It's safe to assume he had a practically parentless childhood. Charles confessed that he committed his first felony when he was just nine, setting his school on fire in “Charles Manson – Diane Sawyer Documentary.”
Charles bounced around from one correctional school to another due to his criminal nature. There are rumors that he was raped by other students in these facilities, and he confessed to developing a defense technique dubbed as the “insane game,” in which he would try his best to make his attackers think he was insane.
Charles got married in January 1955 to a woman named Rosalie Jean Willis, as mentioned in the book “Manson in his own words.” He stole a car in Ohio and drove with his pregnant wife to Los Angeles. Initially, he was given only five years on probation. But when similar news arrived from Florida and Charles failed to appear for the hearing, he was given three years in prison.
During his imprisonment, his wife and son started living with another man. He was granted parole after a year, but being the man that he was, he stole a car to visit his family, and was put on probation again with his parole denied. However, Charles was in no way ready to start living a straight life. He got into the pimping and prostitution business, and was consequently given 10 years in prison when he was charged for pimping a 16-year-old girl and various other offenses.
However, his sentence was suspended when a girl named Leona entered a plea begging the court, confessing that she and Manson were “deeply in love ... and would marry if Charlie were freed.” The quote is mentioned in “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders.” Along the journey from prison to prison with brief periods of parole, Charles learned the guitar and got into music.