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Charles Manson: What You Didn't Know About The Cult Murderer

Born on November 12th, 1934, Charles Manson was the man who started a cult that led to nine murders and eventually became the reason for his life in prison.

Charles Manson had a troublesome childhood. His father was a petty con artist who made his living through subterfuge and duping honest folks. When he realized that Charles’s mother was pregnant with him, he ran out on her. His mother remarried after his birth, but soon became a drunk, which led to her divorce. 

Early Life

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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.

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The Charles Manson Cult

There is enough material on Charles Manson’s early life in various books and documentaries, but the aforementioned facts are enough to give us a basis of the true character of Charles Manson. 

Charles Manson was a white supremacist, and after he was freed from jail in 1967, he began to attract a young female following due to his notoriety and his music albums. He then started a cult, and claimed that a racial war was going to happen in America, a war he dubbed as “Helter Skelter.” 

During this cataclysmic event, the African-Americans would kill all white people. He said that since they were not intelligent enough to lead themselves, they would then look towards Charles and his family to lead them, and call him “Master.” 

'Helter Skelter: The True Story Of The Manson Murders'

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His affirmations and his encouragement led his followers to commit a spree of murders, the most famous of which was the murder of the actress Sharon Tate and four others in her home

The murders made the Manson family a matter of national concern and soon led to them being behind bars. A long and tedious trial ensued, which in itself is a vivid discussion. At the end of the trial, the three women and Manson were given the death penalty. The sentence was later changed to life in prison. During the trial, one of the most famous outbursts of Manson, mentioned in “Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders,” was as follows:

His Imprisonment 

“My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system. ... I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you. ... You want to kill me? Ha! I am already dead – have been all my life. I've spent twenty-three years in tombs that you have built.”

During his imprisonment, Manson gave various interviews to the media, and his psyche remains of interest to the psychological world at large. It never fails to fascinate people that society can produce citizens like Charles Manson, and especially how demented minds like these can attract a following and use it to commit atrocious acts. 

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