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Charles Manson

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A cult leader who orchestrated several murders in an attempt to start a race war, Manson's ideology and demeanor would capture the interest of the American public despite the atrocity of his crimes.
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There are a lot of words that you could use to describe Charles Manson. There are many that claim that Manson is one of the most notorious serial killers to ever live, but wasn’t the person that was considered to actually carry out any murders. Instead, he had a following of people known as the Manson family that did his dirty work.

If he’s not a serial killer, many would certainly refer to Manson as a cult leader because of how many people were willing to follow him. Even up to his death in recent years, there were a lot of people that were loyal to Manson, leaving many to question why so many wanted to be part of his family. After all, Manson did get married to a much younger woman when he was in his 80s, as he always had his fans.

Manson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 12, 1934 without a name at first and grew up in a broken home. He hadn’t known his real father and Manson’s family had spent a lot of time drinking and committing various crimes that included armed robbery. He eventually found himself in various states that included West Virginia and Indiana where he had a troubled childhood regardless of where he was. Manson was often getting into trouble in school and eventually became a robber himself. By the end of the 1950s, Manson had been arrested multiple times for his actions.

There were some very interesting stories about Manson’s childhood, to say the least. There are stories that Manson’s own mother had tried to trade him in exchange for a pitcher of beer and that he would set fire to his friends’ toys that they got for Christmas as Manson himself didn’t receive any gifts. There weren’t a lot of happy times for the young Manson, which led him down a dark path.

When he was in the inside of the prison system, Manson had started to gather quite the following. This group of people would be what was referred to as the Manson family, and it’s estimated that these outcasts numbered in the triple digits. When he was released from prison for the second time, Manson and his band of followers made their way to the west coast, mostly consisting of younger women.

While the Manson family hadn’t been well known on a national basis at its inception, they would eventually make national news. That’s because the family was charged with the murder of actress Sharon Tate while she was pregnant and married to director Roman Polanski at the time. The family even tried to assassinate president Gerald R. Ford, and Manson was charged with being the ringleader of these acts.

In 1971, Manson was spent to prison as part of the charges that saw him face off against several counts of both murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Facing multiple convictions, Manson faced life in prison and was originally sentenced to death. Back then, California didn’t have a life without parole conviction, so they had left him on death row for years before California repealed executions and left Manson in prison for the rest of his years.

Throughout much of his life, Manson denied any wrongdoing despite the fact that the victim count was so high. “There’s no murder in the holy war,” Manson said. Whenever he was questioned, Manson would often change the subject or try to return to the questions to any reporter that was asking. Manson was asked in the 1980s if it was prison that sent him down the wrong path. “See, that doesn’t even compute in my world, because like, there is no wrong,” he said. “According to everyone else, I’ve never done anything right. In the world I live in, I’ve never made a bad move in my whole life.”

He also commented on his famous following. “I’m not a leader, I’ve never been a leader in my life,” Manson said. “I got a motorcycle and I’ve got a guitar and girls follow me around…I did not direct nobody to be killed, man.” Years later, shortly before his death, Manson added that “I never realized people outside (of prison) are much different from the people inside. The people inside, if you lie, you get punched. And when I got out, all your children would come to me because they never had anybody tell them the truth.”

Starting in 2017, Manson started to experience health problems that saw him hospitalized, with surgery no longer being an option. He returned to prison after being able to recover, but had gone back into the hospital toward the end of the year. It had been found that Manson had several illnesses that included colon cancer, and he wasn’t able to recover. His official cause of death was a cardiac arrest at 83 years old. After going through multiple wills, Manson ended up being cremated several months later.

There were many reactions from the public about Manson’s death. Some had even gone as far as saying that it was sad news as his cult of personality allowed Manson to have a lot of followers. For the majority of people, though, Manson’s death was considered to be a “good riddance.” “I saw something on the internet that he was very, very ill, and it is about time,” said the wife of one of the Manson family’s first victims.

Manson often left some very confusing quotes behind. “I’m probably one of the most dangerous men in the world if I want to be,” he said. “But I never wanted to be anything but me.” When asked if he had any remorse for his actions, Manson replied by saying “Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me. Doesn’t that give me equal right?”