RE: Mirror Quote/Manson's Quote I don't see much "truth" is these killers assertions. Certainly all humans have the capacity to act without conscience or morality. Perhaps life's circumstances for LM and Manson gave them justification to act out their crimes, but that doesn't make it a mirror of society, it makes it a mirror of their own distorted thinking. Even if each suffered bad abuse as children and thus led low functioning, angry lifestyles whereby life was difficult from day to day...it doesn't reflect society at large. Do they feel they didn't get the skills needed to have proper relationships and success? Even if that were true it didn't eliminate their knowledge of what is right from wrong. These killers knew right from wrong. Instead I believe that have to blame society because the only other alternative is that they are evil wrong doers ....and that is not even an option for them. RE: Hidden Weaponry I am inclined to believe that it was hidden for the sake of convenience (accessibility) and to make sure JL didn't see it. It is yet another example of the premeditation. LM's apt is just a small studio. Its not like seeing an ice pic, knife and whatever else laying out on that dresser or kitchen table would have been "mood setting" for either a possible "film" or s&m scene. I still think JL seems drugged, in the video he tosses/turns as if in a sleep-like state. LM didn't know just how compliant JL would be nor did he know just how the drugs (if used) would impact him. Having the killing implements close by and hidden would give him quick access, a surprise element if he needed.....lets face it, we don't think knives and picks are going to be pulled on us in consentual sex/filming situations. I'm inclined to believe this is why LM blindfolded him too. JL would remain more compliant without seeing what was coming. Covering JL's face, also depersonalizes him and would make it easier for LM to objectify him in the heinous ways he did. Having said all of that, I tend to believe JL was drugged up and likely barely conscious. Once on the bed, tied up, blind folded and mouth covered...it was show time...and LM could go to work on creating his diabolical magma opus.