote basis in reality, the Manson-Monkees link has at least some degree of plausibility. While Manson never participated in this audition, he remained with people in the California music scene at the time, performing for the Byrds, and one of his musical compositions even ended as Beach Boys (19459012) (19459013) (B-side) single.