Charles Manson - The True Story
Cast of Characters: Abigail Folger   Bobby Beausoleil   Bruce Davis   Charles Manson   Danny Decarlo   Dennis Wilson   Gary Hinman   Jay Sebring   Judge Older   The Labianca's   Leslie VanHouten   Linda Kasabian   Mary Brunner   Patricia Krenwinkel   Paul Watkins   Roman Polanski   Sandra Good   Sharon Tate   Shorty Shea   Steve Grogan   Steven Parent   Susan Atkins   Terry Melcher   Tex Watson   Virginia Graham   Vincent Bugliosi   William Garretson   Wojciech Frykowski  
Charles Manson Murders; Helter Skelter
 
 

Charles Manson... (Convicted)

(aka Charles Milles Maddox, Jesus Christ, God) [In 1969, Manson was booked by police as "Manson, Charles M, aka Jesus Christ God"]

Charles Manson Photo Charles Manson during a 1986 parole hearing: "Well, you've lost six generations of children to me, because you won't pay me what you owe me. Because I didn't break no law. I didn't kill nobody. I didn't tell nobody to get killed." Manson was denied parole 12 times and would have been eligible for another parole hearing in 2027. He died of natural causes on November 19, 2017 at age 83.

Charles Manson was born to a promiscuous run-away sixteen-year-old girl named Kathleen Maddox in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 12, 1934. His birth place is listed as the Cincinnati General Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For the first few weeks of Charles life he actually had no name, being first named "No Name Maddox" but within a short period of time he was renamed "Charles Milles Maddox".

His presumed father was a "Colonel Scott" of Ashland Kentucky, whom Manson is believed to have never actually met.

For a period after his birth, his mother was married to a transient laborer named William Manson, whose last name the young child was given.

His life of turmoil, at its then very beginning stages, would last his entire life, with much about his early childhood in dispute because of the variety of different stories he has told to interviewers, many of which were untrue.

Charles Manson Photo As a first grader, six-year-old Charles Manson conned girls in his class into beating up boys he didn't like; afterward he claimed that the girls were just doing what they wanted to do, he wasn't to blame.

When Manson was five, his mother received a five-year sentence for armed robbery, and Manson moved in with his aunt and uncle in West Virginia. His mother reclaimed him in 1942 when she was paroled, but within five years her heavy drinking led to Manson's being placed in a caretaking school in Indiana.

School officials described young Manson as moody and suffering a persecution complex--but "likable" during those periods he was feeling happy.

At age 13, Manson began his life of crime, robbing a grocery store and a casino. For most of the next decade, Manson was shuffled from one institution to another, usually committing a series of crimes during his brief periods of freedom.

Charles Manson In his Teenager Years At age 13, Manson began his life of crime, robbing a grocery store and a casino. For most of the next decade, Manson was shuffled from one institution to another, usually committing a series of crimes during his brief periods of freedom.

By age 16, Manson had been labeled "aggressively antisocial." A prison psychiatrist described Manson at age 18 as suffering "psychic trauma," but still "an extremely sensitive boy who has not yet given up in terms of securing some love and affection from the world." Most simply refer to him as a psychopath.

Released on parole in 1958, Manson took to pimping. In June 1960, Manson was arrested on a Mann Act charge. The Mann Act charges were dropped, but Manson was given a ten-year sentence for violating the parole terms relating to an earlier federal conviction for forging a Treasury check.

Prison records from the early 1960s show Manson as having interests in Scientology, drama, softball, croquet, and especially the guitar. By the mid-1960s, Manson became obsessed with the music of the Beatles. When Manson's release date came on March 21, 1967, Manson begged authorities to let him stay in prison, but he was told they had no power to allow him to do so.

Charles Manson Photo Charles Manson is escorted to court in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1970. To some members of the Family, Manson represented a "Christ-like" figure. He encouraged such talk, sometimes asking a Family member, "Don't you know who I am?"

Manson, age 32, headed for San Francisco and there gave birth to what would soon be called "The Family." Manson became the unquestioned head of the Family. He dominated lives, even to the point of telling Family members who they must have sex with. To some members of the Family, Manson represented a "Christ-like" figure. He encouraged such talk, sometimes asking a Family member:

"Don't you know who I am?" --- Charles Manson

Combining ideas taken from the Beatles White Album and the Bible's Book of Revelation, Manson developed a bizarre prophecy that blacks would soon rise up against the white establishment and then turn to him--having survived the coming "Helter Skelter in an underground pleasure dome beneath Death Valley--to lead the newly constituted nation. In August 1969, in the hopes of giving Helter Skelter a push, Manson sent a team of Family members on their murderous missions to the Tate and LaBianca homes.

Charles Manson Photos Charles Manson is escorted to court in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1970. To some members of the Family, Manson represented a "Christ-like" figure. He encouraged such talk, sometimes asking a Family member, "Don't you know who I am?"

Ronald Hughes, a young lawyer with an extensive knowledge of alternative culture, was the state-appointed attorney for defendants Manson and Van Houten. He suggested to Manson that he obtain a more competent attorney, Irving Kanarek, and continued to defend Van Houten. Kanarek took over two weeks before the start of the trial. The reason for Hughes' pre-trial maneuver was apparently so that he could defend Van Houten more effectively. He hoped to show that Van Houten was acting under the influence of Manson, and to portray Manson as controlling her actions.

This may have cost him his life. In late November, 1970, Hughes went camping near Sespe Hot Springs. He disappeared, and his decomposed body was discovered four months later. It is thought that other members of the Family killed him in reprisal for impugning Manson in court.

Charles Manson Photo Charles Manson escorted to court for sentencing in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1971. Though Manson did not participate in the actual killings of Sharon Tate, her house guests, or the LaBiancas, the cult leader was convicted for ordering the murders. In 1971, he was found guilty on seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, and sentenced to death.

Manson himself was not present at the Tate killings, but he was convicted of murder on January 25, 1971 and on March 29 was sentenced to the death penalty. The death sentence was later automatically commuted to life in prison after the California Supreme Court's People v. Anderson decision resulted in the invalidation of all death sentences imposed in California prior to 1972.

Manson remained in prison until he died of natural causes on November 19, 2017 at age 83. All of his applications for parole were denied, most notably in 1986 when he appeared before the parole board with a swastika embossed on his forehead. During his stay in prison, Manson had received more mail than any other prisoner in the United States prison system.

Charles Manson Photo Charles Manson en route to court showing a swastika on his head. During the trial, Manson carved an X on his forehead, showing he was "X"ed out of society. The X was gradually modified until it turned into a swastika.

It is said that he received over 60,000 pieces of mail a year, much of it fan mail from young people in the hopes of joining the Family. Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.

In his own testimony at trial, Manson described himself as a chameleon-like character:

"Charlie never projects himself.... People see in Charlie their own reflection.... Linda Kasabian testified against me because she saw me as the father she never liked.... I do what love tells me." --- Charles Manson

Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.

Charles Manson Photo The insane game: Manson, above in 1989, a prisoner with no hope of parole and no Family left to control awaits his death in Corcoran State Prison where he is serving life imprisonment.

Encyclopedia Definition of "Charles Manson"

U.S. cult leader. Born in Cincinnati, he was a criminal from an early age. In 1967 he formed a communal cult, the Manson Family. He tried to become a pop musician in Los Angeles, but when the producer Terry Melcher failed to help him, Manson decided to launch a racial war by murdering prominent white people, for which he believed blacks would be blamed. In 1969 he sent cult members to Melcher's house, which was rented to the actress Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski; they murdered Tate and five friends and elsewhere killed three others. In 1971 Manson and his followers were sentenced to death; when California abolished the death penalty (1972), the sentences were commuted to life imprisonment.

By age 16, Manson had been labeled "aggressively antisocial." A prison psychiatrist described Manson at age 18 as suffering "psychic trauma," but still "an extremely sensitive boy who has not yet given up in terms of securing some love and affection from the world." Most simply refer to him as a psychopath.

Hundreds of musicians, most unknown or minor, have recorded songs related to Charles Manson. Neil Young is likely the best known, plus he knew Manson. System of a Down wrote the song "ATWA" on their Toxicity album about the media's viewpoints on Manson. The list is endless. Guns 'n Roses drew the most notice when they recorded a song authored by Manson. Part of the profits would have gone to him but legal action diverted them to victim Frykowski's son, instead.

Charles Manson was denied parole consistantly until his death in 2017. Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.

 

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