The Bill Geerhart Letters

28 04 2008

In 1998, Bill Geerhart sent letters to Serial Killers, Politicians and Oprah Winfrey posing as a 10 year-old boy.

To his surprise, replies soon started pouring in. Everyone from Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (on tree-fort diplomacy) to Oprah Winfrey, Mister Rogers, Janet Reno, and members of the Supreme Court had words of wisdom for Billy. (“I like the Egg McMuffin,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas when asked about his favorite McDonald’s food. “Actually, I like almost everything there.”) Responding to Billy’s idea for a “Hustler for kids,” Larry Flynt wrote back encouraging the fourth grader to “Hang in there. You’ll be 18 before you know it.”

As it turns out, no group hates to disappoint a child more than convicted killers, all of whom responded promptly to Billy’s questions about dropping out of school. Their letters, published here for the first time, range from criminally insane to downright sensible, offering snapshots of the personalities behind some of America’s most hideous crimes.

A decade later, he followed up his initial request with new letters to Serial Killers such as the Unabomber, Charles Manson and Richard Rodriguez.

Radar Magazine has the collection printed for the first time and Whoa!

That’s the Charles Manson we know and watch with fear.

I think it goes without saying that Charles Manson is cuckoo but with that said, you need to read all the letters from the early ones to the most recent.





3 responses

28 04 2008

The Larry Flynt & Clarence Thomas letters cracked me up the most.

As wacko as Manson is, I don’t think he did too bad with the response – not exactly grandfatherly advice but for Charles Manson, better than I would have expected, heh.

28 04 2008

Loved how Ah-nold ducked the question

15 05 2008

I think this is the same Bill Geerhart that I went to high school with. Over the years he’s pulled some pretty amazing pranks. Always clever & provacative 🙂

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